He was a great friend to me & an amazing father & husband.
Mike was the type of guy who always put his family & friends first & lived life to the fullest with no regrets. Mike never had a negative comment to say about anyone & treated everyone the right way. In his life, his wife & children meant everything to him. Mike learned something very early in his life that some of us will never learn in our life time. He never sweated the small stuff and never let the stress of work or life get in the way of his happiness with his family. Mike's wife, Lisa, while up late one night thinking about her husband's passing wrote this touching letter that I would like to share with you.
" On Sunday we kissed, hugged, and I wished you safety on your business trip to Minneapolis. I awaited anxiously to know you arrived safely. We talked Monday morning and facetimed Monday night. We enjoyed listening to you sharing all that you were experiencing there. You mentioned you were not feeling well and we thought you maybe caught the bug all three of our children had over the weekend. On tues morning I facetimed you again to ensure you were feeling better. You said yes and that the breakfast meeting had started and you would call us later. You texted me at 1:50 to tell me the tank tops you had ordered for me shipped and I texted you back that the stuff from jcrew I ordered for you to match our baby boy was also shipped.
At 3:10 I received a scary phone call from there that you had passed out and they needed some info and they were taking you to the hospital. I was alarmed but confident you were ok. I quickly sprang into action and called both your drs and had your medical records faxed over. A little while later I received another phone call that you you were still unconscious. My heart sank and I knew it might be more serious but still again was sure you would pull through. You are Michael Stanton and the strongest most hard working man I know.
I prayed for you and Marisa booked your mom and I a flight to see you the next morning. I tried to figure out how I would tell the children that I was leaving to see you without them and not alarm them. At 4:30 I received an update. I thought ok. They are going to tell me that you were stabilized and going to be ok. ... But instead I heard the dr say that they did everything they could, but you were gone!!! WHAT???? NO!!!! I could not have heard him correctly. I screamed and fell to the floor in disbelief. How could this be true? It must be a mistake. Sounds of devastation came out of me. Your mom and Marisa rushed to me but they too were having a hard time comprehending the news!
Michael, I don't know how I am ever going to do this without you. You were my everything. My rock. You loved us so much and always wanted to make sure we knew that. You were the kindest most generous man that I ever met and I was lucky to be your loving partner for what would have been 20 years in just two weeks. I'm not sure how I will ever do this all without you. I have a fantastic support system around me that are all ready to help, but I just want You!!!! I have made many decisions over the last few days that no 39 year old woman should ever have to make. I really wanted your input. For whenever I was unsure about something, I always ran it by you first. You always had the right level headed honest answers. We were a team, but now you are gone and I'm left here alone making all the decisions! I really need you!
I had to tell our children who were counting the days until their daddy came home, that you weren't. And watch their little hearts tear in two!! I feel I have hurt them in a way I never thought possible. They are both being so strong and brave, but I know how much they are hurting!
I have so many questions...how will I never see you walk through the front door?... How will I never hear your voice?.... How will I never feel your embrace which I always cherished??? How will I never feel your gentle kiss?... How will I make the right decisions for our children without your guidance?
The outpouring of support we are receiving has been phenomenal! It is proof of what a loving and giving man you were. You were everybody's go to man. Whenever someone needed help, you were there. You loved us unconditionally. And now I still can't fathom that you are gone!! I am waiting to wake up from this terrible nightmare. But when I awaken from the little sleep I am able to get, the rush of emotions all come back and I know that this is real!!
We had a wonderful life together. We were inseparable!! You showed me everyday how much you loved me and the kids. Joshua, Samantha and Taylor are so lucky that you were their Daddy! We lived a fairy tale together, and now our hearts are shattered. I know that this wasn't your choice. That you fought so hard to come back to us. I struggle knowing you went alone without me holding your hand. I was not there with you as you walked into the light. But I am sure that you wanted to make sure I was here to help your children and be surrounded by our loved ones. Again. Always making sure we were being taken care of. I miss you more than words can even say. I know your spirit is here with us, and you are happy seeing everyone here surrounding us with their support and generosity. It is a true testament on what a remarkable man you were and your lasting imprint you have implanted in all of us. This earth was a better place because you were on it. We will remember you always and never forget what a wonderful man you were. You were here for such a short time, but left a lasting impression on everyone. It is my job now to keep your memory alive and tell Joshua just how wonderful you were. I will now try take over both roles and do the best job I can as both mother and father to our children. I love you forever!!"
In time of need I feel it's up to all of us to come together and help families in need. Nothing will ever bring back my friend Michael Stanton , but helping the family financial burden will help soften the pain. Please donate whatever you can afford & I thank you in advance for helping Lisa & her Children through this very tough time.
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