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Garfield Michael Springer entered eternal life on Monday, June 1, 2020, at sunrise. Born October 21, 1957. He is the 4th child and second son of Garfield Springer and Finis L. Williamson. Garfield Michael was preceded in death by his father, Garfield Springer; paternal and maternal grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michael leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Finis L. Springer; seven siblings, Julia (Ken Spiller), Carlton (Kathy), Dominique (Xavier Pruitt), Pearlette, Daniel (Jeanette), John (Valerie), and Andrew (June) Springer; 38 nieces and nephews; 4 aunts, 3 uncles, close friends Shep Brown and Francise Brown; many cousins, and a multitude of friends, including the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Visitation Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 West 11th Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at SS. Monica & Luke Catholic Church, 640 Rhode Island St., Gary, IN 46402. Memorials may be made to SS. Monica & Luke Soup Kitchen.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Jun. 5 to Jun. 7, 2020.
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June 12, 2020
Garfield Michael is my beloved cousin. Hard to believe he is gone. Praying for his Mom, Finis (my Mom's best friend since high school) and sisters / brothers for God's perfect comfort and healing right now. Love you Springer family! Tracy and Mom (Gladys Morgan)
Tracy Morgan-Moton
Family
June 8, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the family. May you take comfort in loving memory and the friends and family that surround you.
Harold & Geraldine Brown; LaKia & Terrance Durousseau
June 8, 2020
The world has lost a wonderful person, and I have lost a friend and very giving co-worker. Before becoming a ticket taker, Michael worked on Dress Circle. He was so easy going and cooperative, it was a pleasure to work beside him. We interacted frequently because Michael would do programs and/or inserts for every performance. Whenever there were inserts Michael would always help me. Every time I would thank him, his answer was always "I'm a team player." To him it was the natural thing to do. Michael also drove me home a couple of times in his fabulous sports car, even though it was completely out of his way. Whenever he changed his sports car, and he would drive it in on a Saturday, he would give me a ride around the Lincoln Center neighborhood. He even offered me the chance to drive them.
I'm glad that I expressed my appreciation of him, to him, on a regular basis. Also, just before he left us, that I was able to tell him that he is one of the nicest people that I have ever met and that I love him.
I will miss his nightly greeting and his mild manner.
My deepest condolences to Michael's entire family. May wonderful memories of him be a consolation to you.
Vivian Goldring
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June 8, 2020
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Barbara Beck Camacho
June 8, 2020
Dear Springer family - Michael will be missed, as a colleague, as a true gentleman and as a friend! We both had the honor of working with Michael at MSKCC - his dedication, his respect for all, his caring & steady presence will always be remembered.
With deepest sympathies
Barbara & Carlos Camacho
Barbara Beck Camacho
Coworker
June 8, 2020
Dear Springer family - Michael will be missed, as a colleague, as a true gentleman and as a friend! We both had the honor of working with Michael at MSKCC - his dedication, his respect for all, his caring & steady presence will always be remembered.
With deepest sympathies
Barbara & Carlos Camacho
Barbara Beck Camacho
Coworker
June 8, 2020
My condolences and prayers go out to the Springer family. I was saddened to hear of Michaels death. He was one of a kind, always polite, friendly and willing to help if you needed assistance. He will be greatly missed by all.
Moné Switzer
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June 8, 2020
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June 8, 2020
To Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Springer and extended Family: May you find the Lord's covering beneath you is his strength and security and around you are his arms of love. Our Love and Prayers are with you.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Jackson
Friend
June 7, 2020
Springer and I
Cherri Celestain
Coworker
June 7, 2020
My birthday
Cherri Celestain
Coworker
June 7, 2020
To the Springer Family:

