Michael (Mike "Tag") Tagliavento
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Tagliavento, Michael (Mike "Tag")

Ithaca: Michael (Mike "Tag") Tagliavento, 37, of Ithaca, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at Cayuga Medical Center after a long battle with lymphoma. Born in Ithaca, he was the son of Jim and Judy Tagliavento, who survive him. Mike worked for Bumblebee Painters. He was the co-owner of Sh*tLuck Clothing and the Rhine House Bar. He was an all-around amazing bike rider on street and dirt, and was an avid golfer and pool player. "Tag" was part of the BMX community since his teens. He was a lifelong member of the FBM BMX team and was a co-creator of BMX videos such as "1201". Mike was a special person to all who knew him. He always lived his life the way he wanted to, traveling the world and making many friends along the way. In addition to his parents, Mike is survived by his sister and best friend, Marlene; special friend, Kate Conroy; close special friends, Leland, Fisher, Steve, Bones and Jeremy; and his faithful dog, Bella. A special thanks to all of his worldwide friends for their generosity and support over the last year. In respecting the wishes of Mike, there will be no calling hours or formal services. The family is being assisted by the Wagner Funeral Home.

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Apr. 16, 2012.
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April 21, 2012
I am so sorry for your deep loss. Mike has such a loving family and sending lots of love to you all now.
Celia Barnes
April 20, 2012
The Huddle family is keeping the Tagliavento family in our thoughts. The grand scheme of life should never include our kids leaving this Earth before us.....we are so sorry for your loss. We send our sincere sympathy during this very sad time,
Garry and Gay Huddle
April 18, 2012
To the close family and friends of Mike Tag:

I just want to send my sincerest condolences to everyone in this time of sadness. Mike has joined so many of those who have unfortunately lost the battle to this horrific disease, including my dad, Dannie Tanner, who passed in 2010 to lung cancer at 44. Mike was a close friend to my dad in that they played a lot of pool together and went to Las Vegas together a few years back where they had so much fun.

I met Mike a few times before that trip and always thought of him as a nice kid. After hearing of his passing and reading about his accomplishments and the things people have said about him, I've realized what an amazing person Mike was and wish I could have known him better.

Sadly, like my dad, his time was cut short. Until you can join him again, hang on to the memories you have with Mike to get you through the tough times, as you have many coming up ahead. Know that he his watching over you and always with you wherever you go. He's up there, free of pain and suffering, riding his bike, shooting some pool and doing whatever else he liked to do.

I have also found that joining an organization to help fight back against this home wrecking disease helps with dealing with the pain of losing a loved one. I have been a participant in Relay for Life for the past 3 years and have really used it in coping with such a devastating loss. My team is Their Hope..because we are their hope to find a cure. If anyone wants to donate in memory of Mike, visit www.relayforlife.org/cayugacountyNY and search my name in the donate section. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

Sending thoughts, prayers, love, and hugs.
Darci Tanner
April 17, 2012
Hold on tight to all the wonderful memories you have of your brother, they will help you through the difficult times.
Mary Cole
April 17, 2012
Marlene my prayers are with you at this time. Please let me know if I can do ANYTHING for you and your family.
Jane Conroy
April 17, 2012
Many blessings to you Marlene and your family. Always here if you need a shoulder. Kim Caforio-Nunciato
April 17, 2012
I will always miss your creepin, and playing fun games with you, I have never again been so smitten.. Mike is by far one of the coolest guys I've ever known and I treasure my memories with him during the funnest part of my lifexo
April 17, 2012
Mike was one of a kind. Always with a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Jonathan Miller
April 17, 2012
Tag- Thank you for being you! You have been such an inspiration to me since I started riding. I am really going to miss you!
Ted Van Orman
April 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike's family. Marlene, he will always be watching over you, while riding. My condolences-
Michele Hamilton-Peabody
April 16, 2012
FBM's "All Time Low" and Tag's section in particular were a big motivator in getting me to send myself down my first few handrails. Thanks.
Charlie Crumlish
April 16, 2012
Mike dug my driveway out of the blizzard of '93 and the following summer shared a wonderful boatride with my daugther and her grandparents on a perfect day on the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, ON to Wellesly Island State Park, NY and back. I remember him as a very special young man. Be at peace Mike. Judy White
April 16, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of your awesome friend, brother, son. xo
Kathleen Halton
April 16, 2012
Tag. A true legend.
Gone but never, ever forgotten.
Paul Robertson
April 16, 2012
You were a huge influence on my life. all the road trips and amazing times we shared that i will never forget. RIP
zack phillips
April 16, 2012
thanks for the times, i'll never forget the ride bmx photo of your "taglevataion" grind, changed the way i saw bmx forever. NWD
Nathan Duquette
April 16, 2012
My connection to Mike began way back in the ‘90s when he touched my life profoundly in so many ways. Today, I am deeply sad that he is gone but so grateful that he was a special part of my life and that he lived every moment of his life to the fullest and always his way. Mikey, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Shawn White
April 16, 2012
Ill never forget the late night pool party at my place Tag! Godspeed.
happy hour
April 16, 2012
Mike was a key figure from the personal era of BMX. That period of riding, the videos and the lifestyles portrayed by role models like Tag are what have moulded me into a deeply passionate BMX rider. MFFBM.

