Michael A. Bembenek, 61, of Webster, MA passed away on Tuesday November 6, 2018 in his home. He was born in Webster and graduated from Bartlett High School. For a time he lived and worked in Boston, but eventually moved to California, where he made a career as a systems analyst and program manager for Sybase Corp. for nearly 33 years. His true passion was music - he was an exceptional drummer, wrote and produced songs, and managed other musicians. In Boston he played at all the major clubs, including The Paradise, The Channel, and Jack’s with his all-originals bands Dreamhunter and Keeper. In San Francisco, he was a member of The Mudpuppies and Dos Gringos Chicanos, playing at Golden Gate Park for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. With his band Early Iron, he opened several times for the legendary Jefferson Starship. He also performed with various members of his other bands at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Michael enjoyed exploring different places, and hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains with his brother. He had a soft spot in his heart for all kinds of animals, and he loved his family and many close friends.
Michael is survived by his sister, Dolly Schuller and her husband Joseph of Webster, his brother Ben Bembenek and his wife MaryJo of Marshfield, MA, his niece Julia Bembenek, and his nephew Andrew Bembenek, both of Los Angeles. He is predeceased by his dad, Bernard F. Bembenek and his mom Beatrice Bembenek.
Michael had a winning personality and was always very kind and generous. His warm smile and kind heart will truly be missed by us all. Those of us who knew him well knew that he had a happy spirit; even in not so good times, he kept his calm disposition. We know he would not want any of us to feel sad in this time, but to remember how much he loved us and how much we will always love him. We know he is in God’s care now.
Funeral services are private, but a Celebration of Life music event in Michael’s memory will be held at the PACC at 37 Harris St. in Webster on November 17th from 4-8 p.m. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster has been entrusted with his arrangements. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or light a candle.