Michael O. Austin

Born: Mon., Apr. 30, 1962
Died: Sat., May 27, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 01, 2017
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Funeral Service

9:00 AM Fri., Jun. 02, 2017
Location: New Hope Baptist Church

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LEOMINSTER---Michael O. Austin, 55 years old, of Leominster, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 in UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester. He is survived by his daughter Elaina Lee Austin of Grafton, sister Judy B. Holman and her husband Allen of Tulsa, OK, brother John E. Austin, Jr. and his wife Rosemarie of Leominster, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Bruce Stokes and Richmond Lewis Austin and his sister Ural O. “Sissy” Austin.

Michael was born April 30, 1962 in Shirley, son of John E. and Eddie Lee (Stokes) Austin, Sr. and was life long resident of Leominster. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1981 and was presently a Freshman Football Coach at Leominster High. Michael had been the manager of Wyman’s Liquors in Fitchburg for several years and was a local DJ. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Ayer and was a founding member of the Blue Devils Football Club. He coached football in Leominster at various levels for the past 35 years, coached Little League Baseball in Leominster for several years and umpired baseball in the area for 23 years.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 2nd at 9 am in the New Hope Baptist Church, 139 Sandy Pond Road, Ayer. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 1st from 5 to 8 pm in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Coach Mike Austin may be made to a Leominster youth sports program of the donor’s choice. There will be a “Celebration of Life For Coach Mike Austin” on Saturday, June 24th from 2-7 pm at the Knights of Columbus, 484 Lancaster Street, Leominster.

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Francine Stokes~Jenkins
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
First cousins are usually your first friends. We often take family for granted, as we believe they will always be around, simply a phone call away. I'm going to miss the ability to reach out to Michael, my cousin my friend. Rest in eternal peace cuz. Until we meet again. Your cousin Francine!

Alan and Sandra Tata
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
We have known Michael since he was a young boy...When he lived on Hammond St.. Alan would walk him home from practice from Doyle Field.As he grew into a man he coached my 2 boys in I believe every sport. 25 years ago when I coached Pop Warner cheerleaders I would ride the bus with Michael to all the away games.We became very close friends at that time which continued on through many years.Alan and I remember going to Elaina's birthday parties at his mom's house when she was a little girl.He was so proud of her, and he so loved his mom.. He came to my home "every" Thanksgiving eve to get his plate of my homemade ravioli ,turkey with all the fixens' and chocolate cream pie.He has brought me cards, flowers, coffee,and magnets(on my refrigerator) from his travels.We talked a lot about his health issues..I miss his laugh already... Rest in Peace my friend and know that you were "loved" by many...

Samantha Dodge
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
We Will Miss You Our Dear Sweet Friend.
Every Time We Eat Or See Chocolate Pie,
We Will Think of You.
Mrs D, Lisa Gilmour and Mark DeSantis
We Will Always Love You.

joanne damico, mike vaillette
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
The entire community mourns.....RIP coach- the best of the best. Eternal peace..... So many fond memories light our way. Leominster will never forget. Much love to your entire family at this time coach..... Life will never be the same here - your shoes cannot be filled.....you memory will live on forever.

Kermit and Nancy Brown
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Mike may no longer be here physically, but his gentle soul will remain with us always...and in all ways.

Kermit and Nancy Brown

Amy Mason
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to the Austin Family and the numerous friends. Will miss our friend dearly. May he rest in peace.

Love, Jeff, Amy, David and Hannah Mason

Lorraine Palazzi
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
To the Austin Family: I am moving June 1st but my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sorrowful time. My deceased son, Todd D. Davis played football side by side with Louie Austin , class of 1980. Michael was a great mentor to the youth of Leominster and will always be remembered with Love and great memories.

Susie Jackson
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
You have my deepest sympathy.
Rev 21: 3-4.

Scott Perceval
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Scott Perceval.

Coach will be missed. I saw firsthand what Coach Austin's smile and energy brought to every kid he coached. I learned from him what true commitment and enthusiasm for coaching really is. Scott Perceval

Dale Prentiss
   Posted Fri June 02, 2017
I was shocked to learn of Michael's passing, the Good Lord will certainly have an ally with Michael. I first met Michael when I was umpiring Men's softball, I had ejected a player for using obscenities, and Michael let me know in only his way that probably wasn't a good move on my part. Well, he was right, as I found a trash can that was put behind my car as I was leaving the parking. I got out of my car to pick it up, and he was standing there, with his huge smile. We laughed at that our entire careers. Michael was one of those guys, you just wanted to be friends with. I will miss him.

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