Michael James Buick, age 74, affectionately referred to as Pops by his family, was born on January 29, 1947 and passed away peacefully on March 14, 2021 at his home in Stanley, North Carolina. A native of Des Plaines, Illinois, he was the son of the late Lois and Emmett Buick. Pops is survived by his beloved wife, Anne of 52 years; son, Michael (Alison) Buick of Chanhassen, Minnesota and daughter, Shanna (Jamie) Lapish of Harrisburg, North Carolina. A proud Grandfather to his grandchildren Josh, Kaitlyn, and Nicole Lapish and Ray, Holly, and Nolan Buick. Loving brother to Patrick (Cheryl), Don (Alicia), Carol (Chuck) Higgins, and Timothy (Kim); uncle to 23 nieces and nephews. Pops honorably served his country in the United Saves Navy from 1965-1970 (Vietnam War) before earning a business degree from Northern Illinois University in 1974. After a distinguished career in the commercial insurance industry in Chicago, Illinois, and in Charlotte and for Union County, North Carolina. He spent his retirement years surrounded by family and friends in a home on the Cowans Ford Golf Course where he enjoyed numerous rounds of golf with his son and friends.
Pops will be greatly missed by his family that he leaves behind. His grandchildren will carry on his legacy. His unique sense of humor and inquisitive mind will forever be remembered. He married Anne (Halliwell) in February of 1969 and they moved to the Chicago area to start their lives together and raise a family. He was a devoted father and found his greatest happiness as a coach, teacher, and friend to his children. Pops was an enthusiastic fan of Chicago sports enduring years of frustration that made the joys of the Bears Super Bowl in 1985 or the Jordan era Bulls that much sweeter. He enjoyed playing golf, chess, and bridge with family and friends.
A funeral Mass will be held 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 22nd at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, North Carolina. Interment will take place on Friday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM with Military Honors at the Salisbury National Cemetery 501 Statesville BoulevardSalisbury, NC 28144
In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s name to the Holy Spirit Building Fund, 537 Highway 16, Denver, N.C. 28037 or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092 would be greatly appreciated.