January 1, 1946 - April 29, 2022
With sadness, love and gratitude, the family of Michael Baccala announce his passing on Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home in Delaware. Michael was 76 years old. He grew up in Little Italy in Baltimore, MD.
Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English at Towson University (formerly Towson State College), MD in 1975, and a Masters Degree in ESOL at Nova Southeastern University, FL in 1999. He also earned a post graduate degree at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and attended Shakespeare Summer School at St. Catherine’s College in 1996 at Cambridge, England. He was a retired education teacher in Maryland and later in Florida.
Michael was an avid reader, spending a lot of time at local libraries, he was also an avid cook and gardener, and enjoyed making meals for family and friends. From 1969 to 1972, he worked as a USA Merchant Marine and was a boxer during this time as well. He enjoyed studying Greek mythology and collecting artwork from various artists. Michael loved watching Jeopardy and spending time at the beach. Michael served in the United States Air Force between 1965 – 1968, and was an Air Traffic Control Operator.
Michael is survived by his siblings, Nicholas Baccala, Anastasia (Baccala) and husband Richard Johnson; half-sister, Sandra Lebos; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Anastasia Baccala; stepmother, Julia (Nash) Baccala; sisters, Maria (Baccala) Cala, Catherine (Baccala) and husband Earl Ayres, Patricia (Baccala) and husband Albert Mack; and niece Dorothy Mack. Michael also left behind many dear friends in Delaware and abroad he will be dearly missed.
A service will be held privately.