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Michael J. Cawley
Age: 32
Occupation: Queens firefighter, Division 14, Battalion 46, Ladder 136
Worked for: FDNY Ladder 136, responded 9/11/01 with Rescue 4
Originally from: Flushing, Queens
Resided in: Bellmore
School: Archbishop Molloy HS
College: State University at Oswego
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Other links: Proud to Be a Firefighter: NY Times

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Mike,
Thanks for being sweet to me.Thanks for teaching me to play some games.I miss you so much.You are a good fireman.
-- KRISTI SHARKEY (Friend {})
26 Dec 2001

Mike,

I cant believe that it has taken me this long to write something, for that I am sorry but I honestly for the longest time did not know what say. I am not sure that I know now what to say, but I know I have to talk so please bear with me here. Let me start by saying I am sorry. Sorry for not writing things down sooner, sorry for not calling you sooner when you didnt call back to watch a football game, sorry for not realizing how precious life and friends and family are (again) and that you need to hold on tight and not let yourself drift away, sorry it had been so long in between visits, and sorry that my new daughter will never get to know the great, fun, caring Uncle Mike that I know you would have been.

Thank you, for the time we spent together, for every argument we had about Michigan and ND football, to Mom and Dad Cawley for allowing me to sleep in your front room so many, many nights, to Brendan and Kristin for being such great sports about it too (Hey thanks Brendan for letting me beat you in hoops too) Thank you Mike for being there on the track to joke with me after the multiple proms we went to, for a 3 hour bus ride from Syracuse to Oswego in a blizzard to go drink beers and watch the Final 4. For showing how human you can be by crying as I left to go away to college. Thank you for dancing around with me like an idiot on so many occasions (I even have one on tape from my wedding which I have watched a few times since 9/11 just to laugh with you...) Thank You for every smile, hug and shoulder to cry on you gave to me, and obviously so many others, and for so many other countless things that I am forgetting here

I love you Buddy, I miss you, say Hi to my mom up there for me
-- Kurt Steege (Friend {})
29 Jan 2002

Mike,

I cant believe that it has taken me this long to write something, for that I am sorry but I honestly for the longest time did not know what say. I am not sure that I know now what to say, but I know I have to talk so please bear with me here. Let me start by saying I am sorry. Sorry for not writing things down sooner, sorry for not calling you sooner when you didnt call back to watch a football game, sorry for not realizing how precious life and friends and family are (again) and that you need to hold on tight and not let yourself drift away, sorry it had been so long in between visits, and sorry that my new daughter will never get to know the great, fun, caring Uncle Mike that I know you would have been.

Thank you, for the time we spent together, for every argument we had about Michigan and ND football, to Mom and Dad Cawley for allowing me to sleep in your front room so many, many nights, to Brendan and Kristin for being such great sports about it too (Hey thanks Brendan for letting me beat you in hoops too) Thank you Mike for being there on the track to joke with me after the multiple proms we went to, for a 3 hour bus ride from Syracuse to Oswego in a blizzard to go drink beers and watch the Final 4. For showing how human you can be by crying as I left to go away to college. Thank you for dancing around with me like an idiot on so many occasions (I even have one on tape from my wedding which I have watched a few times since 9/11 just to laugh with you...) Thank You for every smile, hug and shoulder to cry on you gave to me, and obviously so many others, and for so many other countless things that I am forgetting here

I love you Buddy, I miss you, say Hi to my mom up there for me
-- Kurt Steege (Friend {})
29 Jan 2002

I met you freshman year of high school and you have been a special part of my life ever since. Wow, do I miss you.

Every time I hear a fire siren you pop into my head(and because of you, I have the ability to distinguish fire sirens from all others). And every time I think of you, I laugh, smile and possibly shed a tear or two (or three...)

You were my third big brother -- and quite possibly more protective than my real ones. You always looked out for me -- especially with a "come on Schwartz, what are you thinking?" sprinkled in for a reality check.

What I write here will never be able to express how I feel about you -- you contimue to be so very important & special to me. I miss you so much -- but I know you remain my over-protective big brother, you just have an aerial view these days.

