Michael Pasquale

Michael F. Pasquale

Saturday, May 17th, 1947 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Michael F Pasquale passed away on March 19, 2020 in his home in Spring Lake, NJ surrounded by his loving family. Mike grew up in Maplewood, NJ where he met his wife Pam in1963. He graduated St Benedict’s Prep in 1965, and was a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, serving on the Advisory Council for the Mendoza College of Business.

Mike began his business career with Arthur Andersen & Co., leaving New York with his growing family to become Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Hershey Foods in 1978. Through a series of management positions, including President of Hershey Chocolate North America, Mike influenced a remarkable number of people with his leadership style, eventually retiring from his final role as Chief Operating Officer of Hershey Foods in 2000.

After his tenure in Hershey, PA, Mike and Pam retired to his beloved Hilton Head, SC where he played all the golf he could - capturing 3 club championships and other titles in the process. He was a past chairman of the American Management Association, additionally serving on the Boards of public companies such as Minerals Technologies Inc and Medafor, as well as Volunteers in Medicine in Hilton Head, SC.
Mike was blessed with a family who adored him - his wife of almost 51 years, Pam, and his children Caren, Michael, Steven and Maris; their spouses Michael Seckler, Kerry Pasquale, Phillipa Soo, and Jon Doran. Nine grandchildren : Sophia, Margaret, and Elizabeth Seckler; Lauren, Colin, and Mallory Pasquale; Madeleine Pasquale; Hudson and Nolan Doran. He also leaves 3 sisters: Tina Kemper, Susan Powell, and Joanne Willis, 2 brothers: Thomas and Peter Pasquale, their families, and more friends and admirers than one can count. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Arrangements are being handled by the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, NJ. Because of the current pandemic, Michael’s inurnment in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt will be for the immediate family; but a Funeral Mass and celebration of his life will take place in Spring Lake, NJ and again in Hilton Head, SC at a time that is safe for all concerned.
For those interested, donations to the Lustgarten Foundation, whose focus is pancreatic cancer research, would be appreciated.
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    St. Catharine Cemetery & Mausoleum
    1000 West Chicago Blvd.
    SEA GIRT, NJ 08750
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    St. Catharine Cemetery & Mausoleum
    1000 West Chicago Blvd.
    SEA GIRT, NJ 08750
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Donations are being accepted for: The Lustgarten Foundation.


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Linda Cavanaugh

Posted at 11:44am
Dear Pam,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. The obituary of Mike is a tribute to him as an amazing family and business man.
Our memories of you both go back many many years but are still vivid. You both were perfect together!
May God Bless Mike with eternal life and give you strength through this difficult time.
Thinking of you!
Linda and Pat Cavanaugh
Sea Girt

Terry Groark

Posted at 12:53pm
Dear Pam and Family.

We are so very sorry for your profound loss. May the years of happy memories of the life you shared with Michael help to ease your pain. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Wishing you peace in your hearts,
Jon and Terry Groark

David Maddux

Posted at 04:39pm
I am saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I have great memories of his leadership at The Hershey Company . I was privileged to be part of Mike's sales team. He was an inspirational leader and all who knew him respected him for the way he treated people. May the family sense God's love in a special way during this difficult time.
David Maddux - Allen, TX

Mary Petrone

Posted at 01:19pm
Dear Pam and Family,. I am so saddened by the recent loss of Mike. His death will certainly be felt by all those who knew him. God give you His peace at this time. You will be in my prayers in the coming days. May His grace be sufficient for you all. Fondly, Mary Petrone

John canavan

Posted at 10:26am
Pam,Margaret and I are so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. He was a great friend to the “ new guy” at Hershey.He was truly an exceptional human being. Fondly, Margaret and Jack Canavan

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