AUBURN | Michael J. Cuddy Sr., 75, of Auburn, died on Nov. 13, 2014 at Auburn Community Hospital.

Born in Passaic, N.J., on Aug. 28, 1939, he was a son of the late Raymond S. Cuddy Sr., and Mary Hilda (Carr) Cuddy. He attended Holy Family School, and was proud to have played in the city’s first Little League season. After breaking his neck in a diving accident at Owasco Lake, he was sidelined from his high school sports teams. “The Citizen” sports editor, Leo Pinckney then assigned the injured player to cover high school sports for the newspaper – a kindness that was never forgotten. Mike was a member of the last graduating class of Holy Family High School in 1957.

Upon graduation from Niagara University in 1961, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserve. On July 1, 1961, he married Dorothea Gormley in Holy Family Church. In the same year, he was employed as a history teacher, football and basketball coach at Mount Carmel High School. His teaching career was interrupted by service in the United States Army at Fort Benning and Wildflecken, West Germany, in the early 1960’s. He then earned a graduate degree in education from SUNY Cortland. In 1970, Mike joined the faculty of Auburn High School, and in 1973 became the Auburn School District’s coordinator for social studies, serving in that position until 1995. In semi-retirement, he worked as director of a program for disabled adults at Cayuga Community College, and as a supervisor of student-teachers at SUNY Cortland.

A Fulbright travel-study grant enabled Mike to study Indian history at the University of New Delhi in 1975. At the urging of his late uncle, Rev. Paul J. Cuddy, he traveled to Calcutta to visit the Home for the Destitute and Dying. It was Mother Teresa herself who answered his knock at the door. After Mass at the convent, he visited the order’s orphanage with Mother Teresa. Upon his return from India, he and Dottie began planning the adoption of their daughter from an orphanage in Seoul, South Korea.

Mike was elected to two terms on the Auburn City Council during the 1980’s. He served as a board member of the City of Auburn’s Historic Resources Advisory Board, the Cayuga Home for Children, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Faatz-Crofut Home, and the Seymour Library. At the time of his death, he represented Holy Family Church on the board of trustees of St. Joseph’s Cemetery. He was a member of the local chapters of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie; sons, Michael Jr., of Auburn, Christopher (Sherie), of Spencerport, Andrew (Shobna), of Auburn, and John (Lynn), of Waxhaw, N.C.; daughter, Nora, of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Margaret, Joseph, Clare, Deonsay, Danny, Madelyn, Sarah, and Jack; great-grandsons, Xavier, Luke, and Adam; brother, Raymond (Gloria), of Auburn; many nieces and nephews; a special goddaughter, Evelin Moreno, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; his father's widow, Mary Arlene Cuddy, of Auburn. He was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Zielonka and Jean Fitzpatrick.

His life was greatly enriched by lifelong friendships made at Holy Family School. Donald J. Poole and William L. Bergan, also members of the class of 1957 and T. David Stapleton are among those close friends who will mourn his passing.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Holy Family Church, 85 North St., Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, in Holy Family Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Friends that are wishing to make a charitable donation in his memory are encouraged to consider Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021, or another charity of their choice. Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc.