In Loving Memory of Mike Saucier

Posted By on November 6, 2017

We are heartbroken to let you know that our beloved editor, Mike Saucier, passed away on November 1 after a brief battle with cancer. Words cannot express how much he meant to Frontdoors and what it has become over the past nine months. And words can also not express how saddened we are to lose our good friend. He was a loving father and husband, a true professional and one of the greatest people we have ever encountered.

We have worked with his wife Fernanda to set up a memorial fund, which will be used to fund some sort of scholarship or foundation down the road. If you are interested in contributing, you may do so by visiting any Bank of Arizona branch or by mailing a check to the following:

Mike Saucier Memorial Fund
c/o Trish Anderson
Bank of Arizona
3001 E. Camelback, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Thank you to all of you who have offered your kindness and support over the past few weeks. Frontdoors Media will forever be dedicated to Mike’s memory, and we will always cherish all he did to shape its vision…and to make us smile every day he was with us.

Mike’s obituary is below:

Phoenix, AZ / Whitinsville, MA – Michael P. Saucier, 46, of Phoenix, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at home, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Fernanda Santos Saucier and father of Flora Santos Saucier.

Michael wrote stories for a living, as a journalist and a public relations consultant. In Phoenix, he was the founder and owner of Soss Communications, a consulting business, and the proud editor of Frontdoors, a magazine that focused on philanthropy. Prior to moving to Arizona five years ago, Michael worked as a press secretary in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in New York, as a foreign and city editor at The New York Sun, and as a copy editor at, Boston Herald and Naples Daily News in Florida.

Michael began his journalism career at Stonebridge Press Newspapers, owner of the Blackstone Valley Tribune. He was editor-in-chief at the Southbridge Evening News when he met his wife Fernanda at a job fair. He offered her an unpaid internship. She turned it down, but she did not turn him down when he called her to go out on a date.

He was born December 22, 1970 in Worcester, MA, the son of John T. and Elizabeth A. (Woodward) Saucier of Whitinsville, MA. He was president of the Northbridge High School Class of 1989.

Michael adored his daughter Flora. He taught her to love books, appreciate great music and though he was often scared when she climbed the mesquite tree on their front yard, he taught her to love nature.

He also loved to travel. He was just as happy during family trips to Ogunquit Beach in Maine and his wife’s hometown of Salvador in Brazil as when he visited the plains of northern Wyoming, the beaches of Maui, the cobblestone streets of London, the pubs of western Ireland and the museums of St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition to his wife Fernanda and parents John and Betsy, he is survived by his daughter, Flora; a brother, John T. Saucier, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Uxbridge; and several nieces and nephews, in the United States and Brazil.

Visiting hours will be held   Tues. Nov. 7, 2017 from 4-7 PM in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 480 Church St., Whitinsville.

Funeral services will be Wed. Nov. 8, 2017 at 10 AM   from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Providence Rd., Rte. 122, Whitinsville.

Memorial donations may be made to Mike Saucier Memorial Fund, Bank of Arizona, c/o Trish Anderson, 3001 E. Camelback, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

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