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STONE, MICHAEL E. "Stone" as he was known by all, died on December 17, 2009, surrounded by friends and family, after a brief battle with melanoma cancer at Kaiser Zion. Although he was born by Long Beach, CA, in 1943, he spent his youth in Norco, CA, before his family moved to San Diego in the 60s where he resided for the rest of his life. Known as a tireless worker with an unparallel work ethic, he possessed a great sense of duty to job and employer. Stone, with his family, operated a couple of bars in San Diego in the 60s. Beginning in the 70s, he went to work for Fedco Stores for 20+ years in the Warehouse where he developed many friendships that would be lifelong. Starting in the early 90s, he also helped his son Peter, with his company, Amore Cheesecakes. He helped as delivery driver, guy Friday and as he loved to say, public relations. In the beginning of the decade, he went to work at Lowe's Home Improvement in Mission Valley. He first worked as a greeter (which was one of his favorite jobs of all times) and then moved to the Gardening Department, where he once again developed many new friendships and was loved by all. While work was his life and hobby, he was an avid Elvis and wrestling fan. However, over the years he traveled extensively to Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean with his longtime love, Ethel, and others. His favorite trip was to Hong Kong in 1989. He is survived by his longtime love Ethel, son Peter, daughter Angie, nephew, two grandchildren, two great-nieces and many other relatives. A service will be held in the New Year. Information can be requested via email to [email protected] or contacting Ethel.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 27, 2009
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