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
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Donations are being accepted for: The Lustgarten Foundation.


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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

Joseph F. Berardino

Posted at 05:15pm
We have known Mike and Pam from our earliest years as professionals at Arthur Andersen. As a colleague, later as a client, or as a friend Mike was always an outsized personality, competitive at everything he did, quick with a laugh or a joke, adoring of Pam and his children. Someone you always wanted on your side. Accomplished at every job he took on. We were blessed to have been a part of his journey. . Gail and Joe Berardino

K Reed

Posted at 04:43pm
It is with profound sadness that we learned of Mike’s death. Our prayers for support & comfort go out to Pam & all Mike’s loved ones at this sad time. May your families lift you up and give you strength. To say we’re grateful to have had Mike in our lives for so many years is an understatement. We know that through Mike’s guidance, kindness, generosity & thoughtfulness our lives were abundantly blessed. RIP Mike. Kate & Jim R.

Susan Powell

Posted at 12:25pm
He was the reason I was able to keep my home many years ago. His generosity was so wonderful. I beloved him dearly and wil never forget all the dinners ice cream etc. my sincerest condolences to Pam, her children their spouses and grand kids!!! He was one in a million

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