A talented worker in the home inspection business who was originally from Boston, Michael Damore was a dedicated family man who enjoyed his time with his wife, three children and two grandsons.
Growing up as one of four boys, Damore later relocated to Arizona. He was spending Thanksgiving with a friend in the Chicago area and that’s when he met his wife Pam. She was there for dinner, too, and when she met him she said, “he just felt like family.” The couple wrote letters and flew back and forth to Arizona to see each other. They married less than a year later on October 20, 1990.
The couple lived in the south suburbs and later in Munster. Damore had a degree in structural engineering. He worked as a contractor and later as a home inspector and started his own business, Brightstart Home Inspection Co. After the severe flooding in Munster, Damore inspected homes as a volunteer. “He liked what he did,” said his wife. “Houses were his hobby.”
“He had a great mind for business and houses. He knew his stuff when it came to putting hosues together,” said his wife. “He loved people and he was just easy to get along with.”
Having spent summers in Cape Cod as a kid, his wife, Pam, said that he was into sailing and always wanted to get a sailboat. He also loved motorcycles and cars and had been working on a 1971 Corvette.
Damore had also been a boy scout and developed a life-long love of camping and the outdoors. “When going anywhere he would always say ‘boy scout up,’ meaning be prepared and bring the waters,” said Pam. “He camped as a teenager in the mountains out East using a small tent that was made for mountain trips. He did this even in the winter months. We, as a family, enjoyed camping, hiking, biking and kayaking.”
“He was one of the most outgoing people you could possibly meet,” said his son Michael. “He was good at his job. He was the perfect picture of what you would think a man should be. He took care of his family.” His son said he has carried many of his dad’s lessons with him as he now serves in the military.
“My father was a great man. His heart was filled with more love and patience than anyone I know. It seemed like he always had a smile on his face, and no matter what we did wrong he was always there for us,” said his daughter, Andrea. “His laugh lit up a room, and as mad or sad anyone could be he would make you smile. Any problem in the world I could ask my dad and he’d know the answer.”
Nothing lit him up like his role of grandfather, said his family. “He really loved his grandsons,” said his wife. “His grandsons looked up to him like the was king of the world,” said Andrea.