George “Michael” Lough Jr., 63, passed away on November 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Providence, RI and lived in numerous places throughout his childhood as he was from an Air Force family. Some of the places included Okinawa, California, South Carolina and Oklahoma. His family then settled in Springfield, MA in the early 1970’s and is since where he has called home.
Michael is predeceased by his father, George Lough Sr., his mother Jacqueline Lough, his sister Margaret “Peggy” Cullen, and his Nana, Rosanna Keegan.
Michael leaves behind his loving sister, Patricia Kinsey of Wilbraham, MA to whom he was a devoted and exceptional big brother. Patricia will forever be thankful to have had Michael as her brother and protector throughout their lifetime together.
He leaves behind his children that loved him dearly; daughter Malaina (Lough) Rhodes and her husband Tyler of Hadley, MA; daughter Megan (Lough) Long and her husband Brandon of Annville, PA, and son Mitchell Lough and his fiancé Emily Blatt of Lebanon, PA.
He also leaves Malaina’s mother, Maria Lough of Springfield, MA, who remained close to Michael throughout the years. He leaves his niece Samantha Kinsey and her fiancé Quinn of Ludlow, MA and his nephew Richard “Scott” Kinsey and his wife Sh’vawn of Granby, CT as well as a lifetime of many, many friends who loved “their brother” and who will miss him so very much.
Michael graduated from Cathedral High School in 1975 and went on to complete his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and marketing from Western New England College in Springfield, MA.
Everyone knew Michael as a loyal friend who would do anything for them. He was a smart man and sharp-witted. He was outgoing, athletic, competitive, and driven. People looked up to him and respected him for all of these qualities.
His passion was his athleticism and he was fiercely competitive in every venture. He excelled at racquetball and was proud of his many accomplishments in the sport. He also loved running and successfully completed several marathons. He was a black belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. He loved working out at the gym, skiing, hiking, water skiing, boating, baseball, football, tennis, and pool. You name it, and he excelled at it. His friends can tell you that for sure!
But in the end, after his life was all said and done, he loved his children, his family, and his friends the absolute most. He will forever be remembered and loved deeply.
His family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Agawam Healthcare for providing such compassion and care in his final days. It meant so very much to his family and friends, and they are thankful beyond words.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 1 – 2 PM at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow followed by a service at 2 PM. MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED WHILE ATTENDING SERVICES.
Memorial contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.forastiere.com