Michael James Appollonia
Michael James Appollonia was born on March 5, 1948 in Manhattan, NY. He graduated from Saugerties Central High School in June 1966. He volunteered into the U.S. Air Force in July 1966 and did one tour in Vietnam serving as a Fire Protector Specialist. On November 29, 1969 he married Sharon Moore and settled in his hometown of Saugerties, NY; and had one son and two grandsons. After leaving the Air Force, Mike worked as a laborer in the family construction business, a precision machinist, and as a US Postal Service mail handler for over 32 years. He was a long time member of the NRA and local VFW post. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and thoroughly enjoyed his sole hunting trips to Western Ontario and Colorado. He and his wife made yearly camping trips to Ontario, the Finger Lakes, but mostly the 1000 Islands to spend time with his wife's cousins. They enjoyed special trips to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and Sweden, but mostly their visits to his wife's family in Montreal, Canada and to be with their two young grandsons in Western Pennsylvania. From the day he medically retired from the service in January 1970, Mike suffered from the injury received during Tet Offensive in Saigon and a lifetime of conditions & diseases caused by exposure to Agent Orange (Pituitary Adenoma, Type II Diabetes Mellitus, migraine headaches, neuropathy & other ailments), and finally Malignant Neoplasm of the bone and bone marrow & metastatic lung cancer diagnosed in January 2015. Mike passed away July 2, 2015 of respiratory/cardiac arrest as a consequence of pneumonia due to lung cancer. He lived his life to the fullest of his ability up to the end and has been deeply missed by his family and many co-workers & friends.
A great guy
Thankful to have met you
Missing You Every Day!
You were strong in mind and body, you always fought each fight with such determination and you never gave up! You were a good man, a good husband, and a good friend.
My heart yearns for you so much even to this very day.