Michael Ralph McCool, age 61, of Edgewater, Florida passed away at his home in Edgewater. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 17th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Pastor Jonathan Larson officiating. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in North Isanti Baptist Cemetery.
Michael Ralph McCool was born November 16, 1947 in Washington D.C. to Ollon and Alice (Martinez) McCool. Michael spent much of his life in the D.C. metropolitan area, where he distinguished himself as a successful salesman, first with Pitney Bowes during the 1970’s and then with Xerox in the 1980’s. He retired on disability to Florida in 2002. Michael remained passionate throughout his life about golfing and music. Despite a physical disability caused by a motorcycle accident in his youth, Michael was a competitive golfer, participating and winning many local tournaments. Michael spent several years in Los Angeles pursuing various musical endeavors in the rhythm and blues arena, before returning to Springfield, Virginia. Music remained an important part of his life. His faithful and devoted friend, Layla, a golden lab, died with him in the fire.
Michael McCool died in a fire at his home in Edgewater, Florida on February 5, 2009 at the age of 61 years, 2 months and 20 days. He was preceded in death by his father, Ollon, in 2008.
Michael is survived by his mother, Alice McCool of Cambridge, MN, four siblings: Patricia Greene of Buffalo, NY, Melissa (Roger) Deneen of Cambridge, MN, Colleen McCool of Arlington, Virginia, and Kevin McCool of Silver Spring, Maryland, many nieces and nephews, good friends and great neighbors.