Mike's Portrait
Michael D. Perry
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 7, 1941
  • Date of passing: Mar 6, 2013
Be here now. Be happy! Just Be!

This memorial website was created in the memory of Michael Perry, 72, born on February 7, 1941 and passed away on March 6, 2013. 

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Michael will be remembered for this forever!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Veronica Mataseje on 7th February 2017

"Hey Michael! Happy Birthday big fella! You have a smile that lights up the world! I will be seeing Jamie in Santa Rosa next weekend where you and I last shared some levity. My guy would tell me that this world and everything within is an illusion, and what you don't see is more real than what you do see. A very long conversation for another time. Love always, because love is all there is. Veronica :)"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 7th February 2017

"Was thinking of you the other day Jamie. We send love to you especially today on the anniversary of Michael's birthday.  I can see his radiant smile and the pride and love he carried when it came to your work and to you.  Hold that in your heart."

This tribute was added by Larry & Sally Nelson on 8th March 2016

"You are in our thoughts today - we think back on all the fun times when we got together.  You are in our hearts.....Our Love Larry & Sally"

This tribute was added by Jamie Perry on 7th March 2016

"Thank you Everyone for remembering Michael and helping me go forward fearlessly.  I hear his voice constantly encouraging me, laughing with me every time I approach the kitchen, and most of all, loving me.

I feel your hearts all around me and thank you for your kind words and memories.  I love you All..."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 6th March 2016

"We see your kind, loving, beautiful smile and your eternal love for Jamie.  Dear Jamie, we are surrounding you with love and light today especially.  We love you, Marilyn, Chuck and Family"

This tribute was added by Bob Dylan on 6th March 2016

"So many memories.  So many laughs.  So many Krazys.  Awaaay!"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 7th February 2016

"Remembering you today Michael- your big smile and beautiful heart. Jamie - we love you and are sending huge hugs especially today"

This tribute was added by Veronica Mataseje on 7th February 2016

"Happy Birthday Michael. I remember you."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 7th March 2015

"your legacy touches us every day- kindness to all, joy bubbling and warming all, endless smile. We love you"

This tribute was added by Larry & Sally Nelson on 6th March 2015

"You are always in our thoughts and prayers - We miss you!
Our love"

This tribute was added by Eva Machut on 6th March 2015

"My prayers are with you Michael. RIP
Eva from Arizona"

This tribute was added by Denise Christensen on 8th February 2015

"So sorry to hear this.  I'll miss visiting at the shows."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 7th February 2015

"Dearest Jamie, Thinking of Michael on his birthday.  Embracing you and him in a huge hug with all our love.  You will forever be a part of each other.  We love you and we honor Michael today and all he meant to those who knew and loved him.  Marilyn and Chuck Salomon"

This tribute was added by Sandra Nelipovich on 9th March 2014

"Dear Jamie,
  It's been a year since Michael's passing and we are thinking loving and good thoughts for you and hope you are moving forward.  
We love you and you are in our prayers.
Be well.  John and Sandi Nelipovich"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 6th March 2014

"We are surrounding you on the anniversary of Michael's death with love and light dear Jamie.  He will be remembered by all the lives he touched as such a loving spirit.  We love you, Chuck and Marilyn Salomon"

This tribute was added by Trudi Shiverdecker on 6th March 2014

"Our light shines for Mike today...........gone but never forgotten.

This tribute was added by Bob Dylan on 8th February 2014

"Happy Birthday my friend.  I now get emotional and think of you every time I hear "I'll Remember You."  It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since you went a-way.  I know you are smiling on us all.  I miss you.  Jamie… thinking of you as well.  John G. and "Bob""

This tribute was added by Eva Machut on 7th February 2014

"Today i just found out Michael had passed and it's his Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!
Dear Jamie, i'm so sorry for your loss. I met him and you in California at the Art Festivals. I own many of your prints and look at them every day. Hugs to you and the cats.
Eva from Arizona"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 7th February 2014

"Dearest Jamie,
We are hugging you tightly especially today
Michael's rich legacy reminds us to laugh til your sides ache, to open yourself to love with complete abandonment, to live each day doing what you love with those you love.  He and you are very dear to us. We love you, Chuck and Marilyn Salomon"

This tribute was added by Delightsfantasyart D. Spall on 16th December 2013

"Dear Jamie, I just found out that Michael had passed. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you. Michael was a wonderful and unique person who will be missed by many.

