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Michael A. Deep, 73

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Michael Anthony Deep, 73 of North Adams died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield. Mike loved life and fought hard to the very end.

He was born in North Adams on July 21, 1949, a son of Tony Michael Deep and Anna Barbara (Handy) Deep. He graduated from the former St. Joseph's High School with the class of 1967 and from North Adams State College in 1973 with a bachelor of art in history.

Mike was a licensed insurance and real estate agent and founded Deep Associates Insurance Agency Inc. In 2013, he fulfilled his life-long dream of owning a golf course and poured his heart and soul into operating Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown, with visions of someday building a destination resort.

He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Mike was a former North Adams city councilor and was the president of the North Adams Lions Club. He was a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association. Mike enjoyed watching Williams College football and basketball and was an avid member of their booster clubs. He was a longtime member of the Northern Berkshire YMCA, where he enjoyed playing racquetball or swimming with friends. He was especially kind to the youth of the community with hopes of being an inspiration to their future successes.

Survivors include his sister, Ellen L. (Craig) Millard of North Adams, who worked with Mike from the very beginning of his career, and remained by his side throughout his long-fought battle these past months. He also leaves his niece and nephew Carrie Ann (Terry) Kondel of Adams and Bryan Anthony Millard of North Adams, both of whom he adored. He also leaves his beloved great-nieces and great-nephews Kamilia, Kale, Lilly and Jake, and his longtime friend Victoria Richardello of Adams. He was predeceased by his sister, Philomena "Phyllis" Deep on July 16, 1994.

Mike held his family, friends, employees, and customers in the highest regard and will be greatly missed by all.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Mike Deep will be celebrated Thursday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church; the Michael Deep Memorial Scholarship Fund or the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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\Ellen. As a small child in the neighborhood, I remember both you and Mike working at the store for your parents and Mike playing baseball with the others in the A&P parking lot. Your parents loved, appreciated, and were so proud to you both. I am shocked and saddened by Mike's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as Mike joins with your parents and sister in heaven.
from: Jeannie (luczynski) Engelon: 08-29-2022

Very surprised and saddened to see that Mike is gone. Going back to the days when he and I played on a team in the YMCA Basketball League, I've always been an admirer of him.

He was always very generous when I would hit him up for a donation to the youth hockey league or any other charitable organization.

He's truly a guy that will be missed.
from: Peter Havilandon: 08-28-2022

Rest in peace Michael. You are missed.
from: John Vareschion: 08-27-2022

Mike ran the scoreboard at the old Y for the youth basketball games. He always cared and treated everyone with respect. It was a privilege to have met Mike and have crossed paths many times in his life. Heck of a nice guy. May god bless you Mike and may you Rest In Peace.
from: Len Girouxon: 08-26-2022

I’m so sorry for your loss. May God give you great peace, comfort, strength and encouragement. Hold your memories close to your hearts.
from: Tina DiSanti on: 08-26-2022

RIP Mike
from: Bob Gallagheron: 08-26-2022

Ellen, Carrie, Vicky and the rest of Mike's family, May Mike rest in eternal peace. May his memory be a blessing forever.
from: Dale Waterman on: 08-25-2022

To Ellen, Carrie and all of Mike's family my heart felt condolences. A friend for many years.
from: Richard Simardon: 08-24-2022

Sympathy to Mike’s family and friends. We will miss him, his sunny greetings, and ready smiles at our reunions and on the course. He loved people…
from: Ginny & Don Girardon: 08-24-2022

Mike was a great guy when I had issues with my insurance for my business. Mike was always there to help, condolence to his family and may he Rest In Peace
from: Patrick Watermanon: 08-23-2022

So sorry for your loss. My whole hearted condolences to all of you. Mike was a great guy! May all your memories from better days ease your pain during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ????
from: Joni Dunnon: 08-23-2022

Carrie & Ellen and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of such a kind man. Mike was always so friendly to everyone .Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
from: Norm & Ann Martinon: 08-23-2022

A major loss for everyone whose life that Mike touched. Kind, compassionate and generous are words that describe him best. RIP
from: Dick & Linda Syriacon: 08-23-2022

Sending love and condolences to Mike’s family and friends. He was an original. ??
from: Patricia Labendzon: 08-23-2022

Ellen, Carrie and families, I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a terrific man and will be missed.
from: C&D Pasternak on: 08-23-2022

A very kind man indeed. He will be missed
from: Derek Barbeauon: 08-23-2022

We were so sorry to hear that you lost your brother. Please know that you are in our prayers.
Barb and Bob Hermon
from: Ellen and Craigon: 08-23-2022

