Michael Lopez passed from this earth on Dec. 23, 2012, at his home in Prescott Valley, Ariz., with his wife and stepdaughter by his side. Michael was born Dec. 18, 1935, in The Bronx, N.Y.
Mike was preceded in death by his dad, Michael younger brother Richard and his mom, Theresa. He leaves behind his wife of many years, Emma; his beloved stepdaughter Debbie; his stepson John; his very special grandson Brandon; his stepson's young twin children Patrick and Colleen; his sister-in-law Alda; and his nephews, Richard and his family, nieces Lisa and Nicole and their families.
In his late 30s, Michael trained for the career that would keep him happy for the remainder of his working years. He began his career in an institution in Rhode Island, working with severely physically and mentally disabled children. He remained in that position until he and his spouse, Emma, became managers of a residential facility for mentally challenged adults for 22 years in Long Island, N.Y.
Michael thoroughly enjoyed his retirement home and many friends and neighbors, and playing pool in Victorian Estate's clubhouse.
Mike was extremely proud of his family and had a special place in his heart for each member.
The family sincerely wishes to thank and acknowledge Mike's PCP, Dr. William DeVito, for his exceptional care and dedication during Mike's illness. The services provided by the Hospice Family Care Agency were professional, comforting and very caring.
You will be loved and missed forever, my love, by those who knew what a wonderful and special man you were.
A memorial service for Michael will be at a later date in New York.
Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Michael's guestbook and share a memory with the family.
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014
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Anthony Silvio Lopez
My entire life of seeking your love has finally come to an end. Mom followed your passing in Feburary 22, 2013.
Your together again.
Love always your Son, Anthony
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Michael, How I'll surely miss our talks about boxing and your family. I'll remember how you worked as much as you could, for as long as you could. Your Godfather voice,.. but especially that day we prayed together. Prayers and Love to the family, sincerely, Michael.