Michael Joseph Sweeney

Passed 05/10/2023


Obituary For Michael Joseph Sweeney

Michael Joseph Sweeney, 68, of Rockland, formerly of Weymouth, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 10, 2023.

Michael was the devoted husband of Deborah Vaughn (Beam) Sweeney,

He was the beloved father of Derek Schipper and wife Cheryl of Hanover and Betsy Schipper of Rockland.

He was the doting grandfather (“Bampy”) of Ava and Stella Schipper of Hanover and Henry and Mae Schipper of Rockland.

Michael was the loving brother of Deborah (Sweeney) Stewart and husband Donald of Weymouth, Rhonda (Sweeney) Baresel and husband Bruce of Bridgewater, Cynthia (Sweeney) Schwemin and husband Roy of Loudon, New Hampshire, Deirdre (Sweeney) Keefe and husband Paul of Kingston, and Gregory Sweeney of Braintree.

He was the cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Myles Sweeney and Dorothy (Alexander) of Weymouth and brother Scott Sweeney of Weymouth.

Michael graduated from Weymouth High School in 1972. He earned an Associates Degree from Cape Cod Community College.

He had a long and decorated career in the restaurant business. He led many local restaurants, including McGuiggan’s Pub, TK O’Shea’s, East Bay Grille, Bertucci’s, The Great American Pub, Jamie’s, and the Ninety Nine, where he met the love of his life, Deb.

Michael loved spending time with his family by the pool or at the beach. He and Deb cherished time at their favorite spots on the coast of Maine, along with their many wonderful travel memories over the years. He enjoyed watching Boston Sports and listening to the Rolling Stones. He and Deb enjoyed their frequent dates during which they fine dined or grabbed a burger. They were soulmates who set an example for others to emulate.

Mike was a kind, thoughtful and generous person. He would not accept “no” for an answer if you told him you were all set. He never hesitated to help someone out in ways big and small.

He and Derek were the best of friends watching and attending countless sporting events, doing battle on the basketball court and in games of wiffle ball and going to many Stones concerts (he would not be surprised to have been outlived by Keith Richards). He and Derek had a decades-old running joke about the other not being able to make a good fire.

Betsy and Michael were best buddies. They enjoyed days by the pool and making mischief together. They shared many late night Christmas Eve wrapping parties and many laughs. He took great care of her and her children whom he loved as his own.

All of Michael’s grandchildren will hold dear their many fond memories of their Bampy, notably Barbie Jeep rides to MaryLou’s News (Ava), takeout window service (Stella), rainswimming (Henry) and elaborate bedtime stories (Mae).

Receiving hours will be held at Magoun Biggins Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Burial will be private at a later date.

For those interested, a scholarship has been set up in Michael’s name at Rockland High School. Checks can be made out to the Town of Rockland and sent to Carla Dunn at Rockland High School, 52 MacKinlay Way, Rockland, MA 02370.

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  • 06/16/2023

    Our family was in the Sweeney neighborhood and the kids were friends. For a few years when we were in elementary school and middle school, kids used to play whiffle ball in the Sweeney's back yard. Mike was about 5 years older but would pitch. My guess is that he served as the umpire as well. A home run was over the fence into the Ruhr's yard. Even though Jay Ruhr used to play in the games, there was always some trepidation sneaking into their yard to retrieve the whiffle ball. I seem to recall basketball games with Mike in their driveway as well. He was always very nice and took the time to play with us. Boy did we bug him. Thinking back, he was certainly very kind - and also very patient - with us. Steve Brown

  • 05/16/2023

    Mike Sweeney was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a man's man and a great family man. All of our lives are a little brighter for having known him. He'll be missed terrribly.

  • 05/16/2023

    Bampy was so very loved and will be missed. Sending our deepest condolences to you all and hoping that you can all find some comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you have created through the years. With Love, The Truelson Family

  • 05/13/2023

    we are so sorry for the loss of Mike. we just saw him not long ago. He was so nice and very helpful. He will surely be missed at McQuiggan's. Tom and Yvonne Evans

  • 05/13/2023

    My sincere condolences to you Deb. May you cherish all of your fond memories and find peace knowing the love you shared.

  • 05/12/2023

  • 05/12/2023

    Sending along my sincerest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you Deb and the entire family.

  • 05/12/2023

    Even though I have only known Mike since he started working at Mcguianns Pub he made such an impact on me with his kindness, humor, helping hand, and just overall good mood and smiling face. I so enjoyed his stories about his beloved grandchildren and wife and when he spoke of them his face lite up! The 'Senior Citizen Brigade' is what he called us on Friday!! Friday's will never be the same without him. My sincere condolences to his loving family❤

  • 05/12/2023

    My condolences to Mike and his family. Mike and I started at Bertuccis on the same day and we were both from Weymouth. We had a lot of good talks about the restaurant industry and some of the south shore landmark establishments. I respected his work ethic and appreciated the positive attitude he brought daily. I was glad to run into him when I found him managing at McGuiggans. May he rest in peace.


  • 5 TREES

    William Stewart planted 5 trees in memory of Michael Joseph Sweeney . - May 15, 2023

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