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ASHLAND – Michael Sean “Big Mike”  Thorsen passed away on April 12, 2021, at his home in Ashland, after a 15-month battle with cancer.  He was 74 years old.

Michael was born in Natick September 5, 1946, to George C. Thorsen and Gertrude R.  (Daley) Sheridan. 

He was a 1964 graduate of Natick High School.  He married Virginia (Ginny) Carnicelli in 1966.

He spent the majority of his working years in auto body repair and construction before retirement.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather John “Jack” S. Sheridan, and by his youngest son, Timothy James Thorsen.  He is survived by his wife Ginny; his brothers George C. (Maura) Thorsen of Hopkinton, Brian K. (Patricia) Thorsen of Shirley, MA, and John S. (Jeanne) Sheridan of Ashland, VA;  his children Amy J. (Gaio) Thorsen of Hopkins, MN, Michael S. Thorsen of Ashland, David C. (Alison) Thorsen of North Kingstown, RI, Megan R. (Dean) James of Upton, and Elizabeth S. Thorsen of Medway; and his eleven grandchildren: Emily, Rachel, Kelly, Danny, Tommy, Jack, Joey, Sam, Seth, Sawyer and Shane.

A long time resident of Ashland, Big Mike will fondly be remembered as the always present, proud father at all of his children’s school and sporting events.  His grandchildren looked forward to performing their best stupid human tricks for Grandpa when he was feeling generous with his wallet contents.  He was patient with Ginny’s former dog breeding business, which brought him one of his best friends, Teena Weena, “the Athlete”, before she passed some years ago.  Mike maximized his retirement time at his vacation home in Naples, ME.  Boaters there will fondly remember “Whitey” with his white fluffy hair and cries of “No Wake!” as they sped past his home.

Family and friends are invited to Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street, Ashland, on Saturday, April 17, from 1-3 p.m.

A small private service for family members will follow at 3:30 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society ( in Mike’s name would be appreciated.

All visitors to the funeral home are required to wear a face mask. NO EXCEPTIONS

Funeral home visitors entering the funeral home will be limited to 10 at one time. Visitors may be asked to wait outside until room is available. Unfortunately no exceptions can made to this rule for inclement weather.

Condolences with the family should be kept brief so that others may enter after you.

Please exit the funeral immediately after condolences are given to the family to allow others to enter the funeral home.

Please observe barriers placed to provide proper social distancing.

Please refrain from embracing with the family.


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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.