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W. Michael Ratcliffe

December 8, 1947 — June 21, 2020

W. Michael Ratcliffe

Michael Ratcliffe, 72, passed away on June 21, 2020 at his home in Brown Summit, NC. Mike was born on December 8, 1947 in Schenectady New York, the only child, to the late William and Agnes Ratcliffe. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, in 1968 and joined the Navy in that same year. After four years of service during the Vietnam War they welcomed their son, Scott, in 1972. Two years later in 1974, they welcomed their daughter, Robin. He worked at General Electric for 25 years as a Computer Consultant and later moved to Brown Summit to work for Lorillard Tobacco Company. After he retired, he became a substitute teacher for Northern Guilford Middle and High School where he enjoyed working with students and the staff. Over the years, Mike had a great love for animals, and rescued many cats and dogs which was his true passion. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Somers Ratcliffe; children, Scott Ratcliffe, Robin Lamb; grandchildren, Austin Ratcliffe, Colin Ratcliffe, and Sarah Lamb. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Brendan Ratcliffe. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, 4525 West Wendover Greensboro, NC 27409.
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