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Michael F. Soper

April 19, 1953 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Michael Soper Obituary

Michael F. Soper, 70, of Peabody, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, December 30, 2023 following a yearlong battle with cancer. 

He was born April 19, 1953, to Erle and Patience (Flanagan) Soper in Salem, MA, the firstborn of six.

Michael, a standout athlete in basketball and baseball, attended Salem High School, graduating in 1971, followed by Salem State College where he received a degree in education and played baseball.

On August 31, 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Kitty (Walsh) and they had 3 children, Holly Weinberg, of Reading, Meghan Bettencourt, of Peabody, and Michael Jr., of Arnold, MD.

Mike was a successful lifelong salesman, first working for Knight Lumber of Beverly followed by Moynihan Lumber selling windows and doors for over 40 years, retiring in 2018. He cherished his days in retirement, rising early to meet friends for coffee, taking his pristine Cadillac for rides, and attending his grandchildren’s many games. 

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed nothing more than taking in a game and chatting about all sports (except soccer). He also enjoyed being a proud member of both the Hoo-Hoo International Club and Franco-American Club for many years. 

Michael is survived by his wife, Kitty, children, Holly and her husband, Dan,  Meghan and her husband, Kevin, and Michael Jr. and his wife, Bridget, grandchildren, Nicholas Soper, Jake and Estelle Weinberg, Mia and Keegan Bettencourt, Macy and Mocha. He is survived by 5 younger siblings, Erle Soper and his wife, Lori, of Salem, Ann Alexion and her husband, George, of Waterboro, Maine, Betty Ryan, and her husband, Michael, of Salem, James Soper and his wife Donna, of Standish, Maine, and William Soper, of Gloucester, brothers-in-law Dennis Ross and Bill Thomas, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters-in-law, Joanne Ross and Elaine Thomas.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 3, 4pm-8pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 4 at 10:30am. Both services will take place at Ruggiero Family Memorial Funeral Home ~ North Shore Chapel, 10 Chestnut Street, Peabody.

Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to the Salem YMCA, One Sewall Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Mike lived a happy life being a brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
January 3, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home North Shore Chapel
10 Chestnut Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 4, 2024

10:30 AM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home North Shore Chapel
10 Chestnut Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Committal
Thursday
January 4, 2024

11:45 AM
Cedar Grove Cemetery
100 Cedar Grove Avenue
Peabody, MA 01960

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