Michael R. “Mike” DeMilia, 26, of Framingham, passed away at home in his sleep last Friday, Oct. 25.
DeMilia was a recent alumnis of Framingham State, having graduated this past May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He had recently started work as a software developer, according to his obituary on the website of McCarthy, McKinney and Lawler Funeral Home.
Lorretta Holloway, vice president of enrollment and student development, sent an email Wednesday, Oct. 30 informing the FSU community of DeMilia’s passing.
She wrote, “It is always difficult losing a member of our community. I’m certain that many of you knew Michael personally, and I know how hard it must be to hear this news.
“I know you all join me in keeping Michael’s family and friends in your thoughts.”
According to his obituary, DeMilia was a lifelong resident of Framingham. He attended Framingham Center Preschool, Hemenway Elementary School, Walsh Middle School, and Framingham High School, from which he graduated in 2011.
Before coming to FSU, DeMillia attended UMass Dartmouth and MassBay Community College.
DeMilia played for the Framingham youth baseball team “and was most often found on the mound,” according to his obituary. “In high school, he continued baseball his freshman year, moved on to wrestling, and for a guy who couldn’t stand the water, he joined the swim team.”
According to the obituary Michael enjoyed playing basketball with friends and members of Temple Beth Am synagogue. He also enjoyed snowboarding and “a good video game.”
FSU alumnis Zach Colten ’19 said, “Mike DeMilia was in my life before I was born. Our families became friends through Hemenway Elementary.
“Growing up, it felt like Mike was a big brother to me. I would go to his house and play neighborhood games with him, his siblings, and all the kids on the street. … As we got older, our families remained close. Vacations, New Year’s Eve parties, family celebrations – [we were] always together.
“Once, he even stood up to bullies for me, which was an inspiring day for me. I always looked up to Mike as an athlete, a gamer, and most importantly, a friend. He was quiet but strong, simple but sure, and he was the brother I never had.
“I will miss him sorely forever, but I know his memory will live on forever in my heart and in both of our families, as well as anyone who ever had the pleasure of getting to know him,” Colten said.
On a public Facebook post, his mother, Beverly J. DeMilia, wrote, “Michael was having a great year. He had graduated college, landed a good job, and had moved out with some of his high school friends.
“All I can say is: give your loved ones a hug and let them know they are loved. Rest in peace, my precious Michael. I love you and miss you more than words can say.”
On another public Facebook post, his sister, Molly R. DeMilia, wrote, “Hearing all of the memories and stories of my brother have provided some comfort during this time. I encourage and would love anyone who has anything to share, whether it be stories or photos, to do [so]. Thank you all for the endless support during this time.
“Miguel, I miss you and love you more than you could ever know. My heart is so heavy. Rest in the sweetest peace, my brother.”
DeMilia is survived by his parents, Richard M. Jr. and Beverly J. (Davidson), of Framingham; his older sister, Megan C., and her husband, Ryan Ventimiglia; his twin sister, Melissa L., and her fiancé, Guy DePlacido, of Woburn; and his youngest sister, Molly R., of Woburn.
He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
Visiting hours for family and friends are Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home at 11 Lincoln St. in Framingham.
Additionally, DeMilia’s funeral Mass service will be held in St. George Church at 74 School St. in Saxonville on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m., followed by a private interment.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of his late Uncle Bobby, donations can be made to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Waltham.