Michael Albert Tyson
  • 37 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 8, 1977
  • Place of birth:
    San Angelo, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 29, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Buffalo, New York, United States
"I love to read, I love to write, but in the middle they meet jealously" Michael Albert Tyson

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Albert Tyson, 37, born on September 8, 1977 and passed away on June 29, 2015. We will remember him forever and will continue to add stories, photos and videos and encourage everyone to leave your stories here as well.  Below is a link to a fundraiser as well as his Facebook Page. 




Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Judy Goldstein on 29th June 2016

"Happy anniversary in heaven,my beautiful friend.....I have your beautiful joyous wedding picture on my mural on our fridge....I think of u so often.....I can still feel your smile....sending LOVE"

This tribute was added by Judy Goldstein on 8th September 2015

"I feel blessed every time I see Michael's shining face on my messanger....I just stop and share a moment w him.....he is our shining star."

This tribute was added by Julia Smith on 25th July 2015

"Here is a photo gallery of the beautiful memorial that was held on July 15, 2015. Password is PookiePower


This tribute was added by Polly MacDavid on 15th July 2015

"I will always miss you.  I wrote this poem for you.  I hope it fits into this box.  live forever in happiness in summerland.  

(ode to mike)

i met a lion in a poetry class.
big smile.  big hair.  big ideas.  big man.
a total mensch!  no denying that fact.

right from the start!   he said oh yes you can.  
always positive!   always supportive!
kind of guy you want as your editor.  

about words he was so informative.
shared his ideas.   never a creditor.
loved by everyone he happened to meet.

even in pain.   his life was happiness.  
even in pain.   his smile remained sweet.
a genius for joy!   this was obvious.  

oh mike.  you are gone but not forgotten.
but dude!  you were awesome.  awesome.  awesome.  

© polly macdavid  07/15/2015"

This tribute was added by Miguel Negrete on 2nd July 2015

"Our hearts fill with sorrow in knowing that Michael’s soul has been called to be with the Lord.  We may not have known him, we got to know of him thru the children’s stories his father Al and I exchanged at work about our children as they grew to become adults.  We shared lots of good moments of joy, pride, and others just filled with laughter but even the moments that did not meet those levels, they still were reason for Michael’s father to show pride in his son.  Irene and I have been praying for Michael’s welfare and we will continue to pray so that the entire Tyson family will have the strength to overcome this huge loss.  May God be with you, Our most sincere condolences.  Miguel and Irene Negrete"

This tribute was added by Juliane Schnibbe on 1st July 2015

"I've been trying to find the right words since I found out yesterday, but I can't find them so these will have to do. Mike was the first resident I met at CV; I remember thinking he was kidding about his last name, he was one of the first friends, the friend that would pick you up from the train station, not hate you when his cats revolted while you were cat sitting and failed at your practice run of being a cray cat lady, quick witted and good natured...over all solid guy. The world lost a good one, but I'm glad he's not in pain anymore. Still way too young and way too soon."

This tribute was added by Nichole Peters on 30th June 2015

"Although it has been many years rarely a long piece of time passes without thinking about the great memories. Camping, hanging out, dinners when he was truck driving and passed through Las Cruces. Many fond memories I will keep forever. Even though time passed and we grew apart there will always be a place in my heart."

This tribute was added by Tanisa Bancroft on 30th June 2015

"It saddens me to know that you have passed. In our few encounters you were very kind to me. I pray that god keeps you safe."

This tribute was added by Ashley Jenkins on 30th June 2015

"I met Michael the very first evening he had been admitted to the hospital...the same day he had learned about his challenging diagnosis.  

That very same evening, Michael had introduced me to his loved ones - GiGi & Jeff.

The time of year was Christmas time, and on that evening, I sat with Michael in his room in the wee hours of the morning;  we watched the sun rise over the frigid cold Buffalo skyline. The city's landscaped had just been washed over with a fresh blanket of snow.

As with most patients, Michael, GiGi, and Jeff researched all their options for Mike, and were  heading to Boston for treatment.

I thought of Michael often during that time. He was a patient and a person I was immediately drawn to. It helped, greatly, that our personalities and sarcastic wit played off one another.