The next time I see you, we'll go for that birthday drink we've been meaning to meet up for. I'll buy.
-- Karyn Schultheiss (Friend {})
05 Feb 2002

I am just another person who saw Michael as a proud man and proud to be a fireman.
Our families were friends, our sisters best friends but you had no choice to try to be a friend of his. He gave you no choice. I am sorry I couldn't have known him better.
Believe it or not I was going to buy a nice bottle of liquor for Michael, he had snuck up to the front of the line at the bar quite often. I am sorry I never got a chance to get that to him.

Thanks Michael...
-- Ryan M. (Friend {})
22 Feb 2002

I knew Mike from one of my first days at Molloy...He sat behind me in Spanish class for two years...All these years later, I had never forgotten him.

Mike, I just want to say you are a hero.

I remember when we used to help eachother out when Bro. John Venturella would call on us to answer a question in class. I could still hear you whispering answers behind me....even though half the time we would both get them wrong....

Mike...you are in my thoughts and will never be forgotten....

Always, your Guido, maniacal, twisted, singing, jokester friend...Steve Trama(AMHS '87)
-- Steve Trama (Friend {})
06 Mar 2002

I miss you.
-- Rayne (Friend {})
18 Mar 2002

I knew Mike pretty much through his brother Brenden, but would run into Mike alot whether it would be up at shea in the Diamond club or in the bars in long beach,or hangin out w/ Brendan. I always enjoyed talking to him,he would always invite me out, and when he was in long beach he would offer his summer house as a place to stay. Brendan would say to me "look Mike always has a FDNY shirt on ",kidding around, I guess when you love something as much as he did, you show it off as much as possible. He was really a great guy. I send all my prayers to Brendan and his family.
-- Rob Billante (Friend {})
22 Mar 2002

Dear Mike,

There are so many things my heart wants to say to you. My heart aches every time I think about never seeing you again, but being able to write this eases that pain for the moment.

In the short few years I knew you, the effect you had in my life was truly profound. I learned so much from the unique friendship that we had, and I am truly a stronger and more complete person than before you came along. God blessed me with your friendship, I will cherish it forever. You will be in my heart forever.

I miss your surprise visits at the hospital and how your face would light up when I brought you into the nursery to see the babies.

I miss your support and understanding. I miss you and know that you are still with all of those you love when we need you.

I was blessed to experience you in my life, now I am blessed to have you as my angel.

Always in my heart -- Debbie
-- DEBBIE (Friend {})
08 Apr 2002

A Prayer to Uncle Michael

When my goodnights and prayers are said and I am warm tucked up in bed,
I know my gaurdian angel stands and holds my head between his hands.
Together we'd laugh and play and swim. How I will remember him.
Teach me all your steps to trace, strong to follow in your grace.
Learning how to love from thee, loving you who so loved me.
Make me, Uncle, what thou art, live yourself within my heart.
Hold me fast in your embrace, let me see your smiling face.
Give me all your blessings give, pray for me and I shall live.
For your courage, hope and joy,
--- take the thanks of a small boy.

-- Thomas Daniel Cawley (Cousin Godson)
15 Sep 2002

Dear Mike,
As I sit here on 9/11 2004 I realize how time doesn't heal all wounds...it just makes living with the pain easier to deal with. I remember how you always had a warm smile and a big heart. I remember what a compassionate, understanding and brave man you were. You allowed people in your presence to be who they were, you never judged a soul. I remember all the good times you and Megan and me had together. I will always be your 'little, little bear'! I remember Megan and I visiting you when we would get off work at Neptunes and you would be doing the door at the Drift. Good times!
I think of you often and on this day, I thank you.
-- Karin Luchese (Friend {})
12 Sep 2004

