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Michael J. Toledo

April 1, 1948 — April 19, 2021

Michael J. Toledo, age 73, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Milford Regional Medical Center.  Born in Taunton, Massachusetts on April 1, 1948, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Viera) Toledo.  He was raised in Taunton, where he graduated from Taunton High School with the Class of 1966.  Following his graduation, Mike took a position with the Foxboro Company.
 
In March of 1968, Mike enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War.  Mike was stationed aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, as member of the ship's first crew, serving with the catapult crew, assisting planes take off.  He was honorably discharged in February of 1972, after earning the rank of Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovering) Petty Officer Third Class.  Upon his discharge, Mike returned home to Taunton and his position at the Foxboro Company.  Shortly thereafter, Mike took a position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Corrections, working as a correction officer in MCI Norfolk.  He was later promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Bay State Correctional in Norfolk.
 
Mike married his beloved wife, Carol A. Gravina, on February 22, 1980 and together they made their home in Wareham, Massachusetts.  He continued working for the DOC, taking a promotion to Lieutenant at the Plymouth Forestry Camp and later being named the Director of Security at MCI Concord.  Beginning in 1990, Mike and Carol made their home in Norfolk and Mike transferred back to his starting point, taking the position of Director of Security at MCI Norfolk before being promoted once more to Deputy Superintendent of MCI Norfolk.
 
When he wasn't hard at work, Mike enjoyed the outdoors, regularly taking hunting trips to Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New York.  He also loved fishing and could be found casting his line from the shores of Cape Cod or from a vessel out at sea.  Mike was a whiz with his metal detector, finding treasures wherever he was.  However, most of all, Mike was most happy when he was surrounded by those he loved.  He and his boys enjoyed watching the Red Sox together, looking forward to spending an afternoon at Fenway Park.  As a devoted Dad, he treasured each moment he spent with his three children, Michael, Matthew, and Dorothy, and was absolutely delighted at the birth of his grandchildren.
 
Beloved husband of Carol A. (Gravina) Toledo.
Loving father of Michael J. Toledo and his wife, Shay, of Glendale, Arizona, Matthew S. Toledo and his wife, Yanina, of Millis, and Dorothy M. Acord and her husband, Jason, of Swansea.
Cherished grandfather of Ariel, Jonathan, Michael, McKayla, and Jayden.
Brother of the late Ora Schlemmer.
Also survived by his nephews, Dean Schlemmer of Charlottesville, Virginia and Christopher Schlemmer of Seattle, Washington.
 
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Mike's visitation on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Jude's Church, 86 Main Street, Norfolk on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM.  Interment will take place privately in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036 or at https://www.bcrf.org/
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