Joseph Michael "Mike" Trihey
Canton - Joseph Michael “Mike” Trihey died of natural causes on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at his mountain home in Canton, NC.
Mike was born June 23, 1939, in Columbia, SC to Joseph L. and Mary Watt Trihey; he was the youngest of their four children. A member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, he attended St. Peters Catholic School and Brennen Elementary, Hand Junior High, Dreher High and University High schools. He also attended the University of South Carolina (where he was president of the ΠΚΑ pledge class) and Midlands Technical College.
In May 1964, he was married at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach to Nancy Lee Doggette of Columbia; they had four children during their 33-year marriage.
Mike started his own business as a plumbing contractor in Columbia in1967, completing various construction projects in the southeast region. Among these were motels, apartment buildings, institutional buildings, government housing projects, and athletic stadiums. He retired from the business in 1997.
Having enjoyed work on a cattle farm when he was in high school, and wishing to “live off the land”, Mike persuaded his family in 1977 to move from Columbia to an old farmhouse on 73 acres in Newberry County, SC. For several years he raised beef cattle, and the family grew many of their own organic vegetables. A deep well supplied their water, and a wood-burning stove provided winter heat. They also kept two horses, which the children loved riding and sharing with their friends.
In building his final home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mike was able to further pursue his ideal of self-reliance, living entirely off-the-grid, immersed in nature. He was assisted in the design and construction of his house by his children.
Over the years Mike maintained many close relationships with friends from high school and from his years in business. His neighbors in Canton enjoyed his company and were all very fond of him. He loved his children and grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments. Mike was an energetic, hard-working, resourceful, strong, compassionate and courageous person. These qualities, and his great sense of humor, endeared him to many people and facilitated his success in business. His family, friends and neighbors will all miss him very much.
He is survived by his children: Jessica (Dermot Rooney) of Dunnsville, VA; Kieran (Raj Deshpande), Brooklyn, NY; Michael (Amanda), Hanahan, SC; and Joseph (Bryant), South Hill, VA; two sisters, Marianne Weitz of Alexandria, VA, and Kieran (Mitch) Mitchell of Vienna, VA; by grandchildren: Rachel Ford, Isla Rooney, Aidan Deshpande; and Ian, Wyatt, Hollis and Sterling Trihey, along with step grandchildren, Foster, Ashleigh and Breanna; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother, Pat Trihey (Joanne) of Coraopolis, PA, and by an infant grandson, Findlay.
A memorial gathering will be held at 11:00 am on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at his home, 506 Rocky Acres Road, Canton, NC.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Trihey family.