In Memoriam – Michael Savioa, AIA

Reprint from Original Article Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michael J. Savoia, 79, of River Plaza, N.J., a longtime architect who designed many buildings in New Jersey, died Sunday, June 16, 2012,  in Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, N.J.

Born in Manhattan, Mr. Savoia was raised on Staten Island, and lived in Dongan Hills. He moved to River Plaza in 1979.

Mr. Savoia worked for most of his life as an architect. He designed many residential buildings in New Jersey and also designed and built commercial buildings while a principal at The Grad Partnership, Newark, and as president of The Hiller Group, Princeton, N.J. He retired from being an active architect in 1991.

A longtime member of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he served as its president in 1992.

Mr. Savoia earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, where he was also captain of the baseball team. Prior to that, he graduated from McKee Vocational High School.

After retiring from his career in architecture, Mr. Savoia pursued his interest in art. He won awards for his water color paintings. He also enjoyed photography and golfing.

He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Colts Neck, N.J., where he also volunteered.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Marie Balto, three sons, Michael A., Mark F., and Matthew, and two daughters, Michelle Kelly and Marie Louise Santo.

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