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|Michael Patrick Lunden
Date of Birth: June 15, 1964
Position: Vice President, TradeSpark
Michael Patrick Lunden came into the world on June 15, 1964. It was evident from the very start that Mike was different – he had those huge, open, wide-as-saucers, sky-blue eyes. They were magnetic, and people from all walks were defenseless in their presence.
Mike was a man of a thousand friends, and he was inexhaustible in keeping in touch with all of them. He had a datebook with every single person’s birthday he ever knew, and he made several calls a day wishing everyone a Happy Birthday. He was a little kid in a big guy’s body, and his passion for wine was at odds with his back-slapping style.
Anyone who knew him knew what it was to wait for him – we also knew that it was well worth the wait. Mike was characteristically late for his first date with Michelle, but through some weird twist of fate he was punctual for the second. Mike and Michelle were married in November of ’98. Their beautiful son Matthew was born in December 2000.
Mike, no one can express how we feel, how much we miss you. Our only solace is that you’re better off than we could imagine – and we’re all better for having known you: You were a head-buttin’ guy who had more charm than Cary Grant, a bright man with the innocence of a child, a deeply faithful and serious person who was funnier than Jackie Gleason. From the first cajun ribeye you washed down with Pichon-Lalande at age two, to the greatest over-swing ever seen in golf: You embraced all of us and we loved every minute of it. Thanks, Mike – we love you and we miss you terribly.