ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Mike Lawrence, 44, born on December 12, 1966 and passed away on October 24, 2011. We will remember him forever.

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Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

December 12, 2022
December 12, 2022
You came into the physical world 56 years ago and you left us far too soon. I will forever miss you, and I think of you so often. For what it's worth:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
XOXOXO - Aunt Jean
December 12, 2022
December 12, 2022
Happy Birthday, ML!! Miss you! ❤️
October 24, 2022
October 24, 2022
Missing you! Lots of interesting changes have taken place in the family (and on the planet in general). I hope you’re finding them amusing! I wish you were here and happy. Love you sweet ML!!!
December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021
Wishing you were here to celebrate your birthday, ML! Miss you, cousin!
December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021
Miss you. Wish you were here with us so we could be celebrating your birthday. 
October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021
Things have changed so much in the last 10 years. You would not believe all the Marvel movies that have been made... I know you would have loved that!! Experiencing a global pandemic has been interesting, to say the least. The "kids" - Gwen, Malia, Madi and Kaden - have grown up so much, and are all very special in their own ways. 
I hope that your realm overlaps ours enough so that you can see what's going on. 
I wish you were here. I will forever miss you!!! 
p.s. Lisa, Traci and I will be visiting your niche today... perhaps you can join us.
XOXO - Aunt Jean
October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021
I cannot believe it has been 10 years since you left us. We miss you, ML. You were a wonderful cousin and I have so many great memories, but wish I could have had many, many more with you. ❤️
December 12, 2020
December 12, 2020
In the midst of COVID, on a cold and dreary day, I made the decision to not take flowers to your niche today, your birthday, for the first time since you left us. I set up a little shrine instead and am feeling really sad. I miss you dear boy. I will always miss you and love you. Holding with tradition, I do wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and many more… just not on this plane. XOXO
October 24, 2020
October 24, 2020
We brought flowers to you today, like we always do. It was Lisa, Traci and I this time. We miss you… we will always miss you. XOXO
December 12, 2019
December 12, 2019
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!!! XOXOXOXO - Aunt Jean
December 12, 2019
December 12, 2019
Thinking about you on the anniversary of your birthday. I miss you and your amazing smile, ML. ♥️
December 12, 2019
December 12, 2019
I really miss you. Your name comes up every single time I run across a former Cast Member. You will always be remembered.
October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019
You have been in my heart and on my mind today. You are missed!!!
December 12, 2018
December 12, 2018
Happy Birthday!! Thank you for being with us for the short time you were here in the flesh. You will forever be here with us in our hearts. 
Lots and Lots of Love!!!
December 12, 2018
December 12, 2018
Thinking of you on your birthday! We miss you!
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
Miss you, cousin. Wish you were here. Love you. XOXO
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
The world is a crazy place... I wish you were here to talk to about it. I will miss you always! XOXOXO - Aunt Jean
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
Miss you! Wishing you were with us still, ML.
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
We miss you every day and wish you could have stayed with us. We will always treasure the time we had with you. Mom & Dad
December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017
Happy Birthday ML!!! Love you and miss you lots!!! XOXO
December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017
Never forgotten... forever missed! Happy Birthday, ML.
October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017
I miss you ML and think of you often. I would love to be able to talk to you about some of the things going on in the world during these very strange times. I think you would have had some great insights to share. I will always Love You Lots and Lots.
October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017
Missing you, ML! Miss your smile and miss you teasing me and just miss your presence. I always was aware and could feel your love for all of those in your life. You were a wonderful cousin to me and I have many happy memories of times with you that I will treasure forever. Love and miss you!!!
December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016
Happy 50th Birthday, ML! You are forever loved, forever missed and forever remembered. XOXOXO...
October 25, 2016
October 25, 2016
It's hard to believe 5 years have gone by. You have been missed every single day. You're always on our minds and in our hearts -- and you always will be. XO
October 24, 2016
October 24, 2016
Hi ML ~ You are strongly on my mind during this bittersweet time of year. It is sweet, of course, because of all the Halloween family fun. It is oh so bitter because you are not here with us. I remember especially how wonderful you were to the little ones in the family. For all of us your absence is terrible, but for the children it seems especially sad because you were so wonderful with them. You were such a kind soul! I miss you!!!
October 24, 2016
October 24, 2016
You have been missed much over the past 5 years, ML. Thinking of you especially during this time of year. You will always be missed.

