I was so saddened today when I heard Of Michael's passing. After decades of devotion to the young people in our community, it breaks my heart that in the last few days of his life, he was under a cloud of suspicion. I don't know who came up with the idea that Michael, Pat, Allison or Richard could possibly have anything to do with missing funds, when a simple interview with anyone who has ever spent any time at the Children's theater would have made it clear, that all four of these people spend all of their time at the theater. In fact during the summer Wingspread production they are there from 9:00am until 3:00am and back at 9:00am. With such devotion, I think we can all rest assured that they have the theater's best interest at heart and would not do anything to harm it. Obviously, there is a hidden motif for this investigation and I think who ever is behind it, should be very ashamed of themselves.
I will forever remember Michael as the outwardly cranky but inwardly soft hearted man whom I have seen teach, counsel, help, support, babysit, guide, educate and direct hundreds of our young people. I hope that the city will do the right thing and let the service be held at the theater, as the staff has held so many services for young people who have passed over the years. We have lost a great man! Who will help the kids cope with his passing now that he is not here to do it?