This tribute was added by Ana Picasso on 5th September 2013

"Jamie I met you and Michael at a CFA show a few years ago, I am so sorry for your loss, I just found out. I hope you are doing as well as can be, love and prayers to the both of you. Ana Picasso"

This tribute was added by Debbie Serpa on 29th August 2013

"Dear Jamie, Richard and I were so sorry to hear about Michael's passing. Richard remembers the days, hanging out in your motor home with Michael while you were just doodling away on papers. I am glad to have met you two and we will see you soon at the next fair. Lots of Love."

This tribute was added by Heather Simpson-Bluhm on 20th August 2013

"I am sitting here stunned with a broken heart. I have just learned of the loss of Michael and I simply don't have words to convey my sorrow. Jamie, I have known you and Michael the better part of my whole life and of course it wasn't long enough. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Know that all of us down here in Garlic town miss you both. HUGS!"

This tribute was added by DL Egan on 27th June 2013

"So many years - too many stories. Lazy summer days sitting at the picnic table celebrating life with good friends. I will always remember Michael tongs in one hand and wineglass in the other proclaiming the merits of fresh basil pesto, Sonoma duck & Tomales Bay oysters. We will miss your wonderful meals, funny stories and joyous laughter. We will miss you Michael."

This tribute was added by Sandra Wood on 25th April 2013

"Dear Jamie,  You have my most sincere condolences at your loss of Michael. You have always been one of my favorite artists and I am glad you will still be drawing. As a single person with 4 dogs your time does go much faster as all of the responsibilities fall upon one person and not two. My prayers are with you and your family and may Michael always be remembered with love and warmth!"

This tribute was added by Jim & Mary True on 24th April 2013

"Jamie,  Words can not express how we feel.  We can not begin to
imagine loosing our loves.  We have been married 48 years but it feels like only a few years.  We always enjoyed seeing you and Michael.
We went to many shows looking for you and Michael. We'll miss Michael and his smile.    Love you!"

This tribute was added by Deborah Shields on 24th April 2013

"Hi Jamie sorry to here about Michael he was such a charmer and so easy to talk to he will be missed!!  But as long as we think of him he will be with us all for ever!!! Let me know when you are in Sacramento for a show and if you need help to set up or tear down me and mom will help Mom and I wish you well. Love from Deborah and Nita Shields"

This tribute was added by Kathy Evans on 23rd April 2013

"I met you both at one of the cat shows and Michael was such a dear. My thoughts at the time: what a fun and lovely couple! My deepest sympathies and may your memories give you comfort."

This tribute was added by Phyllis Hunt on 22nd April 2013

"Always the gentleman, Michael helped me select several works as gifts...after I made my personal selection.  First met y'all in the early 90s at a festival in CA.  Was so excited when you came to National Capital the first time.  Michael will be missed by us all."

This tribute was added by Julie Anderson on 22nd April 2013

"Oh, Jamie...I had tears in my eyes as I heard of Michael's passing.  What a joyous spirit!  Lover of life.  Kind to the core.  Laugh so engaging.  As I look at the many pieces of your beautiful artwork, I will remember and appreciate the honor I had of engaging with him at your many shows.  May the joy of your time together lessen the pain of his absence.  Love and prayers to you both."

This tribute was added by LInda Wong on 22nd April 2013

"I am so sorry Jamie, over 20 yrs ago, I remember my prints I bought from you and How really enjoyed your story about how you first meet Michael and how you were a dog person and Michael turned you into a cat person...I still get this nice cozy feeling every time I look at your prints...
I am so sorry about Michael's passing"

This tribute was added by Larry & Sally Nelson on 16th April 2013

"Meeting Mike for the first time in Louisville, KY at a cat show.  He left an indelible mark on the two of us with his shared enjoyment of food and laughter not to mention his insight how to sell to cat lovers.  We will always have a constant memory of Mike from his selling us on the use of the Multi-Cart he used and that we use today at the cat shows where we vend. He'll always be with us."

This tribute was added by Barbara Pope on 1st April 2013

"Anyone that can make a dog person into a cat person is truly special.  Michael's giant smile and welcoming hug will be missed at all the shows.  I can't imagine how giant a hole he will leave in our hearts but I feel good knowing that every furry friend in heaven will have Michael watching out over them.  Jamie, my love and my prayers are on their way to your heart. Love, Barbara Pope"

This tribute was added by Annie Miller on 1st April 2013

"I brought a Jamie Perry drawing to the Sacramento show to ask Jamie to sign for me and left it at her booth.  When I returned to pick it up, Michael told me he had 'washed it's little face'.  This is so typical of him, always and invariably positive.  Michael Perry:  a wonderful, thoughtful person, I'll always miss."

