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Celebrating the life of
Michael John McCormick
December 03, 1957 - August 17, 2014
A Good Man, Loving Husband, Gentle Father and Loyal Friend
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm - Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rosary
  • 7:00pm - Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Monday, August 25, 2014
  • St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
  • 6800 Buffalo Speedway (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77025

  • (713) 667-9111

dear Gen and Issy, we are devastated we just found out about this tragic loss. both of you girls are in our prayers and we're here for you if you ever need anything! Your mom and dad had a perfect beautiful marriage and life together and now they are together again watching over you both. All our love in prayers

Slebodnik, Katy, tx

Dear Gen and Issy, Our heartfelt condolences in the loss of Michael, your wonderful father. He truly was an exceptional man, and amazing brother, with gifts of genuine kindness and laughter! He loved you girls and your mother so very much!! May special memories be cherished forever of your parents, Mike and Debbie; two wonderful people we all love and miss. May God comfort you as only HE can during this difficult time. We love you Genevieve and Isabel and please know we are here to help see you through.

Eric and Heather Wiseman, Cheyenne, WY

I worked with Mike when he was a 'youngster' at Tenneco. He had a delightful smile and temperament and was well liked and respected by all. Your family is in my prayers.

Sherri Chilivetis, Houston, Tx

I was so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We were classmates in Rawlins. I hadn't seen or talked to Mike for a long time, but when we reconnected via FB a while ago, he told me about his family. I could tell he was madly in love with his wife and worshipped his two beautiful daughters. He seemed very happy and content with his life. I'm thankful that we were able to catch up and chat for a bit. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I hope you will find comfort in your special memories of such a wonderful man. Much love ....

Bonnie Duthie Foxwell, Colorado Springs, CO

I am so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My heart is very heavy. Mike and I went to CSM and worked together at Tenneco and were roommates, running buddies and more. We did a lot together (made it through hurricane Alicia, drove cross country in two days, etc.) and I have some really wonderful memories and stories that I tell to this day. I was with him when he met Debbie (a great story for another time). Debbie ignited a light in Mike that I have seen in few others. We lost track of each other for a while as our lives moved in different directions but we reconnected a couple of years ago for lunch. I enjoyed hearing the stories of his family, co-workers and friends. Mike had been on my mind lately and I was so hoping to catch back up again. I enjoyed the Service today and the stories that were told at the end tells me that he was the same smart, quirky, fun loving man that I had so much fun with. I wish there were more I could say or do.

Jeff Frayser, Frisco, TX

After my wife Alice died, the people at work, my extended family pulled me through. Mike was one of those, he shall be sorely missed. I am very sorry for your loss,

Wayne Murata, Houston, TX

Izzy and Gen, We are truly sorry for your loss and may God gives you strength during this difficult time. We are thinking of you two and praying for Mike. He was a great person and we will miss him dearly.

The Patiños, Dearborn, Mi

Girls, I had the pleasure of working with your dad at BP. He was very special, his smile and sense of humor will be missed. My prayers and throughts are with you during this difficult time.

Pam Jones, Fulshear, TX

Dear Izzy and Gen, Our hearts are with you in your grief for the passing of your father. We will always remember the wornderful and kind man he was, and the Halloween excursions around the neighborhood led by Mike as we and all you girls gathered candy. He was there (with you Izzy) to welcome us to the neighborhood and to watch over the four little girls that played together for many years. We love you and are here for you if you need us. Alena, Terry, and Katie

Simonson family, Katy, TX

We are so sorry to hear of your father's death, Genevieve and Isabel. I know your dad and mom from Williamsburg Settlement neighborhood you girls were very young when you lived in the neighborhood. My husband also knew your dad from Amoco/bp. Mike was a wonderful person, so kind and gentle. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Angie and Dave Moore, Katy, TX

All the McGraths are with you, Genevieve and Isabel, in spirit on this day. Cousin Mike was one of a kind, a devoted father and fun, positive man. I always looked forward to spending time with the McCormick family on our trips to Texas because he and Debbie made everything a fun adventure. We are sad beyond words to be without him. May he rest in peace and be with Debbie once again. We love you!

