Monday, June 7, 2010

At peace

Mike is gone. He died last night around 2 a.m. It was very peaceful and he was not in pain.

I envision him having a beer right about now with his good buddy Jody.

Thank you for all your prayers and support and love. I am sure that I will continue to need them for some time.


Jackie Aluise said...

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel. God's peace to you and Julia.

Kristen Young Caudle said...

Carrie, I am so sorry to hear. You and Julia are in my prayers. You're right - he's probably drinking a beer with Jody. How I wish it were 10 years ago and we were all sharing a beer with Mike and Jody. Peace, friend.

StaceyR said...

I am so very sorry Carrie. Peace and love to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry. The image of him and Jody having a beer together helps, but I can only imagine how difficult this is for your and your beautiful little girl. My prayers are with you.

Karin Fuller

Unknown said...

Carrie, I am sorry for your loss. As you know, it was great just being around Mike (and Jody too). Never a dull moment, never an absence of laughter. I got to know both of them when I was a sportswriter for the Dominion Post and wish I'd known them better. As it was, we still were able to have quite a few wild times together. I wish you and Julia the best.
- Dan Shrensky (Morgantown, 6/7/10)

Anonymous said...

Carrie, I am very sorry for the loss you and Julia have suffered. I will truly miss working/joking with Mike.
You are in my prayers.

Sarah A. Webster said...

I am so sorry about your loss. Many years ago, Mike was a colleague and friend. He was a wonderful person. It's good to know he had a family that loved him so much. - Sarah A. Webster

Lucy Baker said...

Heard the sad news about Mike's passing from Marina, and she forwarded me a link to this blog. I've been sitting here shedding tear after tear over your touching journey together.
I worked with Mike and knew Jody in Charleston years ago, and shared many laughs and many beers with them.
We were all so happy for him when he found you, Carrie. And doubly so with the birth of Julia. He was blessed to have you. And we were blessed to have him. My husband Tim and I send our deepest sympathies.

Sue Jones said...

I'm sadder than words can say at your loss and the loss for the rest of us. Mike was lucky to have found you and to have found the joy that Julia brought him.
With Mike and Jody both gone, it's like a period of my life is missing. I have a great picture of the three of us at a party that I will treasure forever.
We can only hope they are somewhere now watching a game together and discussing the latest book they read.
My deepest sympathies to you and Julia. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and Julia. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks and months.
Much love and sympathy,
Heather and George

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen Mike since the 2004 Big East Tournament, and I didn't know he was sick. But Carrie's words and photos on this web site documenting the good, bad and horribly difficult aspects of their family's life the last few years really hurts.

I knew Mike during a period in the early 90's from those regular, late-night gatherings at the Carpet. He would offer suggestions to me about which upcoming high school hoops contest was the one to see. It wasn't always the logical or obvious matchup between the region's two best teams. Mike would steer me to the gym with the best atmosphere - or the rivalry that stirred the most emotion.

Always a gentleman. Very funny with a Philly influence for sure.

I'm sad as it gets to hear this about Mike and I wish his wife, daughter and the rest of his family and loved ones strength as they go through the time ahead...

John Thompson
Queens, NY

The Bills Family said...

Carrie, I'm so sorry to hear about Mike. I worked with him many years ago in Charleston. As you can tell, he's remembered so fondly by people who knew him recently and those who haven't seen him in a long time. And one day Julia will read all of the things people are saying and writing about her dad and know how much he was loved.

Amy (Silverman) Bills
Daily Mail 1994-1998