Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the majestic falcon in flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
  • 57 years old
  • Born on April 27, 1954 in Holland, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on October 1, 2011 in Lomita, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our brother and dear friend, Michael J. Brancaccio, 57, born on April 27, 1954 and passed away suddenly and unexpected on October 1, 2011. We will remember him forever.

Please feel free to share your own special memory of Michael by leaving a tribute message below or by the story link above.

Posted by Barbie Tomkins on 26th April 2018
Sending love and hugs to Laurie and Tricia today! I know they will be thinking often about Mike and how much they miss him. This tribute page reawakens my memories of Mike and the fun we all had as cousins. I think he would be interested to know that Jennifer ( Ginneys youngest) has taken up falconry and cares for many wild birds but falcons are her passion. You see? Mike continues his legacy! ❤️
Posted by Lori Marshall Stevens on 1st October 2017
Laurie and Trisha, It has been a long time but I remember Michael's sweet smile and that glimmer in his eye. Almost like he was up to something. We had so many good times during our childhoods. Your family is what I remember the most growing up. Michael was such a beautiful soul. He will always be remembered.
Posted by Virginia Elliott on 30th September 2017
To my dear cousins in California, you all share the same sweet smile and kind and generous nature. That's what I remember about Mike the most. He had an unforgettable smile. I love seeing the pictures of all of you and especially the ones of Mike with the red tailed hawk. My mother wrote a story in her book about that. Now my daughter Jennifer is becoming a falconer and will have her own hawk to train. Makes me smile. Love to you all.
Posted by Laurie McAtee on 30th September 2017
Hey Michael...8 vintage planes flew over the house a little while ago, in formation, vapor trails behind. You would have liked it. Seemed like the perfect way to remember you on this fine October day, since your passion was all about flying. Your little plane still spins above your house, telling the direction of the breeze, and I think of you every time I see it! Miss you brother! Sending up some thoughts of love to you...XO
Posted by Tricia Cunningham on 30th September 2017
I ran into an old friend of Michaels yesterday, someone I had not seen for years. He shared a little memory of Michael, made me laugh and cry at the same time. It was if six years melted away and Michael was there for one split second in time. Thanks Randy. And thank Michael for not letting me forget. xoxo
Posted by Barbie Tomkins on 26th April 2017
The older I get the more value I place on my memories and my past. Those early years when we all ran free on the beach, played games until dusk and were always wrapped in the warm arms of our parents and family. Then I look back to my wedding and remember seeing those same precious faces there to help me celebrate. Of course we visited you all in Michigan and California and those memories are stamped In the album of my brain. Mike held a special place there. I can see his face clearly both as a child and as an adult. He will not be forgotten just as I will never forget or take for granted my love for you girls, my cousins. Love to you and your families!
Posted by Barbie Tomkins on 30th September 2016
I always wish I could hug my cousins Laurie and Tricia when this reminder pops up. To them Mike was a rock, a constant source of love and comfort. His absence has changed their lives. If we were closer I would help them fill that void because they are loved and thought of often. Sending love and understanding their sadness! Barbie
Posted by Tricia Cunningham on 27th April 2016
Happy Birthday Dear Brother . . . you are not forgotten. I see you every day all around me. You are the hummingbird in my garden, I see you in the hawk in the sky, you are the wind that fills the sails or lifts a kite, the soft star that shines at night. You will always be a part of my life, fondly remembered by all. Love you, good night.
Posted by Donna Snyder on 27th April 2013
Another of our family has joined you in the peace and comfort of God's arms. Love always, Donna and Tony
Posted by Donna Snyder on 30th September 2012
Tricia, Laurie & Family We keep Michael's picture where we can always see him and remember what a kind and gentle soul he was. We know he has found the peace that we all seek to have some day. Aunt Janette, Tony, & Donna
Posted by Barbie Tomkins on 30th September 2012
Mike was my cousin. He meant a lot to me. We played baseball with sticks on Grandma's side yard, we fished together in Stokes Bay and we struggled together with our alergies. He was a quiet man but l always knew he loved me. He exuded comfort and a warmth and l too will always remember his laugh and smile. So from the Canadian cousins Mike....you will always be in our memories and hearts.
Posted by Mike Brancaccio on 18th September 2012
"Mike Brancaccio & Family". What a sad day it is... Although we have never met personally I felt a great connection to you. Especially that we share the same name. I will cherish the few times we spoke on facebook. You have truly touched many people all over this world. I will pray for you and your family. It's true what they say "only the good die young". God Bless! xoxoxo
Posted by Paul Brancaccio on 26th April 2012
You know what is really something... I used to be a "bad ass", I had motorcycles, and I sail. Like they say, the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Rest in peace cousin Michael. We only met a few times but the memory of you will be long lasting. All the best to the extended family everywhere. This is a beautiful tribute.
Posted by Gail Whitney-Chavez on 24th April 2012
Laurie and Tricia, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. Just found out today of his passing. I do remember the good times we had playing in the Cathann Pl cul-de-sac. I do remember Mike did love to play pranks on everyone. I so enjoyed seeing Tricia and Mike at the Sepulveda reunion. The years have gone so quickly. May Mike rest in peace and our memories of him live on
Posted by Antonia Dagostaro on 6th March 2012
"my dear Micheal,you are one genuine love that forever influenced my existance.when i look up towards the sky,day and night, i am reminded of all those many,many hours we spend together,waiting to see the miracles of the solar system.this was ur gift to me.i was able to appreciate and understand just how minute we really are. i believe your energy surrounds me daily and you will forever be
Posted by Michele Hogan on 30th December 2011
Tricia and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Michael. Aunt Angie told me about him and I am sorry it has been many years of not seeing my cousins. I do remember your parents and my cousins. May God bless you all and Michael ... Your Cousin Michele Hogan
Posted by Darryl Ault on 9th December 2011
REST IN PEACE BUDDY...YOU'LL BE MISSED
Posted by Jeanine Baruth on 4th November 2011
The greatest joys in life is the joy of having the blessing and love of friends we truley care about..Cherishing the memories because they are forever and what a beautiful thing that is...you will always be in my heart and put a smile on my face and I want to thank you for that.. Soar on Michael till we meet again...
Posted by Anne Imrie-Jones on 16th October 2011
Trish and family, I have so many great memories of Michael. First and formost, he was one of the nicest men I knew. He was always kind and thoughtful. More than anything I remember his smile. I spent a lot of evenings with Mike just talking and I will treasure them forever.
Posted by Tricia Cunningham on 5th October 2011
"I had a great life regretting nothing. May you find joy & happiness in your turn at living. If wishes were horses & men could fly. Wishes are not horses, but men can fly!" - part of a letter from Michael Brancaccio

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