Dear Juli & Michael
I was blessed to have Michael so involved in my life and to be part of our great family. My fondest memories are my times playing baseball with Michael when I was a young boy in Cincinnati! He was my hero and role model - bigger than life with a smile and heart to match! It was always a great occasion at the McGoffs when Cousin Michael was with us.
I especially loved the time I shared with Michael during visits with him in North Beach during his early years in San Francisco. These were just the diversions a 19 year old stationed in Monterey needed. We played, laughed, talked about the universe, our purpose, and our times at St X with the Jesuits. I will never forget our runs, playing hand ball and the cold swims at the Dolphin Club. I loved it, who better than Michael to show you around San Francisco?
Juli, Michael was never as happy as he was when he was with you. You are the love of his life. What a woman you are! I was thrilled that you found each other, and it has been wonderful to be with you and Michael.
I am most thankful for Michael’s life and his great gifts to me throughout the years. He was such an inspiration for me. He had a tremendous capacity for being such a deep listener and is the best mentor one could ever hope for. He always helped me find my own way. I always looked forward to our talks and phone calls. I can hear him now, “Hi Big Guy, I love you.” Knowing how proud he was of me was such an affirmation. He was my “Big Brother”.
Fredda, Seth and Morgan loved him so. He was so good to Fredda and really listened to her and gave her so much respect. She was just totally accepted by Michael from the moment he met her. My son Seth will take his experience with Michael and his Doyle namesake into the future. Michael helped Seth understand that it is OK to take charge of your life, to have conviction in your decisions, to think deeply and to be open to all of life’s possibilities. Courage is a great gift and Michael was totally fearless. Your beautiful Goddaughter, Morgan, our budding artist, was such a joy for Michael. He encouraged and inspired her visual senses and gave her wonderful confidence in her abilities. She loves him so. I loved how he spoiled her.
We are devastated that Michael is not with us. It was wonderful to be loved by Michael, to be part of his family and to be surrounded by his abundance for life, energy, generosity and good nature. We knew Michael had us in his heart and we will always have a presence for Michael in our hearts.
We love you madly.
I have spent a lot of thought trying to figure out something to write, but I can't come up with anything that gels. So....I'm putting down all the stuff about Michael that meant something to me. I will work on this more, but wanted to send you something.
Michael taught me the importance of learning the names of people we interact with. It gives us a stronger connection to the world around us and makes others feel important.
I will always remember watching Michael hug on the Giant Red Woods in Yosemite like he was hugging one of his brothers. Now, I know they were his brothers.
I will miss hearing "Hey, big guy"
It was the best to have you and Michael show me and my Julie the magic that San Francisco holds. I know why he fell in love with that city. I think I might live there too some day.
He ALWAYS pulled the “Abundance” Angel Card!!
I will always remember the way his eyes would glisten when he smiled. They may have been the most honest eyes I've ever seen.
Just makes me laugh thinking about the way he and Morgan interacted. I can remember Morgan pouting at the dinner table and Michael doing everything we could to cheer her up....... He spoiled Morgan.
Seth Doyle McGoff
Words to describe Michael: Loving, Caring, Energetic, Adventurous, Ambitious, and a Great Godfather.
I will never forget picking up the phone and hearing “Hi Honey, how’s my favorite Goddaughter?” And, I would say “Great! How is my favorite Godfather?”
I was about eight years old when I met Michael. I could tell by just hugging him, (he always gave the best hugs) that he was going to be a big part of my life. Over that year my Family would get together with Juli and Michael. Near the end of that year, I believe that it was the first time we all went to Sun Valley, when I asked Michael and Juli to be my God Parents.
He took me to see things that I had never seen before. We experienced things together that I had never experienced before, and most of all he gave me the best gift ever, a Godfather.
I Love you.
I’m not finding it easy to put in writing thoughts to express what Michael Doyle has contributed to my life. I keep turning into a puddle every time I have to remind myself he won’t walk through the door in Sun Valley or share a bottle of great wine to celebrate Seth’s wedding or call with a “Hi Honey, how are you?”
I think he enjoyed John having married a left wing outspoken woman. We had some wonderfully affirming conversations.
Michael is part of my family and very little means more. He understands unconditional love, delights in the success of others, and curious beyond belief of the world we live in. He has been the family John has needed and loved. You two worked together to provide amazing experiences for Seth and Morgan that have influenced the course of their lives forever. I thank you both for this.
What a gift Michael has been!
Love you madly,