OBITUARY

Michael Batista Cella

November 18, 1981February 4, 2018
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Michael Batista Cella, 36, passed away February 4, 2018. He was born November 18, 1981 in Wilmington, Delaware and resided in Orange Park, Florida. Mr. Cella is survived by his loving wife; Christine Cella, son; Logan Cella, daughter; Elena Cella, father; John Cella, mother; Donna Hazel, step-father; Gary Hazel, brother; John Paul Cella and best friend; Tobias Branham, step-brother; Gary Hazel Jr., grandmother; Ma Rose, brother-in-law; CJ Prager (Erica) and in-laws; Craig and Maureen Prager. A gathering of friends and family will be 10 AM - 12 PM and a Celebration of Life will begin at 12 PM Monday, February 12, 2018 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Road Middleburg, Florida 32068. Please leave words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.com.

To Mike from his loving wife Christine, "You will for ever be my always."

Services

  • Family & Friends Gathering

    Monday, February 12, 2018

  • A Life Well Celebrated Service

    Monday, February 12, 2018

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Craig and Maureen Prager

March 9, 2018

Remembering Mike Cella

On February 4th, 2018, we all lost a piece of our hearts. Your mom lost her husband and you kids lost your daddy and even though he really wasn’t our son, we lost our son also. Our worlds will forever be changed by this loss. We are never going to forget him and the big smile on his face. We always see him every time we see you, because you were the best part of him.

Your daddy had a tremendous love for you all and he was such a big help to your mom. He took care of her and loved her with everything inside of him. He shared that love when you both came this world. He was so very proud of you both and you could see it in his eyes. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for all of you. The joy on his face when he would come home and see your faces as you ran to him and called daddy’s name was priceless. It didn’t matter if he was coming home from work or just to the store, his heart beamed with great pride. You all were truly his pride and joy!

No matter what we all tell you as time goes on, it will never replace him being there. Your daddy will forever be in your hearts and he will watch over you. His spirit will guide you as you go forward. You will do silly little things and I know your mom is going to say, “That’s what your dad always did.” She will say that with a smile and a tear in her eyes, and that will be ok because that’s a way for her to hold him again.

So all we can tell you going forward, is to be great people and continue to make your dad proud every day!

We love you all, Grammy and Pops

Maria Gilliland

March 8, 2018

Smile big.... that’s what you always did! Your big smile and big heart are surely missed and will never be forgotten. Daddy Mike know we will love and be there for Chrissy your prince and princess! We will keep you alive as you are here with us everyday. We love and miss you!! Rest easy ❤️

Mitch Gilliland

March 8, 2018



Brother,

I don’t know what to say or any words that could even be spoken to say that would comfort anyone who is dealing with the loss of a great man. Especially for myself.

Daily I think of you and the times we have had from HHN to living with my moms and passing out under the back of my dodge shadow when we drew all over your body with lip stick. I try to block out the thoughts of you not being there for your kids and Chrissy. I pick my kids up from school and boom your there on my shoulder telling me it will be ok because all I’m thinking as the tears roll down my face is you will never have the opportunity to pick them up from school anymore.

Then I’m at my sons baseball practice and I walk away from coaching for a few minutes because your presence is there again, as you will never be able to teach your son how to play baseball.. Then, knowing it’s will be all ok you send my son over and he tells me, “dad are you ok?”.. I say yeah bud I’m just thinking of some things right now and will be back over there soon.. without blinking an eye he says “it’s ok to dad, mike is in heaven”... whewww... It’s hard to even go around any train tracks or talk about anything with anyone outside the family about what happened.. I also know your here messing with me as I have not been able to get this on the page at all and you keep sending me error messages.... lol

I love ya man and miss you daily like crazy. No matter what you will always be in my thoughts and know I will be here helping in any way I can with your family. DaddyMike, you were taken to soon brother.. Sorry for the rambling on about things some may not get but I know you do bro!!

See you on the other side!

Luv ya man..

