Michael Federico

Michael J. Federico

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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I did it my way” characterizes the life of Michael J. Federico, 62, of Westerly, RI and Hebron, CT, who passed away unexpectedly at Hartford Hospital on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Born in Westerly, RI, he was the son of Irma Federico of Westerly, RI and the late Rudolph Federico. A graduate of Westerly High School, Michael continued his education at the University of Rhode Island where he studied political science and psychology.

While enrolled as a full-time student, he ran for the Westerly Town Council as an independent and won, setting the record for youngest town councilman at the age of 22.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Michael started several businesses including a seasonal tourist publication, beach snack bar, ice cream shop, and wholesale distributorship. Subsequently, he served as a tax practitioner for over 30 years and was a Certified Financial Planner in the Manchester, CT area for over 25 years. He often did more than advise clients on their finances. It wasn’t uncommon for him to donate his services to single mothers and active duty military.

In addition to his mother, he leaves behind his beloved wife of 32 years, Karen (West) Federico; two daughters and son-in-law, Hillary R. Federico (Matt Andrew) of Westerly, RI and Courtney A. Federico of Troy, NY; eight siblings, Lorrie Olson (Mark), Steven Federico (Janet), and Mia Nolan (Jim) of Westerly, RI, Peter Federico (GiGi) of Odessa, FL, Susan Barry (Jack) of Auburn, MA, John Federico (Joelle) of Topeka, KS, Lisa Bariss (Juris) of Singapore, and Patti Federico (Christine Brochu) of Narragansett, RI. Michael also leaves his mother and father-in-law, Donald and Lisa West of Westerly, RI; sisters-in-law, Lisa Giacalone of New York, NY, Christine West (Tim Morgan) of Westerly, RI and brother-in-law, Don West of Westerly, RI; and 25 nieces and nephews.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Michael in his 62 years. Among them, be kind to others. His generous spirit and commitment to service took him to many a Walk Against Hunger, Manchester Road Race, Red Cross blood drive and beach cleanup. He was an active supporter of the Westerly Land Trust, Save the Bay, Southern Poverty Law Center and Bike Walk Connecticut and many more. To best honor him, he would ask that you set out to do one good deed today, allowing his legacy to live on.

We invite friends to join family in celebrating Michael’s life on Saturday, June 15, his 63rd birthday, from 11 am to 2 pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St, Westerly, RI.

Forever in our heart, private inurnment will be held at River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI and ashes will be scattered at sea, Michael’s favorite place to be.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Michael’s honor to the Westerly Land Trust. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 601, Westerly, RI 02891, and online donations can be made at westerlylandtrust.org. Please include Michael’s name on the memo line if donating by check or in the comments section if donating online.

To express condolences, visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please be advised that a brief service will be conducted near the end of the visitation.
  • Service

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 1:30pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Private, --
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Todd Ebeling

Posted at 08:52am
While I did not know Michael, I have worked with Michael's brother Pete for many years. In reading about Michael's life, it is apparent he was a very special person who gave back to others in many ways. I just wanted to express my sympathy to the entire family during this difficult time. - Todd Ebeling

Tim Andrew

Posted at 08:52am
An incredible, kind man. My son loved his Father-in-law like a dad. And I'm sure the feeling was mutual. Only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. Michael will be in everyone's memories for years, because of the man he was. Tim Andrew

Beth Spielman

Posted at 10:30pm
My father was a client of Michael's for many, many years. He had the utmost respect for him and enjoyed visiting with him while he had his taxes done and trusted no one else with the task. Michael was sweet enough to attend my mother's wake in August 2017. My father was most appreciative to see him. My father passed away May 12, 2019 and I reached out by email to let Michael know and he had nothing but kind words for me about my father. I had the privilege of meeting him a few times and he was truly a special person. I'm so very sorry for you loss. My condolences to your family, Beth Morrill Spielman

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