Let the memory of Michael be with us forever
  • 64 years old
  • Born on July 10, 1949 .
  • Passed away on April 3, 2014 .
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Townsend 64 years old , born on July 10, 1949 and passed away on April 3, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Kerri Smoak on 7th August 2018
What a super guy. We were Blessed to have known him. Julie, you gave him such love and support to the very end. Your an angel.
Posted by Anne Marie Townsend on 11th July 2018
Your family wishes you a Happy Birthday . We miss you!
Posted by Bill Boynton on 4th April 2018
Margy and I think of you often. You are missed my friend
Posted by Cheryl Samson on 4th April 2018
Bill and I are keeping you in our thoughts, Mike. Memories help us all, but life forever changes without our loved ones who have passed. Our hugs, prayers for Julie, Jeff and families♡♡♡
Posted by Julie Fady on 3rd April 2018
Hard to imagine that four years have passed without you. You are missed & thought of often.
Posted by Bill Boynton on 10th July 2017
We are missing you.
Posted by Kris Townsend on 10th July 2017
Happy Birthday Michael T. Miss you every day. Had some great whitefish pate this weekend and thought of you. Also had a beer by the river in your honor. Much love to you.
Posted by Anne Marie Townsend on 10th July 2017
Your family misses you ! You are always in our thoughts !
Posted by Anne Marie Townsend on 5th April 2017
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Bill Boynton on 3rd April 2017
"Mike you are missed, but never forgotten. love ya brother.
Posted by Julie Fady on 3rd April 2017
Not a day goes by that you are not thought of and missed.
Posted by Tompk Harrison on 3rd April 2017
Hi Jack and Julie, Love you guys so very much. It cannot be three years, can it? By now, Alex has become an expert fisherman under Mike's tutelidge. Never forgotten, kind man. Much love, PK and Tom
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 3rd April 2017
Seems so long ago - and yet sometimes like it was yesterday - since you were here!
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 11th July 2016
You would have loved your little granddaughter - she looks like a Townsend for sure....Miss you.
Posted by Bill Boynton on 3rd April 2016
Hey Mike, On the way home from Florida Margy and I heard many songs that made us think about you. We think of you all the time. Love ya brother.
Posted by Tompk Harrison on 10th July 2015
Hi Mike, Happy 66 in heaven. It has been 6 years and 6 months for Alex in heaven. This is not a coincidence and tells us you know each other there! My nephew attended your memorial fishing tournament. Your sis is the best. Please give AL a hug for us and keep teaching him more about fishing. Love, PK and Tom
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 10th July 2015
Happy Birthday Mike! You are still missed here! I got to meet your granddaughter this week...she has those BIG beautiful Townsend eyes! You would have loved her!
Posted by Julie Fady on 14th April 2015
Remembrance is found in the most beautiful trees that by the river now grow. Josh suggested these trees be planted. They have survived their first winter and will mark time forever with memory.
Posted by Bill Boynton on 3rd April 2015
Mike, We met Julie and Angie at the "spot" and drank a few Labatt’s and shared many memories. You might be gone but never forgotten. Bill & Margy
Posted by Tompk Harrison on 3rd April 2015
Hi Julie and fam, Can it really be a year? Seems so long and yet so short. Spring, fishing...Mike! One of his rocks sits in the living room and another in the kitchen. I assume by now that he has really upped Alex's fishing skills in heaven. Love you, PK and Tom ❤️
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 3rd April 2015
Julie, Josh, Kristen and family - My prayers go out to you all on this day - I am sure you are remembering Mike as I do...sorely missed! God Bless! Pam
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 3rd April 2015
Mike - you've been gone a whole year and there is still a big void where you lived, worked, laughed and loved! Missing you still!
Posted by Shari Bednarick on 3rd April 2015
Had some really good times with Mike and Annemarie. Will miss him. Sincerely, Shari & Gary Bednarick
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 2nd January 2015
Thinking of you this Christmas, Mike...miss you!
Posted by Bill Boynton on 21st December 2014
Mike you are on my mine. Thinking about you on the beach fishing and watching the waves.. I miss you my friend
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 10th July 2014
Happy Birthday Mike! You took the early retirement plan - I so miss you here!
