Michael Anastasia, age 60, of Norwalk, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021 after a long illness. Michael was born on January 24, 1960 to the late Margaret Ann D’Amato Anastasia and the late Patrick William Anastasia. Michael was raised in Westport and Norwalk and attended local Norwalk schools. After specialized technical training and education, he enjoyed working as a skilled machinist in his early career. He later worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of New Canaan. Michael enjoyed sports, and was a talented player on a men’s adult league softball team in Norwalk for many years. His teammates gave him the nickname Gazelle because he was so fast. Michael was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan, loved cooking, barbequing, travel, and family vacations. He absolutely loved movies, especially comedies, and could recite lines from most of them.
Michael is survived by many family members and friends. He will be deeply missed by his surviving sister Patricia Anastasia Babey (Peter) of Madison, CT, his brother Robert John Anastasia (Susan) of Lithia, FL, and his sister Larraine Demeo of Bridgeport, CT. Michael is also survived by his former wife, constant friend and caretaker Tammie Anastasia, and her parents Carole and Tom Bozzi who were also very close to Michael and devoted to his care and wellbeing. He will be dearly missed by his Godsons Connor Samuelson and Bobby DiPalma, and his nephew Matthew Samuelson. Michael was easy going, sociable, and loved a good laugh. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and enjoyed spending time with him.
Graveside services for Michael will be held at St. John Cemetery at 11 AM Friday, January 29. Masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Michael’s name may be sent to the charity of your choice. For those unable to attend the service, Michael would like you to connect with a friend, take a walk in the woods, or visit an empty beach, think of him and wish him well on his last journey.