I didn't know Mike personally but I was so surprised to see that he passed. My heart goes out to his family and close friends at this difficult time. He sure was a success.
from: Carla Davison: 08-23-2022

To Mike’s family, My deepest sympathy on the passing of Mike. May he Rest In Peace.
from: Elizabeth Ralston on: 08-23-2022

Mike was one of a kind and I always enjoyed working on projects with him. I could always count on Mike to irritate some overzealous public official or inspector and often enjoyed the sideshow provided..
His free spirit attitude will be missed by all.
from: The Moody Familyon: 08-23-2022

Condolences to everyone who Mike touched in his life. I'm a little late to the party to write a note here but it's been very enjoyable reading the memories of everyone who has commented. Mike was truly one of the greatest supporters and contributors to the development of youth in all of our communities. He devoted his time and spent his own money in every commitment to coach, sponsor teams and encourage kids to be better and better and develop pride. And sportsmanship. He was a good friend and joyful participant in so many many other endeavors and faced challenges in each.

He was always looking for his next adventure which led him to purchase Waubeeka golf course. which, beyond his exciting tramway project from North Adams to the summit if Mount Greylock, was perhaps one of his greatest business challenges. Approximately one year after he bought the golf course, I visited him and brought him a golf hat from Waubeeka circa 1971 when I okayed there in high school. Mike was thrilled with the memento and I asked him: "having a year of ownership under his belt, would he buy the golf course again?" "Not on your life" he proclaimed. It was a hilarious moment. He ultimately loved the business and the course more and more. And hosted many generous benefits there.

And, as a gentleman, he followed the hellacious path that Williamstown and some of its haughtier residents put him through in his dream of adding a small inn to add to the appeal of his beautiful golf course. He held his head high In public at an embarrassing town meeting event as the town squashed that dream saying "we have more than enough hotel rooms." And then, within a year two new hotels broke ground. He was more gracious than he had to be in that public defeat.

Just a good, good guy with solid intentions and aspirations ever since he was able to make a difference.
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 08-23-2022

Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family and all those whose lives he touched. My association with Mike came through our shared love of Waubeeka Golf Links. We spent hours discussing the golf course history in preparation for its 50th anniversary. It was a joy to have this bond with Mike, he was truly passionate about golf and the golf course. And most of all I enjoyed our friendship borne out of this shared love.
from: The Armacost familyon: 08-23-2022

Mike was a really good guy who always had such a positive attitude. Had many nice rounds of golf with him with dinners at Walter's after which he always organized. Rest in peace.
from: Don Dionon: 08-23-2022

Our most heartfelt condolences to Mike’s family and friends. Ashland Street will not be the same without him running in and out all day- everyday. He has been my landlord for nearly 37 years and it’s hard to believe he’s gone. May you find comfort in your memories and knowing just how much he cherished each of you. Rest In Peace Mike - you’ll be missed by many.
from: Colleen & Bob Guettion: 08-23-2022

Ellen, Craig, Carrie and Brian, So sorry for your loss. Mike was a nice guy. and supportive to many. Our thoughts are with you.

from: Don and Nancy Pecoron: 08-23-2022

My condolences to the Deep & Millard families. Mike was an amazing person who cared deeply about all those around him and his community. The Northern Berkshire community will miss him. I will forever be grateful for my time being able to play many rounds of golf with Mike; he loved golf so much. He was always so positive, generous, caring and thoughtful in everything he did. I am a better person today because of the time I spent with Mike.

@ Pards - I will surely miss you and thanks for everything you did and taught me; I truly appreciate it! Hit them straight in heaven!
Chad Rusek
from: Chad Rusekon: 08-23-2022

Mike was the most fun, likeable, loveable person. He always had a smile always wanting to help no matter what. He is a beautiful Angel now watching over his family and friends and still up there laughing.
from: Dixie Passardion: 08-23-2022

Ellen I am so sorry to hear about Mike passing my he rest in peace my condolences to the family
from: Kath pindickon: 08-23-2022

Ellen & Craig and family, We are both deeply saddened by your loss. We have been friends with Mike all our life, his smile and friendly personality will be long remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, God Bless!
from: Glenn and Sandy Girardon: 08-22-2022

Mike was a great man, I worked for him back in the 80 s I was very happy working for him. Very well person and helped when he could. We will miss you mike at least you will be home know with the lord. AMEN
from: bob b jron: 08-22-2022

To the Family of Mike, I am sorry to learn of the passing of Mike, Mike was truly an outgoing person who would talk to anyone who would acknowledge him, My Condolences go out to the entire Family. R. I. P. Mike
from: Tom Ostranderon: 08-22-2022