This tribute was added by Linda Peterson on 25th March 2013

"It seems like just yesterday I was getting my bearhug from Michael at the Annual.  He was one in a million - so in love with Jamie - so fun to be around.  He has left an amazing legacy, I am lucky to have known him."

This tribute was added by Kelly Larson on 16th March 2013

"My Aunt Patti and Michael use to babysit me when I was little and I have a memory of a gentle man with red hair . . . years later I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie and Michael (again) - so sorry for this loss - he's with you Jamie in spirit -"

This tribute was added by Bob King on 16th March 2013

"To Jamie
I was looking for art shows online and ended up here.
I just wanted to say Michael was a special person and I will miss him!
If I can do anything or you need anything e-mail me.
Friend forever Bob"

This tribute was added by Lauri Brunton on 16th March 2013

"Jamie, Charles and I were very sorry to hear of Michael. He looked so great in Sacramento last year. So happy and so happy to be with you. We always enjoyed visiting and talking with him. We will be thinking of you and sending big hugs to you."

This tribute was added by Willa Hawke on 15th March 2013

"My heartfelt blessings to you Jamie that Michael leaves behind.  As you move through this hard time, I'm confident that you'll find moments of grace when you need them most.  Michael's was obviously a life well lived.  May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Susan Henry on 15th March 2013

"Michael was such a kind and gentle soul ... and worked so hard helping Jamie get everything where it needed to be when it needed to be there! Especially enjoyed their visits to the National Capital Cat Show, where my husband Brent would chat up Michael on a variety of things, mostly involving history and other shared interests.  We will miss him so much ..."

This tribute was added by Matthew Perry on 14th March 2013

"Uncle Mike -- you will be missed! It was always a fun adventure and we never knew what would come next.  I have fond childhood memories of early camping trips, treks to art shows around the state, garlic festivals, and incredible slow cooked pork with copious wine in Sonoma...  Mike's love for our Aunt Jamie and his spirit for life were crystal clear!  We will toast you forever!!"

This tribute was added by Judi Magder on 14th March 2013

"I remember having dinner with Michael and Jamie in Sonoma when my daughters and I traveled there from Kentucky...what a great time...and then years later...another dinner at Pat's Steak house here in Ky...we loved to share meals..and each other's company...he will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Dianna Clark on 14th March 2013

"Bruce and I first met Jamie and Michael at the San Mateo CFA International and I gave Jamie a bad time about not having a drawing featuring Curls.  At a TICA show in Primm, NV she started on that drawing. At Santa Monica she had that picture. I saw it was sold and every time I asked Michael about he walked away, he could not tell a lie, Bruce bought it for me.  Michael we will miss you."

This tribute was added by Diana Shockey on 14th March 2013

"We met Michael and Jamie back in the early 80's (when we were all young) at the Sonora Fire On The Mtn. show. Michael was always full of laughter and had a way of brightening up anyone's day. Will truly miss him and his bright smile."

This tribute was added by Sean Presley on 14th March 2013

"i met michael in 1984. and every meeting we ever shared involved laughter. thats why i'd smile every time i saw him over the years. and i'll smile every time i think about him in the future. i knew him well, but i wish i'd known him better. he'll be missed. rest in peace mike."

This tribute was added by Donald Ewen on 13th March 2013

"There are people in ones life that change it for the better, Michael is one of those. From Seattle to San Diego to Snow Bird, there are too many memories to relate them all but a better person, there is none. I love you Michael."

This tribute was added by John Gavrilis on 13th March 2013

"There is so much more to talk about, so I'll take it one memory at a time.  One "iconic" incident was when we arranged a meeting (or shall I say confrontation) between Michael and his evil twin, "Crazy George" at the Capitola Art & Wine.  Crazy George walked into their booth and screamed, "It's Crazy Michael."  Michael responded, "It's Crazy George."  As they say, "the rest is history.""

This tribute was added by John Gavrilis on 13th March 2013

"I first met Michael & Jamie back in the early 80's, when we were setup next to one another at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo.  After 4 days of eating mall food, reciting "Dylan lyrics" and doing a LOT of laughing, I made one of the most important friendships of my life.  Years of fun, laughter, and Dylanizms would follow.  I miss you my friend..."

This tribute was added by Bob & Steffi Pencovic on 13th March 2013

"It isn't often that you get to know the artists, and we all knew that Michael was also a true artist. To know these two artists was to love them both equally.  Our home reflects our love for their art.  The meals that we were fortunate to share with them now provide a vivid memory of the wonderful shaggy bear of a man that was Michael. You are misssed dear friend. Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by John A. Conroy on 13th March 2013

"Our dinners & drinks will always be treasured.  The laughter was loud and boisterous -  I almost passed out from it!  Just the mention of "Oildale" and we all would burst out laughing!  So grateful and honored to have a piece of Michael in my life.  You know Jamie that these pieces will always remain for all of us and you will see & feel them each time we get together.."

