Michael James Pettine

Friday, October 15, 1954 - Monday, February 12, 2018

A Special Man

Photo of Michael James Pettine  - 1954-2018

Canton – Michael James Pettine, age 63, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at The Homestead in Clyde.

Mr. Pettine was born October 15, 1954 in Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Anthony and Pauline Pettine who had resided in Braintree, MA.  Michael had lived in California where he was a graduate of Rubidoux High School in Riverside, CA. He was a talented athlete and played on the football and baseball teams during his high school years and also with the Marines during his military career.  Mr. Pettine honorably served his country during the Vietnam War as a United States Marine serving in the 2nd Battalion Platoon #2076. He had been employed at the Marine Corps Base in Barstow, California and also worked at Portsmouth Naval Ship Yards located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Michael and his wife had made their home in Canton where they were well known and loved. He enjoyed growing a garden and beautiful flowers and also constantly maintained his lawn to perfection.  His array of well-tended flowers was always admired by friends, neighbors and people passing by his home.  Mike was a man who was blessed with an outgoing and friendly personality. He loved life and he made friends wherever he went. He was indeed a joy and blessing to everyone who knew him.  Michael loved his family deeply and in the words of his wife, “He was my soulmate.”     

Surviving are his devoted and loving  wife of 33 years, Joyce Marie  Pettine of Canton; a son, Brian Pettine and his wife, Erin Pettine of Poway, CA; a step-daughter, Karen Smathers of Canton; a step-son, Kyle Hughes and his wife, Robin Hughes of Berwick, ME; grandchildren, Nathan, Dylan and Cameron Pettine of Poway, CA; Dylan and Ashley Smathers of Canton,  Lukas Hughes of Berwick, ME; a great-grandson, Landon Smathers of Canton; a brother, Anthony Pettine and his wife, Linda Pettine of Redlands, CA and many family and friends in the New England area.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton with a tribute and remembrance of Michael’s life beginning at 3:00 pm.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Pettine’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Pettine family.



Condolences from family and friends


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Dear Family, my heart goes out to you today. I knew Mike when I worked at Canton Animal Hospital. He would brighten up everyones day. He was a favorite to all of us. He would always have something nice to say, always had that smile of his. Keep God in your hearts and trust him, he will help you through this.
Doris R. Hall
JOYCE. Thank you for the beautiful obituary for my brother Mike. He loved you more than life itself and told me that many times. May God bless you sis and always remember how much Linda and I love you.
Anthony and Linda Pettine
I’m so sorry for your loss. May god watch over you today and always.
Joyce & Joe Luvisi
I could not believe it when I heard of Mike's passing. Mike and his brother Tony were very much a part of the "Colletti Clan" family growing up in Riverside where we went to school at Rubidoux High. When my first husband was killed in a motorcycle accident, Mike helped me through so much during that difficult time. I will never forget that. Joyce, I just wish I could be there to help you and comfort your heart the way Mike helped me and comforted my heart when Terry died. Please know that all of us Colletti Clan: Tony, Me, Randy, Tim, Marty, Robin and Dan send our deepest condolences and prayers to you at this very difficult time.
Sue Tonkel (Colletti)
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Semper Fi, Mike.
Frank & Carolyn Petmecky