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Claudia, Emily, and Family
I am so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We grew up together in the same neighborhood and I will always remember his friendship from #5 and through high school. What a surprise it was years later when Mike called me at my home in Jefferson and said he lived right around the block from me! Mike was always larger than life and fun to be with. I hope that your wonderful memories always bring a smile to your hearts.

Betty Schaffer Eastman
Sep 5, 2010
Jefferson Township, NJ

Dear Mike,
Together we loved our families and our friends. We brought our beautiful daughter, Emily into the world. We had some of the best times. I will remember all the laughs and all those good times. I know you would have loved seeing so many of your dear friends. There was so much love.
You died too soon. Emily and I will miss you deeply.


Sep 1, 2010
bound brook, NJ

To My Brother:
I know that your friends all called you "oling" or "The Ole". But to me, you were (and always will be) "Mikey". Although I was two years younger, I often felt like the older sibling. Your youthful spirit, zest for life, and wild escapades frequently left that impression.
I'm so glad we brought you back to NJ one last time. I never thought so much love, respect, and admiration could jam itself into one room like it did on Saturday. I was amazed and awed to see so many "old friends": Carl Corino, Richie Hartunean, Carmen Guinta, Jackie Willie, Joey Vitiello, Frankie Gingerelli, John Salamone, Frankie DeLorenzo, Bobby Baumgartner, Sonny Giordano, Michael Egidio, John Zoppi, Greg McElroy - the list goes on and on. I was overwhelmed, as I know you were.
Mikey, you gave it one hell of a fight. Rest in peace now. I'll keep an eye on Claudia and Emily. I hope they know that I'll always be here for them, just like I know you wanted to be.

Your Sister

Diane Rocco
Aug 31, 2010
Kearny, NJ

Claudia, Emily, Diane and family:

I was terribly saddened to hear of your great loss. The Ole was truly one-of-a-kind, and I say that in a very heartfelt way. Hanging with the Ole when we were younger (8th grade and on) was never less than an exciting adventure. (Sometimes almost too exciting!) And he was a friend that always, always had your back. I can vouch for that from personal esperience.

He most certainly was a larger-than-life character with a big heart. With more alloted space I could tell some tales here, as could most of his running mates from back in the day. He left his indelible mark on those he befriended throughout his too short life. Your loss is also our loss. We will all miss him. The memories and times we shared with the big man will live on in our hearts until that day when we see the Ole again. You are all in our prayers and we send you our love.

Bob Baumgartner
Aug 31, 2010
Toms River, NJ

Again my deepest sympathy to Mike's family. You should know that The Ol has always been the most talked about person in the BHS class of '69. I've often wondered exactly why. It wasn't just his wild escapades. I think he was respected and admired for his boldness, individuality, nonconformity, and his zest for life. And his loyalty. You could count on him to stand by anyone he counted as a friend, and there were alot. And maybe most surprising was his smarts. When he was placed in the top academic class in 8th grade, a lot of people thought it was an error. But those of us who knew him well understood he belonged there. He had all the capabilities, he just wasn't very interested in school work. Maybe it was because he never wanted to be home doing school work, or anything at home for that matter. His boyhood home life wasn't happy, and that kept him out on the streets most of the time. He was a giant in more ways than one, and I'll miss him terribly.

Sonny Giordano
Aug 30, 2010
Fair Haven, NJ

Dear Family

I am sorry I could not be there but Mike was a wonderful man. My fondest and dear memory of him was when my son Wade and him where at the pool of my Aunt Beverly. I remember when they were wrestling some much the whole pool party thought Wade was hurting Mike. Turned out neither one wanted to stop being a kid. Mike had a spirit for life, that he gave to all around him.

Kylee Haddad
Aug 28, 2010
Walkersville, MD

Good-Bye Uncle Mike, you wil be missed.

Erik Egger
Aug 28, 2010
Parsippany, NJ

Maybe you knew my uncle as a fireman. Or maybe you knew him as a friend. You may have played golf with him or rocked on at an Allman Brothers concert with him. One thing that can be said is that my uncle always left an impression.
The impression he left on me was to enjoy the better things in life.

I will miss you.

