Michael Bayko

  • Born: November 4, 1929
  • Died: January 7, 2018
  • Location: Merrimack, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael Bayko, 88, of Merrimack passed away on January 7, 2018 after a short illness surrounded by family. He was born on November 4, 1929 in Manchester, the son of Peter and Rose (Tomicky) Bayko. He attended Manchester grammar schools and was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1948. He graduated from St. Anselm College class of 1954 with a BA in History. Mike was a veteran of the US Army, having served his country during the Korean War.

Mike retired in 1995 as Deputy Clerk of NH Superior Court. He always said he enjoyed every day of that second, successful career. Until 1981, he was the co-owner and operator of the Palace Fruit Store with his former wife Kathleen Bayko, located on the corner of Hanover and Chestnut streets in downtown Manchester. At that time, he was also the proprietor of the city block anchored by the Palace Fruit store, which contained several businesses on the first floor, and the early locations of Hesser Business College and NH College on the second floor.

For over 35 years Mike was actively involved as a member of the New England Bee Keepers Association. He served in several leadership roles in NH Clubs and MA Clubs and was awarded Bee Keeper of the Year multiple times. For many years including this past fall season, he served as a Judge for Honey in Apiary exhibits in Fairs and Festivals throughout NH and MA. He was a proud Golden Anselmian. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed gardening and baking. He was a devoted New England Patriots fan and an armchair football strategist, play-maker and coach. He was fiercely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to talk about their news. He took great pleasure in his weekly visits with his great-grandchildren. He was a first-generation American, lived "the American Dream", and was proud of his Ukrainian heritage.

Family includes one daughter, Diane Corriveau and husband Pierre of Portsmouth, RI; one son, David Bayko of Manchester; three grandchildren, Kathleen Corriveau and her husband James Bird, Morgan and Cameron Bayko; three great-grandchildren Elena, Caroline and Chandler Bird; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers, Andrew, Stephen, Nicholas, and John Bayko; and one sister, Ann Manning.

SERVICES: There are no calling hours. All services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Thanks for the memories god bless.

Posted by Jimmy Mulholland - Manchester, NH   January 23, 2018

Our sincere condolences. Bruce and Elaine Lambert

Posted by - AR   January 12, 2018

I'm sorry to read about Uncle Mike passing. I haven't seen him since Aunt Ann passed but I thought about him often. Every summer at our Nantucket Fair, I always ask the bee-keepers if they know my Uncle Mike and most of them do! My condolences to all.

Posted by Susan Baxendale-Brady - Bradenton, FL   January 11, 2018

To all of Mike's Family- As a fellow beekeeper & friend, I want to offer my sincere condolences to your family. Mike was a gentle man who greatly inspired many beekeepers in Massachusetts. We always knew that we could call on him to get wise advise. The honey bees and keepers of Bees have lost a true friend. -

Posted by mary duane - Worcester, MA - Friend   January 11, 2018

Our sincere condolences to Mike Bayko's family and close friends.

Posted by Ben Boucher and Family - Merrimack, NH   January 11, 2018

Many New Hampshire lawyers and their clients were helped by Mike at the courthouse. He could work the system of judges and litigants smoothly, effectively and justly. Bob Walsh

Posted by Bob Walsh - Manchester, NH   January 11, 2018

Posted by Chick Bowers - New Smyrna Beach, FL   January 11, 2018

Mike Bayko was a breath of fresh air, ultimate professional, and consistently courteous deputy court clerk of Hillsborough County Superior Court....And, he had the most wonderful sense of humor! He brightened the saddest of days in the courthouse with his smile, compassion, and kind words. I send my condolences to his family and thank you for sharing your amazing Dad with the rest of us. His presence on this earth will be very dearly missed. -Marguerite L. Wageling

Posted by Marguerite Wageling - Brentwood, NH, NH - Friend   January 11, 2018

Dear David I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

Posted by Linda Williams - Manchester, NH - Friend   January 11, 2018


To all of Mike's family I want to offer my condolences. I first met him at Palace Fruit, and then later on ran into him several times at the County Courthouse, when I was there for whatever it was at the time (MPD from 1978 to 2000). He was always friendly; but also stuck to business, as I'm sure you know. He didn't know me from Adam, but he was always treated me like he knew me, as he surely did everyone else.
Lastly, Diane, I don't think that I ever met you, but I wonder if Pierre is the Same Pierre Corriveau that was at Central in the early 70's. If so, I still remember him giving my twin brother and I a ride home after school, because it was pouring rain, in an old VW beetle.
I got side tracked. Be that as it may, may it comfort you all to know that Mike is watching down on you all, until you meet again, up above.

Posted by Jack Murphy - Manchester, NH   January 10, 2018

Mike was a great asset and friend to NH beekeepers who benefited from his generosity and wisdom. He was an important part of our community. We will miss him very much, and remember him often.

Posted by Amy Antonucci - Barrington, NH - Friend   January 10, 2018

Mike was such a strong part of my beekeeping adventure. I will miss his encouragement and knowledge. He had such pride in everything he did. He will always hold a place in my heart. May you all have enjoyed his passions and look fondly upon what he has left for us all. You are missed! Take care Mike - You have no idea what you meant to all of us. Jodi T

Posted by Jodi Turner - Swanzey, NH - Friend   January 10, 2018

My sincere condolences to Diane,David and Kay.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your families

Posted by Billy Welch - Sarasota, FL   January 10, 2018

Our sympathies and prayers are with the Bayko and Corriveau families. What a great picture. Mr. Bayko led such a full life and enjoyed seeing his family as often as possible. He was blessed to spend so much time with his family. What more can you ask for in life? He had no idea how many lives he had touched. He will be missed by his family and friends. It was an honor to know him.

Posted by Tom and Ellen Lonergan - South Dennis, MA - Family Friend   January 09, 2018


My thoughts and prayers are being sent to Diane, Pete, Katie, David and the entire family during this time of sadness and loss. What a loving and beautifully written tribute to Mr. Bayko. I know that he'll be missed by each of you.

Posted by Linda Arcouette - Newport, RI - Family Friend   January 09, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Bayko, Corriveau and Bird Family. He was a big part of your lives and we know you will all miss him dearly. Love Helen, Andy, Eric, Kara and Brian Desaulniers

Posted by Helen Desaulniers - 03045, NH - Family   January 09, 2018

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