PHIPPSBURG — Michael Erwin Gilliam, 61, of Fuller Mountain Road passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Maine Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Bath, on January 31, 1955, a son of Merle and June (McIntire) Gilliam. He lived out his life in Phippsburg and was a graduating member of Morse High School, class of 1973. After high school, through mutual friends, he met the love of his life, Julie Ann MacDonald. They continued their friendship and relationship and later were married in Bath on September 18, 1982.

Michael had many interests throughout his life, however none were more close to him than fishing. He was a lifelong fisherman and had a passion for it. In fact, in his spare time he could be found making fishing lures. He also had a fondness for music, literature, history and was known to many to be an impressionist. As with any good lifelong fisherman, the art of storytelling comes with it, which he truly enjoyed. He also was a former member of the local Elks Club.

He held many jobs, mostly relating to his passion of fishing and working with his hands which he was highly skilled. Fisherman, carpenter, tree harvester and Small Point Fisheries Wharf Manager where some of the titles he held throughout his life.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Julie of Phippsburg; his Son, Spencer Gilliam of Phippsburg; his Daughter, Victoria Gilliam of Auburn; his parents Merle and June Gilliam of Small Point; Brothers, Greg Gilliam and wife Irene of Phippsburg, and Brett Gilliam of Small Point as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed and remembered by many.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held Saturday, November 19th at 2:00pm for a short service to be followed by a Time of Remembrance until 5:00pm at Small Point Baptist Church in Phippsburg and all are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to 131 Fuller Mountain Road, Phippsburg, Maine 04562 to help the family.