Springfield – Gerald Leary Michaelian passed away on January 9, 2022 in Mercy Hospital with family by his side. Gerald served active duty in the Air Force and continued his service in the Air National Guard for a total of 20 years. He was a Firefighter for the City of Springfield, during which he also served as an EMT, for more than 30 years, retiring as Captain in 2003. He later worked security for the Springfield Museums and served on the Springfield Retirement Board. Gerald had a deep commitment to the community, volunteering countless hours of his time mentoring others, guiding them on their path to wellness. Born in Springfield to his parents Mary (O’Leary) and Sabooy Michaelian, he attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield Technical High School and later from Springfield Technical Community College with a degree in fire science. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Springfield, serving as a eucharistic minister and lector. Gerald will be remembered for his devotion and deep love for his family, his playful sense of humor, his joy of music and movies, and his unwavering readiness to help others in their time of need.
He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Adam. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 48 years, Melva (Strong) Michaelian; his children: Matthew of Springfield, Eric of New London, CT, Michelle of Agawam and Theresa Michaelian of Springfield; his granddaughter Alexis Michaelian and her significant other Austin Roberts, two great-grandchildren Aurora Michaelian and Alaina Roberts, his twin sister Joan E. Fay of Springfield; and many beloved friends.
Services to honor and share in gratitude for Gerald’s life will begin with visiting hours on Friday, January 14th from 4:00-7:00pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation on 220 North Main Street in East Longmeadow. On Saturday, January 15th, his funeral will begin at the funeral home at 9am and then travel in procession to St. Patrick’s Church at 1900 Allen Street in Springfield for a 10:00am Liturgy of Christian Burial. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield. Donations may be made in Gerald’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information or to share an online message to the family, please visit www.forastiere.com