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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On January 21, 2010 @ 10:11 am In Obituary | 6 Comments

In Memorial

Born January 29, 1944, Paso Robles, California
Died January 18, 2010, Phoenix Arizona
Funeral Mass Monday, January 25, 2010, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave, Phx, 10:00 am.

Condolences for the family of “TRIMARCO, MICHAEL ROBERT”

Condolence from Susan Strader on January 21st, 2010 4:26 pm

It was truly a shock to hear of Mike’s tragic death. He was a sweet man and loved his Catholic Faith so dearly. I know the angels were with him at the time of his death and His Heavenly Father welcomed him home. He has already been united with his parents, Mike and Rosemary, and that must have been a wonderful reunion! My husband and I will attend his funeral and burial.

Condolence from Charles Trimarco on January 23rd, 2010 3:49 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Chuck, Mary, Sophia, and Gianna

Condolence from Liz Massey on April 29th, 2010 2:06 pm

Mike was an enthusiastic two-time alumni of Arizona State University. Many staff members at the Alumni Association remember him as a passionate supporter of ASU and of all things Sun Devil. He was a one-of-a-kind individual. His zeal to contribute ideas to the ASU community was breath-taking.

My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Mel Anderson on April 30th, 2010 8:34 am

Mike was a member of Greater Phoenix Mensa and Ameircan Mensa. He always had a lot of ideas he shared with me, as well as advice on ASU continuing education. I never saw him in other than a cheerful, positive mood. My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Miki Dadkhah on May 6th, 2010 5:58 pm

Mike was very supportive of all things ASU. He was a proud lifetime member of the ASU Alumni Association. We enjoyed his frequent visits to our offices.

We will all remember him fondly.

Condolence from Vince Ingrassia on July 18th, 2010 9:13 pm

It saddens me to read of Mike’s passing. I have tried to locate Mike, on and off, for the last two years. I wanted to thank him helping me at a time when I really needed it. I was fifteen when I was forced to leave the friends I grew up with and move to Phoenix. I was a street kid and labored under the weight on an extremely heavy chip on my shoulder.

There was a dance scheduled for Sunday evening at St Gregory’s, and my mom insisted that I go and try to make some friends. All the kids had gathered outside as the doors hadn’t opened yet. I was standing alone weighted down by that chip. Trust me, I was a very troubled teenager then. I saw Mike talking, smiling, laughing—it seemed that he knew everyone and everyone knew him. How I envied him. All I wanted was just one person to talk to.

As the doors opened and the kids started to go in, I had already decided that I wasn’t going in. I would just buy a pack of smokes, walk around for a couple hours , go back to my aunt’s house, (that’s where I was living at the time) and tell them what a great time I had at the dance.

I stood in a shadow and watched the last kid start entering the dance, It was Mike. And then a split second before I was about to turn and leave, Mike looked back at me, smiled that wonderful smile of his, and nodded at me to come on in. That is exactly what I needed at that particular time and place in my life. Mike walked me to my aunts after the dance, and we talked for a couple hours.

We hung out together that summer . Then he went back to Brophy and I went to West High School. After that I would run into him occasionally, but I drifted in another direction Not a bad direction…just a different one. I graduated from ASU, USC, and finally Seton Hall. I been married to my high-school sweetheart for 44 years and have been blessed with a wonderful life. But I have often wondered where I would be today if I had hit the streets that night. I really believe that Mike somehow knew I was at a crossroads and offered me the kindness he offered everyone, but at a time I needed it most.

Thank-you Mike!

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