In Memory

Michael Wise

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09/20/12 03:26 PM #1    

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Submitted by Rick Caesar Edit | Delete
I'm surprised this space isn't full (yet) of recollections and tributes. Michael seemed to be at the center of a large group of friends, always busy, always sociable. He also seemed calm and prematurely level-headed for a 17 yr-old, and I can still picture him thoughtfully poking his eyeglasses upward on his nose as they repeatedly slid down. His absence here feels like some mistake.
Submitted by Laurie Ackerman Edit | Delete
I am MADD! Michael and I were friends since age 7.! We used to spend every Thanksgiving together as a family at Highland Springs Resort!
My funniest memory of Michael was when he decided to challenge the all you can eat rule at Highland Springs! At dinner,Michael ordered more than 10 desserts at the table! The establishment told Michael no more desserts unless he finished what was in front of him! Michael obliged and woofed every dessert down and asked for more!
He was a truly special person who was very sensitive and caring! He was the life of the party and good classmate to all of us!
I miss him ! To honor his memory, I hope that we make sure that our 40th Reunion will use common sense and drink approriately ! Let's have designated drivers ! Michael was killed by the stupidity of a drunk driver!
I am MADD!
Laurie Ackerman
Submitted by jason newman Edit | Delete
mike was a good friend and we all had some great times up at his house----his dad was more than entertaining and mom loved a house full of kids---cathy has remained a good friend to this day -----from what i've heard, mike would be proud of how his children have turned out --he is missed
Submitted by Lon Levin Edit | Delete
Mike was a member of the Hawthorne crew. He was a big tough guy and I remember one time we were playing basketball and I had an open lay up. Mike pushed me from behind and slammed my face into the metal post holding up the backboard and basket. I jumped up to fight and realized it was him. He had a smile on his face which made me stop. I was an aggressive kid in sports but I knew my limits. A worthy adversary. RIP Mike.
Submitted by Vicki Soss -Hawthorne Edit | Delete
You have been on my mind for awhile now. Not sure how I wanted to approach this one.
I don't think I really knew you. I don't have any stories to tell about our youth but I did walk by your home everyday to and from Hawthorne for many years., Ironic, I married someone with that last name. I think you would have had a laugh. I remember you laughed alot and I think we danced a lot in grade school.
Life is not fair and I guess you and your family got hit with that pretty hard. So, to the last of the circle of friends from youth that are no longer with us I say.Ii'll see you some time 'Big Guy",,but I hope not for a long long time. RIP MIKE!!! From all the girls in the class of 65' at Hawthorne Elementary.....
Submitted by Angie Milan Edit | Delete
I, too,was close friends with Mike during our school years. He was my first boyfriend.I remember spending many good times at his house with his parents,brother and sister.He used tutor me in math.We were in contact up until his untimely death. We would talk on the phone periodically and would try to see each other when he came into town. I echo Laurie's thoughts on being responsible at the upcoming festivities. We should honor Mike and his memory. Mike was a great friend and I miss his calls and our friendship.
Submitted by Andy Bloch Edit | Delete
I'll never forget Mike and the great times we had together. As Lon said, he was one of the natural born leaders of our Hawthorne crew. I will miss Mike as he was one of those anchors for my elementary and high school memories.


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