West, Michael Alexander, Sr., 63, of Fort Lauderdale and Edgewater, Florida passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 27, 2005. Predeceased by his parents, Kathryn and William H. West, Jr.; also predeceased by brother, William H. West, III all of Media, PA. Survived by his wife, Carol West; children, Michael Alexander West, Jr. (Libby), Kristin West Silverman (Marc), and their mother Ellen Abernathy Salerno; stepchildren, Brian (Danielle) Mann, Tracey (Frank) Rooney and Mickey (Stacey) Mann; grandchildren: Michael Trey Alexander West, III, Matthew Frost, Cory Frost, Brandon Mann, Trevor Mann, Tyler Mann, Samantha Mann, Dylan Mann, Blake Rooney and Chase Mann. Also survived by sister Kathryn (Frank) Huff of Media, PA; nieces and nephews: Stephanie Clendening, Jeff Clendening, William H.(Deb) West, IV, George Abernathy and Alexis Abernathy. Mike moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1971 from Media, Pennsylvania, and continued to work in Sales Management until his illness forced his retirement from Paramount Vending Company in Pompano Beach. Mike was a proud 1964 graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, which he attended on a full athletic scholarship, and Mike never gave up rooting for his Bulldogs. In 1977 Michael was inducted to the Media, Pennsylvania Old Timers Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in basketball. Golfing was his passion, and his A-Game was admired by many. Perhaps the Longest Drive award at many local golf tournaments is now again up for grabs. Always the consummate host and gentleman, Mike will be forever missed by the many friends and family he leaves behind. Mike’s sense of humor and story telling made all around him laugh and treasure being in his company. The family will be forever indebted to George Salerno, M.D., whose loving care gave us many more good days with our beloved Dad, husband, Pops, and friend. The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 30, 2005 from 6 to 8PM at Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home, 2505 North Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale. A mass of Christian burial will take place Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 10AM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1701 E. Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn North Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Citadel Brigadier Athletic Scholarship Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29409, or Hospice of Volusia/ Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129.
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