- 64 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 10, 1949
- Date of passing: Apr 3, 2014
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
"You would have loved your little granddaughter - she looks like a Townsend for sure....Miss you."
On the way home from Florida Margy and I heard many songs that made us think about you. We think of you all the time.
Love ya brother."
"Happy Birthday Mike! You are still missed here! I got to meet your
granddaughter this week...she has those BIG beautiful Townsend eyes!
You would have loved her!"
"Hi Mike, Happy 66 in heaven. It has been 6 years and 6 months for Alex in heaven. This is not a coincidence and tells us you know each other there! My nephew attended your memorial fishing tournament. Your sis is the best. Please give AL a hug for us and keep teaching him more about fishing. Love, PK and Tom"
"Remembrance is found in the most beautiful trees
that by the river now grow. Josh suggested these trees be planted.
They have survived their first winter and will mark time forever with
"Mike, We met Julie and Angie at the "spot" and drank a few Labatt’s and shared many memories.
You might be gone but never forgotten.
Bill & Margy"
"Had some really good times with Mike and Annemarie.
Will miss him.
Shari & Gary Bednarick"
"Mike - you've been gone a whole year and there is still a big void where you lived, worked, laughed and loved! Missing you still!"
"Julie, Josh, Kristen and family - My prayers go out to you all on this day - I am sure you are remembering Mike as I do...sorely missed!
God Bless! Pam"
"Hi Julie and fam, Can it really be a year? Seems so long and yet so short. Spring, fishing...Mike! One of his rocks sits in the living room and another in the kitchen. I assume by now that he has really upped Alex's fishing skills in heaven. Love you, PK and Tom ❤️"
"Thinking of you this Christmas, Mike...miss you!"
"Mike you are on my mine. Thinking about you on the beach fishing and watching the waves.. I miss you my friend"
"Warm, caring thoughts of Mike for his 65th birthdate. Remembering when I was the babysitter cousin. I was only 3 years older. Haha. Sending hugs to all for memories and great moments to help you through. Bill & Cheryl"
"Happy Birthday Mike! You took the early retirement plan - I so miss you here!"
"Getting ready to head to Cadillac. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and bring my Dad back to the place he loved so much. He knew he belonged by the river, and that's where he'll be "Gone fishin.""
"Jim Boyle- Golf Pro Cadillac Country Culb
Cadillac Country Club recently lost a former Club President and Board Member with the passing of Mike Townsend. I first met Mike the day I interviewed and accepted the golf professional position at Cadillac. Before I met Mike he had already experienced some challenges to his health. Those challenges had affected Mike so much that I was once told that, "I had never met the real Mike Townsend." It wasn't easy for me to imagine the "real" Mike Townsend because I admired the one that I had come to know so much. Mike possessed a laid back personality that belied his trait of giving back to his community and our Club. Cadillac Country Club has always been fortunate to have members that are willing to volunteer their time and talents to our Club. People like that are hard to replace and Mike was one of those people. I will miss his words of encouragement. Rest in peace, Mike."
"Aunt Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff,
Saddened to hear of Mike's passing and know he bravely tried to battle his health issues. Gosh, Mike reminded us so much of Uncle Shag!! His quiet nature and love of golf, fishing etc. We know your memories will help you all. We send hugs & prayers."
"I regret not having been able to spend more time with Michael ,and not getting to know him better.I am glad for the times we spent together, and the fishing and hunting stories we swapped.We both shared that love.His legacies are Kristen and Josh and I know they will carry his torch. Peace be with you my friend...
"So I have been thinking, and thinking about what I might say that would convey my feelings and my love for Mike. He adopted me somewhere around 11, I think. My Mother, Anne Marie married a kind, gentle man whose quiet demeanor was somewhat perplexing for a pre-teen adolescent girl. He never had a lot to say, but when he did it was meaningful and insightful. He was, for all practical purposes the only Father I have ever known. I can honestly say that I did not have full appreciation for Mike until I reached adulthood. His acceptance and tolerance of others was something to admire. Over the years, Mike and I had many discussions on various subjects. His advice, always sage and truthful. He weighed his words carefully, but gave it to me straight; knowing my weaknesses and strengths, embracing the child now grown. He loved my sarcastic sense of humor and we shared many a chuckle at the silliness of life. His self-deprecating style made him all the more real and loveable to me.
