Michael Richard Callahan, 72, of Meriden passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6th at Midstate Medical Center.
Born in Trieste, Italy on September 30th, 1948, he was the son of the late Gigliola Bruna Catalina Busellato Callahan and Richard C. Callahan, and brother of the late William J. Callahan. Leaving behind his loving daughters, Alyssa J. Chmielecki-Callahan of Meriden, Giannina P. Murzyn and her husband Brandon Murzyn of Rocky Hill, Hope M. Peterson and the late Gerald Peterson of Branford; his grandchildren, Andrew and Christopher Peterson of Branford; his dear friend and mother of two of his daughters, Julie Chmielecki of Meriden; and his beloved dogs, Toby and Pupa.
Michael voluntarily joined the United States Army at age eighteen and served in the Vietnam War shortly after. Although his duty was not easy, he was proud to have served his country and honorably accepted a Wartime Service Medal in 2014. He was a delivery driver for World Wide Wines in Cheshire for many years where he developed many longstanding friendships.
Michael was known for his boisterous energy, outspoken personality, and the unconditional love he had for his daughters. His presence will be greatly missed and forever in our memory.
A memorial service will be held in the warmer months and will be announced when the details are concrete.
In remembrance of Michael’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the Meriden Humane Society.