Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Mike through my husband, Dolph, a professor at the Urban Studies program at Cleveland State. I believe that Mike may have been one of Dolph's students. I remember meeting Mike at the City Club, even after Dolph died of Alzheimer's Disease, now three+ years ago. He was always a kind, warm and interesting person, always asking about Dolph. My deep sympathy to you.

Posted by Dorothy Faller - Olmsted Falls, OH - Friend   September 30, 2020

A gentleman, a gentle man, and a friend. I am blessed to have known him.

Posted by Cheryl Hosek - Grafton, OH - friend   September 14, 2020

My sincere condolences, Georgia, on the passing of Mike. I saw the obit in the PD today, and quite frankly, it hit me emotionally right in the gut. We were pretty good friends as teenagers from our families both vacationing at the same fishing camp in Ontario, Canada. It was really "cool" that as far up in the Canadian north woods as we were, that we actually only lived a few miles away from each other on the west side of Cleveland. We had a lot of fun together--going out on a boat by ourselves for a day of fishing (I'm sure our parents were doubting their sanity for letting us do that at the age of 14 or 15) But we survived, albeit with a few mishaps the parents never found out about !! Over the years, there were occasions when we would see you & Mike---usually at a family/friends gathering---and always had a great time "catching up." Mike was a witty intelligent man (& a fun-loving mischievous kid---the epic "firecrackers" in Canada story), and I enjoyed every moment we ever spent together..... RIP, Mike. Wish we could have done Smoky Lake one more time, buddy !!

Posted by DALE LARCEY - MEDINA, OH - Friend   September 13, 2020

I will always associate Mike with his tight knit group of very diversified friends gathering so often at our favorite weekend spot . I thought of him as a real '"heady" friend, always current with things political in nature, and capable of a vigorous , informed discussion on any topic of your choice. To our mutual benefit, we jointly owned and occupied a double house, which allowed me to enjoy his friendship both from a personal and business basis. On only a handful of occasions over the past years had we crossed paths, so it came as a terrible shock to learn of his illness and passing. Very honored to have been amongst his friends. Connie an I send our deepest sympathies to Georgia.

Posted by Carl Kulas - Bay Village, RI - Friend   September 13, 2020

May the memories that you and Michael shared live forever in your heart. He was a very special man that I had the pleasure of knowing., he will be missed.

Posted by Mary Calabrese - Friend   September 11, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as we remember Michael. Mike will always be with us, he has left us his impressive legacy for others to follow. His passion for life, his love for Georgia, and his dedication to his career. He was a man of strong convictions and incredible strength and I will always cherish the times we had together.
God Bless
Bob Patton

Posted by Robert (Bob) Patton - Friend   September 11, 2020

In loving memory of a good friend who was true to his word.

Posted by Tony Passalacqua - Coworker   September 11, 2020

I remember Michael as the kind, smart, and witty man he was. I know he showed such courage and hope after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s. And I know that Georgia was right there by his side, fighting with him. Georgia and family, please accept my deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time❣❤. Rest in Heaven Michael

Posted by Tina Calogeras - Family   September 11, 2020