Ellen and family, I'm so sorry for the lost of mike. Mike was a great man I was very happy to work for him and able to call him my friend always willing to help with anything. We all going to miss him dearly if you guys ever need ear to listen I'm always here. Nick
from: Nick mcclendon on: 08-22-2022

Dear Ellen & family, It is with great sadness that we learned of Mike’s passing. Mike, with his infectious smile, was a shining light that never dimmed. He touched so many lives. We have known Mike for so very long. May your memories and the comforting thoughts of others sustain you during this difficult time.
from: Art & Elizabeth Toohey Mazzuon: 08-22-2022

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My condolences to Ellen, Carrie, Vicky, and the rest of the family.
from: Jonathan Swartzon: 08-22-2022

Mike was always a great man and never failed to lend a hand and thoughtfully gave advice and a compliments when needed. He will be missed in our community.
from: Becky Cohen & Nick DeBenedettoon: 08-22-2022

rest in peace mike.go berkshire barons
from: pickeron: 08-22-2022

Rest In Peace mike visit Dino up there
from: Peteron: 08-22-2022

My condolences to Mr. Deep’s family and friends.
from: Arthur Barbeauon: 08-22-2022

My sincere condolences to Mike’s family on his passing. May happy memories bring you comfort in the coming days. You are in my prayers.
from: Maureen Taft Mooreon: 08-22-2022

mike deep was my friend for 45+ years and my landlord for 38 of those.we were close as he helped celebrate various family functions such as weddings and birthdays.he always called me to wish me a happy birthday and i of course reciprocated. he never failed to invite me to lunch when sister ellen made kibbie. mike was a very generous person.he sponsored youth and adult sports teams and leagues and various school events in north adams,williamstownnand i imagine adams as well. when i had coffee with him on fridays,i saw him fill an envelope with his weekly donation to church whether he went or not. generosity was his love and i believe he never turned down a request for a donation. i, my wife and my family will miss him.we all in berkshire county will miss him. may his memory be for a blessing.
from: dr ken sannon: 08-22-2022

We had many great rounds of golf and golf trips.
Mike was always happy and cared so much about his friends and people.
Truly a wonderful soul.
Proud to call him my friend.
By Pards.I will surly miss you.
from: Joe Apkinon: 08-22-2022

Condolences to Mike's family and friends .Sorry for your loss .His drive and booming personality from day one will be missed by all who knew him . RIP Mike !
from: Jim Luczynskion: 08-22-2022

Ellen, my sincere sympathy for the loss of your brother. No words can express the loss of a loved one. Holding you and your family in prayers.
from: Claire V Senecalon: 08-22-2022

I first met Mike when I was in the fourth grade and played basketball in the St Francis Youth Basketball League…. Mike served as League Director for five years and displayed an contagious enthusiasm that reflected in the kids who played in the league.
His devotion as an organizer and fund raiser were top notch.
He expanded the league to include a post-season tournament that attracted travel teams from Berkshire County, Vermont, Franklin County, Springfield and beyond.
He never forgot the kids who had the privilege to play in the league. His personal success never made him unreachable
I will miss my friend
David Wood
from: David Woodon: 08-22-2022

To the Deep Family, We were sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a caring person and was always helpful and friendly. He was a great asset to the community and will be missed.
from: Gloria Felix & Familyon: 08-22-2022

To Mike’s Family, So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have been friends with Mike for close to 50 years and will miss his cheerful hello whenever we would see each other.
from: Fran Czarneckion: 08-22-2022

We are so saddened by the loss of a beloved friend. We are grateful to have known him. Please accept our condolences. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May all of you be blessed with God's comfort and peace during this difficult time. May we celebrate Mike's. Passion for living his life to the fullest.
from: Barb Marie Nathanon: 08-22-2022

My deepest condolences to the Deep and Millard family. I had the pleasure to work for Mike for a short time forever you will be missed. Keep swinging those gulf balls. Forever in our hearts.
from: Krystal Blackon: 08-22-2022

Dear Family and friends of Mike, to know him was an honor,there will never be another like him. John and I thought the world of him. He brought Joy to our lives.
from: Gail Giorgion: 08-22-2022

Dear Ellen, Craig, Carrie, and Bryan, Mike was a wonderful boss to me for almost 25 years and a good friend to my husband and me for 40 years. I saw the good he did in the community and the love he lavished on his family and friends. I join you in grieving for him.
Love, Terry

from: Terry Molleuron: 08-22-2022

My condolences to the entire Deep/Millard families. I first knew Mike when he took over running the St. Francis Hoop League, committing hours to youth basketball. He would let us kids play pickup games after the day was over. It was great. Mike continued to give and give to youth sports since then too. The world will miss him. RIP Mike.
from: David Willetteon: 08-22-2022