I was thankful to be able to make the trip down to see him in his last few days. Julie was a rock, and I hope someone is as dedicated to me someday, as Julie was to Mike and his quality of life and care. Never was there a better sister in a great time of need. In the days since his passing I have talked with him every day trying to find peace and celebrate his freedom from all the ties that bound him here. I’ve had some angry moments, which they tell is normal.
I had to venture to Cadillac on a day trip to pick something up a few weekends ago. He had a ratty old beach chair that was upstairs in the Shop…I took it with me and it makes me smile when I look at it. I posted a pic of him in that chair with Little Miss J. The surreal quality of this situation not lost on me or the rest of his loved ones and friends. I feel him with me. I miss him dearly. He will forever be in my head and in my heart."
"Dear Townsend family. My deepest sympathy to all. Last fall I had the honor of visiting my Aunt Mary on a daily bases,she would talk about how in a previous house both Mike and brother Jeff would play with there match box cars on or in the fire place. Oh how that would upset her.Micheal was nine years my senior so we didn't grow up close. Micheal was a quiet but he was mischievous too! A man with a good heart that was taken to soon. Here is a poem that sums it up. I'M FREE. Don"t grieve for me ;for now I'm free.I'm following the path God has laid you see. I took his hand when I heard him call.I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared,a laugh a kiss, oh yes ,these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full. I savored much.Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don;t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God granted me now; He set me free."
"We express our heartfelt sympathy to the Townsend family. We have fond memories of time with our cousin, nephew and friend. Mike will never be forgotten.
Aunt Doris Chapman, Linda Chapman and Bob Gates"
"Cadillac Evening News- Comments from Dana Vance
Dear Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff, We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of the most honest, kind and sincere people we have ever met. The times our family shared with him will be treasured. The camping trips and fishing trips were great fun. I will never forget his dry sense of humor. His "McTowsend" will always be remembered and enjoyed at every camping trip in Mike's honor. Recipe: One fried egg, A couple pieces of fried bacon, toasted english muffin and the key ingredient is bar cheese, lots of it too! With love from, The Vance family (Dana, Jim, Rob, Brittany & Jamie)"
"Julie, Josh, Kristen and Jordan....It was my privilege to work for and with Mike for almost 28 years. He was a kind man and rarely had anything bad to say about anyone. He taught me patience and restraint in my job, which is probably why I am still at Cadillac Printing. :) He taught me most of what I know about the printing world, and I really miss his presence on the other side of our little window. I know he has gone to a better place, and, as Julie said, he's fishing the rivers of heaven! So long Mike - I will see you on the other side."
"Mike will surely be missed. I was shocked when I heard the news. He was a great man and a heck of a fisherman. He was a kind and gentle man who helped and supported my father when he was battling cancer.
I am very appreciative for the friendship he and my father had and love hearing the stories of their adventures. The last time I saw him was a few years ago at my fathers wake and I see he did a great deal since then. I am glad he was able spend as much time with his loving family as he did. I know that he and my father are keeping tight lines up in Heaven! He and his family will be in my prayers.
"To Mike's family: I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was an amazing person who's smile, laugh and gentle spirit will be forever etched in my mind. The last time I saw Mike was at Hoag's wake in the summer of 2011. We had a really great visit! He was a true friend to Hoag and I just know they are spending time together fishing those beautiful waters in Heaven!"
"DEATH takes the body.GOD takes our soul.Our minds hold the memories.Our hearts keep the LOVE.My faith lets me know we will meet again.You are greatly missed, but you will never be forgotten."
"My sympathy goes out to a very good neighbor. I will miss Mike and know that he is in a better place. Neighboring with the Townsends for over 50 years has been a pleasure. Mike will be missed as he spent time in the yard working on his boat, always a wave and a Hi to our family...to me. My sincere sympathy."
"From Cadillac Evening News - comments Bill and Sue Cowin
I am shocked to hear of Mike's passing. Mike and I pushed brooms at the Cadillac Printing Company on weekends during our high school years. Rest in peace old friend. Bill Cowin
"Cadillac Evening News -comments from tjo
must admit that I was shocked to hear of Mike’s passing as I had no idea that he was so ill. I suppose that was the way he wanted it. “Shag” will be truly missed in this community. We were friendly competitors for over thirty years and schoolmates for many years before that. He was honest and gracious in his business dealings and genuinely liked by his customers, friends and this competitor. Bon voyage dear friend.
