Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT


Michael Ellis Himelstein

November 11, 1963March 23, 2020

Michael Ellis Himelstein had a fatal heart attack on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the young age of 56.

He is survived by his wife, Robin, his two sons, Nate and Eli, his mother, Carol, brothers Stuart and Steven as well as his in-laws, Al and Ann Treidel, and siblings by marriage, Mindy, Jeff and Lauren.

Michael graduated from Stanford University and was involved in the field of technology his entire life. He was an active member of Temple Sinai in Stamford and president of Temple Sinai Brotherhood. He will be remembered for his love of life, delicious culinary delights, sports fanaticism, and dog-training skills.

The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm. It will be a graveside service for immediate family at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford. The service will be available online to family and friends. Traditional in person Shiva is not being observed given the current health epidemic, but a modified online Shiva will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT.


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Maribeth Pawlak

March 30, 2020

Robin - You and Mike were meant to be. Nietzsche said a good marriage is based on a talent for friendship...and that you both excelled at. We loved Mike and we love you and our family is with yours now and always.
With much love, Maribeth, Abby, and Dillon

Martin Roth

March 27, 2020

HARRIET and I send our deepest condolences to your family!
Mike was a respected member and new Co-President of Temple SINAI. We will deeply miss him .

Martin & HARRIET Roth🙏✡️👨‍❤️‍👨

Lisa and Keith Levinson

March 25, 2020

Dearest Robin

Our hearts are breaking with yours and the boys. Although this health crisis prevents us to do so physically we are hugging all of you emotionally and virtually! We are here to support you how ever we can now and always. May Mike's memory be a blessing.

Our love always,
Aunt Lisa and Uncle Keith

Mary Wilson

March 25, 2020

Dear Robin- I New Mike was the one when you met. The glow in your eyes and you two were in a beautiful world of your own. Scott and I will never forget how honored we were to share an evening with you and Mike right after you got engaged. I loved seeing the two of you together. Scott and I love you so much and are here for you . Our hearts are broken for you. We will be praying for you and the boys and your family. We love you Robs. Love , Mary and Scott

Teresa and john Winters

March 25, 2020

Robin, and Aunty Robin to my children and many more children who are not official in the blood line:

You have always been a dear friend to us and to our extended family. You have always supported us and we have seen you support many other friends of yours through good and bad times. We were so over joyed when you met Mike and to also see your family grow.

Or heart aches for you and for someone who is so selfless and quick to run and lend a hug it leaves us and I am sure many of your loved ones feeling helpless during a time when you need us most.

One memory can’t capsulate our memories of mike or the two of you. We loved his charm, humor, easy affectionate towards you our dear friend and how he became just as easily our friend as you were.

Know our tears are flowing and more than one hug is saved on a “coupon” for you to use /collect when these crazy times have passed.

Teresa, John, Gio, and “I’m Gavin”

Carissa Riddle

March 24, 2020

Robin, you and Mike came to Matthew's party, swooping in like much needed cavalry, and being the support and love and laughter that I needed that night. I knew then how family feels. The love that I witnessed between the two of you, and even more in the family you made with the boys, is rare and beautiful. I pray that you continue to feel Mike's love wrap you in its gentle hold over the coming days and bear you up, as I know he will ever be at your side and in your heart. Sending my deepest sympathy, to you and your sons.