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“Condolences and fond memories from an old childhood friend ...Michael Thorne ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Thorne - Goose Creek; SC

“I have a fond memory of meeting Michael at Julia's baby shower. I only got to know him for a short time, but it was easy to recognize his sweet and...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Trip Tate - New York, NY

“I am so heartbroken for your loss. I had the good fortune of meeting Michael through Julia, and remember him for his warmth, humor, creativity,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jacqui Perlman - New York, NY

“I remember Mike always being very shy when people would approach his desk but once he recognized the individual, his warmth and easy going attitude...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jessie Sanders - Hartford, CT

“I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Take good care of one another.Rev. Lyn PaceOxford College Chaplain ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Lyn Pace - Oxford, GA

“Dear Conny, Tony and I would like to extend our prayers and love to you and your family at this sad time Love Tony &Maria Helena ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Conny - There is nothing I can say to make your husband's tragic death less painful to you. Just know that there are many people around you -in...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Belmont - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Conny and Family-My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.Karen Healey ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Healey - West Hartford, CT

“Thoughts and prayers to the entire family at this difficult time. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Peter Montesano - West Hartford, CT

Michael Andrew Herwood died at home in West Hartford on March 19th, 2017. Born on June 12, 1955 in New York City, he leaves his beloved wife of 37 years, Constance Reik, their three children, Margot Dayton (Matthew), Julia Breedon (Simon), and Daniel Herwood, and four cherished grandchildren Allison and Grace Dayton and Colton and Emilia Breedon. He also leaves his mother Sonya Herwood, to whom he was devoted, and brother Jeffrey Herwood.

Michael worked at The Travelers for 25 years and retired in 2015 when he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. In his retirement, Michael decided to focus his time on his loves of photography, hiking, and travel. In between grueling chemo treatments he spent time boating on Lake George, enthusiastically hiking in the Adirondacks with his dog Jack and friends Jim Fuchs and Kate O'Keeffe, and trekking to many National Parks (including Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Glacier, Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Grand Tetons), Switzerland, Chamonix (with Margot), and British Colombia. He also traveled to Paris, the coast of Oregon, and St. John. A selection of his photography from this time may be seen at

Michael hoped he would be able to continue to travel and was always planning his next adventure. He dreamed of going to the Dolomites, Patagonia, and back to Chamonix later this year. In anticipation of his upcoming 62nd birthday he was looking forward to getting the "Golden Eagle" pass to the National Parks and driving across the country, stopping at every park along the way. In spite of his awful diagnosis and through painful treatments he remained optimistic, affable, and genuinely loved life.

His family would like to thank all of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family who have been so much help during his illness. He appreciated all of your efforts and loved you for them. We would also like to thank Dr. Timothy Hong for his compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be scattered on Buck Mountain overlooking Lake George.

Friends and family will be received Thursday, March 23rd 4-7 pm at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford and Saturday, March 25th 3-7 pm at his daughter Margot's house at 26 Westminster Drive, West Hartford. For directions and online condolences, please visit