Having not previously meet Mike's wider family and family it is lovely to hear he lived his personal life with same zest for life I was privileged to witness as his colleague. Keeping up with his brilliant mind and where he was up to in his thought processes was a trait I encountered on more than one occasion :) . Mike you will be truly missed by your Esri Australia colleagues and customers. Enjoy the great, great outdoors!
Nicholas Flett on 28 May, 2020 at 10:03am (AWST)
While I only worked with Mike for a few short years, his warmth, humour and wealth of experience in working with technology made him a wonderful colleague and sought after resource on complex matters.
His stories, presence and contribution to my working life will be sorely missed.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and all those who knew and loved him closely.
Tanya Sunshine (nee Gillman) on 28 May, 2020 at 7:22am (AWST)
My deepest condolences on the passing of Mike. My heart feels so heavy since hearing the news and knowing that a man so full of grace and kindness has left our living world.
I haven't seen Mike for many years, but he's someone who will always hold a special place in my heart. I knew him when I was a snarly and a know-it-all teenager and he was dating my mom - no one was impressing me much those days except my friends, but that didn't deter Mike. He put up with all my moods, challenged me and it wasn't until years later that I even realized how he was actually very subtly being a great male role model for me. He always had my back, he would move mountains for me, he never gave up trying to let me know he cared, and one of the most endearing memories I have was him going out of his way to make sure I was ok after my then-boyfriend and I broke up and he knew my heart was broken.
He was a genuine person. He always told you the truth and didn't put up pretenses. I thought he was a royal geek back in the day, sure as any teenager would think of an adult at that time, and I thought he had such strange interests (but the greatest and loudest stereo system that he built, it spanned the length of our living room!!!). However, understanding him now through my adult eyes, he was the coolest guy with the right vision of how to live life! I wish he was still living his life now, but I know he did a pretty good job filling a lifetime into his young life. With gratitude and love... RIP Mike.
Griselda Gillman on 27 May, 2020 at 1:37pm (AWST)
It was a surprise to learn Mike had found a new life in Perth. I can just imagine him embracing it all. It is comforting to know Mike's last years were good years!
I am from Victoria, BC in Canada and met Mike in 1988 when I was a student in a computer science course he was teaching. We became very good friends and after a few years I persuaded him to join the company where I was employed. We worked together for several years during which time Mike and Maureen met and married and introduced Calista and Ty to the world. I did meet Mike's mother (a beautiful, gentle person) but did not meet his grandmother (whom he loved and revered) nor his father. In 2005 the company we worked for was bought out. I moved away from Victoria and after a few years Mike and I lost touch altogether.
I am very fortunate to have had Mike in my life and I am very sad for all of us that it is his time to go.
Here are a few words that describe Mike to me (in no particular order): brilliant mind, creative, curious, logical, great cook, reliable, sensitive, gregarious, kind, often lazy about menial tasks, connoisseur of several favourite interests, photogenic memory, generous to a fault, sense of humour, opinionated, loyal and ... I could never beat him at any games or quizzes or anything competitive!
With much love and respect
Ihab Hassan on 27 May, 2020 at 7:16am (AWST)
My deep sympathy for your loss, I hope your good memories with Mike help you out of such difficult times.
David Forsythe on 26 May, 2020 at 2:33am (AWST)
While I hadn't seen Mike since he left for Australia he had been a constant through my life in the late 80's - 90's and participant in many of my most memorable adventures. An author who I believed influenced much of what we were to become who we are left us some words which I feel may say things more eloquently:
I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.
For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.
Best wishes upon your travels into the beyond and thank you for showing me how to live life in a celebration of what is and what could be. Condolences to your family and all who loved you.
on 25 May, 2020 at 10:54am (AWST)
Our deepest sympathies to our dearest friend Kellie and family. Your beautiful wedding to Mike seemed like only yesterday and was filled with so much love. I will never forget that day as I had never seen you happier. That love will never diminish. Hold onto each other now and remember that love to give you strength. Heartbroken for you all. All our love and hugs, Monika, Andrew, Ava and family xxxxxx
Trish & Neville Parker on 24 May, 2020 at 1:07pm (AWST)
To Our Beautiful Friend Kelly
Our hearts are broken for you on the loss of your beloved husband Mike
Mike you are a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved you
Our loving thoughts go out to your beautiful wife Kellie and your family <3?
Your wings were ready to fly
But our hearts were not
Shine in heaven as you did of earth
Love Trish & Neville <3?<3?<3?
Michael Cameron Olson on 23 May, 2020 at 3:53am (AWST)
I knew Mike when I was about 17, he about 24. We use to play D&D together with a bunch of good people. I didn't know Mike really well, but got to learn a bit about him as he would often give me a ride home. I learned about his grandma who he lived with, and a bit about his childhood. The last time we saw each other was about 25 years ago. He left way to young, but then...I suppose it was his rightful time. You will be missed Mike, R.I.P.
Keith D'Cruz on 22 May, 2020 at 11:03am (AWST)
My deepest sympathies to Kellie and the family.
What an awesome man!
I have worked with Mike for several years. In that time I witnessed his humor, his dedication, his integrity and the quality of his work. He was a true professional and a genuine person, willing to go the extra mile to help where he could. He was proactive and always looked out for the team.