ForeverMissed

April 26, 2019 — Earlier this evening, surrounded by family and loved ones, this giant of a man, Michael Streit -- my love, my partner, my champion – lost his valiant, year-long battle with colon cancer at the age of 46. Words cannot express the enormity of his loss for me and countless others he touched with his humor, wit, creative genius, and huge heart. Mike remained hopeful and optimistic up until he left our physical world to join a greater cause. I am thankful his pain and suffering are now over, and I am humbled and honored to have spent the last 12 years in love with my big bear. Mike challenged me, loved me, supported me; all which made me a better man. I know his spirit carries on through his creations and most importantly, through the people he loved. Remember him fondly as I will and laugh infectiously as Mike did, and live life most fully as Mike showed us all. Many thanks to the huge village of family and friends who aided in his care and to an incredible team of doctors, nurses, care providers from UCI, Hoag, City of Hope and Mayo Clinic.  

Please feel free to share any pictures or fond memories you have about Mike using the tabs above or the buttons to the right.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Mike's name, consider one of these below that were closest to his heart:

www.socalbulldogrescue.org

www.cancer.org

www.FIDM.edu

Love, 

John

Posted by Mary Suzukawa on May 7, 2020
Just one moment of gossip, one silly discussion and one big hug could give this gal and this world some rejuvenation.  I truly miss you and so many others do.  Forever loved!!!!. Forever remembered!  My sweet old lady magnet!!!!!
Posted by John Murphy on April 26, 2020
A year later after your tragic loss, the world seems even more topsy turvy. Yet, I know you are safe and healthy and playing with the pups.  I think of you every day and the memories fill my heart sweet man. Thank you for the years of joy together and the eternal memories. Love you ❤️
Posted by John Murphy on August 24, 2019
Happy Birthday Babe! You are in my thoughts, my heart and soul. I know you are with me every day and I feel it but I miss you. I will love you forever my sweet man. Love, John
Posted by John Murphy on May 27, 2019
You left me too soon Mikey... one month ago you transcended to a more peaceful place, pain free where you can swim in the ocean, play in the parks with all the puppies and breath full and deeply. The hole in my heart is huge, I miss you every second of the day and night. I miss your huge hugs, your even bigger smile and your playful ways...I am so grateful for you it hurts. I selfishly want you back by my side full of your trademark adventurous spirit. I love you sweet bear and will never stop. ❤️
Posted by Sharon Trimbo on May 18, 2019
I have been at a loss for words to adequately say how much Mike meant to Quin and I. Mike's hearty laughter and his zest for life was contagious and watching him enjoy his friends and family, with that big heart of his, taught me how to enjoy every moment that we have in this life.
Things that remind me of Mike:
•He was ALWAYS ready to refill my cup of cheer and him telling me to, "Drink your juice Shelby"
•Remembering the "Corn tortilla situation"
•He made a damn good Cosmo
•That time playing "Cards Against Humanity"
•Being a good papa to Bo and Mac
•His good intentions to actually workout (but he never cancelled on me)
•His sarcasm, but in a good way
There are so many more but what I remember the most was his big open heart. We love you Mike and always will.
Sharon and Quin Trimbo
Posted by Judy Ziccardi on May 17, 2019
I am so thankful that I had you in my life. We always had the best conversations, and you were always there to support all the people you cared about and loved . You had unbelievable talent and boundless ideas. I am really still at a loss and I miss you so very much.
Love,
Judy Ziccardi
Posted by Karen Bernert on May 17, 2019
So saddened by the loss of Michael, a gentle giant who was loved, adored and admired for many, many reasons. He brought so much joy and laughter to all the lives he touched. His warmth, his kindness, his humor, his talent, his smile, his passion, his energy and the sparkle in his eyes will be missed.
A gift to all that knew him !
Always in our hearts,
Karen & Rick Bernert
Posted by Andrew Maldonado on May 16, 2019
Your laughter and smile filled the room. We will miss you dearly. Thank you for the many years of friendship and applying your amazing design talent to our homes. We will be here to help take care of John.
Posted by Michelle Vittorie on May 10, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Michael for around 3 years. He was ALWAYS very pleasant, positive, cheerful, affable and it was a delight to be in his presence. I found him to be a bright, giving and caring man. 
May he rest in peace and may all of his friends and family members find solace and peace by remembering all their good times with this very gentle giant of a man. He will be missed by all that knew him, including myself.
Sending caring thoughts,
Michelle Vittorie
Posted by John Donnelly on May 9, 2019
I had the opportunity to do business with Michael for a few years . I remember him for his positive attitude, optimistic business sense, and his confidence, and his smile. He had a nice way of lightening the mood and making me feel comfortable , and it was easy to see he had a big heart.
Unfortunately for me, I had not seen Michael in a few years, Im so sad and sorry to hear of his passing.
I will remember him
John Donnelly
Posted by Suzie Berger on May 8, 2019
I have known Michael for a number of years now--I've lost count and how is it I Never realized we shared the same Birthday! August 24th---now I will never forget!--
I will miss you and know that you made an impression on me and my view of business--so glad to have had you in my life---and yes gone way to soon!
Love ya' and hugs to all the family--be strong and remember together all the love shared together!
Hugs---Suzie Berger
Posted by Donna Morris on May 8, 2019
John - while I never had the chance to meet Mike - it was a gift to learn about your adventures and incredible partnership.  There are no words to express the loss you have experienced.
My heartfelt condolences to you and Mike's extended family xo
Posted by Roy Ravenstahl on May 7, 2019
Taken from us way too soon, you were a shining star for the 46+ years you were amongst us. I miss our texts and will miss even more, the Thursday night dinners we shared in Palm Springs. Who will I have to race to get the last piece of bacon at our favorite bed and breakfast in Provincetown? I'm so honored to have made so many memories with you in Europe, Puerto Vallarta, Alaska, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston and Provincetown. Those memories I'll take with me until the day we meet again my dear friend. ❤️❤️
Posted by Mary Suzukawa on May 7, 2019
Our dear sweet Mike - i miss you everyday.  I miss your energy. I miss your laughter.  I miss your creativity. I miss your kindness. I miss your passion!   I miss your ability to get all of us moving.  I miss your cocktails, (even the ones I didn’t really like).  I also miss your silly bull dog posts.  I do have comfort in knowing that you were able to pile in every single day, two days of living. You are an amazing example of how to love, produce and share.  ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Cynthia Voss on May 6, 2019
Knowing Mike was a gift to our lives! I'll never forget when John first told me about him and their magical trip to Big Sur. I was so happy to see John truly happy again! I think in love already! We loved him when we met him too!
Larry and I have enjoyed completely our times with John and Mike...great great friends! Mike helping Larry rescue Mack when Mack tried to rescue Larry in the Patel house pool. Only Mike could call out Larry appropriately trying to influence his cards while playing Cards Against Humanity...OMG we laughed so hard! I don't think there was ever a time that we didn't have belly laughs with Mike! We are sad that we won't be seeing Mike for a while if heaven exists. I know that if it does exist he is lighting up the place with abundant joy!
Love you Mike!
Cynthia and Larry
Posted by Marilena Bocanfuso on May 6, 2019
Sallie and I are forever grateful to have had the pleasure of Mike designing our home. Being what some call a control freak, I was very reluctant to give Mike permission to select the furnishings for our home without our consult. But after walking through the house with Sallie and I, Mike transformed the rooms to our delight. I was amazed how he put it together like pieces of a puzzle: the furnishings just fit and it fit us. One of our prize possessions is a floral arrangement he made and gifted us. Mike, you’ll always be with us, and forever missed. We love you!

