Michael Joseph Bosco Sexton
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 18, 1936
  • Place of birth:
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Date of passing: Aug 31, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Issaquah, Washington, United States
May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

After a long, courageous battle with illness, Michael passed with his family by his side shortly after 2pm Monday August 31. 

A Celebration Of Michael's Life followed by a reception will be held on Sunday October 4th 3-6pm in the Clubhouse at Tam O'Shanter Golf And Country Club 1313 183rd Ave NE Bellevue, WA 

In lieu of flowers please donate to Childhaven, Hopelink or the charity of your choice.

Michael Sexton, 78, born on September 18, 1936 and passed away on August 31, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Eddie Cooke on 31st August 2017

"Time has passed but you are still remembered - part of you is actually here."

This tribute was added by Heather Taylor on 31st August 2017

"I still miss you, your sunny smile, and up-beat attitude.  I have the photo of you and Frank in Vietman, and think how you two laughed, when we got together.  I have talked to Rita everyday for over two years now, and we get a lot of comfort from each other, as well a laughs, when we can, keeping it as sick as possible.   Cheers, and have one with us."

This tribute was added by Karl Sexton on 31st August 2017

"2 year on and I miss you every day Dad. United look very strong but its a long season. See what you can do up there!"

This tribute was added by Julie and Brian Porter on 31st August 2017

"Missing you a lot and think of you often."

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 31st August 2017

"Mr Sex. Hard to believe it's been two years since you headed to a better place. You would not believe all the crap and hatred going on in the country these days. As usual tonight at 1700 two Martinis will be poured and excuse me but I will consume both of them but one for you and one for me. SLAINTE  Mr Sick."

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 31st August 2016

"Sorry about the spelling of convinced. The white stuff is working."

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 31st August 2016

"Mr Sex,

I poured two Martinis tonight each with two olives. Guess who drank both of them? Ok, I did ask if you wanted mine but I drank them both and then made another one just in case.

Miss you and think about you not only when I have a Martini. Hope you have convienced the Saints upstairs by now to switch to Vodka and sent the Gin to hell.


Mr Sick"

This tribute was added by Karl Sexton on 31st August 2016

"A lot has happened in the year since you've been gone. Good things and bad things.  I've taken you home to Ireland where you're reunited with family. I'd wager that there's still some of you on Damians shoe... It ws a windy day! I know you don't really like crowds but I got you a great seat at the Camp Nou. You've got a nice view of the Lower Manhattan skyline too. Soon I'll be taking you back to Alaska where I'll make sure to set you up with some fine vistas. I miss you every day Dad. But no matter what may be happening at the moment, I know that you're with me always.  You are missed by many. Love you"

This tribute was added by Julie and Brian Porter on 31st August 2016

"You are never forgotten and still very missed Michael."

This tribute was added by paula head on 31st August 2016

"During this past year, there have been so many times I have thought of Michael - his laugh, his sarcasm, and the twinkle in his eyes.  What a pleasure it was for me to have him as my father-in-law!!"

This tribute was added by Eddie Cooke on 31st August 2016

"Gone but definitely not forgotten"

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 5th October 2015

"Mr Sex,

Well this afternoon was great. Lots of people came out not to say good by but we will see you later. Karl was fantastic and you would be very proud of how he organized the event. I'm sure Paula might argue the point but together they pulled off a great celebration of your life.

I hope my remarks didn't offend anybody but if if did screw them.

I didn't know you had that many friends. If I had to bet how many we're going to show up you would have won another bet from me.

As Humphrey Bogart said " Here's looking at you kid"

Mr Sick"

This tribute was added by Linda Chauvin on 29th September 2015

"What a joy to have known Mike as a fellow SKAL member in Seattle. His face always carried a smile and he was always ready with a witty quip or genuine inquiry about how one's life was going. Simply put, he was a lovely, lovely man, whom I was privileged to know. Kindest regards to Rita and family."

This tribute was added by Lee Stearns on 28th September 2015

"Mike was my mentor at HAL and a very wise and sincere friend.
He will be missed indeed.  My thoughts and prayers to Rita, Karl and Paul.  Lee S."

