Birmingham Funeral Home

438 Main Street, Old Town, ME


Michael John Cleary

August 18, 1958May 12, 2020

Michael J. “Mike” Cleary

OLD TOWN, ME— Mike Cleary, 61 passed away on May 12, 2020 at home surrounded by family, friends, a canopy of plants, and his bird Missy after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born August 18, 1958 in Michigan a son of John M. and Donna (Lyford) Cleary.

Mike moved to Maine a decade ago and was often times with his brother Billy, who gave Mike great friendship and support.

Shortly after arriving in Maine, Mike was quickly adopted into the Tibbits family and family business, completing many beautiful home renovations and leaving a lasting imprint in his community.

Mike was a small-town, loving, gentle man that became the go-to-guy to fix anything and help anyone. He took pride in his work. He had many accomplishments like renovating his kitchen into a bird sanctuary. He loved people (mostly blondes) and his unstoppable energy, and a compassionate spirit resonated with those who met him. He loved to watch NASCAR, soap opera’s and the Andy Griffith Show. He was passionate about fishing, fast cars and pushing the limit. He was always ready for everything in a white t-shirt, blue jeans, knee pads, a bright white smile with positive attitude.

Mike was a loving father, son, uncle, neighbor and friend. He leaves behind five children Amy, Falon, Sean, Michael and Amber; six grandchildren Emerson, Hazel, Karmah, Sage, Nora and Colton; his mother Donna, very close friends Jim and Tiffany Tibbits and family, eight siblings and a lifelong best-friend Benny Bensko.

Donations to The Rock Church Old Town www.trcnorth.com Memories may be shared with the family at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com


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JoAnne Miner

May 18, 2020

Mike’s smile and blue eyes were always heartwarming. He was so charming and fun loving throughout his life. He definitely protected those he loved, and would do all he could for his kids.

Back in high school he would spend time sharing stories and chatting with my parents, even when I was ready to go.

Amber Mallak

May 17, 2020

My Stepdad Raised me as if I were his own. He was a man of many trades, he could fix just about anything or find a way and McGyver it! I remember spending days with him fixing cars for family Taxi Cab Company in Sault Ste. Marie. Placing drywall and watching him replace the plumbing in our home. He taught me how to be a Critical thinker! He would literally give you the shirt off his back if needed! He was such a kindhearted soul! The Love he showed my Mom “his Sweetheart”was never ending and true. He definitely loved to go Fast and watch NASCAR! He always made things so much Fun, he was a Big Kid at Heart! I remember when we would go watch the fireworks on Fourth of July we tried to ooohhh and aaahhh louder than anyone else watching, just because it was Fun. Even though Time and Distance brought us apart, I can always cherish the many memories with him! Until we meet again, “See Ya Later!”💜

Dan Schiller

May 16, 2020

1980 Great times riding horses in Oscoda,with John,Rodney, Veronica,and Steve Diekert,playing sasquatch and hanging out in the old abandoned house next to his home on loud dr. R.I.P John wish I could of visited you more.🙏😥

Rozanne Curley

May 16, 2020

Late one night Mike was in his room sleeping. An acquaintance who was drunk knocked on the door I went to the door That's when Mike heard this guy He came out and got in front of me and told the guy to leave or there would be a problem The guy left. I always felt safe with Mike around. He was protective. U couldn't help but love him


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