Michael D. Houghton

South Nyack, Ny, New York

1943 - 2017 (Age 74)


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Houghton, Michael D.Michael Houghton, a used and rare bookseller, died Sunday at his home in Nyack. He was 74 and suffered from pulmonary and heart disease. His store, The Ben Franklin Bookshop, was a favorite destination for book lovers throughout the Metropolitan area for over 30 years. His...

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A wonderful friend who will be missed.

A sweet and gentle soul.

Michael was an inspiration for me beginning with our college days. So thoughtful, so gentle, so kind.

Seamus Mullen, So saddened to hear of Michaels passing. He was always in the moment whenever I met him on the street where both of our interests were totally consumed with old jazz albums. I was able to pick up a lot of information from him about our hobby. My son James, a music teacher in Westchester County was also impressed with Micks breath of knowledge. Mike was a man of high consciousness and thus this weighs heavily with the Lord. Our thoughts and condolences are with...

Remembering Michael fills my mind with such deep thoughts if pleasure and gratitude at his kindness and generosity and support of me both at times of turmoil and of great pleasure. For some time he was my "boss" in Upper Nyack.
His wisdom and warmth are part of my life as they surely are with so many others who knew him and loved him.

How happy are my memories of him walking proudly along the streets of Nyack with baby Emily in her stroller.


I will Miss his conversations and banter with me! I have a framed picture of the original bookstore hung above my bookshelf. I may even still have a $25. Gift certificate in my desk!

Tonight Michael I will raise a glass of Bushmills to your memory. You were a brilliant book dealer and I learned so much from you. Karen, Emily; I am sorry for your loss. He shall be missed. With much love and affection, Andrew Malin.

Thankful that I got to spend time with him and family awhile back in New York. He had inspired me to dive deeper into film/video making when I was younger. I had also heard of his travel to California which inspired me to travel and see new places this most recent summer. I wish I could have gotten to know him better, but appreciate the time we were able to share.

Michael was a gentleman, as if from some earlier gallant time, where books and conversation mattered. His face was full of a gentle, intense intelligence. I didn't see him often, but I feel sorrow at his loss. We both came from the backwaters of Ohio, so perhaps that has something to do with it. RIP