LCPL Michael Erick Geary, 20, of Derry, NH died December 8, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan while serving with Fox Company 2/9 US Marine Corp. Michael was born in Malden, MA on August 6, 1990, son of Timothy and Nancy M. (Buiting) Geary. He had resided in Derry for the past 11 years, formerly living in Brighton, MA. Michael was a 2009 graduate of Pinkerton Academy in Derry where he played football his Freshman year. He received his black belt in Karate at the age of 14 and competed locally. Michael enjoyed target shooting, airsoft and paintball games and playing football with friends.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy M. (Buiting) Geary of Derry, his father, Timothy Geary of Derry, his paternal grandmother, Beverly Geary of Londonderry, NH, also many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday December 16, 2010 from 4 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00am in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Burial with military honors will follow in the NH State Veteran’s Cemetery, Boscawen, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
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A Marine Corps honor guard will transfer the body of LCPL Michael Geary to his family in a brief ceremony at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, expected to take place between 11 a.m. and noon today Wednesday December 15th. The route is planned to pass through Derry about 12:30 p.m., traveling along Route 28 in North Londonderry to Derry turning left onto Tsienneto Road then right onto the Route 28 Bypass.
The Patriot Guard motorcycle is expected to escort the procession with a small group.
The procession will pass Pinkerton Academy, from which Geary graduated last year will take the driveway loop that passes by the main buiding. Honor guards from the Derry Fire Department and the ROTC will be stationed near the school.
LCPL Geary will then travel from Pinkerton to Londonderry and the Peabody Funeral Home.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8pm. The High School parking lot on the north side (plateau) is a good place to park.
Read Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary Returns Home for details on his transfer to the family.