Posted by Cheryl Samson on 10th July 2014
Warm, caring thoughts of Mike for his 65th birthdate. Remembering when I was the babysitter cousin. I was only 3 years older. Haha. Sending hugs to all for memories and great moments to help you through. Bill & Cheryl
Posted by Josh Townsend on 20th May 2014
Getting ready to head to Cadillac. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and bring my Dad back to the place he loved so much. He knew he belonged by the river, and that's where he'll be "Gone fishin."
Posted by Julie Fady on 8th May 2014
Jim Boyle- Golf Pro Cadillac Country Culb Cadillac Country Club recently lost a former Club President and Board Member with the passing of Mike Townsend. I first met Mike the day I interviewed and accepted the golf professional position at Cadillac. Before I met Mike he had already experienced some challenges to his health. Those challenges had affected Mike so much that I was once told that, "I had never met the real Mike Townsend." It wasn't easy for me to imagine the "real" Mike Townsend because I admired the one that I had come to know so much. Mike possessed a laid back personality that belied his trait of giving back to his community and our Club. Cadillac Country Club has always been fortunate to have members that are willing to volunteer their time and talents to our Club. People like that are hard to replace and Mike was one of those people. I will miss his words of encouragement. Rest in peace, Mike.
Posted by Anne Marie Townsend on 7th May 2014
I regret not having been able to spend more time with Michael ,and not getting to know him better.I am glad for the times we spent together, and the fishing and hunting stories we swapped.We both shared that love.His legacies are Kristen and Josh and I know they will carry his torch. Peace be with you my friend... Stephen Mack
Posted by Cheryl And Bill Samson on 7th May 2014
Aunt Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff, Saddened to hear of Mike's passing and know he bravely tried to battle his health issues. Gosh, Mike reminded us so much of Uncle Shag!! His quiet nature and love of golf, fishing etc. We know your memories will help you all. We send hugs & prayers.
Posted by Teresa Grant on 29th April 2014
Dear Townsend family. My deepest sympathy to all. Last fall I had the honor of visiting my Aunt Mary on a daily bases,she would talk about how in a previous house both Mike and brother Jeff would play with there match box cars on or in the fire place. Oh how that would upset her.Micheal was nine years my senior so we didn't grow up close. Micheal was a quiet but he was mischievous too! A man with a good heart that was taken to soon. Here is a poem that sums it up. I'M FREE. Don"t grieve for me ;for now I'm free.I'm following the path God has laid you see. I took his hand when I heard him call.I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared,a laugh a kiss, oh yes ,these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full. I savored much.Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don;t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God granted me now; He set me free.
Posted by Kris Townsend on 29th April 2014
So I have been thinking, and thinking about what I might say that would convey my feelings and my love for Mike. He adopted me somewhere around 11, I think. My Mother, Anne Marie married a kind, gentle man whose quiet demeanor was somewhat perplexing for a pre-teen adolescent girl. He never had a lot to say, but when he did it was meaningful and insightful. He was, for all practical purposes the only Father I have ever known. I can honestly say that I did not have full appreciation for Mike until I reached adulthood. His acceptance and tolerance of others was something to admire. Over the years, Mike and I had many discussions on various subjects. His advice, always sage and truthful. He weighed his words carefully, but gave it to me straight; knowing my weaknesses and strengths, embracing the child now grown. He loved my sarcastic sense of humor and we shared many a chuckle at the silliness of life. His self-deprecating style made him all the more real and loveable to me. I was thankful to be able to make the trip down to see him in his last few days. Julie was a rock, and I hope someone is as dedicated to me someday, as Julie was to Mike and his quality of life and care. Never was there a better sister in a great time of need. In the days since his passing I have talked with him every day trying to find peace and celebrate his freedom from all the ties that bound him here. I’ve had some angry moments, which they tell is normal. I had to venture to Cadillac on a day trip to pick something up a few weekends ago. He had a ratty old beach chair that was upstairs in the Shop…I took it with me and it makes me smile when I look at it. I posted a pic of him in that chair with Little Miss J. The surreal quality of this situation not lost on me or the rest of his loved ones and friends. I feel him with me. I miss him dearly. He will forever be in my head and in my heart.
