Michael William Mecklenburg
1958 - 2017
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Michael William Mecklenburg


Michael William Mecklenburg, 59, of Greenville, SC, died Friday, April 14, 2017.

Mike moved to Greenville from New York a decade ago to be closer to family after the death of his younger brother, Steve. Mike brought to the community a deep knowledge of architecture and design and he developed a passion for preserving Greenville's historical heritage. A volunteer generous with his time and expertise, Mike applied his understanding of historic preservation and urban planning to help make Greenville a better place to live.

Mike served on the Architectural Design Review Board for the City of Greenville. He was an active member of the Col. Elias Earle Historic District Association, serving as webmaster and past president. He previously served on the boards of Project Care and the Emrys Foundation, and he participated in the Greenville Police's Citizens Academy.

Born March 27, 1958 in Austin, TX, Mike grew up in France, where he attended the American School of Paris. He graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY with a BA degree and obtained a Master's in Historic Preservation from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York. Mike also held a Certificate in Fine/Studio Art from the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York.

After working briefly in advertising in New York City, Mike found his niche--architectural preservation--working for 22 years as project director for RESTORE, a not-for-profit educational corporation that offers educational services related to building conservation and preservation.

Mike had recently established a new not-for-profit organization that would have focused on Greenville's need for low income housing while preserving historic structures. He leaves behind a community that benefited enormously from his advocacy for smart growth and his knowledge of historical preservation.

An accomplished artist, Mike worked primarily in watercolors, and never went anywhere without his supplies. He often traveled to Maine in the summers, taking along his beloved dogs, stopping to paint land and waterscapes with friends he had met at the National Academy.

A gifted conversationalist, Mike enjoyed meeting new people, and enlivened many dinner parties. He was a voracious reader, who delighted in reading books aloud to children. He took great joy in debating ideas and having intense conversations about politics, history, design and urban planning, as well as the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" or "The Walking Dead."

Mike loved nature and animals, especially his dogs, Izzy, a Welsh Terrier and Nicky, a long wire-haired miniature dachshund. He cared for many animals over the course of his life, especially rescue and shelter dogs.

Mike cherished spending time with his family, and he was a doting uncle. He had an eclectic group of friends here and around the world. Mike is survived by his parents, William and Eleonore Mecklenburg of Naples, FL and Greenville, SC; a sister, Karen Petrosky (Wayne) of Matagorda, TX; his brother Will Mecklenburg (Catherine) of Greenville, SC and their children, Emma, Liam and Natalie; his sister-in-law Kathy Mecklenburg of McLean, VA and her children, Anne Charlotte (Will Hopkins), William Mecklenburg and Stephan Mecklenburg. He is predeceased by his brother, Stephen Mecklenburg.

Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at The Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Dr., Greenville. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Interment in Arlington, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenville County Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Rd., Greenville, SC 29609.

Online guest registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com

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Published in The Greenville News on Apr. 20, 2017.
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April 11, 2019
We're thinking of Mike this week, a sad anniversary. Mike would have liked knowing that our North Main neighborhood has kept his community spirit alive with the beautiful mural, at W. Stone and N. Main streets, inspired by his landscapes. Our family wishes the Mecklenburgs peace this week and always.
Mindy Young
November 27, 2017
We just learned of Mike's ascension when our Chautauqua History Alive Thanksgiving card was returned. He will be missed from our audience.
Caroline McIntyre for Greenville Chautauqua
Greenville Chautauqua
May 5, 2017
I was so sad after learning is death. We have met in Ontario, we shared the love of Teckels. I really enjoyed spending time with him in Québec when he came over. My condolences to Mike's family and friends.
La Branche Louise
April 28, 2017
I met mike on a couple of occasions at his parents home in Naples fl. He was a very soft spoken kind hearted guy. The kind of person you would enjoy spending time with. May god bless his loving parents and family .
J. Cunha
April 23, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Mike's death. I didn't know his last name but when I saw his photo, realized we had met. I specifically remember when he brought his new puppy, Nicky, to the DL meetings on Thursday evenings during the summer months at The Handlebar. Being a dog lover myself I specifically remember these times. I will miss Mike. He was always there with a smile. He had a gentle soul.
Genie Murphy
April 23, 2017
God bless you sweet friend.... I shall miss the friendship we would have had... ! Ciao Bellisimo... sooo much love to you.... cheers.... :(...
April 20, 2017
I am so sad, I will always miss a warm, thoughtful, and great friend in Mike. I send my deepest sympathies to his family, about whom he spoke so warmly and lovingly, and to his extended circle of friends. With love,
Ian Shapiro
April 20, 2017
I will miss seeing Mike around town. As so many of us suffer together this loss of a friend, I'll always recall his love of his dogs and the love of art that we shared. I'll remember occasionally blocking the grocery isle in Publix for an extended talk about whatever would come up at the time. Condolences to Mike's family.
Joel Wilkinson
April 20, 2017
Karen, Praying for you and your family.
Kathy Shelly
April 20, 2017
What a loss. I feel so sad, especially for Mike's family. He cared so much for you, and you for him. There are no words to make this better. I feel tremendous anger, disbelief, cynicism and impotence along with the pain. Forgiveness will not come easily. Forgetting will never come.