Mitch

Tim Carroll

March 8, 2018

As soon as you meet daddy Mike he instantly made you feel like you were family! Even though I only knew him a few years, he made it feel like a lifetime. The laughs we shared at family BBQs, and our yearly trip to Orlando for HHN,will never be forgotten. I pray that God will heal the hearts of all involved of the sorrow in time, and instill in our minds and hearts his smile forever!

Mary Dougherty

March 8, 2018

Michael was one of the happiest, kindest and loving people I have ever known. Even as a child he would always give the biggest hugs and make everyone laugh. He was so proud of his family and loved all of them so much. It is my hope that God and time will lessen the pain for Chrissy, Elena, Logan, Donna, John Paul, John, Rose and the rest of his family and friends. We lost a great man and he will be missed but never forgotten. Love you all, Aunt Mary, Steven and Jimmy.

Kyle Bennett

March 7, 2018

Mike: how you looking back there Kyle?
Me: I look amazing but I'm still loading the passengers!
Mike: I just wanted you to know I beat you loading the bags!

You will never be forgotten. You influenced so many with your infectious smile and personality. I am very thankful for the time we spent together. I realize today you are at peace and this was meant to be.
Until we meet again. Love you brother

Kevin Cantrell

March 6, 2018

In Memory of our nephew Michael Batista Cella who we fondly called Mikey. Our hearts are deeply saddened. There are no words... we love you and will forever miss you. May you rest peacefully. Love Uncle Kevin and Aunt Lisa Cantrell.
photo: Mikey, bottom left, racing with his Uncles at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida in 1998.

Gary Hazel

March 6, 2018

I will always remember Mike as a family man. When Mike's mom and I would come down from Delaware once or twice a year to see them we always had a good time. When Elena was born then Logan , it was always about having fun with the kids.

We would go to the Jacksonville Zoo or the museum and in October the church fair to have fun and be together.

I know that Mike loved Chrissy, Elena and Logan like no other.
You could see it in that smile he had. I just still can't fathom why this happened when Mike had everything going for him. Guess God had a purpose for Mike.

Rest in Peace Mike
Love ya


Kevin Cantrell

March 6, 2018

To our nephew Michael Batista Cella who we fondly called Mikey. Our hearts are deeply saddened. There are no words... We love you and will forever miss you. May you rest peacefully. Love Uncle Kevin and Aunt Lisa Cantrell.

Amanda McGrath

March 6, 2018

I've just finished reading all of the Beautiful tributes to Mike and my heart swells with sadness and joy. Sadness for the loss of you and joy for the Legacy of Love you leave behind. Christina told the story of your engagement and it brings me back to standing in that Hotel room... filled with joy and excitement for our Best Friend's getting engaged (There was never any doubt she would say Yes). We were a few drinks in and trying to remember a quote from Aristotle about two people meant for one another. We didn't have our smart phones to look up the answer so Christina and I went back and forth on what it said. We were about to scrap the whole thing and try to come up with something else when it clicked...."Love is Composed of a Single Soul Inhabiting two bodies". I've never felt truer words were spoken of anyone else I'd ever met than the two of you. Countless moments of mischief and fun cross through my mind when I think of Mike. Chrissy was the absolute Love of his life and Elana and Logan are his cherished Legacy. He was truly a Man among Men and I know his children will always feel overwhelming love and pride in their hearts for their Dad. I will cherish our shared memories. I'll remember that mischievous smile you gave your wife when you were flirting with her. I'll remember not only your laugh, but the sounds of laughter from everyone around you. I'll remember our shared suffering at the hands of our personal trainer and the fun we had getting our butts handed to us! I'll remember the light in your eyes when you spoke of your children. There was never a dull moment with you Michael Cella. From nights out with friends to engagements, football, more nights out, weddings and babies to a few more nights out, good family fun and a lifetime of cherished memories. I love you Kid.



Bessie A. Stanley:
"He has achieved Success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Who has earned the respect of intelligent men and the Love of little children."

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