Michael James Backer, 72, passed away on September 1, 2017 at his home in Bon Aqua, TN. Honoring his wishes, there will be no services.

Michael James Backer, 72, passed away on September 1, 2017 at his home in Bon Aqua, TN.  Honoring his wishes, there will be no services. 

He was born on February 21, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Fred and Dorothy Backer Sr. Mike and his five siblings were raised in Dundee, NY. He attended Dundee Central School graduating in 1963. After graduation, Mike served in the Air Force.  Mike had an entrepreneurial spirit that emerged at young age when he started a window washing business for the local merchants.  This would prove to be only the beginning of his entrepreneurial adventures which involved owning and operating several small businesses including the Dundee Observer a small local newspaper in Dundee NY, Fred’s Family restaurants of Hammondsport and Bath NY, Duffer’s Golf shop in Vass North Carolina and his last endeavor was that of being owner-operator of an expedited trucking company from which he and his wife retired in 2016.

Mike was fortunate to have married the love of his life Cheryl Drury and they shared 33 wonderful years together.  His final years were spent enjoying the home they built together in Tennessee, admiring the view of the river from their deck with their loving dog Bristol at their side. Mike embraced life with passion. He enjoyed meeting new people and was always ready to try something new.  He had many interests. He enjoyed playing golf and was an accredited certified master club maker.   He also enjoyed traveling, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, NASCAR racing and times spent with good friends. He loved learning and acquiring new knowledge.  History, politics and business were areas of special interest to him. He was proud of how many “useless” facts he always had at the ready. 

Mike is survived by his wife Cheryl Drury of Bon Aqua, TN: his daughter Lynn Renee (Backer) Foy of Troy: his brothers Fred (Linda) Backer Jr. of Mt. Morris; Donald Backer of Kanona; John Backer of Tucson, AZ his sisters Carol Vasquez of Morrisville, NC and Mary Backer of Guilford, CT; grandchildren Brianna (Kevin) Meyer and Marissa Foy and her fiancé Timmy Yetter; and his many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Dorothy Backer and nephews Richard (Ricky) Backer and Fred
Backer III.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22468, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or by phone 1-800-227-2345.