Michael Simonelli (1961-2023)

Michael Joseph Simonelli, 62, of Malden, Massachusetts, passed away on November 20, 2023, in Malden. He was born on February 15, 1961, in Malden, Massachusetts. Michael was a beloved son of Patrick and Patricia Simonelli, a cherished brother of Kevin Simonelli and Sheri Taliger, brother in law to Shelby Simonelli and John Moribto, beloved godfather to Francesca Gould and her husband Paul Gould, uncle to Antionette Acker, Leeann Sablan, Nadija Stephens and many grand nieces and nephews, dear friends Dan Houle, Jim Keegan, those from United Airlines and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dianna Simonelli.

Michael was a kind and caring person who always put others first. He treated everyone with the same respect, whether they were a president of a company or a homeless person on the street. His selflessness and compassion touched the lives of many.

He had a long time career for United Airlines of 33 years with Onboard Services. His love for art lead him to his last position at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

In his free time, Michael enjoyed a variety of activities. He had a passion for cooking and was known for his culinary skills working at Ritz Carlton, Summer Shack, Crickets and Lily’s, and Royal Sonesta. He delighted in creating delicious dishes and sharing them with his loved ones. Additionally, he found joy in travel, shopping, art, drawing, and reading. Cooking and shopping were two activities that he particularly enjoyed.

Michael leaves behind a legacy of kindness, love, and generosity. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in his memory.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.


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  1. Angelo & Lori Fierro on November 22, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Angelo and I are heart broken by the loss of Michael. Our condolences to the whole family for this devastating loss. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and God bless.

  2. Annie Collins on November 23, 2023 at 7:36 am

    I will miss his smile, his laugh and his kind heart😞🙏🏻

  3. Denise Sterner on November 23, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    My heart is broken to hear of Michael’s passing.
    I never saw Michael without a smile on his face. He was a kind, generous, gentle, wonderful soul with an incredible sense of humor. The world is a better place because Michael was in it. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.

  4. Dawn on November 25, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Michael will be so missed. He was an amazing man. Our family was so lucky to have him. He gave the best hugs. ❤️. Rest in peace. Til we meet again

  5. Kevin Simonelli on November 26, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    For anybody who stumbles across this condolence. My brother was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer last year. Life is too short, so if there is anything that is keeping you from having a relationship with your family, for any reason, squash it. Because instead of having eighteen months Of the best time of my life with him. I could’ve had over 40 years that’s a pretty big difference in my opinion. my brother is not gone. For he is in my heart. he lingers on tail his smile his laugh will comfort me daily. I feel his presence in the win that dances through the trees. Michael, I will also see your face when I am in need of company and any time I can recall the love you had for me and Shelby. I will find peace and remembering you, my brother, please say hello to Dianna and pet Simone for me because right now I know you’re having the time of your life rest in peace the best brother anybody could have in this world. Love your brother, Kevin Simonelli.

  6. Lynda McNally on December 12, 2023 at 5:44 am

    Everyone who was fortunate enough to have known Michael would agree that now it feels that there is a heart-achingly large void of compassion and kindness in the world, and Heaven has welcomed another Angel.

    Michael was the epitome of all that is gracious, and he welcomed any opportunity to assist people with their every concern; he will be missed every day and will never be forgotten.

    With respect and affection, Lynda McNally, Boston, MA

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