Glaza, Michael 9/23/1951 - 7/1/2021 Ann Arbor Michael John Glaza better known as Mike passed away Thursday July 1st, 2021, at the age of 69. He had been battling chronic health related complications and had been in the care of the Arbor Hospice Residence for the past 4 months. Mike was born in Bad Axe,MI in 1951 and lived in Ubly his entire life before moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western University. He graduated and began to pursue a career as a teacher in industrial arts. He taught in Indiana briefly and then on assignment with Peace Corps in Jamaica from 1976-1978. Upon returning to the United States he settled down in Ann Arbor and never left. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for various properties in the area and delighted in working on private contracting jobs. He also could often be seen around U of M campus as a repair man for many college rental properties. Along with his former wife Beverley, Mike operated the Jamaican restaurant Bev's Caribbean Kitchen for 12 years. A highlight of this time was the multiple opportunities they had to feed singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. Mike was kind and generous. He would call anyone he talked to for 5 minutes his friend. It was more likely than not for him to be recognized at establishments around town. He loved a good deal, large portion sizes, genuine conversation and guessing what wood something was made out of. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Preceded in death by his father John Glaza (Feb,2000) and is survived by his daughter Mareka Glaza, 34, Austin, TX, mother Doris Glaza, brother Jerry (Cindy) Glaza, and sisters Joan (Ron) Smith, Janet (Don) Williams, and Diana Glaza-Gover. He also leaves behind many loving nieces,nephews and great nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas the apostle church in Ann Arbor on July 12th, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Arbor Hospice Mike would encourage any one to live life to the fullest and with minimal regret. He firmly believed in chasing your bliss.
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Published by Ann Arbor News from Jul. 3 to Jul. 8, 2021.