Milbridge – Michael J. Domrad, 67 passed away unexpectedly on June 2, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 15, 1950 in Meriden, CT to John and Ann Jankowski Domrad.
He graduated from H.C. Wilcox Technical School, in Meriden, CT and became a union carpenter in the state of Connecticut, learning his craft from “the best of the best”. He was an Army Veteran serving in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Machias, ME.
In 1973, he married Pauline Camire and thus began their 45 year adventure. In 1978 they moved to to Maine with their two young children and purchased their dream Victorian home in Milbridge.
Mike supported his growing family by building and selling furniture at craft fairs and eventually was hired to build homes, building wonderful homes in Hancock and Washington County as well as in several states. He took pride in renovating many of the fine old homes in the local area. A highlight of his career was being hired by Sally Jesse Raphael in converting a former horse barn into a fine arts center at the Storm King School in Cornwall, NY. For the past 7 years Mike was employed by Inland Seafood in South Portland ME as a maintenance supervisor retiring in the fall of 2017.
He shared his love of music by volunteering first as a Saturday host of Mix Bag and then later as a Friday night host of Departure on community radio station WERU in East Orland, ME for 20 years. When the station outgrew its’ space, he assumed the responsibility of building contractor by supervising the renovation of the new station enlisting the assistance of many, many volunteers. He was a Selectman in the town of Milbridge, serving as Board Chair. He was also recently involved as a Board Member in Gateway Milbridge opening the Marquee Shoppe with the ultimate goal of raising funds to build a new Milbridge Theater.
Attending rock concerts was a passion of his and he was able to attend hundreds of concerts over the years, one of his favorite would be seeing his favorite band Pink Floyd. Over the years, he would travel with Pauline or other friends to many cities; states and countries to attend concerts and would share his experiences with anyone with the patience to listen. He also took his children to concerts taking Chris to the Rolling Stones in Montreal; Amy to Sinead O’Connor in Foxboro and Joe to see Bush in Atlanta, GA.
Mike & Pauline also traveled, taking their kids to the Macy’s Day Parade; rededication of the Statue of Liberty; Quebec City; Boston area sights and to various places of interest in CT; MA; NY and FL, as well as camping; picnicking; boating and fishing. He once surprised Pauline with a trip to Paris for their 25th wedding anniversary. That started their travel to Europe and over the years, they visited Belgium; The Netherlands; Germany; Austria; Ireland and Italy as well as going to San Diego, CA; Austin, TX and Maui. Mike was pleased that his children caught his “traveling bug” and visited places around the world. He was excited to hear of their adventures and to see their photographs.
The New England Patriots were his favorite sports team and he & Pauline were season ticket holders for 12 years and would leave home at dark and return at dark for home games. They even attended games out of state. He was once interviewed by a Boston TV station because they spotted him cooking lobsters while tailgating.
He is survived by Pauline who was blessed and adored by him for 45 years, his son Christopher of Bristol, CT., his daughter Amy and son-in-law, Winslow Tudor of Marlboro, VT and his son Joseph of Maui,Hawaii, as well as his two precious granddaughters, Ellie & Katie Tudor who called him “Dziadzio,” which meant grandfather in Polish.
Also surviving are his mother-in -aw Laurette Camire of Bath, ME; sisters-in-law Paulette Davis & husband, Andrew Varanelli of East Moriches, NY, Paula Cunningham of Bath, ME, and brother-in-law, Paul & wife, Gail Camire of Southington, CT; nieces and nephews Jeff & Maire Cunningham, Jennifer & Jason Hunt and Beth & Lynn Camire; dear friends Steve & Lynne Schack, Gary Wellin, Jesse Burns and Carol Morrison; many, many friends.
He is also survived by his mother Ann Domrad as well as sisters Sharon; Lauire & Ozzie; Diane & Gary; Kathy & Tammy, and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father in law Paul Camire and his father John Domrad.
Mike was a man with a big heart who was passionate about life and will be sorely missed. His passing leaves a void that will never be filled. He was proud of the adults his children had become and treasured sharing time with them.
A memorial service and time of remembrance will be held on Saturday June 9, 2018; 2 – 4 pm at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Milbridge. Sharing stories of Mike would be much loved. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Mike’s name to WERU Radio, PO Box 170, East Orland, ME 04431 or Gateway Milbridge PO Box 62, Milbridge, ME 04658