Michael P. Voolich

Michael P. Voolich

December 9th, 1943 May 26th, 2019

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Obituary for Michael P. Voolich

Michael “Mike” Voolich or “Mikol” to his wife, Erica

Longtime resident of Somerville, MA passed away peacefully following a brief illness on May 26, 2019 at the age of 75. He was surrounded his family and drew his last breaths as he lived, snoring with his feet up in front of the red sox game.

Mike was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, to Donna (Domina Bozanich) and Sam Voolich, with sister, Sandra and brother Peter. He grew up in a family of salmon fishermen, working on fishing boats between Seattle and Alaska. As a young man he dreamed of being a philosopher and made his way to Boston via Santa Clara University and then Washington University in Saint Louis where he met his beloved wife, Erica.

He began his teaching career when he was studying Philosophy at Boston College. But soon his interests wandered to woodworking and he became a woodshop teacher in Arlington, Brookline, then moving to Salem High School and eventually to Norwood High School. As the world changed so did Mike’s career, his final teaching jobs were as a Computer Aided Design, and then American History teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He had a penchant for building practically anything: building furniture, obtaining a builders license, remodeling his own house and supervising the construction of a home for a friend.

He was a devoted father to Cheryl, Sam and wife Gretchen, and Johanna and husband Caleb. He volunteered as a Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach in Somerville MA, and sometimes drove for hours to ensure he attended every basketball game his kids ever played in. Over time he had the good fortune to become a devoted grandfather to Matt and wife Britany, Leo, and Lucy, and great-grandfather to Vanessa and Sophia.

In Mike's later years he sought out his extended family in Croatia discovering he was able to speak the language that had been spoken around him is his home growing up. He was able to connect family members in Chile and Croatia.

In many ways Mike was larger than life. Beyond his very large stature, he had a large presence in every room, curious about the world, questioning everything, and also wanting to tell everyone about everything, always having a unique approach to life and a desire to help others.

Visiting hours will be held Friday May 31 at Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Massachusetts Ave, North Cambridge 4-7PM. Service will be held Saturday at the funeral home at 11am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are to be made to Somerville Math Fund (

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Friday, May 31st, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Saturday, June 1st, 2019

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Bob and Margaret McIndoe

We send our condolences to your entire family. We remember fondly his sunny personality and positive approach to life as we watched Johanna, Sam, Anne and David cavort. His artistry lives on into its second generation. The dollhouse he made for Anne's Christmas now resides in her daughter, Madeleine's, room. May peace come to your extended family as you say farewell to a truly remarkable man.
Comment | Posted at 09:56am via Condolence

erica voolich

Maggie and Bob, so nice to hear from you and to know that dollhouse lives on. The "dollhouse kit" that Johanna received that year, and assembled with her dad is still in use, as is the one he made from my mother in Chicago -- it was passed on after she died. I hope all is well by you. Erica
Posted at 03:43pm


Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

My deepest sympathy
Comment | Posted at 09:00am via Condolence

erica voolich

Thanks so much
Posted at 03:44pm

Tracie Smart

Dear Ricki,

With love and appreciation I send this most sincere condolence for the loss of your beloved, Michael. He (as well, you) did more good deeds for my family than I can count. I will be forever in your debt.

Most sincerely,

Tracie (Smart)
Comment | Posted at 08:17pm via Condolence

erica voolich

Tracie, thanks so much, our families are definitely connected. Mikol loved helping the world, whether the person wanted help or not. I remember many hours in your kitchen when you were kids and I was talking with your mother while some adventure was going on around us. Thanks
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