MICHAEL WAS MY DEAR FRIEND FOR SO MANY YEARS. HE ISN'T SUFFERING ANY MORE - HE IS AT PEACE. BLESS HIM AND MARY.
AUDREY KLIKOVAC, SALINAS, CALIFORNIA
We send condolences and prayers-a gentle giant has passed-Mike helped so many people and we are blessed to have known him and Mary.
Mary, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your loss. I remember fondly our trip to Sedona and the great time I had getting to know Michael while strolling from one end of Tlaquepaque to the other while you visited some galleries. Rest in Peace.
To the Byrnes and McKrell families...I remember Michael as a kind man; large in stature, great smile and a good heart :)
Bless his rich and gallant life and bless those who cared and supported him so lovingly - all heroes :)
Hugs and sympathies to all the McKrell family at this difficult transitional time. Sharing memories always seems to help, since those remain in our hearts forever. Sending many, many blessings to Michael's sons, to his grandchildren, to Mary, and to his brother, Patrick. -GP Radich
I am so sorry to read this. Mike and I followed one another from birth. Our dads were both in the army and stationed together in various places around the country and finally wound up in Rohnert Park when our dads were stationed in San Francisco. I have many fond memories of him. My family will be praying for you all. Jeff Worden
So sorry to hear about your brother Patrick. I'll never forget all the great times and trouble Mike and I got into while growing up. Singing along with Jan&Dean and the Beach Boys, riding our bikes (bicycles) through the 1/4 mile at the Cotati drag strip, double dating with the girls at SVHS, hitch hiking to school, and on and on. He was trully a great friend. I wish I could have known him later on in life, but geography just didn't allow it. He was a great guy then, and I'm sure he turned into an even grater man later on. Rest in peace my friend, you will be greatly missed.
I just want to say I remember Mike from our senior year I was going to Petaluma high school and he was going to St Vincent's. sadly I only had one real date in high school but it was with Mike and as a good friend he took me to a party. I never forgot that because he was so sweet to agree to take me and we had a great time. He was a complete gentleman. my prayers for his family his children and his friends. God bless you Mike may you find peace and love and surrounded by angels!
I worked with Mike during the 1990's at the Department of Corrections. He was a wonderful man and I'll never forget the good times we spent together. We held a mutual love of baseball and attended a couple games together when we happened to be traveling for business in Southern California at the same time. While at an Angel's game, with the score tied and the 9th inning approaching, I asked Mike if he was up for extra innings. His reply was, "I only paid for nine innings and that's all I'm watching." He always said something amusing and appropriate to the situation. He had a great mind. I'll never forget the quote and I'll never forget the man. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Mike way back in the late 60s. I worked at Memorial Hospital for several years with Mike's late dad, Jim McKrell, a great guy and a military hero. Jim was nothing less than extremely proud of Mike. In fact, before Mike began his career in corrections, Mike worked one summer in our department as a parts cleaner. I extend my condolences to Mike's family and many friends.
Mike was one of the most wonderful guys I had the fortune to work with! AND he made such GREAT tapes of fun music!! he made my work so much more pleasant. He was one of a kind. I am sad we never got to see him over the past 15 years.As we all retired many have lost connection..However he was in our hearts and when some of the retired CSRs from work got together this last summer. There was MUCH discussion about this great guy. To Mary and all of the family my thoughts, prayers, and love to you all during this very difficult time.
Mike was one of my first trainers in Classification Services in1995. He was a great guy! Rest in Peace Mike'
It always seems true that when you lose a friend or acquaintance, you begin to learn much more about him or her than you ever knew in all the years of your acquaintanceship. I expect this to happen with Michael's passing, too, when we gather to share stories. For now, what I knew was Michael's humorous side, his love of music, his surprisingly quiet voice for such a big man, his loyalty to friends, his long-lasting partnership with Mary, and his deep love (and admiration) for his sons and their families.
one of the finest men I have ever known. Thank you for being the wonderful person that you are, and for all the love and humor you always brought to our family. Thank you for the sincerity and seriousness you brought to the role of God father to Kai. He was always so grateful for the fact that you were his God father. Thank you for your good nature and patience. Thank you for being a great dad to your kids; and for being a wonderful husband to Mary. Thank you for your stoicism over the past 17 years. You have shown all of us what true bravery is.
I only hope that when we all meet again we will have as many laughs and joys as we did here. Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many.
God speed Michael. Please hug my boy for me. your favorite sister in law, Irene.
He was a wonderful older brother. He was a true addition to the Byrnes family. He made us all better. I learned just by his presence patience, rock & roll, fishing, loyalty, spiritualality.