Marlborough – Michael A. Burnell, 61, of Marlborough died on Saturday March 19, 2022 surrounded by his family after a heroic battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Lisa M. (Adams) Burnell, who died in 2007.
He leaves behind his sons, Michael J. Burnell and his wife Candace of Marlborough, and Daniel C. Burnell and his girlfriend Marissa Flynn of Marlborough, as well as his two grandchildren Joseph and Emma Burnell. He also leaves behind his girlfriend Sue Manzo of Marlborough. His brothers, David Burnell of Boylston, Richard Burnell of Marlborough and Gary Burnell of Mendon. As well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Michael “Mike” was born in Brattleboro, Vermont. He was the son of the late Stuart and the late Joyce Burnell. Mike has resided in Marlborough for most of his life. He was a dedicated worker at New Horizons for thirteen years; all the residents loved “Big Mike”. Prior to that, he was a jack-of-all-trades in construction, mechanics, and any other trade that came his way. He was good with his hands and had a wide range of skills.
Mike brought light and love to everyone he met. He always knew how to make everyone smile and laugh. He was a wonderful father, husband, friend, colleague and partner. However, one title he held above all else was grandfather. Joe and Emma were Mike’s pride and joy. He looked forward to every second spent with them and fought until the end to be there for his family. Mike will be deeply missed by all. We find peace knowing that his wife, Lisa, has welcomed him to heaven and that he no longer struggles every day.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson St., Marlborough, MA 01752. There will be a celebration of life to follow at the Italian American Club located at 111 Neil Street, Marlborough MA.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Michael Burnell to Friends of Dana-Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., SW120, Boston, MA 02215. We are very grateful to them last year, the treatment they have given to our father, and the extra time we were able to have with him.
Slattery Funeral Home in Marlborough helped with the arrangements.