This tribute was added by Kelly Dean on 28th September 2015

"From the moment we all convened in Montis, Italy and I met Rita and Michael (MIL and FIL), I knew we were going to have fun with them involved. And it always was/is. Filled with abundance of cheer and laughter. Michael always had a kind word, beaming smile and wonderful story to tell."

This tribute was added by Joann Churchill on 23rd September 2015

"Dear Rita and family, I was terribly saddened when I heard of Mike's passing. He was the loveliest of men, and I feel blessed that I knew him. Surely, Herb greeted him on his arrival in heaven. Peace be with you."

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 22nd September 2015

"Mr. Sex

Just wanted to leave you a note ( I know your reading this) to remind you that the Rugby World Cup has started.You told me Japan has no right to be in the tournament and to bet the house on anybody who plays against Japan.

Well the greatest upset in the history of Rugby has happened and I am now homeless.  Japan was a 2,000 to 1 underdog to win the match.

Please ask St. Peter if he will admit a homeless guy from Florida.


Mr Sick"

This tribute was added by Rita Sexton on 19th September 2015

"Dear Rita and family,

We were deeply saddened by the news of Michael’s passing.  Joan and I remember fondly your stay in the Hudson Valley many years ago; and we enjoyed meeting Michael a few years ago at the Aer Lingus reunion hosted by Michael and Lorraine McKenna on board the Holland America liner in New York harbor. Aer Lingus and Holland America were fortunate to have him represent their companies and the travel industry.

May the wonderful memories of his full life help you and your family to carry on during this sad time.

Patrick and Joan Miskell"

This tribute was added by Rita Sexton on 19th September 2015

"Rita, Karl and Paul - I first met Mike over 40 years ago when we both worked for Aer Lingus (then Irish Airlines). His warm personality and sense of humor was a huge help to a  rookie in Sales (and a Pioneer at that!). He was always willing to give his advice and - many years later - he welcomed me into the Holland America fold.  "Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis"  - may his dear soul rest at God's right hand.  Deepest sympathy, Jim Burke"

This tribute was added by paula head on 19th September 2015

"Rita and I toasted in Michael's honor tonight.  It will be a pleasure to see many loving friends on October 4th.  There are so many caring thoughts and warm wishes being blessed on the Sexton crew at this time!"

This tribute was added by Gerald Bernhoft on 18th September 2015

"Rita, Karl and Paul,

As I type this I can so clearly hear Michael's voice in my ears!  I met Michael in 1984 when I first started with Holland America Line as the first Onboard Sales Manager.  I walked into the HAL office to meet Dick Van Hussen before heading out to the ms Noordam which was only 6 months old at the time.  Before leaving the office Dick brought me around to meet several key people at HAL.  The first were Margaret Binnendyk, Brian Porter and Michael.  I will never forget the warmth and welcome I received from Michael all those years ago.  That warmth and welcome from that gentle man remained the same each and every time I saw him over many decades!  Although we will all miss him, I thank God we had the honor to know him!


This tribute was added by Ed Cooke on 18th September 2015

"Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people, they always go away sooner or later. You can’t hold them anymore than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart. - B. Coville."

This tribute was added by Eddie Cooke on 18th September 2015

""When we were in Seattle in April, Michael was struggling on courageously probably knowing in his mind what the outcome would be. I hoped in my mind he would make it beyond his birthday and maybe see a new year. Michael was never late, always well on time. It's likely he knew it was time to join the ship on its forever voyage into wherever good people go. So long Michael and enjoy the cruise. It was great to have known you and have you as a Brother-in-law."


This tribute was added by Eddie Cooke on 17th September 2015

"“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

That is how I will remember Michael, he lived life to the full and always seemed to be smiling and joking through it. Many fond memories of himself and Rita's visits to my parents house, great laughs over a glass/bottles of wines. No doubt his telling one of his jokes up there now over a pint of Guinness.

We will miss you.

