Salem — Michael M. Lyness, 54, of Salem, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, of injuries suffered in a fire at his house.
Born in Salem, Michael was the son of the late Robert V. and Angela G. (Perron) Lyness. He attended St. Joseph School, Salem High School and the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art. Most recently, he worked for Crown Auto Body Supply in Salem.
Michael is survived by two sisters, Claire V. Vogel of Salem and Christine A. Haley and her husband, James, of Newburyport. He is also survived by four brothers, Robert R. Lyness and his wife, Virginia, of Spencerport, N.Y., Paul C. Lyness and his wife, Ann, of Woburn, Richard M. Lyness of Lille, Maine, and John M. Lyness of Salem. Michael is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, several aunts, and an uncle. Besides his parents, Michael was predeceased by one brother, Mark Lyness.
Michael was a natural athlete, spending most of his high-school years on the Salem State University tennis courts and skiing the black-diamond trails of various New England ski resorts, including his favorite, Wildcat Mountain. He was a gifted painter, giving many original paintings to his siblings, and enjoyed his visits to art museums in Paris, Rome and Florence. Michael loved playing contract bridge with his father and brother, Bob, at the Community Center in South Hamilton and online with players from all over the world, rising to the top of the rankings for several months.
Although Mike was sometimes a man of few words, you always could count on him to deliver the truth. Those who had the opportunity to spend time with him recognized that he was a deep thinker, sensitive, insightful, and incredibly humble. A perfectionist at heart, he tried hard every day to do his best. Michael will be greatly missed, especially by his siblings and his many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are Friday and will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Berube and Sons Funeral Home of Salem. Memorial contributions may be made to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 125 Nashua St. Boston, MA 02114.