Mike was unique. What a tremendous mind. He had so much creative energy, so much knowledge, and such a strong desire to make a difference. He would have scolded me for my cynicism, for he was always optimistic and able to see the good, or at least the potential for good, in everyone. His curiosity was unbounded. His enthusiasm was both energizing and infectious.

Mike was a great friend. We shared an apartment during sophomore year in college. Mike was just beginning to acclimate to American culture at that time, and though at first he was appalled by much of it, he gradually became fascinated with it, as he did with nearly everything. We had many long conversations, deep into the night, when we probably should have been studying, but we learned so much from each other, particularly me from him.

I owe so much to him and will sorely miss him.
Rob Shively
April 20, 2017
Condolences to the family, friends and community as he rest with the Father and may His family know peace!
Gwen Jackson
April 20, 2017
We'll miss Mike! I always loved conversations with him and appreciated how pragmatic and fair he was in looking at every issue. He was the person who kept our community tied to city planning and the big picture. He also was an incredibly kind and considerate person, always looking out for his family, neighbors, and friends. Mindy and Craig Young
Melinda Young
April 20, 2017
Mike Mecklenburg's Friend
Mike came to Greenville ready to work and to get involved. I am blessed to have met Mike and worked with him in the City. He was a great ally when his street was in the current District that I represent. Mike continued to be in contact with me and I appreciated his passion, enthusiasm for service and kind heart. Mike will be greatly missed but his memory will not be erased. Lillian
Lillian Brock Flemming
April 20, 2017
Lillian Brock Flemming
April 20, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the family. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day. - Ps 145:18,19
April 20, 2017
There are no words to describe just how much Mike will be missed by his friends and the community. Mike was a joy to be around...always ready for a discussion but even when he disagreed with you, it was always with a smile. His passion for art, his beloved pets, his family and his community made him a very special person. He will be greatly missed, but may his light continue to shine.
Phyllis and Jim Gilreath
April 20, 2017
My cousin Mike from USA - now he es dead!
I can not find words that can express my sad feelings. But, only who is forgotten is really dead!
I will always remember our children's days and years of youth, in which we have spent a lot of fun together!
Brigitte Dembinski
April 19, 2017
Your Friends In The Greenville Community
April 19, 2017
We will miss our porch chats with Mike this Spring. He would walk by with his beloved dogs and our talks would range from pet protection to Russian relics. Our yard has pine needles instead of grass because of his knowledge of the environment. With Mike, you never knew what subject or debate might arise but it was always fun. He enriched our community and will be remembered with joy.
Grant and Jan Hursey
April 18, 2017
When I first met Mike, I knew instantly he was a special person. Not only was his passion for history inspiring, but also it was obvious to me that he was a caring person who loved to help others. These are traits I so admire. I'm truly heartbroken that he is no longer with us. To Mike's family: There are so many people in our community grieving with you. I only hope knowing how many people he touched in positive ways might somehow lessen your burden. Blessed be.
Josephine McMullen
April 17, 2017
What a wonderful guy. In the precious few minutes I was able to speak to him at a friend's party, I really connected with a warm, talented and passionate artist.
My heart is broken for his family in their of grief.
Owen Riley
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