Michael had such an enormous laugh that was so endearing - you couldn’t help be drawn to it and him.
Posted by Suzanne Hord on May 5, 2019
Dearest family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of Michael. 
He was a great friend and boss for the few years I worked part time at California Style., and as his jewelry rep.
Michael & I had a lot of fun, laughs, & good times together.
He will be truly missed, and always in my heart.
Love,
Suzanne Hord and Tom Schick

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Posted by Mary Suzukawa on May 7, 2020
Just one moment of gossip, one silly discussion and one big hug could give this gal and this world some rejuvenation.  I truly miss you and so many others do.  Forever loved!!!!. Forever remembered!  My sweet old lady magnet!!!!!
Posted by John Murphy on April 26, 2020
A year later after your tragic loss, the world seems even more topsy turvy. Yet, I know you are safe and healthy and playing with the pups.  I think of you every day and the memories fill my heart sweet man. Thank you for the years of joy together and the eternal memories. Love you ❤️
Posted by John Murphy on August 24, 2019
Happy Birthday Babe! You are in my thoughts, my heart and soul. I know you are with me every day and I feel it but I miss you. I will love you forever my sweet man. Love, John
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My Special Buddy

Shared by Jonathan Wilson on May 17, 2019

I always looked forward to my evening phone calls from Mike when he was heading home to pick up Mac or driving to and from the desert and I still find myself waiting for him to call. He would always ask "how are the O.P's"? I first met John and Mike when they asked Jonathan to come by for a drink at the home they had just purchased in Deepwell. I really did not want to go but I am so glad I did because Mike and I really bonded and he always made me smile and laughed at all my stories. His joy and love of life was contagious and he brought such happiness to me. I really enjoyed it when he asked me to come to the Ritz and help get things ready for the big opening, everything had to be done a certain way, but then he would smile and you felt like a kid .

