An affectionate tough guy…
With a great sense of humor.
Michael was also affectionate. Part of what made him affectionate was the experience of being a twin, starting with seven months in the womb curled up next to Bridget. He really liked holding hands. Sometimes just sitting at the table talking, he would be holding your hand or touching your arm.
The very best thing about his sense of humor was his laugh. If something struck him as funny, usually his brother Ian the instigator, Michael’s hand would come up to his face and he would start laughing with reckless abandon. There were many times at the dinner table when dinner would come to an abrupt halt while the family sat around laughing at Michael laughing.
To quote Michael’s favorite fictional hero, Albus Dumbledore, “To an organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” Michael goes before us to the next great adventure, but he leaves us not only with so many wonderful memories, but also with a stunning example of what is possible in this life.