MICHAEL J. SOCKALEXIS

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

OLD TOWN – Michael J. Sockalexis, 60, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at a Bangor hospital. He was born March 27, 1947, in Old Town. Mike had traveled and worked across the United States, with many tribal nations and National Indian Health Services. He founded the Andrew Sockalexis Track Club, which provided not only sporting events, but youth mentoring and health awareness. Mike had been a Tribal Council member for the Penobscot Nation and also served as the Tribal Representative to the Maine State Legislature. All his life he danced the traditional style of the Penobscot and wherever he went, he did his best to represent the Penobscot through his vibrant dance style. Not only is Mike is survived by his wife, Janet Ranco and his three sons, Chris, Robert and Nathan Sockalexis and six grandchildren; but also his brother, Mark Ranco; and his sister, Marie Tomah. Friends may call 4 p.m. Tuesday until time of Mass of Christian burial 11 a.m. Wed-nesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Indian Island. Burial will be held after the Mass at the Tribal Cemetery, Indian Island. Arrangements in the care of Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. www.birminghamfuneralhome.com

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