Original Stuy Town tenant Michael Wiley dies peacefully

Michael H. Wiley, 102

Michael H. Wiley, 102, of New York City, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 19, 2020, nine days shy of his 103rd birthday.

He was born April 28, 1917 in Jamaica Estates, N.Y. to James and Anna Wiley and had four siblings: James, John, Mary Elizabeth and Dorothy. He married the love of his life, Mary Josephine McCabe on April 27, 1946.

Michael was predeceased by his wife Mary Jo and his siblings. He is survived by his three children: Joan M. Ponzini, Brian Wiley and Mary Elizabeth Wiley; his grandchildren: Caroline Ponzini, Elizabeth Barry and Patrick Barry; his great grandson Riley Ponzini Beck and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wiley was a life-long resident of New York City and for the last 71 years lived in Stuyvesant Town, where he was an original tenant.

He was a WWII Veteran serving in the Army’s 319th Bomber Group, 440th Squadron from 1942 until 1945.

He graduated from the Insurance Institute of America and upon returning home from the war, worked at Fireman’s Fund American Insurance Company where he was a large risk underwriter for many New York properties including Madison Square Garden and Broadway Theatres.

Michael was an avid golfer and loved playing at his favorite spot, Eddy Farm Hotel, on the Delaware River, where he also entertained the other guests with his piano playing and Irish tenor voice.

He was a huge fan of his beloved Yankees and could recite the lineup from 1929.



Michael was a man of great faith and attended mass daily at his two neighborhood churches, Epiphany and Immaculate Conception. He was a wordsmith and wrote a multitude of poems, one of which named Devotion, was published in the Salesian Collection.

Due to the current circumstances there is no viewing at Andrett Funeral Home. Mr. Wiley’s interment is Thursday, April 23,, 2020 at National Cemetery in Calverton, NY. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


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