Michael Monroe Bush

October 26, 1988September 11, 2020

Michael Monroe Bush 31, of Church Street, Keene, NH, passed away at his home in Keene on Friday, September 11, 2020, following a long battle with mental illness.

His parents, Christopher N. and Diane L. (Braun) Bush, welcomed their son into the world on October 26, 1988 in Onondaga, New York. Michael grew up in Richmond, NH and was the salutatorian for the class of 2007 at the Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey, NH.

Michael attended SUNY Binghamton in New York, earning a Bachelor Degree in Bioengineering.

While in high school, Michael was a member of the jazz band and the marching band, lending his musical talent on the trombone. He was a runner on the schools cross-country track team, and loved the outdoors. Michael was a member of the Interact Club at the high school, traveling to El Salvador to volunteer in the building of houses there.

Michael loved to travel and was an avid bicyclist. His many adventures found him bicycling cross-country, and traveling twice to Israel.

He was a quiet person with a gentle soul. He was also a spiritual person, growing up in Judaism, lending his knowledge through teaching at the Congregation Ahavas Achim Synagogue in Keene. He regularly attended support groups in the area.

Michael was a gifted writer and an accomplished musician, who was a self-taught guitarist, performing for students in area elementary schools.

While residing in Keene for the past five years, Michael worked at the Keene Public Library and also at Bed Bath and Beyond.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his parents of Richmond; his siblings, Aaron Bush and his wife, Erica, of Framingham, MA, Elizabeth Zurawski and her husband, Christopher, of Albany, NY, Hannah Bush of Shanghai, China; his niece and nephew, Lillian and Charles Bush; his paternal grandmother, Janet Bush of Victor, NY; and many cousins and extended family members. Michael was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Bernice and Alfred Braun, and his paternal grandfather, Walter M. Bush.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00am in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. Family and friends are welcome to attend and are requested to please wear facemasks and maintain the physical distancing requirements.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Sierra Club ( for online donations, or to the NH Sierra Club, 40 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Concord, NH 03301.


18 September

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Monadnock View Cemetery

Park Avenue
Keene, New Hampshire

All those in attendance are required to wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements. Thank you and be safe!


Michael Monroe Bush

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Christine Wallace (Connell)

September 18, 2020

I remember Michael from day camps, swim classes and other recreational activities as a child growing up in the same small town. He was always so kind, so welcoming and outgoing. I can picture his beautiful smile and curly hair. My heart breaks for his wonderful family, such a special group of people. There is no doubt in my mind he touched many lives. Rest In Peace Michael.

Beth Anne West

September 17, 2020

I met Michael in the halls where people share their difficulties. Amidst that, Michael had that wonderful humor & a lightness that left me amazed he was struggling. He shared some of his struggles with me. I was so happy when he started working at the library & saw him professionally present films on the free movies night there. I had often wondered how he was doing after I didn't see him there any more. I am greatly saddened to learn of his passing. Michael, I will greatly miss your smile and your sweetness. I wish you were still here sharing them but I know it still radiates from you, where ever you are now. My deepest condolences & peace to your family and all who you who have touched.
And Peace to you, Michael.

Valerie Gill

September 17, 2020

My heart has ached since I received word of Michael's passing. A teacher grows to love all her students, however Michael has always held a special place in my heart. His beautiful smile and caring eyes and ambitious spirit will remain with me always. My heart also aches for his beautiful family, Chris, Diane, Aaron, Lizzie and Hannah as well as their partners. His many accomplishments are to be admired. I am so saddened by your loss. Please know how much I cared for Michael and Know I am thinking of all of you through this devastating time. Love, Valerie Gill

Diane Bush

September 17, 2020

I have so many memories of my son, Michael. He so treasured empathy and as a young child and young man he would often ask me what he could do to help me if I looked stressed or overworked. He would gently do the things that I asked him to do. He was a brilliant student, talented musician and a lover of nature. He was gentle with the earth and wanted others to be so as well. He cared about recycling, climate change, and preserving our natural environment. He loved a good game. I saw him a few days before we got the worst news a parent can get. We played scrabble over tea and then took a walk. I wish that we could take another walk, play another game and that he could truly know how much he was loved.

Sheila Williams

September 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Michael at the Keene Public Library. I will miss his wonderful smile and laughter. Rest in peace dear one.

Freedom Rivera

September 17, 2020

I had the honor to meet Michael at different mindfulness retreats. Michael would always carry a friendly smile and was always eager to connect with others. One night at a retreat we gathered some friends to play board games. This happened at a time we were suppose to be sleeping and practice noble silence. I was appreciative of his comradery. We share the same interest to connect with people and have healthy fun while at it. Many times we had to shush each other because we would laughed hard as we were playing a card game he brought from his home. Dear Michael, May your laughter create an echo in the Universe. To the Bush family, Sending you strength, love and support.

erin nichols

September 16, 2020

michael - your genuine compassion and interest in others was always so admirable. i loved having conversations with you about peer support. rest easy.

Judy Reed

September 16, 2020

I first met Michael at the Keene Public Library where he worked, and where he helped set up equipment for Twin States Animal Liberation to host a series of films on animal rights and veganism. Michael stayed to watch the films and participate in the discussions afterwards. Then last fall a group of us started Project Home, whose mission is to bring asylum seekers out of detention and support them in host homes in our area throughout the asylum process. Michael attended several meetings as the group began work, making heartfelt contributions. We lost a deeply compassionate soul when we lost Michael.

Kate McNally

September 16, 2020

I love seeing the memories shared here by so many about the joy Michael gave to so many. What a beautiful smile he had. Thinking about the Bush family as they maneuver through their loss while remembering the gifts they were given in him.
Wishing you all peace.

Luis Gil

September 16, 2020

Michael! it was a joy sharing with you, albeit briefly, while we practiced meditation. You kindness, openness and friendliness were all very touching and inspiring.

I will be remembering you today, my friend. Thank you for sharing with me and inspiring me to more gentle and kind to myself and those around me.

Much metta to you and your family. May your memory inspire so many more!

Your friend in the practice,



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