Michael was born on March 26, 1929 in Sutton, Surrey, England to mother, Gladys, and father, Walter. As a young man, Michael joined the Royal Air Force. After his service in the air force, he obtained a degree in electrical engineering, which ultimately brought him to the U.S. in 1955.
Michael began working with Pacific Bell in New York, eventually being transferred to California, where he met and married his wife, Patricia, in 1970. Michael and Patricia had two children, Jennifer and Paul. Patricia preceded Michael in death in 1987.
Michael then met Stella and her two children, Nicoletta and Peter, in the Bay area of California. Now a family of six, they moved to Coupeville, Wash. in January 1992. Michael and Stella loved the Pacific Northwest. Michael gave generously of his time to volunteering and spent years as port commissioner. The family made their home in Coupeville for 20 years before selling their beloved home, the Watson’s house.
Michael and Stella bought an old house in a small village in Stella’s native Bulgaria. They planned to spend one or two months of the year in this beautiful pastural place. Soon it became more than just a vacation home. They planted an extensive vegetable garden and a fruits orchard. Barzitsa became Michael’s haven.
Michael was the consummate British gentleman. He was charming, caring and kind. Often seen wearing his signature flat cap, Michael would greet everyone with a huge smile and warm handshake or hug. He loved the outdoors and was passionate about sailing. You could spot Michael out on Penn Cove in his beloved boat, Mokuola, enjoying calm seas and perfect breezes.
While his children were in school, he was a constant fixture at every football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball game, eagerly cheering on the team. Michael was also a big supporter of the local arts scene as his wife, Stella, is a beloved watercolor artist and teacher. Michael adored his family and friends. He was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, hearty laugh, and kind and compassionate spirit.
Michael passed away on Aug. 7, 2019 in his beloved Barzitsa home surrounded by his family. He will be missed beyond words.
Michael is survived by his wife, Stella, children; Jennifer, Paul and daughter-in-law. Jenny, Nicoletta, Peter and daughter-in-law. Sabrina, as well as his grandchildren, Oliver, Elliot, Graham and Stella.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held 2-4 p.m. Sept 15 at the Granary (auditorium) in the Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239