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Died just before midnight on October 4, 2013. Michael was born in Schenectady, NY in 1952 and is pre-deceased by his parents Thomas McKone and Phyllis McKone and his sister, Christine Schermerhorn, and his sister-in-law, Linda McKone.
He was a loving parent and is survived by his three children Jonna Elinor McKone, Michael Thomas McKone and Kyle Norman McKone, his sister, Patricia Hogan and his brothers Thomas, David, Brian, Kevin, and John. He was married to Karen Berney for 17 years. Michael graduated from preparatory school at The Hotchkiss School, followed by Brown University and then worked in Korea for General Electric Company. He received his Master's degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and worked in international development and sales with a focus on emerging markets and small business development. We remember he was most moved by his work in Haiti and Kosovo for governmental organizations like the World Bank.
Michael loved history, spy novels, The Rolling Stones, following the news and - inexplicably - crackers with butter on top. He traveled the world for his work, which reflected his passion, wanderlust and commitment. He was a proud Yankees fan and shared his love of sports and education with his three children along with curiosity and enthusiasm for life. He could swim the 200-meter butterfly with speed and grace, just like he could read and explain a book. He burned brightly, but not long enough for any of us. Dad, you have everywhere to go and everything in front of you because you are in a peaceful place.
A funeral mass was held Thursday, October 10 at 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady. Condolences can be sent to jonnamckone@gmail.com

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 2, 2013
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