Michael J. Paquet

michael paquet

February 14, 1950 ~ December 7, 2018

Paquet, Michael J., 68 passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on December 7, 2018 of brain cancer. Michael was born in Teaneck, New Jersey to Reginald and Anne Paquet on February 14, 1950. Growing up in Palisades Park, Michael was one of seven children. He attended St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood, New Jersey, graduating in 1969. Michael is survived by his children, Elizabeth M. Paquet, Matthew J. Paquet and Jacqueline P. Randall, and their Mother, Arlene (Monroe) Paquet. Daughter-in-law Elizabeth Blakely Paquet, son-in-law Frederic Breed Randall and William (Bill) Feehan. Michael is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Cameron Reynholds, Dylan Reynholds, Emery Randall and Hayden Randall. His siblings, Judy Paquet, Anne Paquet and brother John. Michael is preceded by brothers Reginald, Thomas and Bobby. Michael, along with his brother John, started M.J. Paquet, Inc., a Heavy Highway Transportation Construction firm. For over 30 years, M.J. Paquet, Inc. successfully completed complex heavy transportation projects, both public and private, throughout the Tri-State area. Michael took great pride in advancing and improving the construction industry. As an industry leader, he served as President of the Associated General Contractors Association of New Jersey, a Trustee of Local 825 Operating Engineers and as Chairman of the CIAP/NJDOT Joint Committee. He is a long time member of The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry. Most recently, Michael finished out his distinguished career with Beacon Consulting Group, Inc., working on projects throughout the country as a Contract Manager and Surety Consultant. Michael was an avid woodworker and later in life found a passion for oil painting. His love and commitment to sports has been ingrained in his children and grandchildren. The family will receive their friends on Monday 4-8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave Tuesday at 10:30 AM for the celebration of his funeral mass in the Historic Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or www.frankpatti.com


Mass: December 11, 2018 11:00 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: December 10, 2018 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I have so many memories of him sitting in my mom’s kitchen.

  2. There are No words that can explain how I am feeling right now…. I had the pleasure of being part of the MJ Paquet Construction family for quite a few years. Mike, John (Figgy), & Linda were some of the best people I have ever work for. So many great memories & Fun times. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Liz, Matt, Jackie and the entire Paquet Family at this time. I am so upset. Rest in Peace Mike, and Thank You.

    Ralph, Jacquie, Sammi, and Joe
    The Miceli's

  3. A man, a mentor, a giant, a legend

    you were genuine,
    you taught many what they know,
    you gave guidance when we needed it,
    you were a giant in our eyes,
    you were a legend to our industry,
    Rest In Peace my friend, you will be forever remembered. God Speed

  4. My deepest condolences to the entire Paquet family. May God keep you and comfort you during these solemn times. God Bless

  5. Respect and condolences to all Mike’s children, siblings and Arlene. I’m happy my father, James was able to visit with him recently. They were very close. God bless to all. – William (Billy)

  6. To the Paquet Family,

    We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Mike was a one in a million kind of guy.
    The decade I spent working for Mike and John contained enough stories to fill a life time. The endeavors, accomplishments, and laughter are still the subject of most of my stories I tell today. Mike was always generous to me, and I thank him for my first job in the industry, with M.J. Paquet, Inc.
    Mike truly loved to work hard, and when the job got done, loved to kick back and enjoy the company of those around him. I will always remember his love of music, particularly singing to Marty Robbins. Unfortunately he was never pleased when I would tell him he had a nasally singing voice.
    To his credit, he lived a life fuller then most could achieve.
    My regret is that I will not be able to be there to pay the well deserved respects. Therefore hugs to all and may God be with you at this time.
    Sincerely, Dan & Therese Ascolese

  7. We wish to convey our condolences to the Paquet family for the loss of Mike.
    We will miss his smiling face in this life.
    Mike and his family will remain in our family's thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Elizabeth, Bill, boys and the Paquet family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this time. We wish you our deepest sympathy to all of you.

    The Manning Family

  9. I would like to express my deepest condolences for the lost of your love one.God gives us comfort and hope in the Bible in Revelacion 21:3,4that says “God will wipe away all tears and death will be no more “. I truly hope that these words will bring comfort and hope in this time of grief.

  10. Arlene and Jackie and family, So sorry for your loss. Have great memories of Mike and his happy upbeat demeanor when attending Jackie’s and Virginia’s basketball games when they were in grade school. And all the other activities they did together. May the peace of God be with you. Jane and John Westervelt

  11. A loved one lost can grieve the heart and make us yearn for tomorrow when God will keep the promise he made of no more death, no more pain, no more sorrow. Revelation 21:4. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

  12. I have just been made aware of Mike’s passing. Mike and Figgy are my great friends. I moved to Florida 20 years ago and lost track, but will always remember the great times we had at the very beginning of Mike’s career. Rest In Peace, my friend.

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