Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:22 AM
Hello Mike's Friends
This is Mike's brother Steve.
After over 8 months with his battle with cancer Mike has passed away into peace. He has been really suffering for some
time now. Up until his last final words, if he was asked how he was doing he would say "fine thank you". He never
complained and the worst he ever had to say about his illness was 'this is so sad'.
He made so many friends at the VA hospital. Everyone loved his attitude and warmth toward all.
His two sisters, his niece Tammy and I were with him as he passed as was Pat Speck, his long time friend.
He will surely be very missed but not forgotten.
Thanks to all you great friends that kept him in your thoughts and payers.
We will rest for a few days before deciding if there will be a service but will surely let you know.
My condolences to the family.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 12:54 PM
I knew very little about websites and servers when I first took over Robert's job of moderating, and Mike wanted to to be free of the technical responsibilities after Robert's passing. He was so very generous with his time and his patience as he helped me understand how things worked. And even after several years, when I would contact him regarding a problem, he promptly got back to me and was more than willing to see what he could do to help us out.
I did not know he was suffering, and I do not know if he was aware of his cancer when we last talked. But as his brother indicated, he was not one to complain, or to broadcast his situation. So the news caught me by surprise. I am indebted to Mike for all the assistance he provided to me, and I will miss knowing his friendly manner is no longer there to fall back on.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 03:54 AM
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:47 PM
I first came in contact (online) with Mike about 10 years ago at his old website Gulf Breeze, which catered to the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico for those growing palms and tropicals). I met (online) Bob Riffle at Mike's website forum also, before he moved to Florida from Houston, Tx.
Mike was very helpful to me with respect to my palms and tropical plants growing and we exchanged emails frequently. We also traded some plants and seeds, some plants that I still have in my garden. Now these plants will have increased meaning to me. I now have plants/palms in my garden from three deceased friends: Bob Riffle, John Bishock, and Mike Burnett. They all left us much too soon.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 05:17 PM
I suspect Mike and RLR are catching up now...
"The great workman of nature is time."
"Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-
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