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Michael Wojnovich

Michael K. Wojnovich

Friday, September 22nd, 1967 - Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Michael K. Wojnovich, 53, of Manlius passed away at Upstate Hospital on Wednesday after a battle with stage 4 lung cancer. Michael leaves behind his wife Bridget of 25 years and three daughters; Sophia, Olivia and Isabella. He is also survived by his mom Janet, brothers James, Kevin, Scott and Matt as well as his sister Wendy.

Mike’s love for his three daughters and three dogs (not necessarily in that order during the teen years) is what he will truly be remembered for. His intellect and sarcastic wit come in a close second.

Some of Mike’s most cherished pastimes were hiking the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, going to concerts at the Westcott Theater, tinkering with his “antique” Porsche in the garage, golfing at Drumlins, playing in a $10 poker tournament at the Turning Stone (but only if he had a coupon), and listening to the Grateful Dead.

Anyone who knows Mike was acutely aware of his love of all things food. He could never turn down a burrito, a bowl of cheese puffs, a handful of Swedish fish, a plate of ridiculously hot wings, a flight of craft beers, or the bulk candy aisle (sometimes he treated it like a free buffet). Sorry Wegmans!

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from RIT where he played lacrosse and his MBA from Syracuse University, and he took pride in being a lifelong learner. His wife, daughters and extended family will greatly miss his hysterical sense of humor, the creative games he made up for holiday get-togethers, his generosity, compassion for others, and the way he never thought his cargo pants went out of style.

There are no calling hours or services. A celebration of Michael’s life is being planned for the spring. For now, in the words of Jerry Garcia, “Like the morning sun you come and like the wind you go. Ain’t no time to hate, barely time to wait. What I want to know is where does the time go?”
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Jeffrey Smith

Posted at 03:56pm
Mike was such a great teammate at RIT. Might be hard to comprehend, but we played lacrosse on a muddy field all year round that was on a former swamp. Freezing cold and very gray. But through it all, Mike always had a rye witty comment to make us all enjoy whatever was thrown in front of us. Mike will surely be missed.

Jeffrey Smith
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Tim Germain

Posted at 03:04pm
Bridget, Sophia, Olivia, and Isabella

Mike was truly a great husband and fantastic father. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. No words can express how sorry we are for your loss. We hope your many fond memories of Mike will provide some comfort to you.

Tim & Darian

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Suzanne Ellis

Posted at 07:59pm
My deepest condolences to Mike’s wife and daughters and to dear Janet and all her family. Our kids (Wes (Jamie) Getman and Barbara Getman) were in school with some of the boys and Wes played sports with some members of the Wojnovich dynasty. I always had great respect for the way those children were brought up and the loving family that surrounded them. I didn’t know Mike personally but knowing his mom and dad, I have no doubt he was an incredible husband and father with an inspirational zest for life and living. I am so very sorry.
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Mike McKee

Posted at 12:44pm
Bridget and girls,
My deepest sympathy for your incredible loss. I was a roommate and teammate of Mike's at RIT and have great memories with many laughs, as you would know. In recent years we met up at the dome for RIT games and had many laughs where we again enjoyed Woj's unending wit.
Sincere condolences,
Mike McKee
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Connie M. Whitton

Posted at 06:25pm
Dear Bridget,

What a great dad and husband Michael was....my condolences and love to you and the girls. We learn to hold tight to the memories and cherish them. Miss watching you walk those adorable dogs.

Connie M. Whitton
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