Michael Thomas a.k.a Cool Breeze passed on last night, a late summer evening – July 12, 2012. He was a loving father, a good son, and the best friend anyone could ask for.
I’ve known Mike for 22 years, since my early days at Paint Branch High School. Lord knows that was a long time ago, and a lot has happened since then. While I’m sad to see him go, I’m relieved for him too.
He had lived a full life even though that life was full of challenges. I’m sitting back thinking of all the good times I had with him, all of the falling down we did after drinking too much Cisco or his favorite E&J Brandy. These were some of the funnier times alright. All the years since are full of memories that were equally important to me, and now I see them as the ones that mean the most.
As all our adult lives are forever busy,… I didn’t talk to him often in the most recent years, sometimes as much as 4 months might pass between a call, but it was like we just talked yesterday when we did catch up. Sometimes those calls would be for hours, just talking about all the latest things going on in our worlds, the jobs, the family, the kids, cars, you name it – we laughed about it and more. I saw him as often as I could when visiting the NE, and that wasn’t alot.
He was a good person to be connected to, and I always knew he would be there for me when/if I needed something. He was born from another mother, but he was my brother.
Mike was a father to some beautiful children, and they’ll carry on his legacy well,… even the sense of mischief and the big smile he wore most every day.
Many of you might not have known him as well as I have, or maybe been aware of his recent health challenges, but you should know that he was a fighter, and he gave everything he could to survive and live every extra day that he could.
In the end, he was taken off life support after suffering complications from a massive stroke that took away much of his capacity to live. He’s been hanging on for a few weeks now, and it was time for him to go. I know he would have wanted it that way, so I don’t question that this was the right thing to do.
His family called me tonight to let me know, and I needed to find an outlet and a way to say goodbye.
Mike Thomas was known by many, and loved by a select few that really knew him. I feel blessed to have known him for as long as I have, and been a part of his life, however short that life was.
He is survived by his children, and remembered by his friends and family. If you knew Mike, take a moment and think back to a time or a place when you recall being somewhere with him – that time might have been a dot on your life’s timeline, but it was more than that for Mike.
I have a jar on top of my shoulders filled with pictures and videos of him, and I’ll take them out to look at them often.
I’ll miss him just like we all do when someone close to us leaves this earth, leaving and ascending to be seated next to G_d. Rest in Peace Brother, your memories will live on forever.
Thank you for everything Mike, I could not have asked for a better friend in this world.
By Louis Wing