This tribute was added by Peggy Shulman on 13th March 2013

"I first met Michael and Jamie in the So. Cal area in the 1980's. For some reason I always thought Michael's name was *Fred* and we  jokingly referred to this whenever we saw each other at shows all over the country. I don't think I have ever seen Jamie and Michael apart, they were such a special and loving couple and always made everyone smile. Rest in peace dear *Fred*."

This tribute was added by Gina Zaro on 13th March 2013

I was so sorry to read that Michael had passed.  I will truly miss talking politics and cats with him.  My heart goes out to you and I am thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Bob Dylan on 13th March 2013

"I started out on burgundy,
But soon hit the harder stuff."

This tribute was added by linda Osburn on 12th March 2013

"So sorry for the loss of your best friend in life.
I treasure meeting you both at show and love the few prints I bought, my first was the Scottish Fold."

This tribute was added by Bill Grotemeyer on 12th March 2013

"I've always been a "hugger" all my life.  I thought I was one of the best...UNTIL I met Michael!  But after 27 years of meaningful, sincere, hugs at the Stockton Asparagus Festival, I have to admit...Michael's THE best.  He could squeeze the pee out of me, look me in the eyes and earnestly ask, "How the hell are you, my friend?"  Michael, I look forward to our future hugs in another place."

This tribute was added by Pat Dousman on 12th March 2013

"I met Mike in the hallway of the Music Department in 1958 of Hillsdale High School. He played the Alto Sax in Band, and I played the Violin in Orchestra     What a whirl-wind romance we had, dating for over 4 years   I do have a special soft spot in my heart for my ‘first-love’…  Run free with the ‘boys’, who were waiting for you to arrive.    Special condolences to Jamie, Danny & Bobby."

This tribute was added by Bob Dylan on 12th March 2013

"May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you staaaaaaaaay forever young."

This tribute was added by Bob Dylan on 12th March 2013

I saw a shooting star tonight, and I thought of you..."

This tribute was added by Megan Antijunti on 12th March 2013

"I've only known Jamie and Michael a few years, not many like most of you, but in those few and memorable years, everyone has already stated what I know....smiles, never an unkind word, love of cats, LOVE OF JAMIE.  Thanks for the memories, Michael, and thanks for the JBT "portrait", Jamie!  You are both in our home forever! <3"

This tribute was added by Joanne Eichler on 12th March 2013

"I met Michael and Jamie at a cat show in San Diego.  They made me feel like we'd been friends forever.  When we found out we were all from Chicago and LOVED Italian Beef sandwiches, we compared where we could find the elusive sandwiches in California.  Last time we discussed it, Michael was attempting to recreate the recipe on his own.  Whenever I have a beef sandwich I'll think of Michael"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Salomon on 12th March 2013

"Back in the 80's, Chuck taught Mike to cut a mat on the hood of our car. Thus began a long friendship. We remember Mike's love, hugs and smile when it came to you. We love you and hope your wonderful memories sustain  you in this time and forever.
Love, Chuck and Marilyn Salomon"

This tribute was added by Kay & Gary Jaynes on 12th March 2013

"We’ve known Michael and Jamie since the 80’s from shows in the San Diego area.   Michael!  Michael always had a smile – a big smile.  We were thrilled last year when they stopped by the house to view our J. S. Perry “gallery.”  Seeing them at the shows is always a highlight for us – we’re so sad that he is gone.  We’re so happy that we knew him."

This tribute was added by Cathy Crossgrove on 12th March 2013

"A smile that could light up - never mind a room - an entire showhall.
The love that Michael and Jamie shared overflowed and touched everything they did and everyone they met."

This tribute was added by Sandra Nelipovich on 12th March 2013

"Fun, gregarious, nice Michael...what a great guy!  We always enjoyed seeing & chatting with him and Jamie at the shows, and catching up by phone every so often. Remember St. Anthony? :) Luckily we had a chance to meet for dinner in Anaheim last October.  It's as if we never missed a beat catching up! Thoughts & prayers are with you & your soul mate. Love & hugs to you Jamie."

This tribute was added by Deborah Curtis on 12th March 2013

"Met Michael and Jamie at a art festival in Northern California years ago.  Michael was always ready with a smile or a hug or a welcome into their booth!  He loved life, his lovely wife, their cross country escapades to the cat shows, everything that was about joy and life and the meaning of the word living life to the fullest.  We should all be so lucky to have a lived a life like his!"