XOXOXO,
Your Cousin Lisa
December 12, 2015
December 12, 2015
Happy Birthday, ML. I'm sending you a BIG hug. I sure miss your great smile and wonderful hugs.
XOXOXOXO - Aunt Jean - XOXOXOXO
October 25, 2015
October 25, 2015
Missing you, ML!! Wish you had been at the annual family pumpkin carving party yesterday... not the same without you at our family events. Going to visit your niche today and think of fond memories I have of you! XOXO
October 24, 2015
October 24, 2015
I am so terribly sad that you aren't here with us today. i'm missing you a lot!!! There is a hole in our lives that can never be filled. XOXO
October 24, 2015
October 24, 2015
Funny how God works...I was just talking to my son about you today, telling him how nice and sweet you were, and how much I miss you. You'll always be remembered in my heart.
December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014
Happy Birthday, ML. I don't know if it will ever fully sink in that you are truly gone. Gone forever. Not coming back. I feel like you are just "away" but will be back again one day. That feeling is a little easier to handle; the thought that you will never be back is just too painful. I wish so badly that things had been different. That I wasn't writing this right now. That I'd be seeing you today to celebrate your birthday. I miss you, ML. I want you back.
December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014
Thinking about ML today and missing him very much. He brought so much joy to others, our last memory of him was the help he was giving his cousin for their annual Pumpkin carving party and his smiles as he decorated. He seemed so happy only to hear one week later that he was gone. So sad that he never realized how much his life impacted others, that he was so loved and now will be very missed. Our prayer is that he is finally at a peaceful rest. We also pray for all of those that are hurting today, missing him on his birthday.
December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014
Thinking of your today on your birthday, ML. Miss you and wish you were still with us. I see your wonderful smile every time I think of you. Love you cousin and celebrate you today!! XOXO
December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014
Happy Birthday, ML! Today I celebrate you and all the good and kind and gentle and feeling and funny and heart-felt that you brought into my life. Hope you are happy and I hope you feel loved. You are very much loved and missed - today and forever! XOXOXOXO Aunt Jean
October 24, 2014
October 24, 2014
I miss you so much, and love you. You will never be gone from my heart. XOXO
October 24, 2014
October 24, 2014
Thinking of your today. Can't believe it's been 3 years. We miss you, ML. You will always be in our hearts! XOXO
December 12, 2013
December 12, 2013
Happy Birthday, ML. My mom and I visited your niche again today. It still doesn't seem real. I hope you know how much you're loved and missed. And I hope you're having an amazing birthday celebration somewhere. Love you! XOXO ~ Traci
October 24, 2013
October 24, 2013
ML ~ You are strongly on my mind today. I can still picture your great smile so clearly, and that makes me smile... and cry. The family is not complete without you here with us. I will miss you always.
October 24, 2013
October 24, 2013
Two years too long, ML. Can't believe how much time has passed. Miss you!!
December 12, 2012
December 12, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ML! Although you are not here, we still will celebrate this day because it is the anniversary of when you were born. You are thought of often and missed so much by so many. 

