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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Michael Dennis Lione

Born September 5, 1946

Michael D. Lione of West Orange, 66 Tireless advocate of the disabled Basketball was not just a pastime – it was his life

Michael D. Lione, 66 of West Orange, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be held at the Liberty Middle School gymnasium, 1 Kelly Dr. (off [Rte.10] Mt. Pleasant Ave.), West Orange, N.J., on Monday, June 17, 2013, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Born in San Antonio, TX, Mike lived for 14 years in Newark, N.J. before living in West Orange for the remainder of his life. He held a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Newark College of Engineering (NCE) N/K/A/ New Jersey Institute of Technology. He worked for over 30 years with Verizon (nee New Jersey Bell/Bell Atlantic) as an engineer and a manager within various departments throughout his career.

Mike was a polio survivor since age 2, and never allowed the polio to be an obstacle in his life. His ability to overcome the challenges of life in a wheelchair served as an inspiration to many who also used wheelchairs, and to more who did not.

Mike worked in several capacities to champion awareness of the challenges for the disabled. He was a member of the Board of Trustees on organizations such as the Community Health Law Project (CHLP), past President of Disabilities Issues Awareness Leaders (DIAL), an advocacy group for Verizon employees with disabilities. He was in the forefront of ADA Compliance issues. As President of DIAL he followed up on those issues. In 1978 he received the NJ Bell Citizen of the Year Award.

Mike developed an interest in basketball during his high school years. He began playing at 17 and his devotion to the game blossomed into a lifetime of basketball as a player, coach, creator, organizer, mentor and general manager. Some of the many teams and organizations include the NJ Wheelers, United Spinal Association (USA nee EPVA), NJ Blue Devils, Parsippany Elks Wheelers, Kessler Sports On Wheels, NAWAA (North American Wheelchair Athletic Association), EPVA/USA Nets, Jersey Shore Summer Basketball League. He was a member of the Olympics Torch Relay for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

A moment of silence will be observed on Monday July 1 at the opening of the 43rd season of the Jersey Shore Summer Basketball League to honor longtime coach of Larson Ford, Mike Lione. Mike coached for Larson from 1972 through 1993, winning 5 championships along the way. He then served as General Manager. In total Larson has won 10 championships in the League's 43 year history. Many Pro, future Pro and overseas players came through Mike's program in addition to Pro-Am Leagues and Tournaments over the years that are too numerous to mention. Larson Ford will dedicate this season to Mike's memory.

Mike is survived by his loving sister Mary Anne T. Lione of Long Valley, N.J., and was predeceased by his parents Michael and Olga C. Lione of West Orange, N.J. He will be missed by his family members and the most amazing group of friends anyone could ever hope to have.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Mal

February 28, 2015

Your game is on again Amu Mike. Miss you everyday

Mal Maher

June 4, 2014

www.MDLClassic.org

Mike's former players, family, & friends all in one place. All for you Amu Mike. This Saturday 12-3pm NJIT. Details on site. Hope to see you all there.

Bernice Seigel

June 3, 2014

My condolences to his family and close friends. Bernice Suffel Seigel

Cyndi Wilson

May 13, 2014

Mikie:

When I heard you were gone, it hurt me to my heart. You were a great co-worker and you made me see your abilities, not your disability. You were a great coach and I marveled at how you could coax the best out of everyone - not just in basketball, but in life. I miss you much, my friend. Rest well.

Mark Darlow

May 12, 2014

We miss you Mike! I tell everybody about those Knick games you took me to.

Mal Maher

December 23, 2013

www.MDLClassic.ORG has officially launched today. Together let's honor Mike and help disabled children & veterans as he did so effortlessly.

frank covich

October 18, 2013

Mike my friend, years ago when I asked you to help me introduce Mario to the shore league you were such a great friend. You never gave up promoting and encouraging him, Mario made us all so proud. You knew talent like no other. Thank you mike for helping my friend with his start as he advanced to get to the NY basketball hall of fame where you will rest someday also. Blessings your eternal friend frank C. and my amazing blind son skylar covich

COACH. NICK MARIOLIS

August 26, 2013

GOD BE WITH YOU MY BEST FRIEND ON AND OFF THE COURT.

August 26, 2013

A FRIEND OF A FRIEND MIKE LIONE WHO I KNOW SINCE 1979 AND FROM ONE COACH TO OTHER WE SHARE ALOT OF IDEAS HAS COACHES, WE WANT OUR TEAMS TO PLAY HARD AND GIVE A 100% TO 200% ALL OUT IN THE SPORT CALLED BASKETBALL, I WILL MISS OUR TALK EVERY MOUTH OR WE SEE EACH OTHER AT A BASKETBALL GAME GOD BE WITH YOU MY BEST FRIEND.

Kevin Lynch

June 17, 2013

Mike you were a great guy. You will be missed a lot. I learned a lot from you playing B-Ball. R.I.P My Friend. Today turned out to be a VERY SAD Day for me after learn about your passing. Your Friend Kevin L.

FROM THE FAMILY