Posted by Linda Chapman on 22nd April 2014
We express our heartfelt sympathy to the Townsend family. We have fond memories of time with our cousin, nephew and friend. Mike will never be forgotten. Aunt Doris Chapman, Linda Chapman and Bob Gates
Posted by Josh Townsend on 17th April 2014
Cadillac Evening News- Comments from Dana Vance Dear Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff, We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of the most honest, kind and sincere people we have ever met. The times our family shared with him will be treasured. The camping trips and fishing trips were great fun. I will never forget his dry sense of humor. His "McTowsend" will always be remembered and enjoyed at every camping trip in Mike's honor. Recipe: One fried egg, A couple pieces of fried bacon, toasted english muffin and the key ingredient is bar cheese, lots of it too! With love from, The Vance family (Dana, Jim, Rob, Brittany & Jamie)
Posted by Pamela Welliver on 16th April 2014
Julie, Josh, Kristen and Jordan....It was my privilege to work for and with Mike for almost 28 years. He was a kind man and rarely had anything bad to say about anyone. He taught me patience and restraint in my job, which is probably why I am still at Cadillac Printing. :) He taught me most of what I know about the printing world, and I really miss his presence on the other side of our little window. I know he has gone to a better place, and, as Julie said, he's fishing the rivers of heaven! So long Mike - I will see you on the other side.
Posted by Trapper Hogberg on 15th April 2014
Mike will surely be missed. I was shocked when I heard the news. He was a great man and a heck of a fisherman. He was a kind and gentle man who helped and supported my father when he was battling cancer. I am very appreciative for the friendship he and my father had and love hearing the stories of their adventures. The last time I saw him was a few years ago at my fathers wake and I see he did a great deal since then. I am glad he was able spend as much time with his loving family as he did. I know that he and my father are keeping tight lines up in Heaven! He and his family will be in my prayers. God bless, Trapper Hogberg
Posted by Anne Marie Townsend on 15th April 2014
DEATH takes the body.GOD takes our soul.Our minds hold the memories.Our hearts keep the LOVE.My faith lets me know we will meet again.You are greatly missed, but you will never be forgotten.
Posted by Patricia Hogberg on 15th April 2014
To Mike's family: I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was an amazing person who's smile, laugh and gentle spirit will be forever etched in my mind. The last time I saw Mike was at Hoag's wake in the summer of 2011. We had a really great visit! He was a true friend to Hoag and I just know they are spending time together fishing those beautiful waters in Heaven!
Posted by Mary Bell on 13th April 2014
My sympathy goes out to a very good neighbor. I will miss Mike and know that he is in a better place. Neighboring with the Townsends for over 50 years has been a pleasure. Mike will be missed as he spent time in the yard working on his boat, always a wave and a Hi to our family...to me. My sincere sympathy.
Posted by Julie Fady on 12th April 2014
From Cadillac Evening News comments-Vance Family Dear Mary, Julie, Jack and Jeff, We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of the most honest, kind and sincere people we have ever met. The times our family shared with him will be treasured. The camping trips and fishing trips were great fun. I will never forget his dry sense of humor. His "McTowsend" will always be remembered and enjoyed at every camping trip in Mike's honor. Recipe: One fried egg, A couple pieces of fried bacon, toasted english muffin and the key ingredient is bar cheese, lots of it too! With love from, The Vance family (Dana, Jim, Rob, Brittany & Jamie
Posted by Julie Fady on 12th April 2014
Cadillac Evening News -comments from tjo must admit that I was shocked to hear of Mike’s passing as I had no idea that he was so ill. I suppose that was the way he wanted it. “Shag” will be truly missed in this community. We were friendly competitors for over thirty years and schoolmates for many years before that. He was honest and gracious in his business dealings and genuinely liked by his customers, friends and this competitor. Bon voyage dear friend. tjo
Posted by Julie Fady on 12th April 2014
From Cadillac Evening News - comments Bill and Sue Cowin I am shocked to hear of Mike's passing. Mike and I pushed brooms at the Cadillac Printing Company on weekends during our high school years. Rest in peace old friend. Bill Cowin sue cowin
Posted by Shari Bednarick on 10th April 2014
It is with deep sympathy that we send this. We were neighbors with Mike & Annemarie in the 70's. We always liked Mike and had a good time with him. We knew Kristen at an early age. We are so very sorry and will keep him in our memories. With deepest sympathy, love, Gary & Shari Bednarick
Posted by Bill Shier on 9th April 2014
To the Townsend Family: I would like to express my Deepest Sympathies on learning of the passiing of Mike. Mike and I have known each other since Elementary School at Cass. We graduated together, went on to Ferris State University and both of us served in the US Navy. As an adult working at Cadillac State Bank I dealt with Mike almost on a daily basis for a lot of the Banks printing needs. I would see Mike occasionally at the Meijer Quick Checkout and we would stop and talk for a few minutes. About two years ago I cam across a picture of of Mike and I on the Cass School Track Team in 1960. I made a copy of theat photo and took it in to Cadillac Printing and gave it to him. You should have seen the smile on his face. Mike will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his classmates. "Rest In Peace Dear Friend."
