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Michael R. Bancroft

Obituary for Michael R. Bancroft

December 12, 1944 - August 3, 2020
| Age 75

Loving Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, Great-Uncle, Friend


Michael R. Bancroft, 75, of Rocky River, sailed to Heaven peacefully on August 3, 2020, surrounded by his devoted companion of 36 years and loving wife, Carol R. Gedeon and family members. Born December 12, 1944 in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the beloved son of the late Michael and Victoria Bacha, dear brother of Eileen Bacha, Karen (Robert) Day, James (Sarah) Bacha, Dr. David (Mary) Bacha, and Patricia Taylor, uncle, and great-uncle. After graduating from Western Reserve University with a B.A. in English, Mike taught at St. Joseph High School and worked at the Wall Street Journal as a copy editor. He then left Ohio for the glamour of travelling the world on merchant ships. Listening to Mike talk about his adventures as a merchant seaman revealed his yearning to be exposed to new places, people, and cultures and his desire to become a savvy and well-versed person. After 14 years of sailing, Michael earned his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University and began his legal career as a Cuyahoga County public defender, retiring in 2010 as a senior trial attorney. He enjoyed trying criminal cases and his voir dire (examination of prospective jurors) has been copied by many colleagues. An avid reader of the Wall Street Journal, Michael often quoted its articles. Kind to everyone he met, he made friends everywhere. He and Carol searched for and celebrated artistic, aesthetic, culinary, and ethnic experiences through travel to European and Middle Eastern countries, attending church festivals, enjoying the Ohio Light Opera at the College of Wooster, and browsing the endless aisles of flea markets. Relatives and friends will gather for a private Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 10 AM at St. Christopher Church, 20141 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116. A private visitation will be held at 9 AM at the church until the Mass. Private entombment at Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River. 440-333-9774

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