Michael Paul Laverty

Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Michael Paul Laverty, 76, of Paradise Valley, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 with the love of his wife, Sheila at his side.

Michael Paul Laverty was born Sept. 28, 1943 during WWII in Belfast, Ireland. Michael was the 8th of 9 children born to Molly and Eddie Laverty. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and left Belfast at the age of 14 to join the Merchant Marines, where he served for 7 years.

Michael emigrated to the US in 1964 and received his U.S. citizenship June 4, 1971. He worked a variety of jobs while in New York City. He then moved to Connecticut, got married and had 2 children, Kathleen and Sean. Sean married Kathleen Carrol and they had three children, Nina, Shelagh and Gia. Michael’s daughter, Kathleen married Jack Bouvier and had three children.

While in Connecticut, Michael worked for the Armstrong Tire Co. where he was active in the URW Union until the company closed. He then worked for the Connecticut Dept. of Corrections, he was awarded the Connecticut State Medal of Valor for saving an inmate’s life. Later, he was an executive Chauffeur for the CEO of Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. He chauffeured for the presidents of Black and Decker and General Electric. He received his executive protection training through the U.S. State Dept. in the early 1990’s.

In 1986, he married Sheila (Cosacchi) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He and Sheila began a cross-country odyssey in their motor home. In 2007, they found a piece of heaven in Paradise Valley, Emigrant, Montana, where they built their home. They spent the winters in Arizona until 2014 when health problems prevented it.

After a long illness, and being supported by Livingston HealthCare and Compassus Hospices, Michael passed away at home on Friday, July 24, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila; son, Sean Laverty and his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Kathleen Bouvier and her husband, Jack; sister, Olive Morris; brother-in-law, James Morris; grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael was a member of the Knights of Columbus with a 4th Degree and was a friend of Bill W. for 37 Years. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his positive attitude, and his efforts everyday to bring a smile to someone. RIP “Michael the Irishman.”

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 511 S. F St. in Livingston. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday Aug. 3, at St. Mary’s with a prayer vigil beginning at 6 p.m. Sheila would love if you would share a favorite memory of Michael at the vigil service.

Tax deductible memorials may be made to Vince Grant Hall, 162 N. N St., Livingston, Montana 59047.

Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. To view the tribute page or share condolences, visit www. Franzen-Davis.com.