MICHAEL VINCENT G MCCLAURIN (Big Mike) was born June 22, 1983 to United States Army veterans Christine D. McClaurin and Rory McClaurin in Fort Hood, Texas at Darnell Community Hospital. He was their second child. Older brother Eric and parents remember Michael as a shy and inquisitive child who loved magic, and at times was downright funny. Michael and older brother Eric lived with both parents until they divorced in 1984. From then on, the boys lived with their mother, Christine, in Texas, subsequently relocating to Boston, Houston, and finally returning to Massachusetts to settle permanently in Marston’s Mills-Cape Cod, where they lived with their mother and maternal grandmother (Dianna Robinson). Throughout these transitions, Michael and Eric were in constant contact with their father, Rory. Michael graduated from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in 2001, and remained in the area working at T-Mobile, rising to become a top salesman, until 2006. He then relocated to Phoenix, AZ to study and become a licensed massage therapist. Always forward looking and industrious, Michael also enrolled in college courses. In 2012, he made a career change and began working at United States Automobile Association (USAA), starting at the entry level and rising to Senior Banking Insurance Specialist. In this role, he often served as a coach and provided support on the interagency helpline to other colleagues. He was viewed by all as kind, considerate, and thoroughly professional. Michael was known for his kind heart and caring, and everyone believed he was destined for greatness. His strongest bond was with his brother Eric, and everyone remembers his magical smile. Michael departed from us far too soon on January 7, 2019.
He leaves behind his mother, Christine; his father, Rory (and stepmother Diana); his brother Eric; his grandmother, Dianna, his two sisters Jordan and Angela; his Aunts Evelyn, Irma, Maxine, Reece, Stephanie; his cousins Antonio, Brenda, Carolyn, Denise, Karen, Ki, Kimberly, Jermaine, Lakesha, Remy, Shanna, Shavone, Shekema, Vincent, Zena, and Shameka, his very good friend since childhood and her mom Catherine; and many other friends across the country. We are blessed to have known him for the time he was with us; he will be dearly missed by all, but we take comfort in knowing that his spirit is eternally at peace.
In lieu of flowers, if possible, the family requests that donation be made in memory of Michael McClaurin to the “Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (bit.ly/blackfemarchive), founded by Michael’s Aunt. Gifts are tax deductible.Print Obituary & Condolences