Megan McGrath, Kennewick, WA

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Troy and Kristen Knight, Raleigh, NC

Miss you. Love you. Our family is not quite complete without you. We will miss your funny stories, quirky charades titles, family meals and chocolate cheesecake. We know you are now at peace with Deb and joyful once more while she cheers you on as you run the marathon in the clouds. We will all watch over the girls. RIP. M&B

Knight O'Brien family, Kentfield , CA

My deep sorrow and my prayers for you to have strength and resolve in this very sad time. May God grant you the wisdom and direction to go through this time.. You are not alone. Dee Langley, Houston

Dee Langley, Houston, TX

Dear McCormick and O'Brien Families, Our hearts are filled with sorrow for your loss. You are constanly in our thoughts and prayers, where you will remain. We will miss Mike and intend to hold his gentleness and kindness close in our hearts. May you feel the healing power of the love of Christ as the days go by and may you gain strength, comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy,

Brian and Cathy Pettit , Katy, Texas

When I think of Mike, so many wonderful qualities come to mind, his thoroughness, his patience, his friendship, but more than anything else, the quality that defines Mike for me is his genuine kindness. It’s been a privilege to work with Mike on and off for many years in many different settings and my thoughts, prayers and wishes for comfort and peace are with you all.

Scott Holman, Houston, TX

I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now, Mike was such a wonderful person. I still remember three months ago when my mother passed away, your father was very supporting person to me at that hard time. There are not enough words to describe how Mike was a great person. He will be missed so much. Mike and his family are in our prayers and thoughts.

Sherif Afify , Cairo , Egypt

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was such a nice and caring person. Though I didn't know him well I passed him multiple times per day in the hall. His absence is felt everyday. He was often the only other person in the office in the mornings when I came in too. He was always willing to help and very conscientious and thorough. He is already missed by his team. I'll be praying for you all as you adjust to this life changing event.

Richard Shoemake, Houston, TX

Please accept our condolences. We met shortly after we moved into the neighborhood several years ago. We didn't really know him but always exchanged a friendly hello when we saw each other outside. Prayers for you all!

Sellers, Katy, TX

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Janet Greenwood

The Greenwood Family, Houston, TX

Although I did not know Mike personally, the little I have gathered from other BP colleagues is that he was a great person and well-respected. I however know how it feels to lose a loved one - words alone are insufficient to describe this. I pray that you all will find the strength to get through this difficult time and that you will be comforted by the happy memories shared during his lifetime.

Ula Ojiaku (BP, UK), ,

Please accept my heart felt condolences for the loss of such a kind and gentle father. I worked with Mike for many years remotely from the UK and have enormous respect for his professionalism but most of all for being a really nice guy.

John Pankhurst, Frimley, UK

Genn and Issy, your dad was such an amazing person and has taught me so much for which I will always be grateful for. There are not enough words to express how much he will be missed by us all or how sad I am for your loss.

Kari, Houston, TX

I never met Mike in person, but worked with him very closely over the past 8 months. I came to really like Mike, not just because he was a hard worker, which he was, but also because he was kind and caring, talking often about his wonderful daughters. I'm deeply saddened by his death and so very sorry for your loss

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Celebrating the life of a such a good man and mourning his passing with you. With hearfelt sympathy. MJ Angelo

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We are deeply sorry to hear of Mike's death. He was a dear neighbor and a very kind and gentle man. He worked at BP where my husband also works. He generously supported our son's scout flag service for many years and even wrote a letter of recommendation for our son's Eagle scout application. Years ago, I remember with fondness walking the neighborhood with Mike and our kids trick or treating. He was such a great dad. Our kids were on the same swim team and he was always happy to give my kids a ride back from the pool. Mike and Debbie had deep faith, went to our church at Epiphany, and lived their faith in the way they raised their daughters, Isabel and Genevieve. Our prayers are with them and all of Mike's family. May he rest in God's peace.

The McClellans, Katy, TX

Michael John McCormick died on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Katy, Texas. He was 56.

