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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:28 am

SARANAC — Children sometimes called Michael R. Hauf “Web” because of the large spiderweb tattoo on his elbow. 

“I think of Mike as one tough son of a gun, full of tattoos, with a heart of gold,” longtime family friend Jamie Reidy said.

Hauf, 54, suffered fatal injuries while on a construction job at a Global Foundries computer-chip manufacturing plant in Malta, Saratoga County, Thursday, June 26. 

The accident, which was reported at about 6:39 p.m., occurred while he and five other men were installing an industrial air exchanger into a fourth-floor opening of the facility, located at 400 Stonebreak Road, State Police said in a media release.

Hauf was a construction foreman employed by John Danforth Construction, which was contracted to work on multiple projects at the site.

“We offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the individual’s family, friends and coworkers,” Global Foundries said in a media release.

‘LAST PROJECT’

Born in Albany on Nov. 30, 1959, Michael was the son of Mary Van Der Veer and the late Roland Hauf.

Along with his mother, he also leaves behind several other immediate family members, including his wife, Raquel; their 13-year-old daughter, Katie; his brother and his wife, Stephen and Renee Hauf; his stepmother, Sandra Hauf; and his stepbrother and his wife, Mark and Wendy Smith.

“Mike certainly loved his family,” Reidy said. “Katie was Mike’s world.”

For the past three years, he noted, Michael had been living in the Albany area with his mother while he worked on the Global Foundries project and would return home to Saranac on the weekends.

Reidy believes his friend was planning to retire in November.

“This was certainly his last project, I believe,” he said.

‘DEAR FRIEND’

Michael had been a member of Local Union 83 of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association for 34 years.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Raquel, and their daughter, Katie, as well as the rest of the Hauf and Monahan families, during this sad and difficult time,” the organization said in a statement posted on its website. 

The association also called Michael a “dear friend and valued brother sheetmetal worker.”

In addition to loving his job and working hard at it, Reidy noted, “Mike was an absolute outdoorsman in every sense of the word.”

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, he continued, and used to do both with his late friend Chane Whitley.

The two are likely together now, Reidy imagines.

‘BEEN THROUGH A LOT’

Michael had not only survived both cancer and a high-speed motorcycle crash, but was also shot accidently on a hunting trip and lived to tell the tale, Reidy said. 

“So that’s one tough son of a gun, who’s been through a lot.” 

Calling hours will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, at the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home in AuSable Forks.

A funeral service is set for 3 p.m. at the same location, followed by burial at the Fairview Cemetery in AuSable Forks and a reception at the Fourth Ward Club in Plattsburgh.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com