Ellen and Craig , May the Lord Bless you and your Families and give you strength and comfort through this sad time in your lives,
from: Larry Williamson: 08-22-2022

To Mike's family, Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My thoughts are with all of you.
from: Bet Azaron: 08-22-2022

Dear Ellen, Carrie and family. So sorry to hear of the loss of Mike our thoughts and prayer are with you.
from: Albert Mancusoon: 08-22-2022

Sending our heartfelt condolences, hugs and prayers to Mike's family and friends! He contributed greatly to the community and will be missed.
from: Heather & Pat Boulgeron: 08-22-2022

To the family, It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Mike. I do believe that he liked everyone he knew and always said hello with a smiling face. I will never forget his sense of humor and he always was willing to help in whatever way he could. May you rest in peace you are truly a great man and will be missed.

Jim & Carolyn
from: Jim Moroccoon: 08-22-2022

My condolences to the family. May the fond and loving memories be a comfort and always be with you.
from: John A. Bernardoon: 08-22-2022

I am saddened to hear of Mike's passing. As many others shared, he always had a smile for everyone. He was a kind and thoughtful man & I feel thankful that I had the chance to know and work with him. Prayers to friends and family.
from: Andrea Solinskion: 08-22-2022

Losing a life long friend and a good man is simply heart breaking. Michael, thank you for your friendship and for making a difference in so many ways. Rest in peace, my friend.
from: Tom Molloyon: 08-22-2022

So sorry for the loss of a great person who definitely left a lasting impression. Mike always had a smile or good word for everyone. The “Deeper” as he was called in high school made my years at St. Joe so much fun
Mike, we will miss you. Say hi to Biddy for me?
from: Tina Kellyon: 08-22-2022

Sadenned by this loss. May he Rest In Peace, he was a great friend, so happy to have known him.
from: Phil Lefevreon: 08-22-2022

Dearest Ellen, Carrie and families. It is with a very heavy heart that I send my sincere condolences to all of you. Mike and I were friends from elementary school to the present. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. He fought the good fight. :(
from: Karen A. Gordonon: 08-22-2022

In my limited opportunities I had to work with Mike he was a very memorable guy, huge personality and a force of positivity. May you rest in peace Mike.
from: Joe Puccioon: 08-22-2022

Ellen and family: Mike will be sorely missed in his community. He fought the hard fight, and may he now rest in peace.
from: Thom and Mary Swifton: 08-22-2022

Ellen, Jessica and I are so sorry for your loss.

from: Don &Jessica Fisheron: 08-22-2022

Ellen, we are very sorry for your loss.
from: Don & Jessica Fisheron: 08-22-2022

Our condolences to the Deep family. Mike was my first basketball coach in the Saint Francis league. He was close to my grandfather and my parents and was at our wedding. He truly was a great guy and will be missed by all those who's lives he touched.
from: David and Maren Petropuloson: 08-22-2022

We mourn the death of Mike Deep, who has shown generosity and great thoughtfulness to his neighbors in South Williamstown.
Bette Craig, President
South Williamstown Community Association
from: Bette Craig, SWCAon: 08-22-2022

To all his family, I’m so very saddened reading of Michael’s passing… he will always be remembered and I’m extending my sincere condolences and prayers ~
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 08-22-2022

Bryan I am sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle. May all your memories of him help you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family.
from: on: 08-22-2022

To all of Mike's family, I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. He had a huge presence in this community and will be sadly missed. May the love he had for you sustain you during this most difficult time.
from: Diana T Tafton: 08-22-2022

I am very saddened my the lost of Mike is was a great guy. My prayers are with you all
from: Nanette Schmidton: 08-22-2022

To all, Mike will be missed, that's for sure. He was a really good guy and through the many years of knowing him though his business and especially golf I can say " Mike was Mike" rest in peace and make plenty of Eagles and birdies up in heaven. Your friend
from: John Bourdon on: 08-22-2022

Ellen, Craig and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of a tremendous man. Mike was so kind and friendly to every person he met!
from: Jim Holmeson: 08-22-2022

Mike was a character. But most of all he was a devoted to his family and friends. He never refused to help a child in need. He will be deeply missed. My sincere r sympathy to his sister, niece and nephew and of course, his best friend ever, Miss Vicki.

from: Sharon DeMyer Nemseron: 08-22-2022