This tribute was added by Susan Dakuzaku on 12th March 2013

"I met Jamie and Michael in the mid-80's at an art show in Sacramento. Most of the time I saw Michael he was in an outfit for the Harvest Fest or some such. My favorite was his Hawaiian get-up because he looked so natural in it and because they spoke so fondly of their Hawaiian getaways... I imagine that's where he's resting right now. beach, sunset, mai tai! Aloha, Michael!"

This tribute was added by Veronica Mataseje on 12th March 2013

"Over the years, I enjoyed many wonderful and in-depth conversations with Michael. We also shared a love of music and in particular the songs of Bob Dylan. Michael would always segue a pertinent Dylan line into our conversation...Dylan had already said it! For you Michael, a line from Bob..."Things should start to get interesting just about now." A big bear hug to you my friend."

This tribute was added by David Mare on 12th March 2013

"Some people pass through life and barely touch another.  Michael touched everyone he met in the most positive way.  He will be missed by many but forgotten by none."

This tribute was added by Mark Hannon on 11th March 2013

"I've never seen Jamie without Michael.   He clearly was an incredibly significant part of her life and her work.   I know he will be missed but there are many wonderful memories of those 34 years together.  Those will sustain Jamie."

This tribute was added by Susan Taylor on 11th March 2013

"Jamie's art has made us so happy for the last 15 years. We first met you at the Westchester County Center cat show in the 1990's. My home office is a better place to hang out, because of your wonderful art work!  Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief. You don't deserve to be so sad, when you make all of your fans so happy.  Hugs to you in your time of need."

This tribute was added by Karen Johnson on 11th March 2013

"I recall driving north on 5 from a show in southern Calif, leaving at least an hour before Jamie and Mike, and a 150 or so miles later, he passed me honking and waving."

This tribute was added by Lisa Cherrie on 11th March 2013

"My memories of Michael are from the Harvest Festivals in Sacramento back in the 90's. The marvelous hat, impish smile, joy in life,  his obvious love of Jamie and the fur children, and his immense pride in Jamie's artistic talent...  all of these remain although his essence has translated to another plane. Jamie, I wish you the solace of happy memories. I grieve for your loss."

This tribute was added by Pam Spitzner on 11th March 2013

"To look at Michael looking at Jamie was to see very clearly how much he loved and adored her. And it went in both directions. Even for those, like me, who saw him seldom, he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Charlie Wight on 11th March 2013

"Big heart and kind soul.  From the very beginning I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone.  His love for Jamie and their pets was endless.  I will miss you my dear friend and will keep you in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Trudi Shiverdecker on 11th March 2013

"When Mike and Jamie drove Interstate 80 to the east coast or back toward home, they'd always call and at least "wave at me" as they passed the Gretna exit. Last July they drove through over the lunch hour and we met at a deli for ; Mike loved a good deli. Don't know how much he liked this one, but we ALL agreed, the company was excellent; a precious memory. and yes, Dylan rocks!!! love you"

This tribute was added by Colleen Browne on 11th March 2013

"My uncle was deeply loved by his family.  From camping in the Smoky Mountains as a child to visiting him as an adult on business  in California (road trip - Stockton Asparagus Festival!), my Uncle Mike always made me laugh and smile.  The last thing he said to me, with a chuckle, while helping his mother in her final days was: "we just gotta keep on, keepin' on"  His words keep me going"

This tribute was added by carla johnson on 11th March 2013

"When I think of Michael Perry,  the word big comes to mind.  He was a big man, with a big voice that he often used to express big opinions.  As he was so fond of telling me, "if you shoulda, you woulda", And Michael lived his life doing all of the woulda's.  He lived life hard, and he lived life big.  He will be remembered big, and in our hearts, he will stay forever young."

This tribute was added by Rick Johnson on 11th March 2013

"We're in the big red Buick, top down, on arrow-straight Oakville Grade Road aimed directly at the Oakville Grocery.  Mike is at the wheel.  We clock 105 mph.  What could possibly go wrong?  Thanks for the thrills Chef."

This tribute was added by Jamie Perry on 10th March 2013

"34 years ago, I found my soul-buddy. Michael must have been part cat: he lived his one life to the fullest, making it seem more like 9. Michael was my mentor, my partner, my best critic and personal Iron Chef. He was my very best friend, and most importantly, the Love of my Life. He could be brutally honest, funny, wise, and always opinionated. He never sweated the small stuff..."

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