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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Michael Joseph Willett

September 11, 1941June 27, 2020
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On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Michael Joseph Willett, loving husband and father of 3, passed away at the age of 78.

Mike was born on September 11, 1941 in Portland, ME to Charles and Pauline Willett. He grew up in Portland alongside his brothers and sister, Roger, Chuck, John, and Theresa. He attended school in Portland before marrying his high school sweetheart, Jean Lombardo on September 5th, 1964. Following school, Mike served his country in the US Army Reserves. Following his military service, Mike worked a number of different jobs including Jordan's Meats in Portland. Mike was a brick mason throughout most of his professional career. He worked for Maine Masonry, TE Low, and independently. Mike always had a sense of humor on the job site and a reputation of being a hard worker. Aside from being a talented and successful brick mason, he was also a teacher and role model to a number of apprentice brick masons who Mike took under his wing, including his grandson Bobby who worked by his grandfather's side in the summer of 2008.

At gatherings and family events, Mike was always the one you could count on for a good laugh. His sense of humor was contagious to anyone who entered the room. Mike was also known for his legendary and amazing storytelling. At family dinners, he would always tell a story that would leave everyone laughing to tears.

He was a loving grandfather who always looked forward to spending time with his grandkids and attending their sporting events. One memory Mike's family shares is his pizza he made every Christmas Eve, it was always a treat that everyone looked forward to. He was a karaoke rock star and he loved to dance. Mike was caring, supportive, stubborn, and had a positive and appreciable outlook on life. He lived life happily and how he wanted.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Willett, daughter Debra Coons and husband Paul Coons, daughter Denise Orr and husband Thomas Orr, and son Michael Willett and wife Sarah Rouleau. Grandsons Robert Orr and Pierce Willett, granddaughters Meagan Orr and Sarah Thomson and brothers Chuck and John Willett.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Eric "Freddy" Frederick, nephew Kyle Lombardo, his parents Pauline and Charles, sister Theresa and brother Roger.

The family would like to thank Ashton Gardens, Foreside Harbor and Falmouth by the Sea and its staff for the loving support through these difficult times where the family could not be with him.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Willett, Father (deceased)
  • Pauline Willett, Mother (deceased)
  • Jean Willett, Wife
  • Debra Coons (Paul Coons), Daughter
  • Denise Orr (Thomas Orr), Daughter
  • Michael Willett (Sarah Rouleau), Son
  • Robert Orr, Grandson
  • Pierce Willett, Grandson
  • Meagan Orr, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Thomson, Granddaughter
  • Chuck Willett, Brother
  • John Willett, Brother
  • Eric "Freddy" Frederick, Grandson (deceased)
  • Kyle Lombardo, Nephew (deceased)
  • Theresa (Willett), Sister (deceased)
  • Roger Willett, Brother (deceased)

Services

  • MEMORIAL SERVICE POSTPONED, VISITATION POSTPONED

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Michael Joseph Willett

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Donna May Bailey

July 12, 2020

Dear Jean and Family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Michael. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Love Donna May.

Jessica Leclerc

July 10, 2020

Debra, Denise, and Michael - Thank you so much for allowing us to take care of dad at Foreside. It was always great to hear his stories about "the good old days". He loved all of you and mom so much. Thinking of you all during this time.

Dawn Harlor

July 10, 2020

Dear Jean and family,

I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Having left Maine many years ago , I didn't know Mike well only visits at weddings and reunions. On those occasions, he was always engaged with those around him and the events of the moment. My clear impression of him were of an energetic man who enjoyed life. He had a great smile which is how I remember him.

Much love to my dear cousin Jean. You are a good and loving person and must be surrounded by the same in this time of sadness.

Cousin Dawn Taliento-Harlor


Justin Wilson

July 9, 2020

Ol Mikey made everyday enjoyable when you got to tend him or lay brick coming out of his corner! “Ehh yeah I gotta lot of work to do over here kid” I can still here him saying it to this day it was like his catch phrase on the scaffolding! It was an honor and privilege to know the man he taught me so much more than the basics on the line. He will be greatly missed by every life he ever touched. Only man on earth that could light a match downwind in the rain. Love ya Mikey Yaya, rest easy.

Jane Dobrovolny

July 9, 2020

His smile and laugh were wonderful. God Bless him. Deb, to you and all your family, you are in our hearts.

Jane & Tommy

Greg and Pris Grassi

July 9, 2020

To the Willet family, so very sorry for the passing of your dad! We were very lucky to live beside your family for so many years. We have many great memories when Mike and Vinnie were just babies and growing up together, too many to list here! Greg and I loved hearing Mike’s stories about bricklaying jobs with Greg’s dad Louis! All our love and thoughts, Greg and Pris and family 💕

Richard Greenwood III

July 8, 2020

I worked with Mike for 7 years with Tom Low. He taught me everything.. God bless Mike I'll miss him...

Andrea Cesario

July 5, 2020

To all the Willett family, I am so saddened to hear this news. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Andrea Cesario and family

Wilma Taliento

July 5, 2020

Always a great smile. Wonderful wife and family who will miss him always. Rest In Peace Mike.
Wilma Taliento

Dan Donatelli

July 5, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I met Mike when we were apprentices in the local Bricklayers Union. I have many great memories of working along side Mike and car pooling together. One memory in particular, I will never forget. In the early 70's we were both working for my father on a 12 inch block building. We were stocking blocks on the top level of the staging (about 15' high). Mike was up there loading a wheelbarrow and I was right below him. The load shifted on him and the handle of the wheelbarrow caught his leg. He yelled at me to get out of the way and held on as long as he could, but was thrown off the staging. He landed face down on the frozen ground. He sustained a broken finger. If he had not been able to hold on until I got out of the way I am convinced I would have been injured, I have always believed he saved my life that day. I will miss you my friend.

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