MICHAEL B. REGAN age 68, beloved husband for 35 years of Patricia (nee Betcher); loving father of Jeremy (wife Kellie) and Mitchell and step-father of Alicia Ours (husband John) and Cynthia Swatowski (husband Paul); devoted grandfather of Audrey, John “JP”, and Wyatt; cherished son of the late Bernard and Mary (nee O’Donnell) and son-in-law of Marian and the late Charles Betcher; dearest brother of Kathleen Regan (husband Jeffrey Leshin) and Maureen Neeley FNP-BC and brother-in-law of Sandra and Jay Masterson, Linda and Kenneth Wayne, Charles and Mary Lou Betcher, and John and Kristy Betcher; dear uncle of Maire and Christopher Mengerink, Gregory and Rina Neeley, Julia Leshin and Stephen Sell, Michele and Marvin Tubbs, Patrick and Natalie Latimer, Brian and Karen Latimer, Brittany Wayne, Ryan, Sarah, Cory, Joseph, Chas, Jamie, Jacob, Alisha, Zachary, Donielle and Bailey Betcher, and the late Kelly Johns and great-uncle of many.
Michael was born March 3, 1952 in Tiffin Ohio and died peacefully at home January 10, 2021, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Michael grew up in Euclid before moving to Kirtland thirty-one years ago. He attended St. Ignatius and Euclid High Schools, graduating from Euclid High School in 1969.
He was a long-time member of the St. Noel Catholic Church Parish where he actively participated in the music ministry. He provided food for the Neighbor to Neighbor Meals and Young Neighbors in Action programs and volunteered with Chef Randy at the fish fry at St. Noel.
Michael worked as a chef, most recently at Gilmour Academy. He had also worked at Ursuline College and Borromeo and St. Mary’s Seminary. He enjoyed baking, and his pumpkin bread was a favorite of many.
Michael was also an artist and performer. As an accomplished musician he played both guitar and piano. He was a member of several bands and enjoyed singing. He loved all music, especially folk, classic rock and contemporary Christian. An avid reader, Michael was also an amateur photographer.
Michael was truly one of a kind. He was funny and loved to joke. He is remembered by those he loved as thoughtful, loving and generous. He was always willing to help anyone. He was outgoing and embraced everyone he ever met. He will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Michael to Hospice of the Western Reserve, PO Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192.
A MASSIVE celebration of Michael’s life is being planned for a later date.
Private family Mass of Christian Burial at St. Noel Catholic Church with cremation to follow by DeJohn Crematory. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON RD. Livestream of the Mass here.
Charity Name: HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE INC
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