My brother in law passed away suddenly. On August 6th. We are trying to give him a beautiful send off. Michael served this country and won many  medals. Michael was an amazing man, a devoted father and a proud Marine. He was a great friend to many. He dedicated his time selflessly to his family and friends. He was also proud to help out with many veterans affairs locally.  He was a proud man, too proud to ask for help.
 His beautiful daughter Ava is 14 years old and left with a hole that can never be filled. She is to start high school this September and is devastated. He would not want this to be about him but about his daughter. I want it about him and being buried honorably. He was a very humble and simple man. He loved his family and his country very very much.. He sacrificed so much.
 Ava is an honor roll student a sweet, shy girl that loved her daddy so so much. I often said they were like an old married couple, they took good care of each other.
 We are struggling to navigate this financially as he, like most of us live pay check to pay check.   If any one can help it would be greatly appreciated he has just been brought to the funeral home now and I mean today right now..  those that knew him loved him, how could you not. He was as solid as they come.
  My sister, his wife (although they were not together currently) and him were very good friends. She is left to figure this out she is doing her best to stay strong but help is needed. He will have a public service sometime next week after cremation. The funeral home wants money of course so it will not be they way we'd like to send him off probably as he would have like SIMPLE. It will get done some how, and respectfully done at that.
  His services will be at Cambells funeral parlor in Beverly ,date to follow. We are working on getting him to Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn for his final resting place with his fellow Marines. That is another thing we need help with. So I am writing this with a broken heart wishing it was a bad dream. My brother in law is gone but his memory and strength is not. We will do this like he would head held high, one day at at time.

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Julie Anne 
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