- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 13, 1957
- Date of passing: Sep 13, 2016
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
"Well, I made it through Thanksgiving without you. I have so many wonderful memories of all our Thanksgivings together, but the last few years are by far my favorite. We would have spent the last week talking and preparing how we would made dinner together. I wasn't so sure I would be able to work through today but with Jennifer, Dan and of course Jonathan's help I made. You would have been really proud of them. It just wasn't the same without you here with us. You were bigger than life in the kitchen!!! I struggle everyday knowing that you I will never have another holiday with you or never be able to hear you voice on the phone or read a text from you. I am truly heartbroken and miss you terribly. Love Trisha"
today is Thanksgiving. i know that I would have received a call from you today. I will miss your calls on holidays and birthdays. You always called. I have to thank you again for being there for Bob when he needed you the most. I will always remember you as a wonderful man with a BIG BIG heart
"Mike has been a part of our family since he was 5 and still is today. He left us with lots of love, laughs and precious memories. We may lose our loved ones here, but God gives us the memories to keep them in our hearts. To all the Wittich family, thank you for sharing your brother/father with us. I'm so grateful to have met you all at the service. I felt as though I've known you all these years. He talked about you all and loved you dearly. God bless each of you. Love you Mikey!!!"
It's been really difficult for me to find words to express how I feel. Not one day has gone by where I don't think about you, and the shock that is felt that you are gone. I'm confident you were able to feel the love that was shared for you on Saturday, as we laid you to rest. It was truly beautiful.
Thea and I will do the best we can to have your grandchildren know the man you were. Whether it be from the values you've taught, the pictures we are saving, or the family we have, you will not be forgotten.
We've got it from here."
"Today, in a lovely town in New York, a family laid to rest a brother, best friend, father, uncle, a man who was truly loved. I had the honor of being amongst those who came to say good-bye to you Mike Whittich. My memories of you as a child often make me smile. Each summer I looked forward to your visit - your stay at the house next door. You provided friendship to a lonely country kid, and I learned all about what it was like to be part of a big family who lived in a big city. Through our adult years we lost touch, but the memories never faded. Reconnecting with you years ago brought a new thread to our friendship. You offered positive solutions to every-day challenges, jokes and laughs and humor that always left we wondering what you would post next, and a friendship that was supportive and true. When my family needed help the most you stepped forward in a way I will never forget. You left me in awe that day - that someone would accept me and love me just as I was, and not hesitate in any way to offer assistance. You told me "a friend is a friend forever", and Mike, that is true. As my friend you are no longer on the Earth, but you are not gone Mike. And you are my friend forever, waiting in another place. The love overflowed from that room today, out to a resting place that is shaded and sits atop a lovely hill, with a breathtaking view. Rest in peace Mike, and know that you were truly and deeply loved by so many. The smiles and hugs and memories you brought into the lives of so many will never be forgotten, will be forever cherished, and shared time again. Love you Mike."
"Uncle Mike was very special to me. He took care of me when I was in the hospital and we always had fun when we went to the movies and hung out. One time on my birthday he sent me 20 birthday cards and everyone was funny. He could always make me laugh, I will miss him.
From, Bob Wittich Jr."
"Thinking of all of you today and remembering what a wonderful guy Michael was. I always remember how my mother had such a special place in her heart for Michael ever since he was a little boy."
"Today is the day we will lay you to your final resting place. The room will be filled with family and friends gathered to celebrate your life. They will tell stories, speak of your smile and laughter, your genuine bear hugs, how you told the best jokes; of course talk about how much they loved you and many will shed tears. I only wished you could have felt it while you were here. I am truly heartbroken that you are gone and now a piece of my heart is missing. You were my best friend, my protector, my Superman! Our friendship was one of a kind. You made my life richer just by being in it. As I look forward to a future without you, I will never ever forget the bond that we had. I will never forget our endless talks on the phone, our walks on the beach, great times Christmas shopping, making Thanksgiving dinners or just spending the day together. Michael the answer to your question “how does my hair look” Well, it looks great! Nighty-nite my friend, I will miss you terribly.
