Michael Dolphin

Michael Wayne Dolphin

December 30, 1945 - September 30, 2019
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Michael Wayne Dolphin, 73, of Pittsfield, MA and Ft. Myers, FL, passed away September 30, 2019 peacefully at home.

Born in Pittsfield on December 30, 1945, Michael was the son of the late Franklyn P. and Dorothy A. Renaud Dolphin.

Michael graduated from Wahconah Regional High School and attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical in Daytona, Florida.

He married the former Marian “Mimi” Heaton on January 16, 1971 at St. Theresa’s Church.

Mr. Dolphin was a pilot for over 50 years logging 18 thousand hours of air time. His career began at Yankee Airlines in Pittsfield where he met the love of his life Mimi while working for her father. From there his career took him to Richmor Aviation in Hudson, NY. Michael’s career propelled in the aviation industry when he became president of Jet Systems at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. He continued to fly recreationally after retirement.

Michael loved spending time with his beloved family; flying, cars and motorcycles, boating, and adored dogs. His selfless love and contagious smile touched everyone that came into his life. He held his family and friends near and dear to his heart.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marian “Mimi” Dolphin; daughter, Tracey Arasimowicz and husband Edward of Ft. Myers, FL; son, Todd Dolphin and wife Kristy of Odessa, FL; sister, Judy Ryan of Lenox, MA; his beloved grandchildren, Katelyn, Luke, Ryan and Reese; as well as his faithful companion Buddy.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Michael W. Dolphin will be held, SATURDAY, October 5, 2019 with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:00am at St. Joseph Church, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be FRIDAY, October 4, 2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of the funeral home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    October 4, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    October 4, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    October 5, 2019 | 9:00am
    October 5, 2019 9:00am
    St. Joseph Church
    North Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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    Rev. Monsignor Michael Shershanovich
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Pecks Road
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Matthew OToole

Posted at 07:55pm
It was truly a pleasure to work for a man like Mike. He always put his employees first and treated us like his family.His enthusiasm to provide great customer service was contagious and was reflected by us always being the best operation at HPN. He was always willing to listen to anything we had to share. A firm believer in second chances, he helped me personally through some tough times. I will be forever grateful . My heartfelt condolences go to his family . He will never be forgotten...Thanx for being you Mr. D.

Jeff Connell

Posted at 04:25pm
I remember Mike from his days at Westchester (HPN), where our aircraft was based. He was a true professional. After the company moved the aircraft to the Washington area and I retired, I sort of lost track of Mike.
A few years later, at a fine dining establishment in Ft. Myers FL, Mike and I reconnected. We saw him and Mimi there often in the following years. He as always upbeat.
He will be missed by his many friends.
Jeff & Florence


Posted at 12:29pm
Mr.Dolphin was like a second father to me growing up. I cannot remember a week that passed that I wasn’t over the Dolphin’s house. He treated me with such kindness and generosity words cannot even describe. I have so many fond memories of being on Onota Lake on the boat during the summers. Mike and Mimi included me on all their family vacations and truly made me feel like a part of the family.
The one thing that stands out most to me is his sincere desire for everyone around him to be happy, which is testament to the kind of person he was. I will always remember his kindness.

Wes and Debbie Mojica

Posted at 12:28pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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The Herrmans

Posted at 07:42pm
Wishing you peace and comfort. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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