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November 13, 2013

Michael W. Hodge, 52

Methuen — Michael W. Hodge, 52, of Methuen, Mass., died on Sunday, November 10, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a lifelong Methuen resident. He is survived by three sisters, Paula J. Alliette, Kathleen L. Giroux and Richard Bochman, and Susan D. Griebel and her husband, Lee. His loving family includes his nephew, Andre Giroux; his nieces, Christina Silva and her husband, Eric, and their two children, Autumn and Noah, Kimberly Harris and her fiancé, Josh Chabot, and nephews Tyler and Dalton Griebel. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Michael is also survived by his fiancée, Sharon Tovey, as well as her dad, Joseph Amante, and Rosemary Goforth, and her children, Danielle and David Tovey, and grandson Tyler.

He was the son of the late Warren J. and Jeanne A. Hodge, and is also predeceased by a brother-in-law, Steven J. Alliette.

Michael attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and Central Catholic High School, and graduated from Methuen High School, Class of 1979. He worked at Lucent Technologies for 30 years in the shipping/receiving department. He was a union steward, and was one of the last employees to leave when the company closed in 2008.

Michael enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially the beach, and boating, snowmobiling and cruising on his Harley. One of his greatest adventures was his cross-country RV trip with Sharon in the summer of 2012. One of his proudest accomplishments was obtaining his captain’s license and piloting the “Tight Squeeze,” docking her in Newburyport and Hampton for many summers.

The family would like to thank the staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Mike’s close friend, Kevin Hebert, for their help and support throughout his illness.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, at 9 a.m., in St. Monica’s Church in Methuen, with burial to follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. For directions, or condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Hodge Family with the arrangements.