Michael “Mike” Thomas Paulson - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Michael “Mike” Thomas Paulson

February 28, 1958 - May 18, 2020

Michael “Mike” Thomas Paulson, age 62, of Bear, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home on Monday, May 18, 2020. 

Mike was born on February 28, 1958 to Charles and Patricia (Ferguson) Paulson in Wilmington, DE. Growing up Mike enjoyed spending many hours on the water boating with his father. He attended Newark High School and Del Tech Community College.  

He met the love of his life, Anita and they married in 1982.  Mike and Anita were inseparable. They loved traveling, going out to eat, and spending time with family and friends. Together they raised four beautiful children and went on to become grandparents to four amazing grandchildren. His most cherished role in life was being a devoted husband and father. He was a family man at heart and was his happiest when surrounded by those he loved. He enjoyed being surrounded by quality whether it was the projects he worked on or the people he chose to be with.  

Compassionate, giving, genuine, and unwavering loyalty were some of Mike’s most evident qualities. Mike truly enjoyed his time as a volunteer baseball coach for over 27 years. He coached at various levels from T-ball all the way through High School and made a tremendous difference in the lives of the players and others he touched through his passion for the game.  

Mike was a quiet, proud man of honesty, integrity, devotion and hard work. Those characteristics truly shined during his 37 years with EDiS Construction Management Company. Mike started his construction career with EDiS as a laborer and through hard work and dedication he worked his way up through the trades to a Senior Superintendent.  

He had the perfect blend of kindness and orneriness. He was an inspiration to us all, forever cherished in our memory, and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Anita (Pedicone) Paulson; his sons, Brandon Paulson and Christopher Paulson; his daughters and son in laws, Ashley and Jeremy Allen, and Amy and Kenneth Butler; grandchildren, Amaya, Jordan, Jacob and Lily; mother, Patricia (Ferguson) Paulson and the late Charles Paulson; brothers, John Paulson (Jane) and Robert Paulson (Marti);  Mike is loved and admired by mother-in-law, Jean Pedicone and the late Richard Pedicone. Mike is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends and wonderful colleagues.  

A public visitation will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE, in compliance with the COVID-19 regulations.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the following morning on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 10 am at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s memory to Penn Medicine Cancer Research at  givingpages.upenn.edu/rememberingmike, or to VFW Post 3420, 649 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702.


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17 Condolences for Michael “Mike” Thomas Paulson

  • Greg and I were very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. His love of family was obvious, as was his kindness, compassion and humor. Because of these remarkable and wonderful qualities, memories of Mike will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. Anita, Christopher and family, know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Anita, Chris and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I was shocked to hear about Mike.
    I feel for Chris as I to lost my dad when I was 16. If he needs to talk to anyone, please have him reach out to me at 302-332-7191….tell him Coach Tom is always there for him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Anita and family, I’m very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. ❤ Patty

  • Dear Anita and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear husband, father, son, brother, grandfather etc… I know that there is nothing that we can say at this difficult time to ease your pain. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you at this time !
    Anne and Pat Costello

  • To Anita and the kids,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be missed.
    Mike, Laura, Nicole, Erica and Stacy Robinson

  • Mike and Anita are family to us and dearly loved. Mike will be greatly missed especially his teasing anf laughing. We always had a great time together traveling the world. His loving family are always in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Love to them all! God bless you!

  • God bless you and your family. Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you all. Mike will clearly be missed.

    Bill, Kathy, and Kate Fintak

  • Dear Anita and family, we are very sorry to hear about your loss of Mike. He was a wonderful man husband, father and grandfather and a friend to anybody that met him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim and Joyce Towers

  • Our community has lost a great man with Mike’s passing. He was a kind and wonderful community leader in the Bear/Glasgow area and I remember working with him on many different projects. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and he will be sorely missed by many. My deepest condolences and prayers to the Paulson family.

  • Dear Anita and family,
    So truly saddened by the news of Mikes passing. Praying that you are surrounded by family and friends during these difficult days. Mike was a good man and will be greatly missed by so many.
    Linda and Darrell Putnam.

  • Anita and Family, I was so shocked to hear of Mikes passing….You are in my thoughts and prayers…You have such a loving family to hold on to. Remembering my times with community watch with Mike..Lots of laughs…Please take care of yourself..

  • Anita, to you and your family We are thinking and praying for you all. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Mike! What a good, solid man he was. We are sending big hugs and prayers for strength through this tough time. Much love and we are just a phone call away if we could help in anyway.

  • Dear Amy,
    I am deeply saddened to hear about your father and how it has affected you and your family. You are a very precious spirit-though I do not know the remaining members of your family, I do believe in order for you to be ‘who’ and ‘what’ you are, they must have been an important influence as well as ‘fuel that fed’ and help to develop that special quality within you. You have a special place in my heart-I care and am praying for you and all those you love who share in the sadness that comes as a result of the ‘home-going’ of your father. Please know that special prayers are being lifted up for each of you- asking God to provide ( and for each of you to be able to receive) His PERFECT LOVE to occupy and fill the empty space that may have been created by the ‘transitioning’ of your father from this life into another; that God will grant (and that each of you will be able to receive) His PERFECT PEACE that gives you a calm and a ‘knowing’ that in spite of the situation, it will be ‘well’ again within your soul; and finally asking God to grant (and for each of you to be able to receive) His PERFECT JOY in knowing that the pain and suffering experienced by your loved one has finally come to an end. No matter what you and your family may encounter today, please know I am praying for each of you to experience a better tomorrow. ‘May the joy of the Lord be your strength’.

    Perhaps your loved one would like to say:
    “I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
    I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
    Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. “

    With caring thoughts,
    Deb J.

  • Anita and family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss and am sending many prayers and much love your way.


  • Thank you for sharing Mike with us. We have many fond memories of him at the ballfields, at the pool, and dressing up for Halloween! He was an equal balance of dignity and shenanigans – something I aspire to emulate. God be with your family. We are here, as you need.

  • I was saddened to hear of mikes passing , we became friends through meeting on a job site. My family and I are praying for you and your family in your time if loss. My God bless you and give you strength through this difficult time
    Peace be with you.

  • May his memory be Eternal.