Lots of love to our lovely Aunt, Karl and Paul from
Cliodhna, Matt and Alice xxxxx"

This tribute was added by Niamh Martin on 17th September 2015

"To Rita, Karl, Paul & Paula wish we could be with you all at this sad time. We will miss mams baby brother and  our yearly meals in Auburn heights finished off with a few Guinness, Wine Whiskey and of course karaoke. Miss you our gentle Irish giant Love to you all xxx"

This tribute was added by Myles O'Byrne on 16th September 2015

"Dear   Rita  and Family,

We will all  miss  Mike's  wit and charm.    A gentleman in the truest sense.      Irish dinners and lunches won't be the same
Myles and Joan"

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 14th September 2015

"Mr S,

It's been two weeks since you left us and I'm still upset that you left us to early. I miss our phone calls, e-mails, text messages ( only the private ones) smoke signals, discussions about the Premier League, The Queen (I won't go there or Rita won't speak to me) Football games, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Holland American and many other things that only two sick minds like ours would understand.

However by now I'm sure you have a Travel Department set up in Heaven and I'm applying for a job in advance. We will call it the Devil and the Angel.

Miss you.

Kevin (The other Mr S)"

This tribute was added by Anne Lewis on 14th September 2015

"It was an honor and a pleasure to know Michael.  He always brought a smile to our faces no matter how poorly he was feeling.  He always had something clever or kind to say.  He will be missed.
Anne Lewis RN"

This tribute was added by Gary Troy on 13th September 2015

"Great memories Between the Sexton family and the Troy's, in Ireland and America"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 13th September 2015

"Rita and Family,

I know how fond my Dad was of Mike, his Wednesday coffee buddy.  Towards the end of my Dad's life there was only a few people Dad would let visit him and I know he enjoyed his visits with Mike.  

Right before my Dad died he asked me to contact Mike to have him help me fulfill my Dad's wishes to have his ashes scatter off a HAL ship in the seas of Alaska.  Mike was so gracious in making those connections for us so we could have a beautiful ceremony.  I'll never forget his help in that.  

I'm sure Mike is now in heaven and he and my Dad can have coffee time again......

Sending thoughts are with all of you and may God wrap his arms around you.  Lifting you all up in prayer.

Christine Klug Grmolyes"

This tribute was added by Gloria Lucky Congdon on 12th September 2015

"Although I didn't know Mike as long as Lucky did.  We both are grateful for those years of friendship.  Mike was the kindest man and a true gentleman. We shared some wonderful moments with he and Rita and will remember him with a deep love.  

"I cannot say, and I will not say that he is dead.  He is just away.
With a cherry smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And has left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you -oh, you who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead - he is just away."

Dear Rita,  we are here for you always,

Gloria & Lucky"

This tribute was added by Eddie Cooke on 12th September 2015

"We will always cherish the memories of happy times spent in Seattle and Ireland with Michael - he was a great friend and a very special brother-in-law who was always a pleasure to be with. (Will miss the email exchanges re Man United etc).

Eddie and Anna Cooke & Family"

This tribute was added by Rita Sexton on 10th September 2015

"I was lucky to see Mike at the old Travel guys lunch just a short time ago. We will miss him. Kevin Christian and Nancy Love"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 10th September 2015

"Dear Sexton Family,
He is going to missed, i spend the last couple of years helping Mike with De Lijn assoc. It was always a great pleasure. My sincere condolences , strength and blessings,
Edwin Hoenderdos"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 10th September 2015

"Back in the early 90's, I was blessed to begin a decade-long journey with an amazing group of people that felt more to me like an extended family as time passed.  This "place" was HALW.  When my job in Public Relations involved inter-acting with Mike, he was always approachable, kind, and helpful. Thank you Mike for sharing your wisdom and making my job more interesting.  I can see here that you were loved and respected by many....Cheerio!  Janis Goller-Bane"

This tribute was added by David Fenwick on 10th September 2015

"A good friend and one of the nicest men on the planet.  I'll miss talking to you about The Dubliners, EPL and European football, Paris and travel.  You will be truly missed.  SKAL!!"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

First Paul should read Karl. Sorry."