Joseph DiNuzzo
Aug 28, 2010
Kearny, NJ

Claudia, I was so sorry to hear about Mike being so ill. I'm sure he enjoyed his journey into Heaven. He always put a smile on my face during our years at #5 and then in Belleville HIgh School. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nina Carlo Kotowski
Aug 27, 2010
Belleville, NJ

We had a working fire back in the 70’s. I was in the fire apartment when I became entangled in a burnt out box spring. I was struggling to untangle myself from the box spring and my tank ran out of air. I was taking in too much smoke and becoming disoriented. The next thing I knew I was being hauled out through the apartment still connected to the burnt out box spring. Mike dragged me out into the hallway taking out part of the door frame with us. Mike disconnected me from the box spring, put my arm around his shoulder, and carried me to the waiting ambulance. Mike would never take his due credit for rescuing me from the burning apartment. When I would bring up this story to others Mike would just shrug it off. To Mike rescuing a fellow fireman was what firemen did for other firemen. Perhaps I would have been rescued in time by other firefighters, yet perhaps not. However one thing remains a certainty for me; Mike was a true, genuine, and authentic man’s man. With great regret,

Robert Ozzie Osborn
Aug 27, 2010
Kearny, NJ

I will always remember my "Unc" as a man who lived life to the fullest. We will miss you
Rest in Peace

Linda Egger
Aug 27, 2010
parsippany, NJ

My condolences to Mike's family. I was a Kearny firefighter with Mike. We started together and trained together. I will always cherish my friendship and comradery with Mike. I will miss him dearly and his memory will always be in my heart.
~ Ernie Moore, Little River, South Carolina

Ernie Moore
Aug 27, 2010
Little River, SC

Dear Claudia, Emily & Family, I send my heartfelt sympathy for your loss of Mike. I remember him fondly from BHS. I believe you will someday be with him again, and I'm sure he's no longer suffering. He's probably challenging St. Peter to a golf game! Claudia, please don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything. I'm so glad former classmate and Mike's good friend Carl could be with him and you during this stressful time. You are in my heart and my prayers. Love, Beth Cothran Baker-Creed C/O 1969 One More Bellboy Is In Heaven.

Beth Cothran Baker-Creed
Aug 27, 2010
Peculiar, MO

To the one and only "Unc" "Uncle Buck" Thanks for being my uncle. You will be missed greatly.

Lisa DiNuzzo Crane
Aug 27, 2010
Roselle Park, NJ

I thought that I first met Mike when he joined the fire dept. but years later I found out that he and I banged heads across the line playing for Belleville and Kearny in '69. I worked with him for many years on group 1 and then years later as his captain. I was always confident when Mike was working next to me. I was also a neighbor of Mike's in Rockaway and shared plenty of good times "on the mountain". We were caught and thrown out of every good illegal fishing spot for miles around. I remodeled his house and he fed me lunch(cooked) every day. Between the incredible and abundant food and beverages served, not much work got done in the afternoon. Mike taught me how to play golf on the apparatus floor at sta. 4. He said I shouldn't pursue it.
When I think of Mike in the future there is no question a smile will appear on my face. My codolences to the entire family.
Bob Ball

Bob Ball
Aug 27, 2010
Rockaway, NJ

Claudia, so sorry for your loss. I have some good memories of Mike from our days at #5 I only wish we had stayed in contact as we got older. I was looking for him at the reunion last fall and heard he was not well. I always thought of Mike as one of the good guys I knew from school. My condolences to you and your family.

John Moscatello
Aug 27, 2010
lincoln park, NJ

My sincere condolences to Mike's entire family. Mike was a great classmate. My best memory of Mike was when in senior year of high school he let me drive his "huge" car, I think it was this big Oldsmobile or Chrysler. I had to sit on my books to reach the pedals. My sister Linda was in the car and Donna DeLorenzo. I was making a left turn and when I put on the indicator it broke off and fell in my hand - I couldn't believe this happened and when I told Mike he just laughed. He was like a big brother to us. I will keep Mike, Claudia and his family in my prayers.
Michele Gaeta Wolchesky

Michele Gaeta Wolchesky
Aug 27, 2010
Montville, NJ