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Tributes > Footprints

While Michael was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he had many “homes” that stretched from Jack Lake in the Kawarthas, Ontario to Washington, DC, to New York, NY and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.   In each place, he lived life to the fullest, cultivated many friends, explored, enjoyed and savored every opportunity. 

These special places were just the beginning of Michael’s long life quest for fulfillment, knowledge and travel.  Michael kept a log of every place he travelled, and a long list of places “to be visited” – grass never grew under his feet.  He always had a plan.  He always had a destination.

Michael has left a “footprint” in Toronto, Washington, New York and Hilton Head – a memorial boulder, a bench, trees and commemorative bricks – places where you can, in your travels, visit and remember him.  Please explore any of the following:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Memorial Boulder and Resting Place

375 Mt Pleasant Road

In December 2018, Michael and his boulder were relocated to a quieter and calmer section of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. It was a difficult decision. Noise disturbances resulting from the installation of Visitation Centre and parking lot as well as the expansion and move of a major pedestrian and bike trail entrance, some years ago, eroded the natural beauty and serenity of our original site selection (Garden of Remembrance, Section 22, Lot 7698 ).

You can now visit Michael on the Yonge to Mt. Pleasant Road (West) side of cemetery, Plot 7, Lot 161. Click here for a map.

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Upper Canada College
200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
European Beech Tree, Upper School Front Lawn, West of Front Steps

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Washington, DC, USA

Georgetown University
37th and O Street NW, Washington
Kousa Dogwood Tree, Healy Lawn along path leading from Healy Gates to Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library

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Georgetown Alumni House
36th and O Street, Washington
Commemorative Brick, Adjoining Courtyard

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Georgetown Alumni House

New York, NY, USA

Central Park West
Commemorative Bench, West 65th, north side of Heckscher Ballfields, overlooking Field #6, just west of the Ballplayers’ House and Carousel. See a map of Heckscher Ballfields on Central Park's web site - select Heckscher Ballfields from the drop down.

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Riverside Park South
Central Park, aerial view -- bottom left corner are the Ballfields where Michael's bench is.

Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Riverside Park South, Upper West Side
Michael's love of cycling, jogging and the Upper West Side were the inspiration to honor his memory with a bench on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in Riverside Park South, NY. Situated between W 68th Street Pathway and W 72nd Street entrance, Michael's bench is four benches south of the gate to the Kayak Launch, on the western most side of the Park, closest to the Hudson River, overlooking New Jersey. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a continuous 11-mile car-free bicycle and pedestrian path stretching from Battery Park to George Washington Bridge.

Riverside Park South

Riverside Park South
The view from Michael's bench.

Riverside Park South

Riverside Park South

Riverside Park South

2015 US Open Avenue of Aces Commemorative Brick Paver, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
A commemorative brick paver, tribute to Michael’s passion for tennis and team leadership, was unveiled on September 3, 2015 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The paver, engraved with Michael’s UCC Varsity and GU Club Tennis affiliations, is located on the US Champions Walkway in the Andre Agassi neighborhood.

Avenue of Aces Commemorative Brick Paver

Vesna and Paul Jurist with James Blake, American retired professional tennis player, career high ranking was World No. 4.

Avenue of Aces Commemorative Brick Paver

Commemorative brick paver on US Champions Walkway in Andre Agassi ‘hood

Hilton Head, SC, USA

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
A personalized inscribed memorial brick in memory of Michael was placed in February 2012 at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina located in the heart of Hilton Head Island.

Michael loved Hilton Head and and enjoyed the arts -- he was our partner in crime when it came to experiencing cultural performances -- in Hilton Head Island, Toronto, Washington DC, New York ... anywhere and everywhere.

Michael’s memorial brick is placed on the walkway near the Theater of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane.

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