Michael Allen
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 23, 1939
  • Place of birth:
    New York City, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 12, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Redding, California, United States
Michael rowed the boat ashore...

 

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MICHAEL was born in New York City on January 23rd, 1939. He lived most of his life in New York, Los Angeles, and then in the Palm Springs area. He lived out the last two years of his life near his family in Redding, California. 

He attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio and Television Production.

Michael was born to be an entertainer. He first expressed this gift through his love of music and people. He sang his passion directly to the people around him, touching their hearts in a way that only a true entertainer can do. He wowed audiences worldwide and recorded three albums, including “Michael Allen Sings.” Later in life, Michael extended this tradition of entertaining by being the life of the party, an accomplished story-teller and “the head of the table.” His brother Jeffrey said, “Michael had more friends and life-long ones than anyone I’ve ever known.”

Michael launched his Interior Design career in the 1980’s and designed for luminaries throughout the entertainment industry. He believed that, “A house itself isn’t important… it’s what you do in it and how you give it life. A house is not a home until it is filled with love.” His home reflected that with photos of dear friends and family abundant in every room.

Michael suffered a heart attack on June 1st. He was incredibly well cared for by very capable and compassionate caregivers at Mercy Medical Center and at Windsor Redding Care Center, where he lived. Michael was treated with “Humankindness” at every turn – and his family will be forever grateful. With personal friends over the years that ranged from best friends for over 50 years to celebrities such as Johnny Mathis, Rock Hudson, the Sinatra’s, Bob Crew and many more – some of Michael’s new best friends for the past two years have been the staff and residents at Windsor, especially the “Hole in the Wall Gang.”

On June 12th, 2014 on a full moon, Michael sang his last note in peace and clarity, with his brother at his side. Listen carefully, you might still hear it...

Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Theresa (Teddy) Gluck, and his father, Hyman Gluck. He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Jon Gluck and his wife, Pam, of Redding, California; his niece, Geneva Foster Gluck of Tucson, Arizona; and by so many good friends that were like family to him. 

As you know, Michael loved good food and good company! Friends are encouraged to celebrate Michael’s life by sharing memories of him over a favorite meal with family and friends.

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Michael’s Obituaries:

The Desert Sun (Palm Desert, California): http://obituaries.desertsun.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=michael-allen&pid=171400857

The Redding Searchlight (Redding, California): http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/redding/obituary.aspx?n=michael-allen&pid=171403352

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In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Michael may be made to the Society of Singers, Inc., 26500 W. Agoura Rd., #102-554, Calabasas, CA 91302; 818-995-7100;  (www.singers.org). 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 15th June 2016

"In your honor as a Celebration of Life, Pam and I along with Helen and Coreen (aka Gracie) went to Champa Gardens for a rousing evening of food, drink, flowers, your picture, stories, memories, merriment and laughter. Did I say how good the food was at your "favorite new restaurant". I even had your Drunken Noodles and our delightful Fresh Rolls. The waitress even remembered you - how could she ever forget!

It was Coreen's Birthday Party too, so of course we had a Key Lime Pie for all, and saved a piece for Tony.  The photographers were busy - picture posting soon.

Love you my Brother,

Jeff"

This tribute was added by Richard Simon on 12th June 2016

"AS THE YEARS PASS BY, FREYDA AND I REMENBER , ALL THE LAUGHS, AND GOOD TIMES WE SHARED WITH OUR ROOMMATE AND FRIEND, MICHAEL ALLEN GLUCK.  WE GREW UP TOGETHER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 134 BABACOCK, 90 BEACON STREET, 8 CHISWICK ROAD.  HE WAS A VERY GIVING AND CARING FRIEND AND PERSON.  THANKS FOR ALL THE WARM MEMORIES..R & F"

This tribute was added by coreen taylor on 12th June 2016

"I think about you all the time! I miss you just as much today as I did went you left us!  Jeff is who you left behind to be the bond between all of us!
We will be forever grateful for the privilege of loving you!

Tony and I will love you always"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 25th January 2016

"Michael  ---  For your birthday, we had a Party at your favorite restaurant the Rose Garden and it was packed. Just the way you like   it !  We played your CD on the way there, listening to you sing the way only you could. Pam and Helen arranged roses and photographs on our table saving just enough room for the many plates of delicious Thai cuisine. Coreen was with us and drank several toasts in your honor, but she was not drunk, just very happy! It was a grand occasion with Key Lime Pie for dessert. We brought a piece back for Tony. Everyone loves you!  

