Sunday, December 13, 2009

Non Timetis Messor

This one pays tribute to a titan, Pop Squatch Wilbury, who passed away December 11.

Stream online here:

Download for iTunes here:
Pop Squatch Wilbury Memorial Show.mp3

Michael Austin, 53, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of December 11th.

Mike was a loving husband, caring father, stellar role model and one of the best friends that anyone could ask for. He made the lives of those around him better in so many ways. Those who knew him will remember him for his snappy rapport, his heartfelt laughter and a giant smile.

Mike touched the lives of many in the community in various ways through his generous heart. He spent years as a youth sports coach, as a member of several car racing clubs and as an active participant of a gourmet club. Mike was passionate about his race car and lived proudly as an avid Raiders and Yankees fan. As the host father to numerous exchange students, Mike also helped bring Erie a little closer to the rest of the world. He reinforced those bonds by maintaining relationships with his extended family around the world, traveling to visit them often. Learning from his lessons, both of his children studied abroad extensively as exchange students, during university and afterwards.

Mike completed his bachelors degree at SUNY Fredonia while working at Welch Foods in Westfield, NY. Upon completion he was a supervisor at Falconer Glass in Falconer, NY. He earned his MBA at Penn State Behrend. He was employed by Lord Corporation for the 21 years he lived in Erie. His most current position was Aerospace Sourcing Manager. Mike avidly pursued his quest for knowledge in all areas of his life.

Michael, the son of Thomas and Joyce Austin was born July 15th, 1956 in Dunkirk, NY. He is survived by his wife of 32 and a half years, Linda, 51, and their two children Sarah, 31 of Denver, CO, and Matthew, 29 of New Orleans, LA; his siblings: Dale, Robert, Pam Ostrander, Mark and Deena Lahnen; and a large extended family.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Joyce, and his sister Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the family for a memorial scholarship, in development, to support international student travel.

The songs:
30 Days in the Hole - Humble Pie
Slow Ride - Foghat
Train, Train - Blackfoot
Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet
Highway Star (Live) - Deep Purple
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
Rebels of the Sacred Heart - Flogging Molly
Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
Call Me the Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lean on Me (Live) - Bill Withers
Tequila Sunrise - The Eagles
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