Mary Anne, the passing of Michael is a terrible loss for all of us and I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. Michael was truly loved by all and there are no words that can describe how much he will be missed. The memories of all the good times we had will be cherished forever. It was a privilege being his friend.
I managed the West Orange Mountain mens basketball team with Mike in 1963 and 1964. We was a friend and a mentor. He taught me much about life and about having a positive attitude. He was a great soul. Rest in peace my brother
I first met Mike when I was an assistant at De Paul - we went out to New Jersey to recruit Ron Norwood in 1974 - Mike was in the room with Ron when we walked in to do our home visit - we developed a friendship from that night on - what a great guy - he did know his basketball - we went back out East to recruit a lot of players - I have been out of college coaching for a long time but I well always remember Mike -
A wonderful man who accomplished many things in his life. I met him through basketball and grateful that I did.
Dearest Michael and Family,
Thank you for the countless lives you touched, including my own, here on Earth. You wore many transformational titles that I know you have taken with you to heaven and are changing lives there now. Selfishly, we miss you down here, but where you are now, you are free from polio and can spread your wings and fly that you have so deservingly earned. I love you my friend, coach, teacher, and mentor. Your amazing journey continues.