Your favorite brother, Jeff"

This tribute was added by Richard Simon on 23rd January 2016

"MICHAEL WAS A WONDERFUL FRIEND, AND ROOMMATE, HE WAS GENEROUS IN ALL HIS ENDEAVORS.  A GREAT TEACHER IN DANCE, AND A GIVING FRIEND, AND FRATERNITY BROTHER. WE SHARED SO MANY MOMENTS TOGETHER, BOTH IN THE DORM, AND THE FRATERNITY. AND AT OUR WEDDING..  THANKS FOR THE USE OF YOUR CAR, AND ALL THE MEMORIES...RICHARD & FREYDA"

This tribute was added by coreen taylor on 24th December 2015

"We miss you at Christmas as much as ever!  How is the salmon in PARADISE?
Tony,Coreen, Jeff and Pam
LOVE YOU MORE!!"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 24th December 2015

"Having Kie lime pie Christmas for you.
Love and miss you,
Helen & Raja"

This tribute was added by coreen taylor on 10th June 2015

"Mike

I miss you!  I'll always love you.  I'll see you again."

This tribute was added by coreen taylor on 23rd January 2015

"Happy Birthday, Mike

Oh, I how miss you!    You were that was always there for me.   No matter how stupid, I could come by and cry on one of those big shoulders and everything was alright.

What I would do for a piece of Razz el berry pie right now!!

I will see you again!

All My Love, Coreen"

This tribute was added by richard caruso on 23rd January 2015

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE.. YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS...RICHARD"

This tribute was added by Gudrun Bruk on 15th September 2014

"Michael was a favored dance partner when we were in high school together.  One especially fond and fun memory I have is of a masquerade party we attended together.  Michael's mother and aunt made my mask and we paraded ourselves and the black silk and lace creation I proudly wore, with laughter and much pride as he and I joyfully danced through  that memorable night.  Thank you, Michael for showing me how to "Lindy" with panache.  You knew how to live life in a grand way. Rest in peace, Michael."

This tribute was added by John Castanien on 22nd July 2014

"I met Micheal in about 1990. He waltzed into my furniture store and basically took over. I loved working with Micheal. (Well, maybe not ALL the time. But it was always an adventure! ) Michael sang for my beautiful wife and I at our wedding in 1994 at Melvins. It was magical. He was such a great performer. I was just reaching out to Micheal to ask for his help on my up coming performances. I am so saddened to see he has passed on. It would have been fun to hear his incredible voice and get his help. As the saying goes.." I could have been a contender". I looks like I missed my chance to talk with him again. I'm always just a little late.  I look forward to having him look down and hopefully be proud of me, now that he has a ring side seat! See you again someday,   my friend..;).."

This tribute was added by coreen taylor on 16th July 2014

"WE LOVED Mike with that special kind of love that is truly from the heart and reserved for life's bestfriend. Since our days at Windsor Redding, we will miss his phrases  "I'M SICK OF IT" and "SPIT IT OUT DELILAH" for the rest of our lives.
        As friends, the three of us may not have had it all together when we were alone, but when we were together we had it all.
We will surely miss you Mike.
                                                      Coreen and Tony"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 1st July 2014

"We will miss you Michael Allen. See you on the other side.

Love,
Susan Leis"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 23, 2014
Michael always had such a warm smile, a kind word and a song in his heart. Listening to his music brings me back to these wonderful times. Thank-you Michael for your friendship. Rest In Peace

From ~ a friend"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 23, 2014
Michael and I went to Junior High together, and I hadn't seen him for 50 years. When we moved to the desert I went to an art opening and who was there, but Michael. Of course being a spontaneous person I yell out Michael Gluck. Michael looks concerned and turns around to say very quietly, "that is not how I am known here". He also says, "Dale Bederson the gal with the pretty cashmere sweaters growing up." There was an immediate rekindling of our old friendship. Rest in peace and keep smiling. Dale

~  Dale Rotner, Rancho Mirage, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 23, 2014
I remember Mr. Allen most fondly. We attended a concert together. Afterwards, we both complained at how poorly the entertainer was dressed. Fondest thoughts, John Holladay

~  John Holladay, Rancho Mirage, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 23, 2014
Michael was a regular in my aerobics class in the early nineties. I absolutely loved having him as a friend. He lit up the room when he walked in and made every class that he attended so fun! I have thought about him a lot over the years because he was such a sweet person and such a loyal friend. His personality was larger than life. I never had the opportunity to hear him sing, but I am sure he did it well, as he did everything in life. Godspeed, my friend!!! I hope to see you again someday.

~  Erin Schwartz, San Marcos, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 20, 2014
Sympathies to the family.
We have fond memories of Michael and his mother.
Teddy was old friend - great lady.
He will be missed.

~  Lynne Rubenstein, Cathedral City, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 20, 2014
Michael was a very special person; he always greeted me with "love your hair"! I don't know if Jeffery ever realized how many people Michael invited to their Thursday lunches away from the facility. Truly, truly enjoyed my time spent with him.

