Michael P. Salvatore (1969-2024)

Michael Salvatore (Mike), age 54, of Wakefield, MA, passed away Monday, February 5, after a
ten-year battle with cancer.

Mike was born in Utica, New York, on February 12, 1969, to parents Philip and Mary Salvatore.
He grew up in the country, playing hide and seek in hayfields or sledding on the big hill beside
the family home on Paris Hill Road in Sauquoit, NY. He also began a 40-year career as a church
musician, starting as the church organist at Union Presbyterian Church in Sauquoit at age 13. He
attended Sauquoit Valley Elementary School and graduated from Notre Dame High School and
Hamilton College, Class of 1991. He also studied at York University in England in 1990.

Mike’s first post-college job was at the Adirondack League in Old Forge, NY, before moving to
Boston and completing a Master’s Degree in Music at Boston University. It was there he met
the love of his life, Amy MacDonald, whom he wed in 1995. The couple were married at St.
Elizabeth’s Church in Sudbury and, in 2000, welcomed their daughter, Helen. Mike taught in the
Lincoln-Sudbury and Walpole School systems and Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA. He
recently celebrated 25 years of teaching Music and chairing the Arts Department at The Fenn
School in Concord, MA. During his tenure, he was proud to be part of the design of Ward Hall
and to lead two choir trips to England, with performances at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, King’s
College Chapel in Cambridge, York Minster Cathedral, and before the assistant bishop of
London. Mike also served in the Boston area as Music Director for St. Elizabeth’s Church in
Sudbury, St. Peter’s Church in Beverly, and, for 20 years, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in

Mike led a joyful life with many interests. He valued community involvement, serving at various
points on the Board for the historic Colonel James Hartshorne House in Wakefield, the
Wakefield Cultural Council, and the Wakefield Cultural Exchange. He led the charge, alongside
seven other individuals, to achieve a successful ownership transition to preserve the historic
Hedges resort in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, for the public. Amy, Mike, and Helen enjoyed
traveling together, spending summer days annually at The Hedges and making trips to Ireland,
Italy, Oregon, Colorado, and Quebec City. The three learned to ski in NH, and while Mike never
quite graduated to black diamond trails, he enjoyed a leisurely descent to savor the views.

A service of remembrance will be held at First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield on
Saturday, February 24 th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private at the family’s convenience in
the churchyard of the historic Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church (5 Bryant Street) in
Wakefield or the Witness Tree Institute (https://www.witnesstreeinstitute.org/).


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  1. Larry and Diane Ruark on February 9, 2024 at 9:23 am


    So saddened to hear of Mike’s death. Please accept our condolences. We have such fond memories of Mike as choir director at St. E’s and of fun times with the two of you. Diane particularly remembers him helping her at the St. E’s organ dedication. As a choir member, I appreciated his patience and skill in directing–and his wit.

    May you and Helen be given the love, support and peace you need.

    From Myrtle Beach SC (to which we’ve recently moved), Larry and Diane Ruark

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