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Michael Regan

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On January 12, 2021 @ 3:33 pm In Obituaries,Willoughby Hills | 20 Comments


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. [1]

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Condolence from Jerome & Karen Franks on January 12th, 2021 8:11 pm

Dear Patty & Family,
We are very saddened by Michael’s passing. He was a good friend, always kind, always a smile. Loved his guitar playing. When you were both at the same Mass as we were, I brought the Eucharist back for him so he could play the Communion hymn. When Jerry had his knee surgery, Michael advised him on what had worked well with his post-knee surgery. We will really miss him. You have our deepest sympathy, love, prayers, & support. God has another angel on the team!!!

Condolence from Linda Wayne on January 12th, 2021 9:41 pm

Michael was good at everything he did. He learned how to become a chef reading everything he could find then practicing what he learned. He loved sharing his knowledge of cooking when ever I asked. I have many fond memories of making meals with him at my home in Florida when he and Patty came to visit. I surely will miss him. Rest In Peace dear Michael.

Condolence from Mark Terry O’Connor on January 12th, 2021 11:24 pm

Our condolences for your family’s loss. Michael was a longtime friend who will be missed dearly. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

Condolence from Father John Blazek on January 13th, 2021 8:10 am

Please know of my prayers and support for all of you…and especially for Mike…during this sacred time. Our time with him was a precious gift that enriched me personally and our Gilmour community as a whole.
Father John

Condolence from ken Wayne on January 13th, 2021 8:34 am

So Sorry I cannot make it to the funeral, I am in Florida and on the list for the Covid vaccine at the Veterans Clinic.Glad that my wife Linda will be there and I will be able to watch the mass on Zoom. God Bless and I know Jesus has welcomed Michael home.

Condolence from Gay Janis on January 13th, 2021 8:38 am

I am very sorry for your loss. God Bless you all during these challenging times.

Condolence from Ron and Debbie White on January 13th, 2021 9:52 am

Dear Patty and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We were so shocked to learn of Michael’s illness and now his passing. I can not imagine how difficult this must be for you and your family. We are praying for comfort and healing and that you find relief in knowing that he has gone on to be with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven.

Condolence from Mary Kosoglov on January 13th, 2021 11:30 am

Dear Pat,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Michael was a kind and good person. I know he will be missed by many. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I’m sending you good wishes and blessings during these sad days.

Condolence from Julie zeigler on January 13th, 2021 12:13 pm

All of our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Julie Zeigler, cousin

Condolence from Micky Keogh on January 13th, 2021 12:37 pm

Pat, our hearts reach out to you with such great sadness at the passing of your beloved Mike. It was a pleasure being “in the band” with him at St. Noel Church. He was so gifted and generous with that gift. I was always asking him about Jeremy & family after our sons moved on from the youth group. That’s over 20 years ago. Now he is at peace and our prayer is that many fond memories comfort you all. That and our faith that he is with the Lord.

Condolence from Kathleen Regan on January 13th, 2021 12:46 pm

I want to honor my brother.
Michael was one of the bravest, kindest, most merciful people I have ever had the privilege to know. He shared this through his music. Music was his speech.
He was almost 3 years younger than I was, but Mikey, at one year old, showed me, at three years old, how to climb out of our cribs. I still have the photo memory of how to do it in my mind! It was as if he had said, “OK, then, let’s go!”
When he was 2 and I was 5 I would dress him up in my silly little girl clothes and he would run around our apartment, a bull in a tutu, laughing hysterically at the comic sense of it. Our mother and I would laugh with him.
At five years old, he was my fierce defender against neighborhood bullies. “Don’t you touch my sister!!!” he shouted once at some kids who were a lot bigger than we were.
I took piano lessons when I was 10 years old. George Marsh, the organist in our church, taught piano on the side. When I would come home to practice, Mikey would watch me, then repeat what I had done at twice the speed and without the written music. He never did learn to read music, but he was an amazing musician.
Music was, however, not enough of a way to give to others. Michael learned to be a chef. This was yet another venue for him to give. And so he did.
My brother was an amazing man with a huge heart.
May he be remembered so.

Condolence from Rev. James L. Caddy on January 13th, 2021 4:51 pm

I first met Mike and his family when I came to St. Robert’s Parish in 1964.
As a teenager he was very active in the Search for Christian Maturity Program,
making the very first weekend in September 1967, and serving as a team member on several following weekends. He was kind, considerate and always willing to help others. Mike was a great role model for his peers. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Tom Georgian on January 13th, 2021 5:01 pm

Dearest Michael,

You were the brightest of the shining stars. Your intellect and ability knew no bounds. The term genius does not exaggerate your achievements.

Your history;

You hired into to Central Cadillac as a refinish technician with only a painters’ helper resume. Every day after work you practiced your painting skills and soon became that master refinish tech worthy of Cadillac quality.

You then took a sales job a the JJR Co. which, by the way, was in it’s waning years and brought it back to a viable and competitive business. You then purchased the company with a partner and taught yourself the skills of a CEO that had daily contact with the upper echelon of the industry.

After selling your interest in the JJR Co. You learned, on your own, how to be an executive chef.

In the mean time, you are a competent self taught musician on guitar and piano.

I have learned a great many things from my older brother. One of the lessons that I missed was, how to be an older brother. This, I regret because that should have been my relationship with you.

Tearfully yours.

Condolence from MaryJean Raymond on January 14th, 2021 7:47 am

Dear Pat, You and your children have been in my prayers since I heard the news. I can’t imagine the magnitude of your loss of such a wonderful man. I will continue to hold you in my thoughts and prayers.
With love, Sr. Mary Jean

Condolence from Jack M. Geiger on January 14th, 2021 8:55 am


I am very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I know him St Noel Music Ministry. He was a man of peace and showed his love through his sharing of music. I will miss his positive attitude and smiling face. We will pray for him.

Condolence from Michelle Gregory on January 14th, 2021 8:36 pm

Prayers to the family … worked with mike at Gilmour … he genuinely cared about the kids – wanted to make their home away from home special and tried to cook their favorites and really get to know them . I will miss his positive attitude and jokes too !

Condolence from Alice Hinkel on January 15th, 2021 7:02 am

Dear Pat and family,
Like so many others I was shocked and saddened to learn of Michael’s death. Please be assured of my prayers for healing, consolation and peace for all who loved him.

Condolence from Bonnie Manning on January 16th, 2021 12:38 pm

Dearest Patty, Jeremy, Mitchell, Alicia, Cindy, and family:
There are no words to express how sad and sorry I am for your enormous loss. Michael was such a rare and unique person who made us all better people. He was so talented, artistic, poetic, loving, faithful, and generous, and he seemed to love teaching and sharing his gifts with everyone.
Thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful video with us. It was very moving and captured the joy that Michael derived from his family as well as his love for creating! I am lifting you up in my thoughts and prayers asking God to fill you with strength, comfort, and peace, as you make your way through this difficult time. With love and sympathy, Bonnie

Condolence from Sharon and Bill Waltermire on January 16th, 2021 9:50 pm

Dear Pat,
Bill and I are both shocked and grieved to learn of our Chef Mike’s passing. His contributions to the NEIGHBOR to NEIGHBOR Meals were greatly appreciated, especially his homemade rolls and corn bread. We enjoyed his vitality and desire to give the meal a special touch. It seemed that whenever we were able to engage him in conversation we discovered some previously unknown to us talent. He was truly a Rennaissance man in the best sense of the word. He will be missed.

Condolence from Martin Patton on February 28th, 2021 9:41 am

Rest in peace Michael.

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