OCEAN RIDGE — When residents of the Ocean Ridge Yacht Club needed advice on insurance, Mickey Metras was the man to ask.
A retired insurance agent from South Hadley, Mass., Michael W. Metras died Nov. 1. He was 66, and had been a resident of the community for 11 years.
"He was just so generous with his time and helped us with all our insurance concerns," said Mya Breman, a friend and neighbor. "He saved us all a lot of money and was just a wonderful guy." In Massachusetts, where he was the owner of the Metras Insurance Agency for 17 years, Mr. Metras was a member of the local Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus.
He was also very active in local politics and brought his experience to his local homeowners association after retirement.
"He was a political genius," said Barbara Tuck, also a neighbor and friend. "When we were on the other side of things, which we were many times, Mickey would say, 'This will win, that won't.' I loved him with all my heart, and he's very missed."
Mr. Metras is survived by his wife of 29 years, Debra A.; five daughters, Katherine, Debra, Sheri, Kimberly and Laura; two grandchildren, Kaila and Ricky Ferrierra; and his mother, Nora Metras.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407.