Thomas Michael “Mike” Maroney of Lakebay, formerly of Helena, Montana, died July 2 at the age of 81. He was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer in March 2020. Mike was cared for and passed away peacefully at home with family at his bedside.
Mike was meticulous with his work and loved his tools. He worked with his hands and was able to fix most anything. He held various jobs, mostly as an electrician. Mike proudly served several hundred hours as a Salvation Army Disaster Services volunteer. He taught several community CPR, First Aid and Disaster classes. He was present at numerous natural disasters from Hawaii to Alaska. Mike was an exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Hell Gate Lodge No. 383 from 1983 to 1984. He was a senior chaplain with the International Alliance of Community Chaplains. Mike was a Navy veteran who served with the fleet tug sailors on the U.S.S. Munsee.
Mike had a contagious ear-to-ear smile. He enjoyed cooking, fly-tying, fishing and hunting. He was happiest when doing his Salvation Army volunteer disaster work, cooking with his extendend Chamorro family, and visiting with friends. Those who knew Mike understood he knew no strangers.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Louis LaFleur and Albert Edwin Maroney, and his two sisters, Billy-Lou Sweeney and Leslie-Carol Spomer.
He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Sandy; siblings Georgia Steir (Jan), Richard Hanson, Paula Froehner (Terri) and Bill Hanson (Patty); children, Patrick Cameron (Xesia), Margaret Cameron (Dave), Erin Sorbo (Ken), Shane Maroney (Felicia) and 10 grandchildren, along with especially close friends Julian Quintanilla, Mike Cyrus and Ron Timblin, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.
A celebration of life is planned, pending COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Mike requested cremation at Edwards Memorial Funeral Home.