Bertran Michael Sykes

June 23, 1972March 28, 2018

Bertran Michael Sykes, 45, of Valrico, FL, departed this world on March 28, 2018 at his home in Valrico, FL. Memorial services will be held at James McCabe Theatre, 506 5th St. Valrico, FL 33594 on April 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m Mike was born in Tampa, FL to Jessica Colvin on June 23, 1972. He went to high school at East Bay High School and graduated in 1990. He went on to serve a distinguished career in the United States Navy retiring in 2010 at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He enjoyed volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, video games, theatre, gardening, and spending time with his family. Mike is loved by his mother, Jessica; sister, Melissa; three children: Izze, Seamus, and Liam; his dear friend, Karri; and countless other family, friends, and sailors around the world. Flowers may be sent to Melissa Sanderfur at 1923 Dockside Dr., Valrico, FL 33594.


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Bertran Michael Sykes

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Valerie Lawton

April 3, 2018

Mr. Mike was a Scouting Friend since our sons were 6 years old. They're 22 now. We spent many days and nights with our scouting families camping out and having fun, but most of all, creating memories.
Making memories of our children at play, accomplishments and awards; sharing his travel experiences, languages, mineral collections and life knowledge and experience has vaulted many scouts and friends to a higher level than we would have had had he not been in our lives. He touched so many with his courageous life. We love you Mr. Mike.

Julius Sykes

April 2, 2018

I am deeply saddened by the passing of a great mentor and a fine colleague. He was a role model and a leader, and both the service and the nation are the better for it. Requiescat in pace, et lux perpetua luceat ei.

Oliver Pippin

April 2, 2018

The main thing I really remember from my time playing Video and Other Games with him is the Joy. Either his or him spreading it or laughing at him as he gets so frustrated he logs off in a huff. The hours we spent just tooling around in games shooting the breeze and talking about our lives. Deep into the night or starting at early morning he would soon leave his gloomy fog and be his jovial self. Not sure how much of this was from his Meds but I think its more from his personality.

We kept in touch with texts after he moved to Fla and didnt game as much. Its been a bit and now its too late to send him one when I think of him. I am going to miss the talks we have had and his crazy antics in game.

My love to his family, I know it has had to of hit ya'll hard.

Keith Jay

April 2, 2018

I served with Mike in Georgia and Bahrain and will always remember his sense of humor, but more importantly, his willingness to be the first to help anyone out. Mike will be missed! Prayers for his family.

Chris Peñafiel

April 1, 2018

Mike and I went through training together in Monterey. Also deployed numerous times with him. A true friend and a great mentor. I will miss you. Fair winds and following seas brother.

Houston Benson

April 1, 2018

I am saddened by this loss. I have good memories of going to sea with him when I was a junior Sailor. He was a strong Chief to our team, and a good mentor to each of us. Fair winds and following seas Mike.

Laurie McBee

April 1, 2018

I am so saddened to hear this fine young man has passed. This is truly a great loss to many. My condolences to all who mourn but most especially to his family. My heart hurts for you.

Tom Ayers

April 1, 2018

Mike was a wonderful Chief, Sailor and man. Always smiling I knew he would always do the right thing for everyone. Rest your oars my brother. Your watch is over. RIP.

Karen Eggers

April 1, 2018

I am proud to have served with Mike, and even prouder to call him a friend. He went above and beyond for his sailors and was an example to everyone. Please know that your Navy family mourns with you. You are in our thoughts and prayer.

Mitch Rosen

April 1, 2018

Mike and I spent a bunch of time together. We were in training together in Pensacola, hung in Philadelphia for a while on our way to Italy, and shared in our first duty station. He was always nice and put others first. He will be missed.