Bluffton, SC — John William Michaels, 92, of Bluffton, S.C., formerly of Salem, Mass., died, following a brief illness, on April 30, 2014, at Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina. He was the loving husband for 69 years of Virginia (Bekeritis) Michaels of Bluffton.
Born in Salem, Mass., he was the son of Joseph F. and Josephine (Brawders) Michaels. He graduated from Salem High School, and furthered his education in accounting at the Hawthorne Institute. During World War II, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force, both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Mr. Michaels worked his entire career in sales, first at Vulcan Electric Co. in Danvers, and then formed his own business, The John Michaels Co., and worked for himself until retirement.
He loved golfing, bowling, reading, music, and enjoyed vacations on Cape Cod.
His greatest love was family and spending time at home with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was truly a family man.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Janet Loach, Elaine Rae (Peter) and Jeffrey Michaels (Amy); a sister, Mary Miller; his grandchildren, Jennifer Loach (Karim Momin), Zachary, Joshua and Spencer Michaels, Kristen Lavoie (Lincoln), Lauren Sleeper (Dean), and Bryan and Emily Rae; and a great-grandchild, Chloe Huffman. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Joseph and Philip Michaels; and his sister, Marjorie Murch.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Friday, May 9, at 12 p.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., corner of North St., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Tidewater Foundation, 10 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Suite A, Bluffton, SC 29910, or at www.tidewaterhospice.com, or to the hospice of one's choice. For his guest book, or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.