Mike i miss you, i love you, but things happen 9*11 !!! Save me a spot in heaven

-- Kristi (Friend {})
12 Sep 2004

Dear Big Mike,
I can not believe it's been three years since you left us! I can not believe it has taken me three years to write to you on your behalf. It just seems like the other day when we were at the Jets/Miami MNF game! Did we have fun or what! I remember the two of us slipping past the sercurity guards to get into the bar below Giant stadium, since that was the only place to get a beer, because they did not serve beer at MNF. It was funny the two of us throwing back a bunch of budweisers while the jets were getting thier butt kicked. All of a sudden they starting making a comeback, and our big delema was to go back to the game and give up the beer,or just sit tight. Well i never have seen mike chug a beer so fast and run so slow. As we were running back to our seats i said " Your a fireman, i hope u don't have to run to save me one day!" We look at each other and smiled. Mike, we had a lot of good times together, i just wished we could have some more! I think about you all of the time and so does my family. Mike i know u know today 9/12 is megans birhday, and know how tough it is for her to enjoy today, but if u can please look down on megan for her birthday that would be the best present she would ever get!
-- anonymous (Friend {})
12 Sep 2004

MICHAEL VERY PROUD OF YOU
-- KEVIN FLATLEY (Cousin {})
30 Dec 2004

Dearest Michael,

I never brought myself to write, right after 911 but now I am compelled to do so.

I am sure that you were looking out for your brother Brendan on Sunday morning as well as the the other "brothers". It was you and all the other firefighter angels who saved those who made it.

Now it is up to you all to keep guard over all firefighters and police officers, as well as our troops in Iraq.

You "fought the good fight, you competed well, you finished the race", (Timothy, ch.4 - vs.7).

Love,
Aunt Mary Cawley
-- Mary Cawley (Aunt {})
25 Jan 2005

To Michael and the Cawley Family,
I was a friend of your sister Kristin in elementary school. Kristin, Lizzie & I grew up together and somehow lost touch over the years. We spent many lunchtimes at your house with you and Brendan in grammar school. I didn't know you well, but I knew Kristin well, many years ago. I am now a FDNY wife and know every day the dangers that heros like you faced. You made the ultimate sacrifice and have earned your place in heaven. You inspired your brother Brendan to follow in your footsteps and I am sure you were protecting his fall on Sunday and will guide him through his whole life. He is lucky to have you as his protector. I know I have lost touch with your family over the years, but I do remember your family was so much a part of my childhood. Kristin, Lizzie & I went to Molloy dances, and I actually saw the '86 Mets win the World Series at your house. Just a few of my memories. I am sorry I am only now making contact. I never looked closely at the entire list of names of the fallen brothers until it was too late. I was afraid to face the reality that it could have been my husband that day who perished. I am deeply sorry I have waited this long to express my sympathies to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, all of your family, and especially with Brendan as I pray for his recovery. You are truly a hero and a guardian angel. I will never forget you and all the fallen heroes.
-- Kristen Fowler-Gobbo (Friend {friend of family})
28 Jan 2005

"non scholae vitae" although I did not know you in person, I have learned through many tributes to you that you truly are an example of what that means. May good St. Anne and blessed marceline chapagne watch over your brother and your family in these trying days.
-- FELLOW STANNER (Friend {})
30 Jan 2005

Michael,
We still think of you often, and miss your spirit that is still so alive. I am so happy to see that you are always watching over your beautiful family. They are always in our prayers. Miss you
-- anonymous (Friend {})
28 Apr 2005

I made a visit to the crew of ladder 136 this July, 2005. You and you colleagues are not forgotten, and never will be.
-- anonymous (Friend {})
25 Jul 2005


Dear Michael,

I was talking to my son this past weekend and I was trying to explain what a "hero" is. He is not yet 3 years old so you can imagine it was a funny conversation. As he ran around the house in a towel draped around his shoulders he said he would be a hero like superman and wanted to invite superman over the house for his birthday. I did not have the heart to tell him superman would not be coming to his birthday BUT I did tell him he would see some heros when he visited his Uncle's firehouse as we did each Christmas. At that moment I thought of you. I cannot recall the last time I did that in the past few years. I know I have not even posted a tribute in a few years.

So I guess this is my way of saying you are remembered and I thank you for giving me a way to describe what a hero is to my "not quite 3 year old"....

I guess superman is in good company with all the men and women of the FD....


........Lance




-- Lance Hill (Friend {})
26 Jul 2005

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