Michael J.'s Story
In the afternoon of July 18th, 2016, Michael passed away at Beverly Hospital after complications on a long bike ride around the North Shore, pursuing one of his passions of cycling. Michael was 62-years-old.
Michael was born in Saugus on January 31, 1954. He was the third child of Jean Kudera and Louis Vient, Jr.
Michael spent his life as a favored son of Massachusetts, living in Saugus, Beverly and finally Gloucester. He graduated from Saugus High School in 1972. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, Michael kept the games on in the background of most every night. Michael was always listening to music, loving Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Stones, and most recently, Town Meeting.
Michael loved to travel, whether it was camping along the Kancamagus, cruising to Bermuda, driving through the American West or exploring Australia. Michael enjoyed a passion for cycling, spending his days riding many miles through Northeastern Massachusetts. He loved kayaking in Essex with his wife, Robin, and hiking the tallest mountains of New England with his brothers and sons.
Michael worked over 30 years for Gorton’s Seafood as warehouse manager. He loved history, and tracked the ancestry of his family tree all the way back to the 17th century. He was a collector of model trains, with a working railroad track along the ceiling of his basement. Michael always had a loyal dog by his side, Derek, Belle, Toby, Cooper and Jax.
Michael will best be remembered by his commitment, responsibility, pride and love for his children, Keith and Nicholas, as well as the rest of the youth of the community. He followed his sons every step of the way, as a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, a Little League baseball coach, and a loyal, passionate, steadfast, generous source of love and inspiration.
Michael was preceded in death by his sister, Denise Vient, his mother, Jean Vient, his stepmother, Ann Healey, and his father, Louis Vient, Jr.
Michael is survived by his wife, Robin, his sons, Keith and Nicholas and wife, Lauren Vient, his siblings, Cathy and Dean Adrien, David and Charlene Vient, Dana and Melissa Vient, Peter and Nicole Vient, his stepsiblings, David Healey, John Healey, Susan and Jack Milton, Mary Ann and the late Pat Cushman his stepchildren, Chris and Carleen Melanson, Courtney Melanson and Carrie Melanson, his step-grandchildren, Aidan, Vera and Dana.
A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, July 22nd at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, on Prospect Street in Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. There are no visiting hours and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his honor to a charity of your choosing.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 21, 2016