With Much Love,
Your Cousin Lisa
December 12, 2012
December 12, 2012
12/12/12 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ML!!! What a great date to celebrate you. You know that the family would be taking you out tonight for a special dinner, and then there would be lots of hugs and a bunch of candles, singing, cake and ice cream. You would be the center of all our love and attention. Today we’ll be picturing your beautiful smile when we sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, (cha-cha-cha)!!!
December 12, 2012
December 12, 2012
Happy birthday ML! Missing you but thinking of your personality and smile makes me smile.
October 24, 2012
October 24, 2012
It is so difficult believing a year has gone by without you. You are thought of and missed often. The holidays, movie outings and every family gathering are just not the same without you. I know you are always with us in spirit. Missing you, ML...
June 9, 2012
June 9, 2012
Recently saw The Avengers movie and thought how sad it was not to be able to see it with you and to be able to get your feedback on what you thought about it. Miss you much, ML!
April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012
Easter has come and gone. The little ones had a great time. There were lots of eggs for them to find, and the Easter Bunny made the much anticipated annual appearance. I would like to think that you were present, too. There is a great photo on this website of you with the Easter Bunny… it’s the one that was on the screen when I entered the site. It made me smile and cry. I miss you!!
January 25, 2012
January 25, 2012
Grief is a willful thing. It enters my heart when I least expect it... 
I want to believe that you are here, still with us – but without any pain and sorrow. But mostly, I just want to be able to turn back the clock and do so many things differently so that you could still be here, in the flesh, with your family – where you belong.  XOXOXO ~ Aunt Jean
December 13, 2011
December 13, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ML!!!!!!! We had cake and ice cream for you today - and even sang a goofy birthday song. You were definitely on our minds and in our hearts. XOXO
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December 12, 2022
December 12, 2022
You came into the physical world 56 years ago and you left us far too soon. I will forever miss you, and I think of you so often. For what it's worth:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
XOXOXO - Aunt Jean
December 12, 2022
December 12, 2022
Happy Birthday, ML!! Miss you! ❤️
October 24, 2022
October 24, 2022
Missing you! Lots of interesting changes have taken place in the family (and on the planet in general). I hope you’re finding them amusing! I wish you were here and happy. Love you sweet ML!!!
Recent stories

A Good Man

July 3, 2012

I recently attended a service for another former D-Land custodial cast member and was doing some searches on the Internet and stumbled across this site.  I am very sad to discover the news of Mike’s passing. I worked with ML for a number of years at the park.  He was definitely one of the more easy going people in custodial and never seemed to let the work get to him.  I will always remember him as one of the most decent and caring people I worked with in my time at D-Land (which was quite a number of years as it turns out).  My belated prayers go out to ML’s family.

I Miss You

January 25, 2012

ML ~ Grief is a willful thing.  It enters my heart when I least expect it... at the movies, seeing someone on a bike or a motorcycle, noticing someone standing in a posture that reminds me of you.  You are strongly in my heart today and the tears make it a little difficult to type this, but I feel the need to share right now, in this moment.  I miss you and love you, ML, and I can’t imagine that the day will come when my heart doesn’t hurt for what you had to endure.  I want to believe that you can hear me when I talk to you.  I want to believe that you are here, still with us – but without any pain and sorrow.  But mostly, I just want to be able to turn back the clock and do so many things differently so that you could still be here, in the flesh, with your family – where you belong.

Always Willing to Lend a Helping Hand

November 29, 2011

ML was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He had been coming over to our new house once or twice a week to hang out, and always offered to help with any yard work that needed to be done.  Since our yard is much bigger than the one at our last house, I was happy to take him up on his offer.  :)  This photo was taken on July 24, 2011.  This particular day, my hubby put him to work mowing our lawn.  ML didn't complain... he was happy to do it.  If he was still around, I know he would have probably been over today, helping me water my potted plants and pull a few weeds.  It had become our weekly ritual.  Then we'd enjoy a nice cup of coffee, hang out and talk, maybe play some "Words with Friends," and wait for Mike to come home from work.  He'd always stay for dinner and watch a little TV with us before heading home.

I'll think of him every time I'm out in the yard, doing the things we used to do together.  When I look at this photo, I can picture him out there with me.  I wish we were able to have more of those times together....

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