Mike is survived by his two daughters, Genevieve and Isabel; his mother Geraldine McCormick of Cheyenne, WY; two brothers, Matthew McCormick of Port Huron, MI; Lewis Mark McCormick of Cheyenne, WY; two sisters, Geraldine McCormick Bodley and husband Robert of Port Huron, MI; Heather McCormick Wiseman and husband Eric of Cheyenne, WY and many cherished nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Harry McCormick, and wife Deborah McCormick.

Mike's gift in life was a humble heart, a happy laugh, and inquisitive nature. Born on December 3, 1957 in Huntingdon, PA to Harry McCormick and Geraldine Smith McCormick, he grew up in the foothills of Rawlins, WY. He graduated from Rawlins High School in 1976, and continued the trend of mountain living at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where he became intrigued with the world of minerals and efficient in taking the short tour for the free beer samples at the Coors Brewery. Mike spent summers in college working in Bairoil, WY as a oil well derrick hand. He graduated in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in Mineral Engineering Mathematics and a minor in Chemical and Petroleum Refining. Upon graduation, he moved to Houston, TX and worked as a Programmer and Analyst for Tenneco Oil Company. While working there, Mike took graduate level business classes at the University of Houston.

It could be said that Mike was a ladies man who, with his Harry Potter meets Tom Selleck look of glasses and mustache, surrounded himself in a household of women - a wife, two daughters, and three pets, two of which were females. "In my world," he was fond of saying, "I'm on a need to know basis." He met his wife Debbie in a distance running class at the University of Houston, which Debbie mistakenly thought was an aerobic fitness course. He wasted no time securing a first date with the pick-up line, "You look like that girl from Flashdance." They were engaged in less than a year, moved from Houston to Denver, and married on November 30, 1985 at Loretto Heights Chapel in Denver, Colorado. He worshiped his wife, who preceded him in death over a year ago, and is now happy he's arrived to start the numerous items on his new honey-do list. As for the other two women in his life, he doted on his two daughters, Genevieve and Isabel. He taught them to swim, shoot sling shots, build the best forts out of chairs and blankets, and he never failed to miss a swim meet or soccer game. He was known for his kind, gentle and playful personality with a curiosity about life to match that of a child. He played Mr. Mom on the weekends while Debbie worked. He took his girls to feed the ducks. He dressed up for their princess tea parties and let them dance on his toes.

Mike had a life long love affair with food. He made it his mission to discover hot sauces that would singe your eyebrows. He grilled steaks and ribs to perfection. But his forte was baking bread, methodical in never leaving a speck of flour on the counter, a sticky smudge on a bowl, or dirty utensils scattered about the kitchen. He enlisted his girls as little sous chefs, teaching them how to measure out ingredients, crack the eggs, punch the dough, then looking the other way as they stole pinches of rising dough from the top of the dryer in the warm laundry room.

One of Mike's finest qualities was his ability to love and laugh. He gave of himself easily, completely, and often. He never met a stranger or a door knob he couldn't talk to and treated everyone with an overflowing kindness and warm sincerity. He will be remembered fondly as the guy with a dry, quirky humor and unique observations about the world around him. But he will be best remembered as a loving husband, gentle father, and loyal friend.

The visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24 at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX with reception immediately following in the church family center. Burial is private for family only.

In lieu of flowers, contributions for the children may be sent to Chase Bank. Please contact Mary Garcia (281) 392-1502.

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dear Gen and Issy, we are devastated we just found out about this tragic loss. both of you girls are in our prayers and we're here for you if you ever need anything! Your mom and dad had a perfect beautiful marriage and life together and now they are together again watching over you both. All our love in prayers

Slebodnik, Katy, tx

Dear Gen and Issy, Our heartfelt condolences in the loss of Michael, your wonderful father. He truly was an exceptional man, and amazing brother, with gifts of genuine kindness and laughter! He loved you girls and your mother so very much!! May special memories be cherished forever of your parents, Mike and Debbie; two wonderful people we all love and miss. May God comfort you as only HE can during this difficult time. We love you Genevieve and Isabel and please know we are here to help see you through.