"From Cadillac Evening News comments-Vance Family
Dear Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff, We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of the most honest, kind and sincere people we have ever met. The times our family shared with him will be treasured. The camping trips and fishing trips were great fun. I will never forget his dry sense of humor. His "McTowsend" will always be remembered and enjoyed at every camping trip in Mike's honor. Recipe: One fried egg, A couple pieces of fried bacon, toasted english muffin and the key ingredient is bar cheese, lots of it too! With love from, The Vance family (Dana, Jim, Rob, Brittany & Jamie"
"It is with deep sympathy that we send this.
We were neighbors with Mike & Annemarie in the 70's. We always liked Mike and had a good time with him.
We knew Kristen at an early age.
We are so very sorry and will keep him in our memories.
With deepest sympathy,
Gary & Shari Bednarick"
"Julie and family....
It has been a long time since I have seen you, Julie, but I remember you as my first friend -- from church, to Kenwood, and beyond.
My thoughts are with you and your family -- I know how much your family meant to my parents as well.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
"As I think about Mike Townsend's passing, I am reminded of this quote, and I know he is able to say it... RIP
'When I stand before god at the end of my life, I would hope that I will not have a single bit of talent left, and could say 'I used everything you gave me.' - erma bombeck"
"Thank you everybody for stopping by and paying respects to my father or recalling a story of growing up with him. I've always gotten a kick out of hearing about the old days in Cadillac and his time overseas. This last year has been a rough one but my dad tackled this challenge like he did any other, with strength and determination. We are all better people for getting to spend time with him and I feel great privilege in having had him as my father."
"To Mikes family my prayers are with you. I did not know of Mikes health problem, I was shocked to read of his passing, I really did not believe it.
I joined my father in business in 1957, Shag was our printer, thru the years things changed, after 27 years in real estate, I bought out Lou's Printing, well my education started all over. Mike was a friend, competitor and peer, he was always willing to help me. (as well his the whole crew at Cadillac Printing). I almost went in to see him about 10 days ago, regarding my every other year of printing he and the guys and girls did for me, it is going to be hard in May to walk in the shop.
One thing I remember, Mike telling me the story of taking Shag over to the camp in N.E. Michigan, which turned out to be Shags last trip there, the whole story was about love. I am sure those two guys are catching up right now, probably fishing or telling stories.
I pray for Mikes family and extended family, but want you all to know, I am a better person from having the privilege knowing Mike and his father.
"Wayne the Pain""
"I came across this very sad news via Bill Shier, another Cass classmate. I lived down the street on Sunset Lane, from where Mike lived in our 6th thru 9th grade years - and especially summers. I would say Mike was the guy I hung around with most in those days. I remember he had an aluminum boat he kept down at the end of his street. Mike was always after his dad to buy him a larger motor, unsuccessfully. We thought racing other boats was high times back in the day. He and I, along with another neighborhood guy, Mike Graham (Michael G, as opposed to Michael T as we referred to them), taught ourselves to water ski, which we did continuously back in the days we weren't expected to have a regular job and were too young to drive. We used a 14 ft aluminum boat with a Merc 22 w. tiller steering. We were so light that the rig would pull us slalom with two in the boat. I think impressing the girls had something to do with it. We would all pool our lawn cutting money towards another 6 gallon boat gas fill at $2.50. They used a full quart of oil to the 6 gallon gas. Every time I smell that 2 stroke gas/oil smell out of the lake, it brings back those days. Many good memories. I caught a ride with Mike and his dad most mornings to Junior High, as his dad was on his way to the print shop. Mike was a very quiet, friendly guy. I always thought about touching base with him, but like so many other plans, did not. My loss. My memories of him are locked into those endless summer days many years ago."