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

I don't know where to begin, but Mike was an exemplary individual when it came to the Department of Pharmacy. He was the "go to guy" because everyone knew, he would get the job done. Our bond became stronger when he discovered a health condition similar to mine. I pushed him to take his meds and keep his appointments or I would threaten to call him mom. He often jokingly called my children, his children because he watched them grow up over the 23 years that I've worked with him. Everyday, since he has transitioned, I think about every conversation that we've had up until a couple days before he was discharged from the hospital. Before he hung up the phone, he said, "I love you!"
Cherri Celestain
Coworker
June 7, 2020
I am saddened by the passing of Garfield Michael Springer. He was a friend indeed. On a couple of occasions he treated me and my kids and a couple other mothers and their families from my children's after school to movie tickets. My kids were very happy to be going to the movies with their friends. But what I am eternally grateful to Michael for was his friendship and ready willingness to be a help. On May 18th 2000, I'd dropped my children off at school across from Memorial Sloan Kettering were Michael and I both worked, and went for a checkup at my obstetrician. I was admitted. Already Michael had offered to help, and so I called on him. He picked up my daughters from school at 3pm, and left work early to bring them to the hospital in Brooklyn. That day he was my angel and my hero. My third daughter was born hours later, and I am grateful to him for his help. My daughters were sad to hear of his passing. Rest in peace, Michael. You were loved, and will be missed. My prayers and condolences to his family.
Laura Belizario
Coworker
June 7, 2020
I didn't know him but heard nothing but very good things about him as a person my Condolences to the Family Eva Rollins and Cecil Rollins
Eva Rollins
Friend
June 7, 2020
A person may never know how they've touched you or been an example in your life. Michael, or Mr Springer!! as I would call to him as he sat on the corner of the couch at the Metropolitan Opera North TV Lounge, was the epitome of peaceful existence. I never once saw him upset or overwhelmed and I wish I had the same quiet demeanor that he always showed, but alas, my latin blood refuses to remain calm sometimes. I wish to be like Michael in this way and will try to live up to his example whenever I can.

My most sincere condolences to The Springer Family, your son, our friend, will be greatly missed.

RIP, Mr Springer!!
Ricky Taveras
Coworker
June 7, 2020
Last Fall, An usher friend said to me, I have someone you have to meet!" I think I remember that it was during an intermission. We raced, from our place in the Family Circle to the orchestra level, where I met a tall, well taller than I, handsome man with round cheeks and sparkling eyes. I left that first meeting, with Michael's joy and sparkle resonating in my heart and mind. I wondered why my usher friend hadn't introduced us before this. I met Michael a few times, too few times, after that, and the last time was New Year's Eve. When my usher friend e-mailed the other day, about Michael's sad passing , It hit me as if he had been a long time friend. I can only imagine the grief of his family and long time friends. I am so very sorry, so very sad. I pray we all remember the joy and light, along with the sorrow of his loss.
Leslie A Miller
Acquaintance
June 7, 2020
My Beloved Cousin!!! Garfield Micheal my heart has been hurting and the pain is not going away any time soon! I was blessed to hear you smile and enjoyed are daily talks even though you were not feeling well there was so much to talk about and so little time!! You were a wonderful childhood friend!! I loved how you always made time to speak with me when ever you had the chance!! I smile because you are my Cousin and my friend!!If Tears could a Stairway and Memories were a Lane to Heaven I would Walk Right Up There and Bring You Back Home Again!!!Missing You So So Much!! Many Prayers and hugs are being sent to my Aunt Finis and all your Brothers and Sisters I know the loss of a sibling and of a Son!!I am so Blessed to know God Answered the Prayer we prayed together to get you home to be with your Family!!! God completed your plan so happy you are safe in his arms Enjoy your Heavenly Home So many of Us will miss your Smiling Face!! At Your Best You Are Love A positive and Motivating Force in my Life and The Lives Of Those You Touched!! I am going to Miss You Cousin!!!
Tonirena Armant-Mobley
Family
June 6, 2020
I knew Michael for 13 years, since I started working in MSKCC. Its hard to accept the fact he is physically gone, but he will remain in all our hearts with fond memories. He was a loving, caring person who had good taste in clothes, accessories, cars and house . He was happy with his flip phone, ate snacks more than real meal (tuna on crackers or chips).Whenever we had small parties, he was the last people to come and get the food or we bring it to him . He volunteered to help whether its work related or financially. He loved to reorganize things and surprise us the next day .He was always excited to visit his mom and his siblings which was his vacation.