Jo Ann Montgomery
Redding, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 19, 2014
I was fortunate to meet Michael while visiting my aunt at Windsor. Michael shared so many wonderful stories pf his life...I was in awe. I grew up in the desert, so we had something in common, but mostly I just enjoyed listening to his incredible stories. He truly was the life of the party and he will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

~  Pam Kriner, Palo Cedro, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 19, 2014
Mr. Allen was deeply loved and will be missed by many. We have been given a hope to see him once again refreshed and rejuvenated. Those promises are found at Job 33:25, Psalms 37:29
~  Mrs Mora, Indio, California"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"June 19, 2014
I HOPE MICHAEL HAS FOUND HIS PEACE... GOOD BYE MY FRIEND...
~  LOTHAR MUENCH, RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 27th June 2014

"Dearest Michael (My Favorite Brother-in-Law),

How I miss you. I wish you could have seen your website and have been there to tell us more stories to accompany the photos of the colorful life you lived. I wish you could see the hundreds of friends that love you and have visited the site to honor you,

Thank you for living near us these past two years – our life has been happier with you in it.

I will love you forever,
Your Favorite Sister-in-Law (I know - I know - your only one...),
Pam"

This tribute was added by Leticia Rodriguez on 27th June 2014

"I had the pleasure and honor of caring for Michaels soft and delicate hands at Windsor. May rest in peace my always DEVO."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 26th June 2014

"“Michael had more friends and life-long ones than anyone I've ever known.”

I love you more...
Jeffrey"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 26th June 2014

"June 19, 2014
..He was so much fun...cavorting with him around nyc are some of my happiest memories my favorite michael saying is "you better look gorgeous" whenever we went anywhere in town
Charlotte"

This tribute was added by Barbara Feldman on 19th June 2014

"I feel so blessed to have known Michael for the past 24 years.  He leaves an abundance of joyous memories.  it was a gift to have been part of Michael's life.  I will miss him, and hold him in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by richard caruso on 19th June 2014

"Michael, Michael, Michael..You are now on your journey..we used to wonder about this,  and now you know what happens, when we leave this planet…We have shared so many laughs and tears since the old MGM years when we first met…Too many stories to list and FAR too many that I can't repeat,but I'll always remember them…I miss you  so much already Mike..You  will never leave me nor will I ever leave you..You will live forever in my  heart..I'm going to do what you once asked me to do..When I think of you I will Smile..Your friend forever..Richard.."

This tribute was added by Susan Canaan on 18th June 2014

"Alex met Michael when he was eight years old, at camp. He was probably his oldest friend.  They reconnected in college and the story is that he got Alex and Herb Millman into Phi Ep at Boston University.  They also shared an apt for a time after college.  In the 25 years that Alex and I have been married, we have shared delightful evenings with Michael - sometimes with the Katz's, the Millmans, and the Baums - all wonderful old college friends.  Michael had a warmth, sense of humor, and sparkle all his own.  He was really Mr. Entertainer in every way.  Alex and I are so saddened by his years of illness and passing.  He was truly one of a kind.  Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Janet Millman on 16th June 2014

"How can I summarize over 55 years of friendship in a few words.  I met  Michael the summer I graduated from high school.  We both went on to BU and our friendship really started there.  Over the many years that followed we were always in touch, had many fun times, many funny times, some sad times, visited each other in LA, Rancho Mirage, New York City, New Jersey and Vermont.  He was a part of my family and I was part of his.  My kids called  him "Crazy Uncle Michael" because he was.  We did theater, movies, lots of terrific restaurants, his performances, other peoples performances, we knew each others friends, what TV shows we loved or not.   Michael could always make me laugh and he did that regularly.  He went thru my divorce with me and then walked me down the aisle for my wedding to Herb.  He was the brother I never had.  Herb said when he married me "I didn't know Michael came with the package", but he did.  The stories we could tell are amazing, such good times.  I have so many memories I will never forget him.  He always said we would end up together in a nursing home, well I guess he beat me there.  Missing you..........."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 15th June 2014

"I already miss taking him to lunch at the Rose Garden, our favorite restaurant.  Instead of talking twice a day, we now are in constant continuous communication.  

Love you more – dear.
Jeffrey"

This tribute was added by Kat Adibi on 15th June 2014

"I'll never forget you, Michael, and will cherish all of our laughs! Thank you for opening your heart & home to me. Like we always ended our phone calls, I'll simply say, "LOVE YOU.""

This tribute was added by Susan Katz on 14th June 2014

"You always brought a smile to my face whenever I saw you or heard your voice. You were  multi talented,  loving and so warm. You were dear to me, you touched my heart. Rest in peace, dear Michael."

This tribute was added by beverly starcher on 13th June 2014

"Sleep well my prince, I will love you for eterrnity. A candle has been lite in your memory at my church. Thanks for the memories Michael........"


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