"To the Townsend Family: I would like to express my Deepest Sympathies on learning of the passiing of Mike. Mike and I have known each other since Elementary School at Cass. We graduated together, went on to Ferris State University and both of us served in the US Navy. As an adult working at Cadillac State Bank I dealt with Mike almost on a daily basis for a lot of the Banks printing needs. I would see Mike occasionally at the Meijer Quick Checkout and we would stop and talk for a few minutes. About two years ago I cam across a picture of of Mike and I on the Cass School Track Team in 1960. I made a copy of theat photo and took it in to Cadillac Printing and gave it to him. You should have seen the smile on his face. Mike will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his classmates. "Rest In Peace Dear Friend.""
"Julie, Jeff and Mary,
I am very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I will miss waiving across the yards at Mike when I stop at Mom's and seeing him pop into our resort whenever he was in Manistee. Mike helped me immensely along with the rest of the staff at Cad Printing in so many projects at our resort. He always had positive comments, was curious how we were doing and always promoting Cadillac and it tourism business. My memories go way back to the Cadillac CC and golf of course...I know many will miss Mike as I will and the gentleman that he was....With deepest sympathy, Dougie (As Mike always called me)"
"I started working at Cadillac Printing back in 1957 working in the bindery at the age of 17 and doing anything I was told to do. Shag (Mikes father) went smelt fishing one time and caught a mess of fish that he did not want to clean. I was told to go over to his house and clean them. I set in there drive way on a pail with a pair of scissors cutting off their heads and gutting them out. Mike, who was 7 at the time seen what I was doing and just had to join in. He got the biggest thrill out of cleaning the smelt. I will always remember the smile on his little face. Mike was a kind and thoughtful person and will be missed by many."
We were holding things together pretty well until all these things started to come in. I personally have known Mike since your family went to the First Covenant Church. I think that was maybe before you were born. My family knew your family as Swedes in the Cadillac area. I can remember Mike painting a house next door to my family home when I was about sixteen years old. Wow, a whole bunch of sailors on top of my neighbor’s house. Mike and I also shared a grandson called Rogue, from the mating of our Irish setter Rusty to their female Maggie and received a new setter aka Rogue. I have always enjoyed Mikes’ sense of humor and that laugh that always erupted from him when he found something funny. He lives in my memory maybe better than in Bills since I have known him for a much longer time. I would really enjoy getting to know you and Jack better when you are in the area. We always have a place here for you to stay and enjoy the river the way your brother did. Please feel free to stay here when you are up in the North Country.
"Dear Townsends...neighbors...friends. I'm so saddened to learn of Mike's passing...but thankful to know he was a peace. I loved being around Mike...generous, kind, helpful, always always with a smile or a laugh. As kids...he was the older neighborhood boy who hung with Ricky Powell - but always smiled and waved. Later...we worked together on many projects. Once...I spent 24 hours at Cadillac Printing on a brochure project - he and Renata Olson were so very kind and helpful - sticking with me to get it "just right". Mike you will be missed my friend. You were a great neighbor - son, brother and friend. Rest peacefully....and God bless you"
"Mike will be missed, but never forgotten. His laughter will always be an echo in our heart,our head and our home. We were luckier than most to have been able to spend a great steelhead season with him as our neighbor, and as a long time friend. Fish on ol' friend, Fish on."
"Dearest Townsends, It was OUR pleasure to know Mike. What a kind man. We loved his laugh and sense of humor. It was such a pleasure to be able to spend time with you all this summer. When I think of Mike, I will think of all the kindness he extended to us after Alex died. He always had a kind word for everyone he encountered. Of course, we hold dear: Pasture golf and all the laughing and memories that entailed. Dearest Julie, as I told you, we love the Paschal quote. Mike, fly free in heaven...know that we all miss you. All I can imagine is that there is unlimited fishing in heaven...all over the "world" and beyond. Rest in peace and know you are loved and remembered. Please give Alex a hug for us and take him fishing. All our love, PK and Tom Harrison"
""To Those I Love" by Isla Paschal Richardson
If I should ever leave you whom I love to go along the silent way,grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. (i'd come...I'd come, could I but find a way! But would not tears and greif be barriers?) And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved, please do not let the thought of me be sad.... for I am loving you just as I always have...you were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still to do...so many things to say to you. Remember that I did not fear- it was just leaving you that was so hard to face. We cannot see beyond, but this I know. I loved you so- T'was heavin here with you!"
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