- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 13, 1957
- Date of passing: Sep 13, 2016
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
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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