Obituary for Michael J. Masquith “Mike”

Michael Joseph “Mike” Masquith, 52, of Berryville, Virginia, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at home. Mr. Masquith was born August 19, 1959 in Arlington, VA, He is survived by his wife of 27 years Sandy Lee Petty Masquith of Berryville, VA; his mother, Shirley Masquith of Sneads Ferry, NC; sister, Lori Masquith Pauly and brother-in-law, Robert Pauly of Grafton, WV; and his in-laws, Arnold and Molly Petty of Scientists Cliffs, MD.

His father, Joseph Masquith, preceded him in death.

Mike attended Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA receiving his Associates Degree in Engineering and also made the Dean’s List in 1979. In 1981, he majored in Computer Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Continuing his education in 2003, he received an Advanced Web Development & Business Programming Diploma from the Clubb Institute of Arlington VA, and made the Dean’s List with Director’s Honors.

Beginning in 2008, Mike worked as a contractor to the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center as a Webmaster.  He worked with contracting companies USCG and FedConsulting Inc.  In this position, Mike earned a “Bravo-Zulu” commendation from the Coast Guard for his work in converting the National Maritime Center’s website to Department of Homeland Security standards.

Prior to this achievement, Mike worked as Television News Director with TV3 Winchester. From 1983 to 2001 he worked for Siemens ICN, formerly ROLM, Reston, VA, ultimately under the title of IT Software Engineer.

Mike was also an avid musician involved in numerous bands and so many musicians too numerous to name individually here. He composed his own music, producing several albums of his own, and playing as a guest artist on many others. He was a contributor to the local music scene in Berryville, VA as well as heavily involved in the Barns of Rose Hill.

Services will take place 1:30 P. M. Wednesday, February 22 at Enders and Shirley Funeral Home Chapel in Berryville, VA with Rev. Michael Dobbins officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P. M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name to the Barns of Rose Hill, P.O. Box 738, Berryville, VA 22611 or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

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  1. bill johnston says:

    Mike, with his wife Sandy, graciously spent many Friday evenings over the past five or more years setting up and running sound equipment for Music in the Park. They also provided sound support for the Roots of American Music series and many other non-profit events. He generously donated his time and talent for the benefit of the community. Farewell Mike – we will miss you.

  2. chip schutte says:

    Mike and Sandy also contributed much time, effort and expertise to Barns of Rose Hill. Mike ran the sound, advised the Board of the Barns on sound equipment, volunhteered in a variety of ways. Plus he was about the most pleasant fellow to deal with one could imagine, and a very good musician. His volunteer spirit is hard to replace, his smile harder yet. Berryville is the poorer for his leaving us. Hope to see many of his friends at his funeral and party afterwards, and the event scheduled in his honor at Barns of Rose Hill later in March. Miss you, mike!

  3. Jennifer Lee says:

    AND he and Sandy graciously volunteered their time and talent to HarvFest, a benefit event for local Clarke County non-profits showcasing local agriculture, food, and history. They ran the sound for the live music, all with amazing grace, competency, and a spirit of enthusiasm and generosity. This community was really lucky to have Mike and will greatly miss his fine spirit and talents. Prayers to his family and friends.