Thank you and RIP Tag
Bradly Illingworth
April 16, 2012
Mike you were a great inspiration to me in BMX and living life. Thanks for some great stories.
Jay Schlie
April 16, 2012
Our condolences go out to Mike's family and friends especially his parents, Judy and Jimmy, his sister, Marlene and his loving friend, Kate. He will be greatly missed.
Bill & Sue Compton
April 16, 2012
Ride the sky brother, you will be missed by all.
jerry beck
April 16, 2012
Tag, we're all gonna miss you buddy. I'm honored to have known you, and know that you lived life to the fullest. You're a legend.
Chris Arriaga
April 16, 2012
Mike Tag along with the rest of the FBM crew really inspired us to have fun riding our bikes and to make sure your having fun while your doing it. Thanks for showing us a way of life through FBM videos, which a school book never could.
Phil Aller
April 16, 2012
Thanks for sharing your passion with the BMX world. RIP Tag
Shaun Hildebrandt
April 16, 2012
My condolences to the family on the loss of an inspiration to us all.
Robert Canales
April 16, 2012
I grew up watching Mike Tag on the videos. He seemed like a really good guy. I wish I could of got to ride trails with him. A legend in his own right. R.I.P mate.
Corey Bohan
April 16, 2012
You were an inspiration of mine from the day I first saw you ride a bike. You will be greatly missed.
kieron goodson
April 16, 2012
Thank you for everything you did and the influence you had on many
Jemie sprankle
April 16, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to you all.
Phil & Sally QuickDanby
April 16, 2012
Rest in peace Mike....
Ben Drury
April 16, 2012
Thanks Mike Tag for all the good times you will never be forgotten. I will always look up to you as a friend and a rider
Michael Cottle
April 16, 2012
Andy Burke
April 16, 2012
Legends do not die if the heart never forgets...RIP
Keep Riding and shreddin' in heaven men!
Jj De Gracia
April 16, 2012
Our sincerest condolences. Mike was an awesome man, and an inspiration to us.
- Thomas, Tina, and the Empire BMX family
April 16, 2012
Thank you Judy and Jim and Marlene, for the gift that was Michael.
Carol and Steve Crandall (Hampstead, NC)
April 16, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss . My thoughts and prayers are with all of you .
Lori Fulkerson Bennett
April 16, 2012
Marlene, I am so very sorry for the loss of Mike. Times like these are so extremely difficult. My heart aches with yours. I am here if you should need anything. You and your family are in my thoughts. Love Ya
Jodi Kuczek
April 16, 2012
RIP Mike Tag. I haven't seen him since I left Ithaca in 2004 but know he will always be remembered fondly by so many. Warm thoughts to his family and friends.
Sherri Feldman
April 16, 2012
Tag was one of the good ones. The world won't be quite the same without him. He will always be a true inspiration for those who knew him and will never be forgotten.
Puck Byrne
April 16, 2012
R.I.P. from indiana

ride hard brotha
j g
April 16, 2012
Judy and Jim
Not living in Ithaca, I did not know Mike was terminal. My condolences to you, Marlene and all who knew Mike. My prayers are with you.
Carol Hart-Rickel
April 16, 2012
We are so extrememly sorry for your loss. We know the pain of losing a son and our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this time. Mike is now in the arms of angels and with God. Blessings to all.
Shirley & Jim Herson
April 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family and friends. Our family was fortunate to have Mike in our lives. He will be missed by many.

Jennifer Crandall Bargesser
Jennifer Crandall Bargesser
April 16, 2012
I may not have seen Mike in my adult years, but we spent many summers together as counselors for the Danby Summer Rec Program. Those were the days when Danby was still "small" and everyone seem to know everyone. One thing I always liked about Mike was that "Mike was Mike" You got what you saw and that was it. Marlene, I could not even begin to imagine what you are going through. One thing that Cancer can never take from you are your memories. Hold them close. Judy and Jim, I cold not even begin to fathom losing a child. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers as you try to grasp what has happened. Mike, you now have your wings, fly my friend, fly.
Tracy Bordenet-Hammond
April 16, 2012
To Jim and Judy with our deepest Sympathies.

Ken and Debbie Spencer
April 16, 2012
Got the call Saturday from Brant, still can't believe it. My thoughts & prayers are with you, Kate, and all of Mike's family.
Sandy Smith
April 16, 2012
Marlene & family I am so sorry for your loss.
Marlene the world knows what an Amazing Brother you have. You are in my thoughts.
Scott brown
April 16, 2012
The Penmans
April 16, 2012
Our hearts and prayers are with you. Tag was part of our extended family. You'll forever have a special guardian angel. Sincerely,

Chris Crandall Brarens
Chris Crandall Brarens
April 15, 2012
While I didn't know Mike, I do know Marlene. I Pray for Her and Her family. My deepest Sympathies go to you.
Rhonda Weeks
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