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D'Andrea Bros. Funeral Home

99 Oak Street, Copiague, NY

OBITUARY

Michael Cesare

March 12, 1929January 6, 2020
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Mr. Michael Cesare, a longtime resident of Copiague, L.I., died Monday, January 6th, at the age of 90 years.

Mr. Cesare was born in Queens, New York to his late parents, Joseph and Agnes (nee Ciccio), and was raised in Jamaica. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army.

He met his future bride, the former Elizabeth Amoroso, through friends. They married in 1953 and made their home in Richmond Hill. In 1959, they bought their home in Copiague, and here is where they raised their own family. In his years of work, Mike was in the Banking industry, and retired from Morgan Guaranty Trust in Manhattan.

Mike was a devout sports fan - a loyal fan of the Jets, Mets, Knicks and Islanders. But he was most at home in the press box at Walter G. O'Connell High School, where he was the beloved Announcer for all the basketball, football and other sports on the field. With his own sons embracing his love of sports, Mike was asked to take this position of Public Address Announcer after serving as Master of Ceremonies for one of the Copiague Little League parades. In 2013, Mike was specially honored at the school with the press box being renamed "Mike Cesare's Eagles Nest". This honor was given to Mike for his love of the Copiague schools and his community; and was proposed by the then Announcer Walter O'Connell. The idea was unanimously approved by both the Schools Superintendent Charles Luenig and the Board of Education. Mike simply enjoyed being with the kids. His son, Peter, who was Copiague's Director of Physical Education and Athletics, remarked "He loves these kids. No matter how good or bad they do, he always finds something positive to point out". At halftime at one game, the Copiague Eagles were down significantly, but Mike proved his son right by finding the bright side. "The underclassmen are getting playing experience, and that experience is going to benefit them next year", Mike said, adding that his favorite part is when the students come visit him after they graduate. "I feel like I have 10,000 kids". Mike also was proud of a television commercial he appeared in for Winthrop University Hospital's TAVR valve replacement.

Mike is predeceased by his beloved wife, Elizabeth. Surviving are his sons - Joseph, and Peter and his daughter-in-law, Melody; his grandsons - Nicholas and Alexander; and his sister, Anna Merkel. He also leaves many cherished nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:30 and 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (There is no visitation on Thursday morning).

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague. Interment will follow at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Interment and Graveside Service Thursday, January 9, 2020

Memories

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Eble Family

January 16, 2020

I remember Mike not only as a neighbor on Beachview St. but as the reporter writing the weekly column in the Southbay newspaper covering the sports activities at Tanner Park. He leaves behind fond memories for all who had the pleasure to know him.


Katylynne Pedone

January 7, 2020

Although I only knew Grandpa Cesare for short time I am grateful. He loved me like family and always treated me so kindly.
When Nick and I visited him in the hospital he told me to always look after Nick. He loved to make Nick laugh especially when he needed it most. I will never be as good as you, but I will try. When Nick laughed in conversation, Grandpa Cesare responded with a smile from ear to ear and with a sparkle in his eye. A sparkle that gave me joy and comfort in where we were. I smiled and looked at Nick, who pointed out the army flag we got him for Christmas that was taped to an IV pole for his grandfather to see. The loving relationship they had was more real to me than before. I am lucky enough to have known Grandpa Cesare. I'll never forget the smile you put on Nick's face that day and every day we spent together. I miss you, please watch over us. We will meet again. ❤️😘

Bob Pasqualone

January 7, 2020

You will never meet a nicer man. I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. Sometimes you can split people into the glass is half full/ glass is half empty categories, NOT Mr. Cesare his glass was full if not overflowing! He was always so full of life, nothing seemed to slow him down. God Speed Mr. Cesare you will not only be missed by your family and friends, but by a WHOLE community!

Nicholas Cesare

January 7, 2020

My Grandpa and I wrote letters back and forth for the last 10 years I lived away from home, right up until last month. We’d complain about the Knicks, Mets, Jets and Rangers, but at the end of every single letter he wrote, he’d write the same two words in Italian; “la famiglia.” If the Venn diagram of the things he loved were children and family, I was lucky enough to be both.

Melody Cesare

January 7, 2020

Mike lived for his family "La familia" is the most important thing in life, is what he would always repeat. Pete, Joe, Nick and Alex, along with his sister, and her family is what kept him going for so long. He was happiest when he was with all of them. He loved sports and his Copiague family, but there is nothing he enjoyed more than sitting down for a family meal with la familia.

Walter O’Connell

January 7, 2020

Mr. Mike Cesare, the Voice of Copiague Sports for almost 55 years. RIP.

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