Niagara Gazette


February 15, 2012

Michael Maslen

LEWISTON — Michael Maslen, age 48, of Lewiston, died Sunday, February 12, 2012 in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, in Lewiston. Michael and his family has fought courageously for the past 25 years as advocates for those people and their families who have suffered massive head trauma.

Michael was born May 28, 1963 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of David B. Maslen and Joyce E. (Pletcher) Maslen, both of Lewiston. He was a 1981 graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School and was an all-round athlete. He played youth and high school football, downhill skied and was a Golden Gloves Boxer with a 9-1 record. Michael worked in construction, iron working, masonry and carpentry. On July 28, 1986, he was struck by a car in Buffalo and suffered severe traumatic head injuries which left him in a coma for 12 days, with very little hope of recovery. He was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. At that time in Western New York there were no facilities which could or would accommodate Michael's physical or financial needs so his family found help through the National Head Foundation. Michael was placed in a facility near Pittsburgh, which offered physical and cognitive therapy. His family made the 4 Ω hour drive to see him every other week. They never gave up on his recovery. After two years, Michael was able to sit up with assistance and communicate. In time he was able to return home to be cared for by his family. His family's love and Michael's spirit and courage have been a true inspiration to all.

He is survived by his father, David B. Maslen and his step-mother, Sandra Jo Maslen; his mother, Joyce (Tony) Gordon; four sisters, Sherry Ann Castagner, Gerry Pardee, Patricia (John) Robins, all of Lewiston, and Deanna (Michael) Barone of  Niagara Falls, NY; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by a brother, Ricky D. Maslen; and a step-brother, Kenneth Mort.

Michael had donated his remains to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of     Buffalo. "Mighty Mike" is gone! A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St., Youngstown, with the Rev. Charles Lamb officiating. There will be no prior visitation. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Stella Niagara Education Park, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara, NY 14414. Arrangements have been entrusted to HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, N. Fourth & Ridge Sts., Lewiston.                                                                           Please visit for online registry.

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