Michael L. Bergin, 51, of West Chester, a company owner and a Delaware County educator, died of cancer Tuesday at home.

Mr. Bergin graduated from Upper Darby High School, where he met his future wife, Joyce Held. For several years he worked as a mason while attending Temple University.

In 1978 he became a masonry instructor at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, and was later the cooperative-education coordinator. He enjoyed finding positions in the trades for students and was unwavering in his support for them, his wife said.

While at the IU, he was involved in the building expansion of his brother James' business, Cavallo Auto Body in Drexel Hill, Chadds Ford, and Newtown Square. When James Bergin died in 2004, Mr. Bergin became Cavallo's president. He had drive and enthusiasm, his wife said, and was concerned for his clients and employees, who included several former students.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family at its summer home in Ocean City, N.J.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, Mr. Bergin is survived by a daughter, Michelle; sons Jeffrey and Joey; his mother, Regina Bergin; four brothers; and two sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 15 E. Pleasant Grove Rd., West Chester. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Monday and from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the church.