Feb 01, 2011 - 6:33 am
Unfortunately, my husband Mike lost his battle to stomach cancer at 5:45 AM on Sunday January 23rd, 2011. During his 7 month battle, he was an amazing fighter, always staying strong mentally, and fighting with grace and humor. We were all amazed that he ALWAYS said thanks when you did anything for him, even when he was in pain. Up until about 6 hours before he passed away, he was still cracking jokes and making some really witty comments (I will miss our smart a__ bantering).
We were married for 31 years Oct. 6, 2010 and went together for 5 1/2 years before we were married. We knew each other from first grade on (not childhood sweethearts as we did not date until the senior prom). He was such a great guy and we had so many things in common. He was fiercely protective of family and friends and would do anything to help. I will miss my ski buddy as well as my cycling buddy (and chief mechanic and ski tuner). Camelback Ski Patrol and the skiing public will miss one of the most dedicated volunteer Patrollers they have ever had (we patrolled as volunteers every Thursday night and Saturday and Sunday from opening day to closing day for 17 seasons straight).
I am so sad as he was the love of my life, and yet I know life continues to go on. His services were held this past Friday night and Saturday morning. Mike was a very humble guy who thought he never made his mark or touched people, yet, there were over 600 people at his viewing/memorial service.
His birthday is Sunday 2/6; that was his next milestone to beating his cancer. He made our anniversary, Christmas and New Year, but did not make it to 55 years old.
I hate cancer; it SUCKS!!!!