The family of Michael James Wysocki is terribly saddened to announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, April 25, at the age of 70.
He was born in Wilmington, DE on July 18 1952 to Alexander and Marie (Ross) Wysocki. Michael was raised in Chadds Ford, PA alongside his four loving siblings, Alexander (Jean), Kathleen, Diana, and Eric.
He attended Unionville High School and on February 9, 1968, he went on a blind date with Ann Mitchel to a basketball game that turned into a 50 year marriage that produced four children: Michael (Stacy), Amy (Ben) Amanda (Patrick) and Mary (Dean), and six grandchildren: Scarlett, Dean, Camila, Luke, Caroline, and Abbey.
Michael worked for "39 years and 10 months" as a brakeman for the railroad in the freight industry; he even wrote a song about his time there.
Mike was best known for his incredible musical talent and ability to play any song. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12, influenced by his beloved Uncle Bud, a guitar player himself, who got him started with his first guitar and lessons. By 1968, along with his older brother, he was in a band called "The Flock." He went on to play in numerous bands including "Bald Weed," "Circus," "Pure Cane," " The Not Guilty Band," and a one night only band entitled, "Warsaw Falcons," who played a New Year's Eve gig during a blizzard at the Chadds Ford Tavern. His latest effort, "Long Time Comin'," was formed in 2012, this time including his little brother as a bandmate. It was with this band that he traveled to Memphis to record his original song, "Oye" at Sun Studios. The band recently went to Nashville to record another of Mike's original songs, "Runnin' Out of Time."
Michael loved music, particularly the Beatles, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Traveling Wilburys, and ELO. George was his favorite Beatle. Playing music was how he bonded with people, and his friends and family were regularly treated to his fabulous guitar playing and singing. Joining in was always encouraged, and those who participated will always remember.
Aside from being an exceptional musician, Mike was also an exceedingly funny and kind soul. He loved making people laugh, and he was blessed with a terrific sense of humor and wit. His brother, Alexander, put it best by saying that "everybody he ever met was his friend."
Michael loved going to Wildwood, NJ, where he spent many childhood summers in the company of his much loved grandparents. His generous and lively spirit will be forever missed by those who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29th, at the Incarnation United Church of Christ., 47 N. Fourth Street, Newport at 1:00pm, with a visitation from 12 Noon to 1:00pm. Reception will follow at 2:00pm.
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