Tonight a few of us gathered to raise a toast to a real man. A true person. A gentleman.

Many Mike stories were shared tonight in laughter, fond remembrance, and pensive reflection. Through the stories we came to a few common conclusions. We were all privileged to know Mike. He lived a real and true life. He was a simple and beautiful soul.

Adelina, Shan – we can only imagine what you are going through. We won’t even pretend to know. But we want to say that your husband, your father was a special, special man and we want to say thank you for sharing him with us. My prayers are with you both.

Today we mourn Mike. But we will learn to celebrate Mike. Though he lived 46 years, he lived a life fuller than most double his age.

He was Simply Beautiful.

He is Mike Boekholt.