Michael J. TATE
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TATE Michael J., 69, died Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born in New York City, the son of the late Hannah and George H. Tate. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he lettered in both Football and Baseball, and was a member of Sigma Chi. Mike also earned an MBA from Penn's Wharton School.During his forty-year business career, Mike held senior sales and marketing positions with the Colgate-Palmolive Company and several of its subsidiaries. Mike worked with Sports Endeavors' Team Sales Group in Hillsborough, NC until retirement.Mike was an active participant in youth athletics, coaching soccer and baseball in Durham. He was a supporter of Penn baseball and Duke University men's and women's soccer and Lacrosse programs. Mike was an Iron Duke, a member of Penn's Weightman Society, the Graduate Baseball and Sprint Football Clubs and the Varsity Club.Mike became a cheerleader for and supporter of other cancer patients. A smile, words of encouragement and Jimmy V's "Never Give Up" pep talk were all part of his heartfelt concern for others.Surviving are his wife Carol, sons Colin of Durham and Gregory of Baltimore; Peter and wife Koy of Ching Mai, Thailand; James and wife Kenia and grandchildren, Nicolas and Isabelle of Redding, CA; a brother Peter and wife Ronnie Tate of Princeton, NJ; and nieces Shannon Tate Freehart and Amanda Tate.Funeral 4 PM Wednesday, Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Donations to Duke University Cancer Center, c/o Dr. Jeffrey Crawford, Chief of Medical Oncology, DUMC Box 3476, Durham, NC 27710. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries

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Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 29, 2010.
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April 4, 2010
Although I never met Mike, I feel like I knew him well since his brother, Pete, also my classmate talked about him all the time. He was a person to be admired and provided inspiration to the younger ESB students. My condolences go to his family for this great loss.
Peter Getz
April 4, 2010
Peteer Getz
March 29, 2010
I just found out about Mike's passing and would like to offer my condolences to the family. I first met Mike when I was a sales manager for Umbro, and then worked with him again after I went to adidas. Mike was very bright - obviously very experienced in business and one of the "good guys". As someone who loves the sporting goods industry, I enjoyed listening to his stories and know that the industry has lost one of the true individuals that helped to shape it. Men like Mike cannot be replaced.
Alan Kissell
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