Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Michael A. Iwanowicz

July 16, 1938June 28, 2020

Michael (Deacon Mike) A. Iwanowicz

Of Norwood, formerly of Walpole, at age 81. On June 28, 2020, with family at his side, Mike rejoined his late wife, the greatest love of his life, Patricia (Rourke) Iwanowicz, in eternal life. Mike and Pat had a rich married life of love and family for 28 years. Mike was brother to Anne Nix of California, father and father-in-law to Matt of Jamaica Plain, Timothy and Amy of Peterborough, NH, Peter and Sue of Delmar, NY, and Sue and Arash of Irvine, CA. Grampy had great love for his six grandchildren, Henry, Evie, Katie, Andrew, Ethan, and Ellie. He also cherished his visits to California to see his niece, Hilary, and nephews, Joe, Ben, and Andy and their families. From his first date with Pat in 1962, Mike was welcomed by the Rourke family and blessed to have their love and support all his days.

Although he worked in the Information Technology sector for over 25 years, his ordination in 1976 as a member of the Archdiocese of Boston’s first class of Permanent Deacons started his true calling, a lifelong journey of intense commitment to the Church he loved, parish service, and spiritual enrichment. For nearly 40 years, Deacon Mike was assigned to and of service to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Sharon. If you are reading this, you undoubtedly were baptised by, married by, or heard a homily by Deacon Mike. When you shared a faith moment with Deacon Mike, you became a fabric of his story and we all know how he loved making connections in his personal relationships.

Born to the late Jacob and Shelley Iwanowicz, Mike was raised in South Lynnfield with his sister Anne Nix and the late Susan, graduated Bowdoin College, and received graduate degrees from Babson and Boston Colleges. From his earliest childhood days to his last day, Mike was a devoted, obsessed fan of the Boston Red Sox. His only life disappointment was being unable to convince team ownership to hire him as their manager. Mike was an early adopter of Facebook and relished in connecting with people from across his large family, parishes, Norwood and Walpole friends, and beyond. He had a regular Walpole Cable TV program, wrote a column for many years with the Walpole Times, and engaged with people via radio, town meetings, and restaurant tables. He had a voluminous vocabulary, a dedication to precise language, and a heart of unbridled kindness.

Under the current circumstances, his family and friends will be invited to celebrate his life at a future date. Mike would request that we keep all those affected by the pandemic in our prayers. In place of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 59 Cottage Street, Sharon, MA 02067.


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Michael A. Iwanowicz

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clifton snuffer

July 6, 2020

R.I.P. my most eloquent friend...I will long remember your protestations at the Walpole Fin Com...where on occasion
an interpreter was necessary ...you have earned God's Blessing !!!

Susan Keaney

July 4, 2020

A hole has been left in our church family. Prayers of peace to the whole family in this time of grief.

Joni Magee

July 2, 2020

Dear Matt and family my condolences to you all at this time of your loss. Your Dad was such a kind and spiritual person. Our families have shared special bonds over the decades- sending lots of love and prayers.

Joni Magee and family