Michael Story was a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was meek, loving, patient and kind. He always had a genuine smile on his face, and his sweet presence would enlighten any room.
He truly displayed the character of Jesus whom he loved and served by loving everyone around him, especially his clients of all ages at Everyone's Counseling Center.
Mike is an example of a life well lived. He was a proud veteran. Among other things, throughout his life, Mike worked as a career counselor, in Casualty Assistance Calls office with the Navy, Red Cross, and the Navy and Marine Corp Relief Society. He also served as an instructor for deputies and civilians with the Orange County Sheriff's Office; he was a certified Victim Services Practitioner. He has worked at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Families in the Sexual Trauma Recovery Center. He became a Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing Team Mental Health Counselor for the Sheriff's Office. He was the program director of 36 boys in residential foster care. We will miss him tremendously and will miss the cheese and spinach quiches he made with the eggs of the chickens he raised; and daily jokes he made sure to share with everyone he came in contact with. Romans 28 & 29: and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God fore-knew he also planned to be conformed to the likeness of his Son that he might be the first-born among many others.
I recently heard the news that Mike had died. If had received this news earlier, I would have paid my respects in person. Mike helped me through the most difficult time in my life. I will be eternally grateful to him. I want to send my condolences to his wife, children, and to all his loved ones. I wish I had the chance to tell him how much he meant to me. I will miss him very much. God bless Michael J. Story.
Joseph DiFrancescoOrlando, FL
Michael, I am so grateful to have known you. Your love and your faith are a gift I will always treasure. I miss you, my friend.
Dede EshlemanOrlando, FL
Mike was my counselor, mentor, best friend, and father figure. I feel truly blessed to have had such an amazing Christ centered man guide me through the turmoils of my life, to have always been there for me regardless, and to continually point my eyes towards the Lord.
My heart is crushed knowing that I will not be able to see or talk to my dearest friend again, this side of heaven.
I love you and miss you Mike, and ALWAYS will!
Warner VickeryAustin, TX
Mike was a dear friend and fellow Navy veteran and Model A's of Greater Orlando Members. We were also brothers in Christ. He will be sorely missed. Judy and family I am so sorry for your loss.
"Eternal Father strong to save,
Whose arms hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
And when at length his course is run,
His work for home and country done,
Hear from heaven our sailors cry,
And grant eternal life on high!
Wilfred DoeDowling Park, FL
Papa was a kind and loving family man of God. He was a great role model in many ways. He was smart, personable and sentimental. Papa was really good at multitasking and entertaining the grand kids and the great grand kids. There wasn’t nothing he couldn’t fix. I’m so grateful he was apart of my life and he will be missed dearly.
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael. He was a Godsend to our family, and we will always cherish his words of wisdom, spirituality, and support. We were blessed to have known such an amazing man. He will be missed terribly. Rest in Paradise, Michael. You are so loved.
Kurt and Paula de Silva and family, FL
Mike was one of the most wonderful people that came into my life he was my therapist mentor friend was like a father and a big brother image to me who was always there for me I know he's with the Lord God bless him and God bless his family
Cary E OrizondoOrlando, FL
I worked with Mike during a brieft stint I had at the Orange County Sheriff's Office Training Section. I recall his easy going manner and insight into human behavior to be quite comforting. My heart (and prayers) go out to his family.
Linda WhiteDavenport, FL
Michael Story had the biggest impact on my life. He saved my life. The last year and a half I will never forget. He will truly be missed. Thank you
Drew SandersOrlando, FL
I am so sorry, Mike was a great man! We were stationed together several times while in the US Navy
Rodney LoosbrockFulda, MN
My business partner, my colleague, my friend, my fellow Christian. What strength and joy your brought to all you did! Your life is a lesson from which we can all learn.
Sharon JonesIndialantic, FL
My thoughts and prayers are with this family in this very sad time of their lives .I just recently met Mr.Story though I feel like it has been many years as my friend Sally talked about her Dad all the time sharing many memories from her childhood thorough her adult life ,I know he was a wonderful father and was loved so much.My heart goes out to each of you.
Susan WarrenOrlando, FL
We are extremely saddened to hear of Mikes passing. Mike has been a friend for many years. We also shared the brotherhood of being retired Navy Master Chiefs. He will be greatly missed by all of his fellow club members of the Model A's of Greater Orlando!
May GOD comfort Judie and his entire family at this very sorrowful time.
Wayne & Elaine
Wayne ThalasinosOrlando, FL
Judie and family, Tom and I are saddened to hear of Mike. Know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. Mike was special.
Debra GramerFulton, IL
You changed my life in so many positive ways ,not only did you help lift me up when I way down from losing my parents you became my friend .
Thank you mike you will be missed by one and all ..
Donald Stevenson and FamilyOrlando, FL
My friend, mentor, co-partner is with our Lord and selfishly, I would prefer him to be here with all of us providing therapy to all those who still need his guidance. I will miss Mike every day and will cherish every day his words of encouragement, his guidance, his Christian values and his love for life and everything he did. Thank you my friend for touching my life.
Rita SenecalOrlando, FL