06/04/15 440 W, 1 I - + 3 - 1 UPDATED: Arrangements For Mike Duda

June 4
Here's Mike's obituary as posted in today's News & Observer:

Michael A. Duda
July 26, 1975 - May 29, 2015
Holly Springs

Michael A. Duda, 39, of Holly Springs, NC, passed away on May 29, 2015, at Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Michael was born in Rome, NY to the late Martin L. Duda, and Carol L. Duda of Washington, NC. He spent the first part of his life in Camden, NY before moving with his family to NC in 1990.

After graduating from Washington High School in 1993, Michael was first employed as a police officer, then pursued a life long career in radio communications, culminating in his employment with North Carolina Division of State Parks & Recreation.

Michael proudly served as a volunteer fire fighter beginning in 1996. He became certified as an EMT in 2006. He was a member at Bunyan, Red Oak, and Western Wake Fire Departments. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for Western Wake Fire Rescue for six years

Michael also enjoyed working part time doing event security, where he met his wife, Amy, in 2003. They later married on October 14, 2006.

Mike is survived by his wife Amy and son Colin, 5, of Holly Springs, NC, his Mother Carol Duda of Washington, NC, and his sister Joanne Duda of Raleigh, NC.

A celebration of his life will be held on June 11, 2015 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the White Oak Recreation Area of Jordan Lake State Park.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Carolina Brotherhood or Transitions LifeCare of Raleigh.


June 2

Western Wake Firefighter Michael "Mike" Alexander Duda, 39, passed away on Friday, May 29. His full obituary has yet to be posted, but this quote from the fire department's Facebook page is an apt summary:

"Mike had valiantly battled cancer for the past few years, all the while maintaining a positive attitude and continuing his dedication to our department in whatever role he could. Mike was not only our brother, and our friend, but a devoted husband and immensely loving father. He will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten." 

Arrangements have been announced. By day, Mike was a radio technician for the North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation and was based at Umstead Park. His memorial service will be conducted at Jordan Lake State Park, at the White Oak Recreation Area, on Thursday, June 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

That's located on White Oak Beach Road, off Highway 64 west, about a half-mile west of Farrington Road and the Wilsonville crossroads. 

More information will be poster later as needed.

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