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"Dear Rita,Paul and Paula and Paul,
Our condolences with the passing of our friend Michael.
It was always a pleasure to meet him and to enjoy his wealth of wisdom especially in the world of travel.
He will be missed forever.
Willemina and Hans
Nicole, John and Charlotte
Marnix and Shelby"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"I only worked with Mike for 20 years at HAL in different departments, however it was always a pleasure to coordinate together the travel agents events during inaugural sailings. Both retired for 10+ years we became good friends having fun in founding and organizing Association 'De Lijn' and exchanging the positions of Chairman and President. His background as Director of Sales assisted in the fast growing of the association and his network in the Cruise Industry increased the F&F benefits to other Cruiselines.
Mike, you were the best and missed by all.
Your friend Hans"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"Your life is celebration for your family.
May you rest in peace and god bless your loved ones.

Mahendra and Suzette Sheth"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"Will never forget the trip Gwyn and I made with you, Mike and Jack and the German TA's through Alaska/Yukon. Mike gave me a great education on Alaska Tourism during that trip and I will never forget his welcoming ways. He was a true gentleman and friend and I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand".

Mr. Mike, you will be dearly missed. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I will always remember your smile and of course your wit.  May God Bless You.
Kyle Kleyn van de Poll"

This tribute was added by Hans Brinkhoff on 9th September 2015

"We were extremely saddened to learn of Mike's passing and send our heartfelt sympathy to Rita and family.  Mike was one of the best individuals I had the pleasure of working for over my career.  Thanks, Rita, for introducing me to Mike.

Janet and Larry Oliveri"

This tribute was added by Heather Taylor on 9th September 2015

"Michael was a dear, generous and fun.   He will be missed.  Love to Rita, Karl and Paul."

This tribute was added by Helga Kelly on 9th September 2015

"Our condolences to the family.  Mike will be missed.  He was a good friend and gentleman.
Walter and Helga"

This tribute was added by Paul Sexton on 9th September 2015

"I love you Dad and miss you terribly.  Thank you for the secondary education that you and Mom gave to Karl and I.  Travelling the world and seeing and learning things most of our friends might never see.  I hope they pour your Guinness correctly the first time every time you sit down for one.  Love you."

This tribute was added by Paul Woodley on 9th September 2015

"You and me da. True Dubliners.  Love rain down on us Michael."

This tribute was added by Henry Woodley on 8th September 2015

"One of a kind. A true original. A gentlemen and family man above all. We miss you and send our love to Rita, Karl and Paul."

This tribute was added by Brendan Walsh on 8th September 2015

"To Rita, Karl and Paul,            
We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing, R.I.P.  After 44 years we can see him clearly and his laughter will remain with us forever.  He was 'one in a billion'. We are so privileged to call Mike "friend".  Our last time together was on a cruise from Hong Kong to Sydney, of course on Holland- America.  We will never forget him!  Sincere sympathy,  Brendan, Christine & family"

This tribute was added by Victoria Childs on 8th September 2015

"Michael was an extraordinary man who we had the pleasure of knowing for the last nine plus years. He added a spark to our family gatherings. Michael, You are missed. Love, Victoria and Mike"

This tribute was added by Julie and Brian Porter on 8th September 2015

"More than forty years of friendship, from Miami to Seattle, developed more into a family relationship - you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Lafonda Williams on 8th September 2015

"Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away."

This tribute was added by Tait Lane on 8th September 2015

"To an amazing man that I felt honored to know. His humor, passion for life and love for Rita was inspiring! We will miss you"

This tribute was added by Kevin Carey on 7th September 2015

"We shared many, many great times together. Our two friends Mr.Guinness and Mr. Jameson have asked me to say we all miss you and love you.

Go mbeannai Dia dhuit.



This tribute was added by paula head on 3rd September 2015

"Your love and support will be forever in my memories, dearest FIL!"

This tribute was added by Karl Sexton on 3rd September 2015

"We miss you Dad. Thank you for showing us the world."

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