Pittstown- Michael A. Taurone, a longtime resident of Pittstown, died peacefully Monday, October 4, 2021, at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield following a long illness.
Born in Bronx, NY, February 13, 1950, Michael was the son of the late Anthony C. and Elizabeth (Strauss) Taurone Sr. and, for over 48 years, the husband and best friend of Wendy A. (Grogan) Taurone of Pittstown, who survives.
As a young man, Michael left school early after his family relocated from NYC to Pittstown, and joined the United States Navy. While serving his tour of duty he was proud to have earned a high school General Equivalency Degree. After serving his tour and being honorably discharged, he enlisted in the United States Army. After basic training he was stationed in Vietnam, where he earned expert badges and bars with rifle, auto rifle, and grenade. He also received a Vietnam service medal with four bronze stars and was a double Purple Heart recipient for wounds received in battle.
After his second honorable discharge in 1970, Michael returned home and married his best friend, Wendy, on March 4, 1978. The couple settled in Pittstown, where they established their home and raised their family.
For many years Michael worked as a construction laborer for the former Matzen Construction Company in Raymertown. He retired in 2001, when the construction company owners closed the business.
Michael was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and, in his more quiet time, was developing an appreciation for painting with oils and watercolors.
In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by three sons and a daughter, William Taurone of Troy, Anthony Taurone of Colonie, Michael Parich of Colorado, and Patricia Vaughn of Pittstown, seven grandchildren, Devon, Cassie, Domanick, Alexander, Elexius, Joseph, and Gracesin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, the late Anthony C. Taurone Jr.
Private funeral services under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc. will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Resident Programs Fund, c/o The Vermont Veterans’ Home, 325 North Street, Bennington, VT 05201, in memory of Michael A. Taurone.