We have never met personally but we have become over the last 14 years the dearest of friends through email, chat and telephone. We have seen each other through some difficult times and some joyous times. We hoped to meet on the Isle of Man one day and discover we really are related. How could we not be? We are kindred.
The void you have left in my heart, and in the hearts of your loved ones, is tremendous but full of joy as I remember the energy, the silliness, the loveliness and the gentleness that is you.
Knowing you has made me a better person. Our Manx connection and our shared name instilled immediate trust and love within me when we first met.
Thank you Michael, for being my confidant, my friend and my family.