C. Michael Lavin.STERLING - C. Michael Lavin, 66, of Tuttle Road, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 21.
Raised in Bolton, Mr. Lavin was the son of Lt. Col. Clement M. and Eleanor M. (Hansen) Lavin and lived 29 years in Sterling.
He graduated from Nashoba Regional High School Nashoba Regional High School (NRHS) is a high school (grades 9-12) that is part of the Nashoba Regional School District. It is located in Bolton, Massachusetts and also serves the towns of Lancaster and Stow. As of 2006, it has some 900 students. The school principal is Mr. and is a 1969 graduate of Boston College Boston College, main campus at Chestnut Hill, Mass.; coeducational; Jesuit; est. and opened 1863. Actually a university, the school's Chestnut Hill campus comprises colleges of arts and sciences and business administration, the graduate school, and schools of nursing with a bachelor's degree in marketing.
He served during the Vietnam War Vietnam War, conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. from 1969 to 1971 with the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and second lieutenant.
He taught industrial arts at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and later worked at Nypro in Clinton.
In 1986, he started his own cabinetry business in Sterling, from which he retired in 2007.
Mr. Lavin was a talented woodworker and in 1983 built his own home on Tuttle Road where he and his wife Pam raised their three children.
He was an accomplished oil painter and presented landscape painting demonstrations entitled, "Oil Painting in an Hour" at senior living centers throughout Worcester County.
His passion later in life was model trains and historically replicating the Sterling Railroad Depot (circa 1915) and a 1911 rendition of Union Station in Worcester. As an amateur historian, he took great pride in constructing from scratch buildings and fixtures surrounding railroad stations representing specific eras.
He was in the final stages of his Union Station Model, which was to be publicly recognized and displayed indefinitely at Union Station in Worcester in the fall.
He assisted in coaching the Wachusett Pop Warner Football League and the Wachusett Mountaineers. He was a member of Saint Cecilia Church, in Leominster, where he taught CCD CCD
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He was also a member of the Leominster Art Association.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 33 years, Pamela M. (Mason) Lavin; two sons, Michael "Mitch" A. Lavin and Jeffrey T. Lavin, both of Worcester; a daughter, Jamie Lavin of Quincy; three sisters, Christine Kemp of Basalt basalt (bəsôlt`, băs`ôlt), fine-grained rock of volcanic origin, dark gray, dark green, brown, reddish, or black in color. Basalt is an igneous rock, i.e., one that has congealed from a molten state. , Colo., JoAnn DuMoulin of White River Jct., Vt., and Cynthia Lavin-Warden of Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
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Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at the Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Road, Sterling.
A Mass of Christian burial celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Saint Cecilia Church, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster, followed by interment at Hillside Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Cecilia Church's Restoration Fund, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA 01543, or St. John's Church, Food for the Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604 (www.stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org).
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