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Michael R. Corwin


Michael R. Corwin, 70, of Moretown, died peacefully at home in the loving embrace of his family, on Thursday, February 19, 2009. Michael was born on May 13, 1938, in Richmond Hills, New York. He was the son of the late Austin Corwin and Alison (Taylor) Corwin.

Raised in Manhasset, New York, he attended Manhasset Public Schools. In 1955, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years in Japan. Upon his return to the States in 1959, Michael joined his father and brother to work at Thos. A. Corwin Inc., the family plumbing and heating business. In 1975, Michael began traveling across the country working at nuclear power plants as a contract welder for the federal government. In 1982, he returned to New York and, together with his brother, started the Satellite Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration company. In 1985, Michael founded Corwin Petroleum, another company devoted to oil and gas exploration. In Manhattan, he was known by many as "Mr. Oil and Gas." 

In 1988, Michael returned to Vermont, a state he especially loved. He worked out of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union, Local 693, for many years, working primarily at IBM as a pipefitter and CAD designer. Upon his "retirement," he continued to work as Maintenance Supervisor at the Pitcher Inn in Warren. Michael was married to Carolyn Urban of Moretown. 

He is survived by his wife Carolyn; his brother Terence Corwin of Saint James, New York; his sister Elin Corwin of Southold, New York; his children Vicky (Corwin) Barile of Melville, New York, Stacy (Corwin) O'Dette of Melville, New York, Michael S. Corwin of Glen Cove, New York, Alison Corwin of Somerville, Massachusetts, Jesse Corwin of Clifton Park, New York, and Austin Corwin of Moretown. He also leaves his six grandchildren.

Michael led a colorful life and was a man of many interests. He was an avid sailor and photographer. He loved all kinds of music, especially jazz and the blues. He read extensively. He loved to travel, camp and work with his hands. He loved to design and build things for his family. He particularly enjoyed wit and word play, keeping those around him laughing. Michael was a rare character and is deeply missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services were held from St. Patrick Church in Moretown on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. Friends called at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Vermont Cancer Center, 213-E Building, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com.


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