Roughly 6 months or so later, I ran into GiGi and Mike at the same hospital, and inside of its lobby. Mike was walking, and as soon as our eyes met, his face lit up with excitement from us simply recognizing one another. GiGi was excited to see me too, and I her. Our reunion was brief, but a happy one seeing as they both informed me of Michael's great news about remission....Boston had been a success. I breathed a momentary sigh of relief at this news.

Fast forward another number of months, and Michael was admitted again. The cancer was back, & he was no longer in remission. The next plan of action was chemotherapy and gamma knife.

One thing I loved about Michael, and as frustrating as it was from a health care perspective, he always tried so incredibly hard to be brave...to not show any signs of weakness or worry.

I KY.  to the side of my professional role, and could easily tell how scared Michael was about his first round of chemotherapy. The universe intervened in Michael's care, and it somehow appointed me his nurse for his very first cycle of chemotherapy. All 4 days.

I'll be honest, the first day or two Michael did incredible. But by day 3, we could all see the horrific side affects of the chemo wreaking havoc on Michael's body.

Luckily, GiGi and Jeff were always by his side. I continued to try my hardest to explain medication processes, procedures, etc to all three of these amazing people. Michael kicked chemotherapy's ass!

That was my last full involvement in Michael's care. As a nurse, we very often remember a majority of our patients - but the patients don't always necessarily remember us; and the same goes with their family members, too. But the fact is, no matter what else was going on during Michael's stay on my floor, I always found the time to hang out with the 3 amigos. Dungeness, we'd all be laughing hysterically - to the point of tears - that we anyways had to ensure his room doot was closed during these times....so as not to inadvertently offend anyone.

My most treasured memories with Michael very often involve him and I just sitting in the dark throughout the night. Sometimes we discussed music, our favorite bands, movies, etc. But the great thing about our friendship was the fact that we could both just sit there; in Andale blissfully peaceful silence, and be comfortable and enjoy one anothers company.

During the last year, I followed Michael's disease progression through the writings and updates of GiGi, Jeff, and Michael himself, on his dedicated Facebook page.

Watching from the sidelines was incredibly difficult & heartbreaking; but I knew, at the time, that it was the professionally sound route of action to take. Surely this doesn't mean that I casted for Michael, GiGi, and Jeff. It just meant that I had the upmost faith and respect for GiGi and Jeff standing up, and dedicating their own lives, to be Michael's caregiver. They dud snd indescribably, beautiful & courageous job.

Although Michael's time here on earth is done, and the fact that many hearts are left empty and lonely today...we can at least find strong comfort reading the words on this memorial page. And for that, I feel as though Michael will continue his legacy forever.

You were one of a kind Michael; and so are the loves of your life. As time progresses, I can promise you that I will remember our time together, forever. And in the still of a quite night...one with no need for conversation or external stimuli....I'll smile to myself knowing you're near & enjoying the fleeting moment with me.

Until we meet again,.

Your forever friend,

This tribute was added by Shana Anderson on 29th June 2015

"You were hilarious, incredibly intelligent, and always so positive. You will be forever remembered!"

This tribute was added by Shana Anderson on 29th June 2015

"You were hilarious, incredibly intelligent, and always so positive. You will be forever remembered!"

This tribute was added by Lee Murphy on 29th June 2015

"Rest in peace, Mike.
Your strength and positive attitude are a shining example to us all."

This tribute was added by Matt Cosentino on 29th June 2015

"Mike I am so sad. I know we all have to go at some point but I guess I just wasn't ready for it. I guess none of us are. I really love who u were. I worked with you for a short time but was fully able to see the amazing person that you were. And the type of person you were while knowing ur fate is just the most heroic and inspiring thing I've ever witnessed. You knew how much time you had and from what I saw here on Facebook and the accounts of your closet friends, you kept a level head, were in control of your self, and flooded others with love. U are truly a self-less person. I look up to you brother. I love you. I'll think of you friend"

This tribute was added by Isaac Fornarola on 29th June 2015

"An inspirational man who was one of the kindest and most vivacious people I've ever met. Thinking of Gigi and Jeff."

This tribute was added by Judy Goldstein on 29th June 2015

"I am ultimately and eternally grateful that Michael "called me "to join him for the beginning of his special time of transition...I will forever be grateful for the fullness he left in my heart"

This tribute was added by Shannon Adamczyk on 29th June 2015

"I only met Michael once, but he was a charming & delightfully funny man!  Thoughts & positive energy to Gigi and Jeff."

