Michael Anthony Mentuck

Michael Anthony Mentuck, “Umpie,” a lifelong resident of Marblehead, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family at the age of 81 on February 7, 2021, after a brief illness.

Mike graduated Hebron Academy in 1957 and attended Tufts University before taking a job with Underwriters Salvage Corporation as a salvor. He worked with George M. Ruddy and Company for
many years as manager of the Boston and Montreal offices. In 1980 Mike opened his own company, Michael A. Mentuck & Associates, Inc. and ran that company up until his passing. Mike was very well known in the insurance salvage industry and was involved in leadership positions for numerous industry and professional groups. He traveled extensively during his career visiting every state, 10 Canadian provinces, and 38 countries and territories including China, Guam, Europe, the Caribbean and South America providing salvage and other services to various insurance companies.

Mike was a mainstay on the Marblehead waterfront and enjoyed spending time on his boat ELIZABETH M., which he often volunteered for charitable organizations including Wounded Warriors, Anchor to Windward, Sailing Heals and numerous others. He was a lifetime member of the Boston Yacht Club, where he served as the chair of numerous committees before being appointed Commodore in 1989. He was very involved with the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race and as a result of his efforts is one of only two Americans to ever receive an Honorary Membership to the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the oldest sailing club in the America’s. This is an honor that he was extremely proud of and he will be missed by many at the RNSYS. He served on the Marblehead Harbors and Waters Board  and served as Chairman of the Marblehead Fireworks Committee.

Mike was active in many social clubs in town and was at one point the youngest Exalted Ruler of an Elks Lodge (Marblehead) in the country. In 2006 Mike was honored with the Marblehead Harbor Award, in recognition of his extensive philanthropic work with the Marblehead waterfront. In 2020 he was named Mariner of the Year by the Mariners Club of Massachusetts. He was a Mason and an active member of the Gerry Five VFA. He was a regular of the morning crew at The Driftwood Restaurant and a member of the Wharf Rats Society (Boston Station).

For Mike, his happiest, most rewarding days were spent on the ELIZABETH M. with his beloved wife, his children, and grandchildren. Mike was born to Elsie and John Mentuck on May 22, 1939, in Swampscott. Though Mike achieved several honors in his lifetime his proudest accomplishment
was his family, whom he adored. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth (Johnson); four sons and their wives Michael and Pamela of Marblehead, Todd and Amanda of Swampscott, Doug and Debra of Swampscott, and Jeff and Brett of Salem; nine grandchildren Taylor, Michael, Courtney, Alexandra, Allison, Douglas, Paige, Megan and Max; along with five great-grandchildren. He leaves his sister Patricia Hayes, and brother John Mentuck.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anchor to Windward (anchortowindward.org).

For more information or online guestbook, please visit MurphyFuneralHome.com.

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Jay Dahlgren

Jay was born in Mt. Pleasant , NY, son of the late Edward Joseph Dahlgren and Adeline Theresa Miles. He was the General Manager of Edisto Beverage of Orangeburg, and was a retired Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, and a veteran of Vietnam and Korea. Jay proudly served as the Commodore of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary since February 1992, and with the US Power Squadron since 1991 in Columbia, SC. -Elizabeth Agar

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William Baldwin

P/D/C William W. Baldwin, SN, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Born in Fort Wayne on July 27, 1940, he was the son of Hiram and Ethel (Smith) Baldwin. A resident of Fort Wayne and formerly of Gary, Ind., (Miller Beach), and Snow Lake, Fremont, Ind., he married Sharon M. Sutton on June 25, 1975. Bill was a graduate of Indiana Central College and received his Masters and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. He retired after 42 years of combined educational service from Indiana University Northwest Medical School in 2005 as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Medical Education, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and in his early career a teacher at George Washington High School in Indianapolis Ind. He was the 2005 recipient of the distinguished Sagamore of Wabash Award; a member of Rotary International in which he was the 2004-2005 Governor, District 6540; and the United States Power Squadron. He and Sharon enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and he was an avid fisherman. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly C. Covell – Campbell and Frank Campbell of Osawatomie, Kan.; step grand-daughter, Krystle Campbell (Ryan Gindlesperger) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother-in-law, Wayne Lantz of Fort Wayne; and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Joanne B. Lantz and Alvera M. Shaw; brother-in-law, David R. Shaw; and nephew, David J. Shaw. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Pleasant Lake, Ind. Dr. William Smith will officiate the service. Due to the current pandemic masks will be required. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rotary International or Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine. Internment provided by Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Ind. Condolences may be sent online. -Bill Jenkins

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Ruth Ann Bee

Long time member Ruth Ann Bee crossed the bar on April 28, 2020. Memorials may be made in her memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hartwell, GA or the Council for Domestic Violence. Hartwell, GA. We will miss her infectious smile, her fabulous baked goods, and the joy she gave to everyone. -Gail Wilshire

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Socrates Ivan Birsky-Okuntsoff

Jan 24, 1931 – Jan 21, 2021

Lt Socrates Ivan Birsky-Okunstoff, SN, was born in Arcadia, FL, son of Ivan Kuzmich Okuntsoff of Siberia and Nadejda Birsky-Okuntsoff of Poland. He was educated in New York City at the Music Settlement School and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. Socrated started playing the violin and the piano at the age of 3. He first played for an audience of over 200 at the age of 3. By the time he was 8 he had started dance lessons. He became a student at the Fokine Ballet Studio in Carnegie Hall. Classical Ballet and Russian Ballet became his life and in 1948 he left home to tour in South America and Cuba. In 1951 Socrates was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC as the leader in the Corps-de-ballet. He also was under contract with the CBS TV Network for the “USA Canteen Show” and Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town”. After an injury that ended his dance career he opened his own dance school in NYC. He was fluent in 4 languages and eventually retired to Sarasota, FL. -Barbara C Wolfe

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John Noonan

John Edward Noonan, 95, passed away Jan. 13, 2020. He was a WWII Navy veteran and was a member of the Louisville Sail & Power Squadron. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shelly Marie Smith Noonan; his second wife, Rita Noonan; and his siblings, Mary Noonan, Henry Noonan, and Anna Boss. Survivors include his daughter, Beverly “Saca” Lancaster; and his grandchildren, Ciana Lancaster, Shelly Lancaster, and Natalie Lancaster. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Marie Fazzari

Marie Fazzari

Marie Fazzari

Marie Theresa Fazzari was a caring wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She left this world peacefully on January 24, 2021 at the age of 75.

She was born to William and Marie Sekerak on October 4, 1945. She, along with her twin sister, Maureen (predeceased) lived in Clark, NJ. After high school, Marie attended Montclair State University where she graduated with a degree in Spanish. During her years of teaching Spanish at Colonia Senior High school in NJ, Marie met her husband, Joseph. They married on June 22, 1969.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her son Kevin, his wife Lisa and her two grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel; her son Michael, his wife Tricia and three grandchildren Anthony, Cara and Ryan. She is also survived by her Aunt Jane and Uncle Joe Foti, along with their children Elaine and Darlene and her nephews Bryan and Kellie. -Arthur Beers

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David Crowley

David Crowley, a past member of America’s Boating Club of Beaufort died on Jan. 6, 2021 at age 89. David joined the squadron in 1994 and was an active member for 17 years. He achieved the grade of AP, earned 14 merit marks, and was certified course instructor. He was predeceased by his wife Martha, who also was a past member.

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