Monday, July 09, 2007

Thanking Mike

Mikey grilling for some celebration or other, outside City Hall in 2004, with a Wal*Mart bag over his head to deflect the wet March flurries. You can't tell here, but that red apron is covered with pink pigs.

I have only known a few truly selfless people in my life, and Mike was one. He was also a whistler, a lottery ticket buyer, a trout fisherman, a Junior Jazz coach, and a proud, kind father of five, four of whom (two sons and two daughters) he married off all in one summer. He was nuts about his five (and counting) grandchildren. I never heard him complain about anything. He was my boss until I left City Hall in January of 2005, and even then he wasn't resentful that I was leaving. "I knew you wouldn't be here long. You have too much potential." Mike had been battling cancer for some time and was in a lot of pain, so I wasn't surprised to hear about his passing. I think he was just 53. I'm sure everyone who knew him will miss him.

2 Comments:

Blogger mister anchovy said...

He must have been a helluva guy, given that he loved trout fishing AND jazz AND grilled good burgers!

July 10, 2007 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Larry said...

Various delayed comments in no particular order:
*Sorry to read about Mike...
*Thrilled to read the tip-of-the-iceberg awesomeness about stuff with Brent, and I'm excited to hear more!
*Yay for the weirdness of high school reunions...! I just had a discussion with our class VP about what might be happening for ours, given that it's, um, July already. We'll see what sort of fun will be in store...
*I'm off tonight to hang out with high school kids for a week in NH, but we should talk soon after that!
*Happy 12-year anniversary of hanging out in some mysterious Belgian location for a few hours, scooting across the English Channel on the weirdest ferry ride ever, and laying around in the Regent Palace Hotel lobby for obscene amounts of time while they got our rooms ready...

July 20, 2007 at 8:39 AM  

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