Michael J. Symonowicz, 72, of Worcester, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2021 at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care Center in Melbourne, Florida following a long period of declining health. Michael was born on November 27, 1949 in Worcester, Massachusetts to parents Edwin F. and Helen (Copp) Symonowicz.
Growing up on Queen Street, he was active in the Ted Williams Little League and the St. Paul’s Cathedral CYC basketball team and choir. A graduate of Doherty Memorial High School Class of ‘67, he was revered as athletic in football and track. He studied business at Central New England College, now Worcester Junior College, and worked as a recruiter for its international student exchange program. Michael notably began his career as the assistant director of admissions at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Michael continued his recruiting passion as a successful entrepreneur and specifically contributed to recruiting initiatives for the United States Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Defense.
Like his father, Michael was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Active in the veteran community, Michael supported the Prisoners of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) Rolling Thunder, riding from New Hampshire to Washington, D.C. to participate.
Michael cherished America’s pastimes and held a nostalgia for the 1950s from his love of soda pop floats to hot dog stands. He enjoyed taking his family to Disney World, watching the Patriots and the Red Sox, going to the movies, and was a Harley Davidson and RV enthusiast. He loved American-made cars, especially the Ford Mustang Shelby GT.
He cherished vacations to the Las Olas Resort in Cocoa Beach and to watch the launches at Cape Canaveral. In later years, he enjoyed watching his grandson Braeden compete in football and baseball. An avid conversationalist, he delighted in political banter.
Michael lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Frederick, MD and finally in Marion, VA, but had always returned to Florida.
Michael is predeceased by his parents and his eldest daughter, Janessa-Michelle Isaacs. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey M. (Symonowicz) and Dewey A. Snavely II of Fredericksburg, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Erin C. Symonowicz and Kyle E. Schwochow of Norfolk, VA; and three grandsons, Braeden A. Snavely, C.J. Schwochow, and Gordon Twigg-Smith. He is further survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Symonowicz) and John Barton of Worcester, MA; his nephew, Derek and grandnephew William. Lastly, Mike is survived by his dear companion, Mr. Peanut.
Church services will be held on November 24th 2021 at 12:30pm at the New Fellowship Baptist Church, 1840 Old Dixie Highway, Titusville, FL 32796. Burial with military honors will be held at 2:00pm at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Marine Corps League, Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 2535, Worcester, MA 01613 or to Ted Williams Little League, Beaver Brook Park, Worcester, MA 01603.
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