My parents were so looking forward to welcoming you into our home and calling you family. My parents heard about Uncle Mike and what a big part you played in Carmen's family, and it was only a matter of time before they would meet you- time that we never ended up having.
I got to call you Uncle Mike officially for a day, but you had been Uncle Mike to me since the day I heard about you from Carmen, just like your mom very quickly became Nonna. I won't ever forget your big hug Christmas Eve night, the way you tried and succeeded to get me to drink more wine than usual, that you toasted mine and Carmen's engagement, and every single thing in-between. We wanted to ask you to shoot our engagement pictures- I had not seen your award-winning photographs until now, but we knew that the man behind the camera was special and we wanted you to be as much a part of our lives as possible.
I will miss seeing you at each baseball game I see with Carmen- the highlight of every game was seeing you after the game. There will be so much I will miss, and I'm sorry I never got to tell you how special it all was to me.
I had known you for a much shorter time than your family and friends, but if I loved you, I can only imagine the love that everyone around you felt for you and magnitude of the hole now left in their hearts. My condolences to Uncle Mike's friends and family, especially Daniel and David (you boys are part of my family now too), Mary, Dominic, Vienna, Michael, and Carmen- I'm always here for all of you, I love you xoxoxo
Eventhough over 25 years have passed since we worked together at Shoppers, Rexdale Plaza, I still vividly remember how proudly and lovingly you spoke about your brother Mike. I was very sad to read that he passed away. I offer you and your family my sincere condolences and pray that your memories will carry you through this difficult time. I know he'll always be near you.
The Toronto photo community has lost one of our very best and he can not be replaced. So many of us have been touched by Mike's kindness and grace. I will miss asking him about his boys and my heart breaks for them. Thank you Mike for all the times you helped me out (and there were many) . I am so grateful I played one round of golf last summer, my first in years, and Mike was part of that foursome. I got a new driver for Christmas in hopes that I could hit the ball as far as Mike. A true friend who we will all miss. Rest in peace Mike.
It has been said so many times already, Mike Cassese: a quiet, humble, talented, gentle man, with big picture wisdom, a helping hand, and a giving heart. What a life road map to leave for Daniel and David to follow...and his family, friends and colleagues too.
Mike was a good man. RIP Mike
Jays spring training,Mike Sun myself Star. End of day I'm having computer difficulties, Mike gladly solves my problems so his competition will not have a blank space in the sports section .When ever I met a group of photogs on the job always made a point of saying hullo to Mike first for good reason .