Eric and Heather Wiseman, Cheyenne, WY

Candle tribute lit by Eric and Heather Wiseman — Wyoming

I worked with Mike when he was a 'youngster' at Tenneco. He had a delightful smile and temperament and was well liked and respected by all. Your family is in my prayers.

Sherri Chilivetis, Houston, Tx

I was so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We were classmates in Rawlins. I hadn't seen or talked to Mike for a long time, but when we reconnected via FB a while ago, he told me about his family. I could tell he was madly in love with his wife and worshipped his two beautiful daughters. He seemed very happy and content with his life. I'm thankful that we were able to catch up and chat for a bit. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I hope you will find comfort in your special memories of such a wonderful man. Much love ....

Bonnie Duthie Foxwell, Colorado Springs, CO

Candle tribute lit by Jeff Frayser — Texas

I am so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My heart is very heavy. Mike and I went to CSM and worked together at Tenneco and were roommates, running buddies and more. We did a lot together (made it through hurricane Alicia, drove cross country in two days, etc.) and I have some really wonderful memories and stories that I tell to this day. I was with him when he met Debbie (a great story for another time). Debbie ignited a light in Mike that I have seen in few others. We lost track of each other for a while as our lives moved in different directions but we reconnected a couple of years ago for lunch. I enjoyed hearing the stories of his family, co-workers and friends. Mike had been on my mind lately and I was so hoping to catch back up again. I enjoyed the Service today and the stories that were told at the end tells me that he was the same smart, quirky, fun loving man that I had so much fun with. I wish there were more I could say or do.

Jeff Frayser, Frisco, TX

After my wife Alice died, the people at work, my extended family pulled me through. Mike was one of those, he shall be sorely missed. I am very sorry for your loss,

Wayne Murata, Houston, TX

Izzy and Gen, We are truly sorry for your loss and may God gives you strength during this difficult time. We are thinking of you two and praying for Mike. He was a great person and we will miss him dearly.

The Patiños, Dearborn, Mi

Girls, I had the pleasure of working with your dad at BP. He was very special, his smile and sense of humor will be missed. My prayers and throughts are with you during this difficult time.

Pam Jones, Fulshear, TX

Dear Izzy and Gen, Our hearts are with you in your grief for the passing of your father. We will always remember the wornderful and kind man he was, and the Halloween excursions around the neighborhood led by Mike as we and all you girls gathered candy. He was there (with you Izzy) to welcome us to the neighborhood and to watch over the four little girls that played together for many years. We love you and are here for you if you need us. Alena, Terry, and Katie

Simonson family, Katy, TX

Candle tribute lit by Shaelynn Martinez — Wyoming

We are so sorry to hear of your father's death, Genevieve and Isabel. I know your dad and mom from Williamsburg Settlement neighborhood you girls were very young when you lived in the neighborhood. My husband also knew your dad from Amoco/bp. Mike was a wonderful person, so kind and gentle. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Angie and Dave Moore, Katy, TX

Candle tribute lit by Kathleen Longsworth — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Kent — Texas

All the McGraths are with you, Genevieve and Isabel, in spirit on this day. Cousin Mike was one of a kind, a devoted father and fun, positive man. I always looked forward to spending time with the McCormick family on our trips to Texas because he and Debbie made everything a fun adventure. We are sad beyond words to be without him. May he rest in peace and be with Debbie once again. We love you!