"As you know and anyone that knows me I am a very private person. I am in shock and still can't understand how this happened. We were friends for 45 years and have always considered you my best friend. You were always an outspoken person but you were always nice guy with an open heart. A lot of people didn't understand you but I believe that I did. I realized a long time ago that the best way to get along with you was not to judge you and accept you. I never judged you and always accepted you for who you were. There were so many reasons I called you my best friend and one reason was that I knew I could always count on you whenever or wherever I needed. I knew you always had my back and would be there if I needed you. In return I offered the same but I feel I was never as generous as you were to me. I just wish you asked for my help when you needed it the most. We had a great friendship because we didn't judge each other. If anyone tried to judge you I knew you would not accept them into your world. I know all you ever wanted from anyone and everyone was to be accepted. I accepted you for who you were and my family (Patricia, Jennifer, Dan and Jonathan) accepted you and loved you for what you brought to our lives. We were a much happier family because of you. You will truly be missed."
You have made a lot of people very sad by your untimely passing. It is hard to believe it has been a month. You will always be remembered for you laughter, jokes and could always bring a smile (not to mention a hearty gut busting laugh) to all who knew you. You are missed and in all of our thoughts and prayers. Love, Nora"
It has been over a week, and I am still stunned and very saddened by your passing. You had just turned 10 when I left home at the invitation of our Uncle Sam. My trips home since then have all seemed too short and much too infrequent. I remembered you as a fun and mischievous boy, and I grew to know you as a strong, determined and loving man (who still appreciated fun and mischief). At family gatherings, it was a certainty that you would be at the center of most outbreaks of uproarious laughter.
I am proud of your service with the Army Reserve and fondly remember our visit while you were training in Alabama. I am especially proud of your service with NYPD wearing our grandfather’s badge number. I doubt that many people understood the challenge and sacrifice of serving as a police officer back then, and still don’t today.
I will miss your phone calls, emails, and texts with your unique take on current events. I am thankful we had our Bro Trip 08 and the many family gatherings since then, but I wish I could have one more of your special bear hugs.
Love you Brother,
""“Dear Uncle Mike,
I am so saddened by your passing and am missing you already. I can’t help but wish we could hang out “one more time”. I am thankful I am left with so many good memories.
I am also feeling lucky to have had you in my life and as my Godfather. Although the distance between NY and VA always presented its challenges, I feel as if you always found a way to stay involved in our lives. Whether it was you making a trip to VA for birthdays and graduations or our trips to NY for weddings and family reunions, I always knew it would be fun if Uncle Mike was there. And even as of late, the occasional text message and phone call, not to mention the annual cheese cake from Junior’s… it always felt as if you were close by.
Although I am feeling sad and confused, the only way I know to move forward is to continue on with a great sense of humor and much kindness, traits I've learned from you.
I still cannot wrap my mind around the reality that you are gone. I remember the day you were born. Ann DaMizzio was babysitting me and Dad came in and told me I had a baby brother. I was so excited! I was 4...I cannot believe I can remember that, when I couldn't tell you what I did 2 days ago!
I think I will miss your jokes and laughter the most; all those crazy, funny texts, and your never ending knowledge of TV and movie trivia. You used to crack me up remembering lines and songs from the shows we watched as kids. And then the day you dressed up like a woman in curlers, so you could join your sisters while we watched the Cher concert! You were one funny guy!
You were one of the most thoughtful people I have ever known; always checking on me and how things were going for me. Thanks for being an awesome brother to me and a loving, caring uncle to my sons. I hope you are out of pain and finally at peace. You deserve it. I loved you so much and I will miss you forever.
Your loving sister,
"Dear Uncle Mike,
I'll never, ever forget how much fun you injected into our family gatherings. Telling hyterical stories from your childhood, goofing off with all the uncles and cousins in the pool, singing that Little Mermaid song... some of the best times ever. You made everyone smile. Thank you for your love for me and my kids over the years. Miss you. xoxo
"I have been, and always shall be, your friend."
Miss and love you brother.
I have so much to say but can't find the words. I am heartbroken to say the least. Losing a second brother in a little over 3 years is overwhelming. I am sad that I won't see you again here on earth, Sad that you have not been well for so long, especially these last few years. I know it has limited you in many ways. I will miss you calling or texting me to tell me To Kill a Mockingbird was on TV. I will miss you calling Al to talk baseball or to tell us there was a great movie with Lauren Bacall coming on TMC. You could drive me crazy one minute and crack me up the next. Most of all I will miss you. Boy we have a history and memories. You will always be Roy and I will always be Dale. Kiss Mom, Dad and Bob for me. Happy Trails to you, until we meet again. Your sister Helene"
I am feeling such loss today knowing I will no longer have your fantastic sense of humor, your kind heart and your great laugh in my life. We will all miss you so much.
Your Brother Jim"
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