Posted by Wayne Arnold on 9th April 2014
I came across this very sad news via Bill Shier, another Cass classmate. I lived down the street on Sunset Lane, from where Mike lived in our 6th thru 9th grade years - and especially summers. I would say Mike was the guy I hung around with most in those days. I remember he had an aluminum boat he kept down at the end of his street. Mike was always after his dad to buy him a larger motor, unsuccessfully. We thought racing other boats was high times back in the day. He and I, along with another neighborhood guy, Mike Graham (Michael G, as opposed to Michael T as we referred to them), taught ourselves to water ski, which we did continuously back in the days we weren't expected to have a regular job and were too young to drive. We used a 14 ft aluminum boat with a Merc 22 w. tiller steering. We were so light that the rig would pull us slalom with two in the boat. I think impressing the girls had something to do with it. We would all pool our lawn cutting money towards another 6 gallon boat gas fill at $2.50. They used a full quart of oil to the 6 gallon gas. Every time I smell that 2 stroke gas/oil smell out of the lake, it brings back those days. Many good memories. I caught a ride with Mike and his dad most mornings to Junior High, as his dad was on his way to the print shop. Mike was a very quiet, friendly guy. I always thought about touching base with him, but like so many other plans, did not. My loss. My memories of him are locked into those endless summer days many years ago.
Posted by Wayne Everett on 9th April 2014
To Mikes family my prayers are with you. I did not know of Mikes health problem, I was shocked to read of his passing, I really did not believe it. I joined my father in business in 1957, Shag was our printer, thru the years things changed, after 27 years in real estate, I bought out Lou's Printing, well my education started all over. Mike was a friend, competitor and peer, he was always willing to help me. (as well his the whole crew at Cadillac Printing). I almost went in to see him about 10 days ago, regarding my every other year of printing he and the guys and girls did for me, it is going to be hard in May to walk in the shop. One thing I remember, Mike telling me the story of taking Shag over to the camp in N.E. Michigan, which turned out to be Shags last trip there, the whole story was about love. I am sure those two guys are catching up right now, probably fishing or telling stories. I pray for Mikes family and extended family, but want you all to know, I am a better person from having the privilege knowing Mike and his father. "Wayne the Pain"
Posted by Josh Townsend on 9th April 2014
Thank you everybody for stopping by and paying respects to my father or recalling a story of growing up with him. I've always gotten a kick out of hearing about the old days in Cadillac and his time overseas. This last year has been a rough one but my dad tackled this challenge like he did any other, with strength and determination. We are all better people for getting to spend time with him and I feel great privilege in having had him as my father.
Posted by Joy Vandrie on 9th April 2014
As I think about Mike Townsend's passing, I am reminded of this quote, and I know he is able to say it... RIP 'When I stand before god at the end of my life, I would hope that I will not have a single bit of talent left, and could say 'I used everything you gave me.' - erma bombeck
Posted by Tom Klarquist on 9th April 2014
Julie and family.... It has been a long time since I have seen you, Julie, but I remember you as my first friend -- from church, to Kenwood, and beyond. My thoughts are with you and your family -- I know how much your family meant to my parents as well. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tom

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