In December, Division 45 celebrated the retirement of Mike Locy, Safety Specialist. The safety team gave him a fishing rod and reel for his retirement. Division 45, with Shawn Jones, presented Mike with a chainsaw and a hardhat signed by all.
Attendees were Mark Giannetto, Area Manager; Shawn Jones, VP; James Johnston, GF; Terry Cardinell, GF; Adam Watson, GF; Rich Jones, GF; Jeremy Jones, GF; Steven Davidson, GF; Rick Wolvington, Area Supervisor; Brad Smith, Mechanic; and Eric Meres, Safety Specialist.
Following is a tribute to Mike from Mark Rowe and Deb Boyce, Training & Safety.
Michael Locy was born in 1953 and raised with nine brothers and four sisters on an upstate dairy farm in Canton, NY. Canton is situated just 25 miles south of the Canadian border. Mike spent his childhood working on the farm and graduated from Canton Central High School. Mike then attended the local two-year agriculture college majoring in dairy food and science.
In March of 1974, Mike enlisted in the US Navy, where he ascended to rank of 2nd class petty officer in the combat information center on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga CV-60. In 1979, Mike took a short break from the Navy and returned home to resume his college education at Potsdam State University, majoring in computer programming. Upon college completion, he reenlisted in the Navy attending ASWOC school and was stationed at the Commander Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing Eleven at the P-3C air base in Jacksonville, Florida.
In August 1983, Mike proudly took part in the Pre-Commissioning Unit of the USS De Wert FFG45 and commissioning of the ship at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. For the next four years, Mike spent the rest of his active duty aboard the USS De Wert until he was honorably discharged. Mike then joined the Navy Reserve Unit, where he was assigned to the Destroyer Squadron 202 from May 1987 to December of 1994. Then from January 1994 to March of 1999, Mike served with the Navy Unit Destroyer Squadron 22.
With 11 years active and 12 years in reserve, and being honorably discharged, he could have been called back into service. It was not until May of 2013 that Mike was officially retired from the Navy. In 2014, Mike had the privilege of attending the Decommissioning ceremony for the USS De Wert FFG45—the same ship he commissioned 30 years prior —amazing!
During his time in the reserves, Mike worked on the family farm and was hired at Tamarack Tree Service. He worked at Tamarack until they were purchased by Lewis Tree Service. Mike made close friends while he selflessly served as a Safety Specialist at Lewis until his recent retirement in December 2019.
Mike felt that Lewis Tree Service always came through for him with anything he needed, and he was welcomed as part of the family. Anytime he requested something, there was no hesitation by the company to come to his aid. Mike reciprocated that sentiment in the way he cared for his fellow employees, always treating them with respect. Although Mike could seem stern and stoic at times, he has a most generous nature, and one of the biggest, softest hearts of anyone. Mike’s care and dedication to the safety of the craftworkers was an inspiration to us all, and he will be sorely missed. Mike very much appreciates all the friends he made over the years at Lewis Tree Service and this is what he will miss the most.
Mike is thoroughly enjoying his well-deserved retirement which is allowing him more time to spend with his granddaughters. He wishes to thank us from the bottom of his heart for the support and opportunities to grow and succeed as a Safety Specialist. His list of those to whom he is grateful is extensive, but you know who you are! If you spoke to Mike on the phone now, you would notice immediately a more relaxed tone of voice and a more jovial spirit. That’s something we can all look forward to in our retirement years!
Cheers to you, Mike! Good luck and God bless!