Michael Andrew Foley, age, 74 of Carlisle, Massachusetts passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Michael was the son of the late Frank Martin Foley, Sr., and Alice A. "Citty" (Frauenheim) Foley.
Michael was born January 9, 1949. He was raised in Armonk, New York, and attended Canterbury School in Connecticut.
Michael attended Williams College, where he majored in English. He excelled as a member of the Swimming and Diving Team and was on the JA Advisory Group. Michael graduated in 1972, after taking a year off following the student strike of spring 1970. Mike’s connection to the Williams community was important to him, and he stayed involved in Williams affairs, serving as an Admissions Representative, Class Agent from 1994 to 2001, and as an Associate Agent after that. Mike was also on the 25th and 50th Reunion Fund Committees.
After graduation, he lived and worked with his fellow alumni in New York State. Michael moved to Stowe, Vermont where he worked at the ski area. He would earn his JD from Vermont Law School in 1977. Mike spent the next few years at a local general practice firm while developing his love of skiing.
It was in Stowe in April 1981 that Michael met his wife, Laura while working as a house painter. She soon became a writer, photographer, and eventually editor-in-chief for a weekly newspaper in Morrisville. They were married on Long Island, where Laura grew up, in October 1983. They lived together in Westford, Vermont before moving in 1986 to Melrose, Massachusetts, and later Carlisle to raise a family.
Michael began a long and happy career as an investment counselor at Sawyer and Company in Boston, where he worked with his family. Mike had an amazing ability to connect with all types of people that served him well in his role. He developed strong relationships with clients over the years and the warmth and caring he showed in these interactions was an inspiration to his coworkers.
Mike had a great love for the outdoors. He cherished hiking with his daughter Tommy in the White Mountains and walks in his local Estabrook Woods with Laura and his family dogs. Whenever he could, Michael and Laura traveled to the Dolomites in Italy, where his son Nick lives with his family. Lifelong summer trips to South Wellfleet, Cape Cod gave Mike the opportunity to swim, check in with family and friends, and remember his beloved mother, Citty.
Mike’s life was defined by the love he showed his abundant family and friends. The most popular adult with children at any gathering, Mike was known for his ability to put a smile on any face. Mike lovingly coached his children’s baseball and soccer teams and was a regular at his sisters’ stores and on the street in Concord.
Michael is survived by his loving wife Laura McKeon Foley of Carlisle; son, Nicholas Foley, and wife Elisabeth of Südtirol, Italy, and daughter Tommy Foley of Oakland, California; and two grandchildren, James, and Claire Foley. Michael is also survived by his sisters Marie Foley, Toni Sawyer, and Susan Larson and brother Frank Foley, their many children and grandchildren, and his dog Sansa.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Michael at his funeral mass on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 10:30 am at St. Irene's Catholic Church, 181 East Street, Carlisle.
To view the livestream for Mike's funeral service, please visit the link below at least five minutes prior to the service:
Donations in Michael's name may be made to:
Conservation Gift Fund
c/o Conservation Commission
Carlilse Town Hall
66 Westford Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01472 978-369-3388 www.concordfuneral.com