Michael Jon Eldridge, 36

Sep 23, 2020

Michael Jon Eldridge, 36, of Rochester passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 8, 2020.

Michael will be missed dearly by his beloved family and friends. Michael had such a great sense of humor that touched so many lives. He had a huge heart, and would kindly offer it to those that were less fortunate than he, in so many different ways. His true sense of gratitude was beyond what anyone might expect from him. He always went out of his way to thank anyone for even the smallest, kind gesture. Michael had a very kind and gentle side to him. He was a sensitive and humble soul.  Michael was truly liked by many people. He had the most genuine smile that was so perfect, that it made people smile themselves.

Michael was very hardworking. He worked in the trades for several landscaping companies, as well as painting, masonry, sheet rocking, foundations, flooring and carpeting over his years of employment. At times, he could produce the work of two, maybe three people. Michael was a very helpful person to many people, including his family.

Michael lived for the great outdoors. He was in his element no matter what season it was outside; he spent countless hours outside, no matter if it was spring, summer, winter, or fall. He loved to work and play in the snow, rain and sunshine, as well as in storms. He enjoyed all that it takes to maintain a yard like shoveling, raking, mowing and making fires to burn the brush; and with all that it takes to keep up a yard. Work was like play to him in this realm. Michael was a very adventurous person. He loved to camp, ski, bike and hike.

Michael had a true love of music. He really loved many different genres. Music was often his saving grace. It spoke to his heart and soul.

Michael left behind his beloved daughters, Ava Mae Laplante, 9 years old and Kiera May Eldridge, 5 years old, both of Rochester. He held them so dear to his heart. He took the time to engage with them whenever they were together with him. His beloved parents; Ann Janet (DeSorcy) Eldridge and his father, David Eldridge, both of Rochester. His younger sister, Sarah Ann Eldridge of Rochester. His maternal grandparents, Elaine (Caron) DeSorcy, and Joseph DeSorcy, both of Marion. His late paternal grandparents; Frederick Eldridge, and Myrtle (Johnson) Eldridge, formerly of Mattapoisett. His late uncle, Roy Eldridge also of Mattapoisett.  On both sides of the family he is survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A private service was held for Michael on Sept. 19, 2020, surrounded by family and friends in the yard in which he worked so hard to keep beautiful.
In Michael’s final days, he wrote a post on Facebook that we would like to share with the world.  It is dated July 13, 2020 at 2:02am.

“I apologize to everyone for not doing better. Everyone that has ever met me knows that I am a good person. I have an addiction problem. It’s held me down and back the majority of my life; making choices that are not in my best interest. I am running out of the most precious commodity known to man, and beast. Can you guess what it is? It’s time; at 36 years old, I feel I have wasted too much time here on earth. I feel sad, and lonely. It’s only because of the good family, that is loving, caring and forgiving, that I have made it this far. If I have hurt you, or disappointed you along the way, know that it wasn’t me; it was a chemical calling the shots.  Be careful my friends; if you are reading this, please pray for me.

May God bless you Michael, and may you rest in peace.