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Michael David (aka Jersey Mike), died suddenly in the early morning hours of November 18, 2012.
He was 36 years young. Michael lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Third Street Masonic Temple and grew up in Hasbrouck Heights where his Jersey roots were deeply ingrained in his heart.
He leaves behind his beloved daughter Kaiya Marie and precious son Lennon James. His departure from this earth was too soon, as he leaves behind his loving parents Bill and Kathy (nee Quirk) Van Jura of Hasbrouck Heights, cherished brothers Billy Van Jura of Poughkeepsie, New York, Christopher Van Jura of Hoboken, New Jersey and their wives Tina and Corinne, loving sister Veronica Van Jura of Hasbrouck Heights and adoring grandmother Vicki Van Jura of Hasbrouck Heights.
Michael's vibrant, affectionate personality will be missed by his niece Maeve and nephew John, his seven aunts, six uncles and numerous cousins.
His loss is deeply felt by the mothers of his children Patience Berdnick and Rachel Collins both of Pennsylvania.
His passing leaves an empty space in the lives of Jay Bowser, Erin Walter and numerous friends, musicians and tweeters in the central Pennsylvania social network scene.
Michael lived a life that was imbued with music from a very young age. His early love for music evolved into a passion that would define his adult life.
He became a familiar face on the music scene in Harrisburg initiating The Roundtable to determine ways to improve the musical venues in the city. Van Jura's efforts led to the development of Greenbelt Events which he headed, bringing vibrancy and life to the live music scene. Hailed as a visionary in local news stories, Van Jura's impact was tangible and his death is a blow to Harrisburg.
Michael also became involved in the needs of the Harrisburg community becoming a vocal critic of local politics that did not serve the citizens of the city. His Jersey Mike blog addressed the profound and the profane stimulating and inspiring others to action. He recently submitted his name to apply for a vacant council seat. Sadly, the city will never know what Mike's passion would have brought to this community. But as he might suggest, they should Hold Steady.
Funeral from Costa Memorial Home Boulevard and Central Ave. Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday at 9 AM. Funeral Liturgy from Corpus Christi R.C. Church Hasbrouck Heights at 10 AM. Interment following at St. Michael's Cemetery, South Hackensack. Visitation Wednesday 6-9 PM. and Friday 8 -10 PM. at the funeral home.
A foundation has been set up for Michael's children. Donations may be made to K & L Guardian Foundation c/o Jayson Bowser 1518 Green Street Harrisburg, PA 17102.
Costa Memorial Home
170 Central Avenue Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Published in The Record/Herald News on Nov. 20, 2012