Michael M. Gustin

April 16th, 2019

Michael M. Gustin of Wilmington, MA passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on April 12, 2019. He was 65 years old.

Michael was born on June 5, 1953 in Montclair, NJ to Grant Montgomery and Helen Elizabeth Gustin. He spent his childhood in Oxford, NY, and moved to the Boston area for college. He met his wife of forty years, Joanne, at Lowell Tech, where he studied mechanical engineering. He later studied for and received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University while starting his family.

Michael was an engineer’s engineer, who measured everything five times, and only then cut. He had an infectious laugh and was a connoisseur of really bad dad jokes. His Scoutmaster minutes with Troop 56 in Wilmington were legendary. He loved walking his dogs, finding new recipes, tinkering with computers, talking about directions, camping and hiking with his sons, making a mess in his wood shop, and spending time at Goose Rocks Beach in Maine.

If you knew Michael, you knew how deep his feelings ran for his family, his friends, and his dogs (not necessarily in that order). He cherished his lifelong friendships and was a supportive and deeply invested colleague at his various engineering firms. His wife Joanne was his best friend and their relationship was an example that anyone should be so lucky to follow.

He felt his greatest accomplishment in life was helping his three children, Amanda, Jason, and Nick begin their own paths with their partners and families. He took pride and joy in supporting them in their careers, homes, and children.

On any given weekend he could be found at one of his children’s houses helping them start (but never finish) projects. He was especially beloved by his grandsons Pierce and Holden and would have loved to meet his newest grandson.

He is survived by his mother Betty, his wife Joanne, his brothers Steve, Jeff, and David, and his children and their families: Amanda Gustin and husband Matt Lindblad of Barre, VT; Jason and Lisa Gustin and their sons Pierce and Holden of Candia, NH; Nick and Elyssa Gustin and their newborn son of Topsfield, MA.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk Maine.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Michael M. Gustin”

  1. jon monsein says:

    Jo, deepest sympathies on Mike’s unexpected illness and tragic outcome.

  2. Angela Goguen says:

    Deepest Sympathy to Mike’s family. I worked with Mike at Draeger Medical in Danvers and Andover. We shared many recipes and cooking techniques. He will be sorely missed by many here.
    Angela Goguen
    Ipswich, MA

  3. Raul Rivera says:

    Deepest Sympathy to Mike’s family, he teach us a lot on GDL MX., always has a smile for every one, We will miss Mike, we are blessed to have known him.

    Raul R.
    Guadalajara, MX

  4. Rick A says:

    To the Gustin family, my sympathies. I was Michael’s barber for many years. He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever had in my shop. He will be missed.

  5. Kenny R Shifflett says:

    On behalf of Mike’s numerous friends (there are many !) at Sanmina in the US and especially Mexico, our deepest condolences to you all. We are blessed to have worked with Mike and your articulate thoughtful obituary is a fitting tribute to the man we hold in such high regard. I had the pleasure of spending many days working and evenings eating dinner with Mike and I am blessed and thankful for those times.

    Kenny Shifflett
    Huntsville, Alabama

  6. Greg Monteforte says:

    To the entire Gustin Family you are in my Thoughts & Prayers and I offer you my deepest condolences. Mike was the Scoutmaster of Troop 56 when my oldest son crossed over into Boy Scouts and I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike, and had many conversations with him about Scouting before I took over as Scoutmaster. From one Scoutmaster to another he will surely be missed but not forgotten.
    Greg Monteforte
    Wilmington, Ma

  7. Bill and Katie Nixon says:

    Dear Jo, We are so sorry for your loss. Michael was a really good guy! You must miss him terribly! Our hearts go out to you…Love, Katie & Bill Nixon

  8. Abu Bhasani says:

    Mike Gustin,
    Hi Mike.. you were the best mentor I have ever had.. I learned a lot from you.. you always put a smile on your face.. we all will miss you.. I still cannot believe you left us.. my deepest condolences for your family.

  9. Terri Larnard says:

    A truly good friend and one of the nicest and kindest people on this Earth. Deepest sympathies and prayers to family and friends.

  10. Robin Schweizer says:

    Joanne & Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Please except my sincerest condolences and know that I’m thinking about you during this very difficult time! May Michael rest in eternal peace ????????

  11. Robin Schweizer says:

    Joanne & Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss! Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I’m thinking about you during this very difficult time. May Michael rest in eternal peace ????????

  12. Jim Lawton says:

    Rest In Peace big guy! I’ll always remember the times we “tried” to get the timing right on your beloved MG car. You were a good friend and neighbor.
    My sincere condolences to Mikes family!

  13. Steve Gustin says:

    I am at a loss of words for what to say. I will miss my brother and all of our talks! I wish we had lived closer to each other so that we could have shared more. May he Rest In Peace as the rest of us gather strength to be at peace.

  14. Nancy Gustin says:

    Our family is grief stricken knowing how sad and painful it is right now. He was a very special person and we all thought the world of him!! His contagious smile will continue to shine in our memories forever! I will keep you all in my thoughts and pray that you will find the strength and courage to get through this difficult time!

  15. Agnes Fiumara says:

    So sorry to hear about Mike, our thoughts are with you.?

  16. Sherry Rose says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear this terrible news, and want to send you my warmest condolences. The obituary published here is beautiful and Mike sounds like he was a very special and wonderful man. Wishing you strength and courage for the coming time.

  17. Jim Weist says:

    I am truly sadden by the news about Mike. I just recently found out the news. I only new Mike for a couple of years working together at Sanmina. We had many laughs and had some very nice long conversations about our families and different home projects we were each working on. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  18. The A&A Crew says:

    Joanne and family, we were all very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a sweet guy and everyone at the shop enjoyed talking with him when he came in. He was very entertaining! always positive and pleasant. Our prayers go out to all.

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