Michael C. Salafia, 45: Treasured his role as uncle, godfather

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PORTLAND — Michael Christopher Salafia, 45, of Portland, died unexpectedly July 18.

On Oct. 21, 1964, he was born in Lawrence, Mass., son of Frank J. Salafia and Maryann I. Berube.

After graduating from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H. in 1982, he served in the U.S. Army until he received an honorable discharge in 1987.

Subsequently, he moved to Portland and worked as a press operator before  becoming an outside machinist at Bath Iron Works. Earlier this month, he celebrated his 20-year anniversary at Bath Iron Works.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed snowshoeing, hiking, camping in the mountains and finding secret swimming holes.

He was a fan of the New England Patriots, and enjoyed spending the day with his brother and watching the game.

Above all, he loved being an uncle to his brother Mark’s children, Kristina and Anthony, and godfather to Kayleigh Cyr.

He was predeceased by his mother Maryann Berube in 2005.

Survived are his father and stepmother, Frank and Dianne Salafia of Salem, N.H.; his beloved brother, Mark Salafia, his wife Renee, and their children, Kristina and Anthony, all of South Portland, and brother Frank Salafia of Tavernier, Fla.; two stepsisters, Linda Fielding and her husband George, and Colleen Fazio and her husband David, all of Methuen, Mass.; two stepbrothers, Danny Clark of Methuen, Mass., and Jackie Clark of Oviedo, Fla.; stepnieces and stepnephews; special aunts and uncles; cousins; and his girlfriend, Regina Prescott Bayne of Freeport and her two daughters.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Tyler Cyr Memorial Baseball Scholarship, c/o Kelly Jo Cyr, 63 Landham Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.

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