Michael A. San Soucie of Longwood, Fla. and a former Vineyard resident, died peacefully in his sleep on May 18. He was 55.
He was born May 11, 1957 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He spent his first 16 years in Lafayette Hill and Ft. Washington, Pa., attending Whitemarsh Township Schools. He later worked and lived in Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Longwood, Fla.
Every summer in his youth he looked forward to coming to Martha’s Vineyard and staying in the Camp Ground in the family-owned gingerbread cottage. He liked to fish with his grandfather San Soucie and especially loved fishing from the Menemsha jetty with his brother, Steve (Sooch) and sister Debbie. His enthusiasm for the Island led to working diligently for several years at the Black Dog Tavern on the Vineyard Haven harbor, and he was known for proudly wearing his Black Dog T-shirts. He was supportive and a fan of Vineyard ice hockey, being a regular and faithful attendee with his nephew Brandon Bortz. He also found time to share his nieces’ and nephews’ enthusiasm for horse shows and soccer.
Also on the Vineyard, he had a business of landscaping for private homes in West Tisbury and Edgartown, and at Faith MV Church, where his gardening interest was shared with his friend Derek Cruz. After relocating to Florida, he delivered flowers in Altamonte Springs for many years and continued his landscaping interest in the Orlando suburbs, particularly in Maitland, Fla. His conscientious, faithful and caring personality kept him busy carefully tending to the Kennedy/Greene property, despite the numerous medical challenges he was facing.
Michael was the son of Shirley San Soucie of Oak Bluffs and Longwood, and the late Emil Roland San Soucie of Ambler, Pa. He is survived by his sister, Debra San Soucie Folsom and her husband James Folsom of Longwood, and brother Steve (Sooch) San Soucie and wife Francine Lelong of Saint Pierre Les Nemours, France. He is also survived by nephews Brandon Bortz of Martha’s Vineyard and Benjamin San Soucie of Saint Pierre Les Nemours, France and nieces Ashley Bortz of Longwood and Stacy Hart of Sanford, Fla. He will also be missed by aunts, uncles and cousins in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home in Sanford, Fla.
A memorial service will be held in Martha’s Vineyard in August.
Donations may be made in Michael’s memory to Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey League, Ice Arena PO Box 2062, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or Faith MV Church Building and Grounds Fund, 316 Meetinghouse Way, Edgartown, MA 02539.