I'm just surprised at how often I get this sadness come over me when I realize that Mike is gone. Mike was so talented and he had a special way about him that made most conversations end up in laughter. We will both miss him so much and love him forever.

Your special friend,  Pierrette

Working with Michael

Shared by Karen Bernert on May 17, 2019

Some people come into our lives and stay for a while... but there are some that quickly go and leave footprints in our heart and we are never ever quite the same …

Michael was one of those people.

I met Michael in December of 2016, when he hired me to work at the new store he was opening at The Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage. I loved working with him … I admired his energy, his passion, and his amazing creativity ! At first, Michael intimidated me ( and I am not easily intimidated ). He was so particular about how everything had to be, which I understood so well … a trait I am guilty of myself. It always amazed me when he would come to the store each Thursday and everything seemed to be in perfect order ( or so I thought ) as he would zero in on one thing that, in his mind, was turned too much to the left or too little to the right and he would then make a slight adjustment that actually made it more perfect !  He would just flash that devilish smile at me and I would just shake my head. I looked forward to his visits each week, even though he drove me crazy. 

It didn’t take long for us to become friends. I remember early on he said to me one day … “Why don’t we go to the apparel mart in LA together” to which I replied “that would be great”. He responded “fabulous”, why don’t you drive to my house in Laguna and stay overnight and then we could drive to LA the next day”. Puzzled, I said … Why would I want to drive from Palm Springs to Laguna and stay at your house and then drive from there to LA when I can just drive from Palm springs to LA and meet you at The Mart, to which he replied “ because it would be FUN” !!!

Just listening to Michael laugh would make me laugh and listening to Michael make fun of me ( which he often did) would make us both laugh.

Michael touched my heart so much, that I always liked to think we had a special connection. I loved him, I adored him and was privileged to know him and be his friend … in my eyes, he was a gentle giant with charisma that was beyond !! He always called me his superstar, but know he thought all of us at the store were his superstars, each in our own way. When he got sick, I told him we were his angels and he loved that.

I will miss his laughter, his smile, his humor, out talks, him making fun of me and basically, everything about him – he was definitely extra special and his footprint will remain in my heart always and forever. 

A candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long… 

Michael certainly was a very bright light in so many lives.

Rest in peace my dear friend. 

Karen B

When we met...

Shared by John Murphy on May 9, 2019

Mike and I met through an on-line dating app.  We would message back and forth for a few weeks before actually meeting or speaking on the phone.  When we did finally agree to have lunch in Laguna Beach where he was living at the time, he called me that afternoon and left a message confirming our lunch.  His voice was very jolly and I thought this guy sounds really nice.  Having had several nightmare dates from the on-line app, I was ready to throw in the towel but proceeded with this lunch in hopes of meeting a normal guy.

We met at what is now Nick's across from Hotel Laguna.  I had lived in Laguna when I first moved to CA and knew my way around town.  I arrived early and decided to walk around the village.  As I rounded a corner a couple of blocks from the restaurant, I saw this guy at a distance walking toward me.  I was pretty sure this was the Mike I was meeting for lunch.  I had in my mind meeting at the restaurant as planned, not having a spontaneous meeting on the street.  What if he was odd, a jerk, or something else.  I suddenly got nervous and darted into a store that had two entrances on either side of the store.  That way I could escape out the other entrance and scoot up to the restaurant and get myself situated as I had wanted to appear cool and very relaxed! LOL

Well, he saw me suddenly dart into the store and told me some years later that he thought to himself as he made his way to the restaurant, "what a flake, yet another loser from on-line dating apps, he probably won't even show up...".  As he approached the restaurant, I was waiting outside acting real calm.  He flashed his famous smile and BAM! I realized we had met years before at a friend's BBQ and had hung out afterwards with one of his best girl friends.  I remember a spark from that time but I was not ready to date then, I was focused on my career and enjoyed being single.

Mike did not recognize me.  You see my hair had gotten a bit grayer over the years between our meeting (which he told me a few dates later!).  So we are enjoying the food and our conversation; it flowed like we had known each other for years.  Realizing he did not seem to recall meeting at the BBQ, I finally said, "You know, we actually met several years ago at a BBQ".  His big smile suddenly disappeared and he quickly excused himself to go to the restroom.  I was crushed.  I said to myself, "what a flake, yet another loser from on-line dating apps, he probably won't even come back..."!  

In fact, he did come back and was grinning ear to ear.  As he sat back down, he said he was sorry he jumped up so quickly, but he had to call that same best girl friend and let her know we had reconnected!  And there began what would be the most amazing partnership, filled with constant laughter, countless adventures and most importantly, a deep and lasting love.  

Love you forever Mikey!