East Schodack—Michael K. Sassaman (Mike), a man of many occupations including US postal service employee, NYPD (25 years, 8 months and 18 days), Coast 102.5 (Rockland, Maine) radio announcer and newscaster, Knox County (Maine) Sheriff Deputy, Maine State Prison correctional officer, US census taker, proprietor of “Michael’s Antiques” and more died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Albany Medical Center. He was 77.
As a life member of the American Legion Nassau Post #1268, Mike wore many hats. He was the adjutant, treasurer and chaplain. He was also the adjutant and treasurer of the Rensselaer County American Legion and chaplain and chairman of Law and Order for the Third District of New York State. Mike was also an active member of the AMVETS of Nassau.
But wait there’s more. Mike was single minded in his search for not only his own family roots but those of his extended family and friends. He loved the outdoors, the Jersey shore and all things football, especially the Patriots.
Born February 11, 1941 to Francis and Eileen Sassaman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mike spent his youth living around the US and Europe as a service brat. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the army and served stateside in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Beloved husband of 40 years to Estelle, Mike is also survived by his children Noah Sassaman (Kelly Hanley) of Duxbury, VT, Vicky Rowan (Dennis) of Tampa, Florida, Diana O’Shea of Long Island, NY and Stacey Rattner (Kevin Civerolo) of Castleton, NY. He was a loving and dedicated Zady to Tari and Zackary Civerolo and proud grandfather to Deidre, Melody, Ruth and Isaac Rowan. Mike is also survived by his brother, Kevin Sassaman, sister Michelle Veasman (Ken) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Patrick Sassaman.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a service at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Friday, October 26 at 1pm. A reception will follow at the family’s home, and shiva will be observed on Saturday evening at 7pm and Sunday from 2-5pm also at the family’s home.
Contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #1268 (PO Box 632, Nassau, NY 12123) or Albany Medical Center Foundation.