Some of his regular quotes were
1. No problem, i will take care of it
2. Si, its yes in English
3. I am a christian man
4. Its on order
We will miss him alot .Praying to God to give everyone the strength .

Psalm 147:3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Jaison Kuruvilla
Coworker
June 6, 2020
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June 6, 2020
A good uncle
Scott Lindsey
Acquaintance
June 6, 2020
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Troy Harrington
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June 6, 2020
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June 6, 2020
My deepest sympathy to The Springer family. Michael was a great person,selfless, intelligent and a terrific hard worker. Michael was a LEAD Pharmacy Technician. He managed our pharmacy technicians at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. An outstanding manager.
Michael will be missed. Michael is with our Lord.
Jeanne Dong
Coworker
June 6, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Springer family. I attended St. Monica with Michael. I remember him being a kind person with a good heart. God Bless!!
Rita Waddell Green
Classmate
June 6, 2020
I , Alethea Tyrrell worked with Michael at Memorial Sloan for 18 years . He was a jolly, warm, loving and a dedicated working young man. He will be missed. My prayers goes out to the family. Michael RIP and Rise in glory
Alethea L Tyrrell
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June 6, 2020
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June 6, 2020
Pearlette, you and your family are in my prayers. Please accept my condolences. Sister Sue Paweski, SP
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June 6, 2020
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It saddened me to hear of Michaels passing. I have always admired his intelligence, creativity & his readiness to lend a hand. I miss you. Michael is resting in peace with our Lord in eternity.
My deepest sympathy to the Springers family. Memories of Michael is what we will hold on to.
Jeanne Dong
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June 6, 2020
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June 5, 2020
I loved working with Michael. He was always so pleasant and amusing. I will always cherish my memories of him . May he rest in eternal peace. My condolences to the family on such a loss.
Michael- thanks for always holding the train for me and may you always be - Usher of SHIELD.
Avelino (Avo) Asencio
Coworker
June 5, 2020
Michael (Garfield) Springer and I knew each other through our job at The Met. We worked together for years, many of them in the same role; we were both ticket takers. But, he was more than a co-worker. He was a friend and a truly inspiring person, and there's much from our relationship that I carry with me as I move forward with my life.

When I would get worked up about something that wasn't handled well or a badly-behaving ticket holder, Michael's response was always the same. He would say in his calm, gentle voice, "That's OK." And he would proceed to explain to me how I could keep myself from getting so bent out of shape. Usually those sentences began with, "I just...." And he would describe how he handled similar situations without so much fuss. Michael always led by example, and even though I moved from my job at The Met to a new job last year, I can still hear his voice in my head. When I start getting worked up about something going on in my new job, I hear his calm voice, "That's OK." And I take a breath and try to think about how he would react to whatever relatively minor annoyance had just presented itself.

When I was first getting to know Michael, I thought that he was too nice to people, and I didn't like seeing what I perceived as people taking advantage of him. I wondered why he let them do that, and I think I saw it as some kind of weakness. As I got to know him better, I came to see how wrong I was. Michael was very smart. He knew what was what, and he absolutely saw people for who they were. But, he had near-infinite patience with people and their failings. (And I'm sure he had patience with plenty of mine that he never told me he had noticed.) I only know of one instance in which someone made him angry, and even that situation was handled with grace and calm (and not a bit of weakness).

Another thing Michael often said was that he was trying to get our staff to work together as a team. He thought we'd all be better off if we helped each other, and he was determined to set the example. His helpfulness and generosity were seemingly without limit, and he believed that the rest of us would eventually catch on and behave in the same way. As he and I got closer, I had to figure out ways to be sneaky enough to prevent him from taking my work on his shoulders and find ways to try to reciprocate in some small measure the generosity and helpfulness that he offered so freely. Looking back on it, perhaps I wasn't really being so sneaky, but rather proving Michael's point-- that we really could learn how to work as a team.