Megan McGrath, Kennewick, WA

Candle tribute lit by Marian and Vincent Palazzolo — Texas

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Troy and Kristen Knight, Raleigh, NC

Candle tribute lit by The Knight family — North Carolina

Miss you. Love you. Our family is not quite complete without you. We will miss your funny stories, quirky charades titles, family meals and chocolate cheesecake. We know you are now at peace with Deb and joyful once more while she cheers you on as you run the marathon in the clouds. We will all watch over the girls. RIP. M&B

Knight O'Brien family, Kentfield , CA

Candle tribute lit by The Patiños — Michigan

My deep sorrow and my prayers for you to have strength and resolve in this very sad time. May God grant you the wisdom and direction to go through this time.. You are not alone. Dee Langley, Houston

Dee Langley, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by The Pettit Family — Texas

Dear McCormick and O'Brien Families, Our hearts are filled with sorrow for your loss. You are constanly in our thoughts and prayers, where you will remain. We will miss Mike and intend to hold his gentleness and kindness close in our hearts. May you feel the healing power of the love of Christ as the days go by and may you gain strength, comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy,

Brian and Cathy Pettit , Katy, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Philip — Texas

When I think of Mike, so many wonderful qualities come to mind, his thoroughness, his patience, his friendship, but more than anything else, the quality that defines Mike for me is his genuine kindness. It’s been a privilege to work with Mike on and off for many years in many different settings and my thoughts, prayers and wishes for comfort and peace are with you all.

Scott Holman, Houston, TX

I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now, Mike was such a wonderful person. I still remember three months ago when my mother passed away, your father was very supporting person to me at that hard time. There are not enough words to describe how Mike was a great person. He will be missed so much. Mike and his family are in our prayers and thoughts.

Sherif Afify , Cairo , Egypt

Candle tribute lit by The Boyles — District Of Columbia

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was such a nice and caring person. Though I didn't know him well I passed him multiple times per day in the hall. His absence is felt everyday. He was often the only other person in the office in the mornings when I came in too. He was always willing to help and very conscientious and thorough. He is already missed by his team. I'll be praying for you all as you adjust to this life changing event.

Richard Shoemake, Houston, TX

Please accept our condolences. We met shortly after we moved into the neighborhood several years ago. We didn't really know him but always exchanged a friendly hello when we saw each other outside. Prayers for you all!

Sellers, Katy, TX

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Janet Greenwood

The Greenwood Family, Houston, TX

Although I did not know Mike personally, the little I have gathered from other BP colleagues is that he was a great person and well-respected. I however know how it feels to lose a loved one - words alone are insufficient to describe this. I pray that you all will find the strength to get through this difficult time and that you will be comforted by the happy memories shared during his lifetime.

Ula Ojiaku (BP, UK), ,

Please accept my heart felt condolences for the loss of such a kind and gentle father. I worked with Mike for many years remotely from the UK and have enormous respect for his professionalism but most of all for being a really nice guy.

John Pankhurst, Frimley, UK

Genn and Issy, your dad was such an amazing person and has taught me so much for which I will always be grateful for. There are not enough words to express how much he will be missed by us all or how sad I am for your loss.

Kari, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Kelly, Ivan, and Olivia Clare Patino — Michigan

Candle tribute lit by Sharon Treadaway — Texas

I never met Mike in person, but worked with him very closely over the past 8 months. I came to really like Mike, not just because he was a hard worker, which he was, but also because he was kind and caring, talking often about his wonderful daughters. I'm deeply saddened by his death and so very sorry for your loss

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Candle tribute lit by Mary Jane Angelo — Texas

Celebrating the life of a such a good man and mourning his passing with you. With hearfelt sympathy. MJ Angelo

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Candle tribute lit by Joe and Renee Focone — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Susan Zeigle — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Stacy Wilson — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Mark and Brenda Thompson — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Melissa Yarbrough — Texas

Candle tribute lit by The McClellans — Texas

We are deeply sorry to hear of Mike's death. He was a dear neighbor and a very kind and gentle man. He worked at BP where my husband also works. He generously supported our son's scout flag service for many years and even wrote a letter of recommendation for our son's Eagle scout application. Years ago, I remember with fondness walking the neighborhood with Mike and our kids trick or treating. He was such a great dad. Our kids were on the same swim team and he was always happy to give my kids a ride back from the pool. Mike and Debbie had deep faith, went to our church at Epiphany, and lived their faith in the way they raised their daughters, Isabel and Genevieve. Our prayers are with them and all of Mike's family. May he rest in God's peace.

The McClellans, Katy, TX

Candle tribute lit by The Yarbys — Texas


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