This tribute was added by Abra Richards on 29th June 2015

"Rest in Peace my NMMI Brother. Your legacy lives on."

This tribute was added by J Clark on 29th June 2015

"Michael Albert Tyson,
One who was always humble in nature and truly left a lasting impression on so many that crossed paths with him.
Michael unknowingly was A true inspiration in so many ways to so many people. For that was his gift and his reason for life. A gift that he shared over and over again with everyone he met.
Go find your Tiki bar on Mars and continue inspiring people as you always have."

This tribute was added by Brianna Harris on 29th June 2015

"I met Mike when GiGi was a research assistant in the psychology lab where I am a grad student.  I remember Mike stopping by near the end of GiGi's shifts in the lab.  He'd joke around with all of us, which given the stressful study we had going at the time, I was grateful for.  He'd also sometimes bring food for GiGi during her longer shifts.  I will never forget the way he and GiGi cared for one another.  Words cannot adequately express how inspiring their love for one another was.  His humor and smile will be missed."

This tribute was added by janice weed on 29th June 2015

"Beautiful mind, and a loving soul. May we all learn from his example of how to love unconditionally in the most difficult of times. Til we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Cindy Bednasz on 29th June 2015

"I only met Mike once, in person. It was before he got sick. He was a volunteer in a game for a ComedySportz show I was in. He was so freakin' funny, and I remember telling him and thinking he should totally be a player, and I know that was something, at one time, he wanted to do. We became friends on Facebook, and through his posts, I got to know him. I had never met anyone who shined like him through such adversity. What an amazing human being, shining so bright, teaching us all about life. I can't say enough how in awe I am of him. I hope he is at peace and soaring through the heavens."

This tribute was added by Gregory Sampson on 29th June 2015

"Rest in Peace Brother...."

This tribute was added by Nicole Forbes on 29th June 2015

"You had a big HUGE heart Mike...your joyous spirit is felt everywhere, always."

This tribute was added by Jean Ott on 29th June 2015

"I  will always remember Mike's smile and laugh. I'm so glad I was able to visit him about a week or so ago.  May the Spirit of Life hold Gigi and Jeff in love and compassion as you grieve."

This tribute was added by John Pack on 29th June 2015

"Michael was my son's best friend.  I met Mike over Christmas 2013 when he, Jeff and GiGi spent the holidays with us in California.  Mike entertained everyone with his wit and became a member of our family immediately.  When he learned he had to battle the cancer monster, he faced this battle with courage and dignity and never ever gave up enduring the pain and suffering with a strength that was an inspiration to all who have fought the battle.  Mike Tyson was loved by many and was taken from us far too early.  I just wish that I had been able to spend more time with him and experience the wit and positivity that he exuded.  Rest in peace Michael.  The Pack family loves you."

This tribute was added by Nichole Meier on 29th June 2015

"Mike was just an amazing person. He had a larger than life personality that could light up anyone's day. I was lucky enough to do improv with Mike and he was always one of my favorite scene partners. He always, always, always made me laugh and made class way too much fun! I consider myself lucky to have known such an amazing soul. There are just not enough words to describe how wonderful a person Mike was and how wonderful his soul will continue to shine."

This tribute was added by Karen Parker on 29th June 2015

"A beautiful person with a bright and radiant soul.  I always enjoyed your sense of humor. Rest in peace friend.  Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Julia Smith on 29th June 2015

"You will forever be a huge part of the foundation of my adult life, being around you and Gigi had incredible influence as to how to love and care for people that need to be cared for,without any judgements. The intelligence and pure joy you embodied, will never be forgotten and should guide the rest of us for our lives. From the Smiths we love you Mike."

This tribute was added by Sean Cohen on 29th June 2015

"A wonderful, wonderful soul.  He will be truly missed and remembered.  A greater strength and a better humor you will not find.  Be at peace."

This tribute was added by Eric Rockey on 29th June 2015

"A beautiful man.  An inspiration to myself and to many. He will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Rainbow Miller on 29th June 2015

"Beautiful soul! I'm going to miss your humor, optimistic outlook on life, your strength in who you were and your bit strips! Be at peace friend and thank you for teaching me about life.."

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