Michael Andrew Laraja

September 26, 1977March 20, 2017

ORLEANS – Michael Andrew Laraja, 39, of Orleans passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017. He was the son of Richard and JoAnne (Smith) Laraja, and the husband of Patricia (Deschamps) Laraja.

Mike was born on September 26, 1977 in Boston, MA. He attended Nauset Regional High School and later graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston.

Mike was an oyster farmer for years on Cape Cod, most recently at his grant on Cape Cod Bay out of Rock Harbor.

Mike is survived by his wife, Trish Laraja; parents, Dick and JoAnne Laraja; son, Declan; brother, Joey Laraja; sister, Kristin Laraja; two nephews, Aiden and Tristan Dallas; and niece, Isabella Dallas.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 27th at the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans. The Mass will be followed by a burial in Orleans Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made in his memory to the Animal Rescue League of Brewster, 3981 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631.

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  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 27, 2017

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Mark and Susan Lemonier

April 8, 2017

Dick and Joanne, Joe and Kristen, We are sending prayers of love and sorrow for the tremendous loss of Michael. May he rest in peace and may you all remain strong in God's love.

Marcel Bouchard

April 4, 2017

So sorry to hear about this tragic loss. I will celebrate Mass for Michael and your family at 7:30 am on Tuesday, April 18. May the strength of your faith support and help you.

Janie Greene

March 29, 2017

Dear Dick and Joanne,
To lose a child is outside the natural order of things. May your unbearable grief be lessened by your memories of your precious son.
May Michael's soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

March 27, 2017

Dick and Joanne , Lucia and I were upset to hear of Michael's passing today. I am glad I got to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he knew how much you loved him. Roland

Henri & Beatriz Millhollan

March 27, 2017

Dear Dick & family...
We're so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and Michael. May Michael's soul rest in peace.

Gail Meyers Lavin

March 27, 2017

Mike and I send our deepest condolences. When last I saw him, Michael was a bright eyed child - and that's how I'll always remember him. The service was beautiful, and Joseph's gift of memories was a momentary lift in the sadness. You and I now share the loss of a son - mine much younger, but it just isn't "supposed" to happen this way. I know you will keep Michael in your hearts, where he will rest in peace forever.

Bonnie Fedge

March 27, 2017

We went to High School together. I ran into him again several years ago. I'm very lucky to have met a lot of incredible people in my life, but he is still one of the best souls I have known. He really made me a better person. Thank you so so much for that.
- Bonnie Fedge

Anastasia Welsh Perrino

March 27, 2017

Dear Dick and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Michael. My thoughts and prayers are with
you and your family.

Anastasia Welsh Perrino

Paula Dadmun

March 27, 2017

Dick, I am heartbroken for your loss. Sending loving peace to your whole family. Paula

Val Boax

March 27, 2017

We at the Cambridge Presbyterian church are saddened by your loss. May you know God's comfort during this difficult time.