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Mike Michael passed away on Friday 30th July 2021, at Macclesfield Hospital, aged 70.

Funeral Service of the Late Michael William Senior

Mike Michael passed away on Friday 30th July 2021, at Macclesfield Hospital, aged 70.

The amazing and most wonderful Dad to Clare, the adored Grandad to Annabel, the Brother to Keith and former husband to Beryl. Michael will be fondly remembered for the laughs, his witty proverbs and his ability to just listen when you needed it.

The funeral was held at Birches Crematorium, near Lach Dennis on Thursday August 20th 2021.

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Michael William Senior was born on the 14th August 1950 in Brinsworth Rotherham, to Mike and Mabel. Mike was a steel worker for British Steel and Mabel ran the home and looked after the children. Michael had 2 half brothers Robert and John and then younger brother Keith came along completing the family. Michael had a happy childhood. 

Holidays when he was young were in a caravan in Skegness in the summer time and in his teens he found a love of music, Led Zeplin, Cream, and Jimmy Hendrix.

Michael attended Brinsworth infant school and then on to Aston Woodhouse Grammar school. In 1968 Michael left school and took his first job at ICI in Alderley Edge, whilst continuing part time with his studies at Stockport College of Technology.  He found lodgings in Wilmslow and returned home by train every weekend.  At this time he courted Beryl and on the 27th August 1974 they got married at Macclesfield registry office. In 1975 Michael and Beryl moved to Congleton and bought their own house.

By 1977 Michael had completed his studies, attained his degree and was elected to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.  His work continued with ICI, which later became Zeneca then merging to become Astra Zeneca.  Michael worked as a research Chemist then on to a development. He spent 40 years with the company, before taking early retirement in 2008.
Astrazeneca gave Michael a fantastic opportunity in 2000, as part of the merger between Swedish Astra AB and the Zeneca group. They wanted staff to experience and learn from each other and Michael went to Sweden to live and work for 3 years. Clare spent her 21st birthday there with her dad.

Clare and Michael were inseparable, he was her best friend, they had so many amazing experiences together including the London Olympic games in 2012 watching the athletics.  He took her to her first concert in Manchester, Sleeper! They saw Oasis, Green Day, went to V festival together and loved the same music and bands. His great love of music continued, watching  the BBC Glastonbury highlights on LOUD, he had a great eclectic taste in music from Kylie to the arctic monkeys to chilled classical, he loved the Pouges.

Being a grandad to the beautiful Annabel was something Mike treasured. Annabel,  this tiny 5lb 10 dot of a girl with a 6ft 5 giant of a granddad, but they just fitted together right from the start. He carried her round in the crook of his arm like it was a throne and she would call him for a chat on the phone. He looked after her with Beryl every Tuesday and he missed her as soon as she walked out the house.  They spent so much time together, he read to her, used to watch her at her swimming lessons and often went to the park.

When Michael retired in 2008, a walking group was started with friends from Astrazeneca. They went to lots of different locations, nearby Mow Cop was one of Michaels favourites, and they even completed the 3 Yorkshire peaks!

Michael was a ‘Social Princess’ with what he would describe as hollow legs.  He was first to rock up at any event, had regular drinks out with The Taylor brothers, Nigel and Chris and the Friday night crew in Macclesfield, The Real Ale guys, and later Friday nights out in Congleton.  He loved a lab block disco and was a connoisseur of fine beers. He enjoyed the Real Ale trail and Pie and Peas at Congleton town football matches. A regular face in the Queens Head, Barley Hops, the Beartown tap and over the last year would sit outside at the Cheshire Brew House with friends.

Michael also enjoyed the football. He never forgot his roots supporting Rotherham and Sheffield United but since he moved over the Pennines, he took an interest in Manchester United as well.

Michael was lucky to travel, his brother Keith and wife Julie moved to Bermuda in the early 80’s and had a son Tommy  Michael visited and he also loved Portugal, Valencia and went on cruises. 

Michael was clever and loved to continue to learn throughout his life. He didn’t need much in life but he had everything he wanted and lived life to the full.

Tragically Michael died very unexpectedly on 30th July 2021 aged 70.

Michael will be fondly remembered for the laughs, his witty proverbs and his ability to just listen when you needed it.

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