Michael A. "Mike" Leger, 60, of Provincetown, MA, formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, passed from the loving embrace of family and friends on December 3rd, in Provincetown, MA. He was the son of Ernest and Edna Leger, both deceased, of Lynn and Swampscott.
He is survived by his loving partner, Mark Buchholz, formally of New Berlin, Wisconsin, his sister Jeanne Leger Hall of Swampscott, three brothers, Ernest Jr. of Spartanburg, SC, Richard of Marblehead, Robert of Lynn, and many nieces and nephews. Winston, his beloved Norwich terrier will miss his pal dearly. He is also survived by his loving friends who will miss his companionship, wise counsel, and swiftness in refilling an empty glass.
Mr. Leger was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lynn and attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston. An Air Force veteran, he served overseas in Japan and England. After his honorable discharge, he pursued a career in his first love, aviation. Working is way up through the ranks of several commuter airlines, he achieved the title of Captain with US Airways before his retirement.
A lifelong passion for civic engagement led him to hold key positions in local and statewide offices. He was Town Meeting Member in Swampscott, and highly involved in electoral campaigns for former Lynn Mayor David Phillips as well as the gubernatorial runs of Steve Pierce and Mitt Romney. Appointed by Governor Romney, he served on the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.
After moving to Provincetown, he became active in the well-being of his new home. He volunteered for the town's Soup Kitchen and as Chairman of both the Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee and the Airport Commission. Combining his love of aviation, civic engagement, and promoting the Provincetown Airport, he was a Board Member of the National Gay Pilot's Association. For it's Cape Cod Classic fly in, he created and hosted the annual airport picnic. Members flew in from around the country to attend what became the Association's most popular event. For him, volunteering was not a job description. He was a roll-up-your-sleeves, get the job done kind of guy.
A man of deep faith he was active in parish activities at both St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott and St. Peter's Church in Provincetown. At St. Peter's he was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Lector. The spiritual dimension of his faith led Mike into becoming the embodiment of the Good Samaritan. In every way, he was his brother's keeper, with an unconditional love for all.
His funeral will be held from the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN & RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St., (Rt1A) Lynn on Wednesday at 9AM, followed by funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott at 10AM. Interment will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4-8PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.