Obituary: Michael Henry Lafferty |

Obituary: Michael Henry Lafferty

Michael Henry Lafferty, 51, of Salinas, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, after a short battle with ALS. He was born June 13, 1961 in Berlin, New Hampshire, later moving to Auburn, Maine and then Topsham, Maine, where he graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in 1979. Mike then ventured west in 1984 to ski the great California Sierra powder — first in Mammoth Lakes, California and then settling in on the woodsy West Shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoma, California.

Mike owned and operated Tahoe Lake Cottages in Tahoma for 22 years where he loved meeting and hosting his guest’s winter, summer and fall, many of those folks becoming lifelong friends. He was passionate about Lake Tahoe and enjoyed everything to the fullest, with favorite hobbies of skiing, snowmobiling, hockey, boating, golfing and dirt bike riding. Anything and everything that involved going fast, taking risks, and pushing the envelope was sure to be in bounds when Mike was playing.

Most of all Mike was so proud of his beautiful family and all of the moments spent with his children, nieces and nephews. Taking time to live and cherish these moments were his most important hobby.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jillian Penelope, mother-in-law Penelope Osborn Lipe and father-in-law, James W. Lipe Sr.

Michael is survived by his wife, Julie Lipe Lafferty of Salinas, daughters, Taylor Ann Lafferty, of South Lake Tahoe, Megan Joy Lafferty of South Lake Tahoe, Lindy Leigh Lafferty of Salinas, son, Aidan Thomas Lafferty of Salinas, parents Donald & Barbara Lafferty of The Villages, FL, brother, Thomas (Karen) Lafferty of Scarborough, ME, sister Martha Lafferty and Nancy Talbot of Saco, ME. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law William Lipe, James Lipe, Jr. (Shelley) and Michael Lipe (Robyn) and his nieces and nephews, Allison, Christopher, Cody, Loren, Katherine and Stephen along with his beloved Aunt Margy Silveria.

A Memorial Mass was held April 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spreckels, CA.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Mike Lafferty on Saturday, May 5, 2013, from 11-2 at the Tahoe Yacht Club, 700 North. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA. The family invites all who knew Mike to join us.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Ste 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or (888) 949-2577 or

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