On top of this, his many words of kindness and encouragement, our laughs (including those that often followed when we continued to call each other "darling" after our workplace sexual harassment training made clear that that behavior was not acceptable), and our moments of quiet understanding made for a friendship I cherished.

After leaving The Met last September, I visited on several occasions and always made sure to track Michael down for a hug. The last time I saw him (and hugged him) was in late December, and I had no inkling that it would be my last opportunity. I can only hope I was half the friend to him that he was to me.
Chris Tidrick
Friend
June 5, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Ellen Patton-Carter
Classmate
June 5, 2020
Michael was a kind man and a gentle soul.
He knew what mattered.

My warmest sympathies to his family and friends...
Jackie Archis
Coworker
June 5, 2020
Michael was a kind man, a gentle soul. He knew what mattered.

My warmest sympathies to his family and friends...
Jackie Archis
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June 5, 2020
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June 5, 2020
To Finis and family.... I worked at Spaulding School with Finis and she spoke with so much pride about her family. I am just so sorry to hear about the loss of Michael. You have my sincerest and deepest sympathy.
Natalie P Stewart
Friend
June 5, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to Mrs. Springer and Family on the loss of son and brother. Its hard to let a loved one go but let memories warm your heart. My fondest memory is how Garfield reached out to my daughter when she moved to New Jersey/NYC. Will always be grateful. Rest In Peace.
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June 5, 2020
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June 5, 2020
It was an honor knowing and working with Michael. He was one of the most genuine, selfless and kind individual I've ever met. His passing has left a void within our MSK family. Our condolences to his family and friends for their loss.
King Him Poon
Coworker
June 5, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Christopher Joseph
Coworker
June 5, 2020
my heart is hurt because I have only known uncle Mike for a short time but seems as if it was longer. Love his spirit and kindness. He will truly be missed but will forever be in our hearts ♥. Prayers for the family love you all.
Yvette Springer
Family
June 4, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Emma Jimenez
Coworker
June 4, 2020
To Mrs. Finis Springer and the Springer Family. So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this hour of sadness.
Patricia Fointno
Friend
June 4, 2020
Certainly one of the most congenial gentleman I've ever met. A patient listener, a compassionate soul, a humorous spirit. He never let on about his sufferings, and this made him an example of courage to everyone. The world is a much sadder place without him.
Henry. Cuevas
June 4, 2020
Pearlette, Mrs. Springer, you are going through so much. Im with you in spirit, as drained as we all are. I pray for the repose of your brother and son. My prayers are with you.
Valda D. Staton
Friend
June 4, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. RIP Mikey its not going to be the same without you. Until we meet again Cheers!!
Christopher Joseph
Coworker
June 4, 2020
In loving memory of an amazing person inside and out. I have so many great memories with you I will forever Cherish. You used to call me your granddaughter and I used to call you grandpa and it stuck for many years, where people used to believe its true especially in my second job. When they saw you theyd call me on the radio and say my grandpa was in the building.

Im definitely going to miss picking you up from Msk in the afternoons and walking with you to the Met or my second job, wasting time before we went in. Also the Saturday grandpa and granddaughter lunch dates we had when you had your break before the next performance and Id go extra early just to spend time before I went to work. Im going to miss all the jokes, laughters and you trying to find me a boyfriend at work in Msk. Any guy who tried to flirt with me and Id just keep walking youd stopped and told them I was single and had the hook up.

I have so many more memories weve shared but its too many to write. I can go on forever I will cherish all of them. Its still unreal to me that your gone but I know god needed you more. I love you and will forever miss you like crazy.

To the family of Michael, my deepest sincere Condolences. Youve lost an amazing fun, loving, respectful, bright, strong and colorful person but youve gained one of the best angels in heaven guarding you all. I will keep you all in my prayers through this difficult time and always.
Maribel Medina
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June 4, 2020
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