Michael Russell Page

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Michael Russell Page died peacefully at his home in Nashville Wednesday after a lengthy battle with ALS. He was 67 years old. Born May 30, 1955, in Queens, NY, Mike, as he was better known, grew up the eldest of three brothers in Levittown, NY. Coming of age during the height of the baby boom in America’s most famous postwar suburb, Mike stood out in a crowded neighborhood as uncommonly gifted in academics and extracurriculars. The son of a carpenter and a first-generation Irish-American homemaker, Mike didn’t just become the first member of the family to attend college but changed his clan’s educational horizons overnight when he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he studied finance at the prestigious Wharton School and played lacrosse. His little brothers would both follow his example, playing lacrosse at two of America’s best colleges. Later, Mike would earn his Master of Accounting degree from Belmont, this time setting the standard for his own kids, who have master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Marriage and Family Therapy. A first-team All-American and team captain, Mike earned a slew of awards on the field, including NCAA Division I midfielder of the year, the NCAA Heroes Award, and U.S. Club Lacrosse Association’s National Player of the Year. In 1996, Penn honored him in the inaugural class of their athletics Hall of Fame, placing him among the very best Ivy League athletes in any sport or era. Post-graduation, Mike played professionally and coached both at the Division I and pro levels. After his lacrosse career, Mike enjoyed stints at Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. While working for a bottling operation in Virginia for the soft drink giant, he met Debby McFee. They married in 1988 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mike paired a deep curiosity with the determination and natural ability to learn new skills at any point in life. Before his diagnosis with ALS, Mike had begun learning to speak Mandarin and had methodically improved his golf game to a point that he had entered competitive tournaments. Mike defied categorization. To just read a list of his favorite things— be it sports (European professional soccer and Big 12 wrestling) or music (new wave post-punk rock and classic R&B) or hobbies (baking the perfect New York cheesecake, pizza and candle-making)—one would be hopeless to guess how old Mike was or where he had lived. More likely, someone would probably suspect you had just described four or five different people. A loving husband and devoted father, Mike coached his daughters Caitlin and Chloe in lacrosse at every stage, eventually helping Chloe begin her own coaching career at St. Cecilia Academy. He was a constant source of practical wisdom and a problem-solver, both for his kids and the State of Tennessee, who retained him as a consultant after his retirement to solve accounting quandaries no one else could. Even as his disease limited his physical abilities, Mike’s mind remained sharp, both in its perceptiveness and trademark wit. His loss of speech did not stop him from writing scathing letters to the editor or laugh-out-loud texts. He was predeceased by his parents, Russell A. Page and Ann McPartlin Page, and his brother Russell H. Page. He is survived by his wife, Debby; his two daughters, Caitlin and Chloe; his brothers Stephen and Robert; his sister-in-law, Kate; nephew, Samuel; and niece, Margaret. Visitation will be at 10AM on Saturday February 25th at St. Henry's Church, followed by Mass at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ALS Association Tennessee Chapter and Alive Hospice. https://www.alivehospice.org/get-involved/give/ Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 100 (615) 857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.

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  1. Debby, Hugs to you and your girls during this time. May all your memories comfort you and keep you smiling in the months and years ahead. We have loved all these years of knowing Mike and you. We will create new memories while honoring him. Love to you and see you soon., Mimi and Rick Comerford

  2. Despite losing his speech abilities, Mike communicated humor, great wit and brilliance through his assistive computer/communication device. He showed strength and perseverance in the face of this disease. What a lucky man to be surrounded by such love and care from his wife and daughters. May he make the Heavens laugh with his humor and personality! RIP MIKE💔. It was an honor to work with you! Kathleen Carney

  3. What a witty, wicked, wonderful guy. We teased each other all through high school, as we were always seated near each other alphabetically. My heart goes out to your family on your loss, way too soon. Sending love to Michael and all of you. Lauri Jean Phillips

  4. I am in awe of all that Mike accomplished! In high school Mike was always smiling and cracking jokes. My love and hugs to his family. May all your fond memories of Mike carry you through.

  5. Debby and family, so sorry to hear this news about Mike and his battle with ALS. Spent more time with Mike than anyone from 16 until about 25. He was super driven to be the best midfielder he could be and made sure to have a lot of fun along the way. Recall when his dad gave him $200 when he accepted to go to Navy on a Friday and we spent it all by Sunday night. It ended with 3 Woody Allen movies back to back to back. Mike was obsessed with his idol Phil Marino who he tried to emulate. He would go watch Phil and when he was at Maryland/Hofstra, summer leagues in Freeport and finally at Long Island Lacrosse Club. Mike perfected his moves at the top of center midfield and he did it by hard work. He was always practicing either alone or with one other person. Mike also took pride in playing defense and wanted to be known as just not and offensive threat. He was very intelligent off the field and knew things well before others. Mike stayed current on every topic and was a great conversationalist. Soon after knowing Navy was not for him he selected Penn after meeting coach Adams. It helped that Peter Hollis our competitor from Garden City, Mike respected his play, was going there as well. We both looked forward to game 1 every year as it was always Penn vs Hofstra to open the season. Off season we played a lot of tennis and had some great battles as we would play different venues in Nassau County to mix up atmosphere. After Penn, Mike went to Delbarton Academy in Morristown NJ to start up their Lax program and teach high school since he didn’t want to jump right into the traditional workforce. Delbarton is now one of the top Lax programs in the country. It is warm felt to hear that Mike was so involved with his daughters growing up as I’m sure this was really special to him. Steve and Bob, my condolences go out to you both as well. I know Mike was was a great mentor to both of you as you charted your own journeys. Mike, definitely a life worth lived. My best to the extended Page family.

  6. So sad to hear this. Mike was an extraordinary guy, friend, classmate, teammate, and wicked opponent when he was at Penn. On the lacrosse field you couldn’t stop his patented stutter step dodge, even when you knew it was coming (like when playing against him at Princeton, and he blew my doors off at the restraining line). Condolences to his family and best wishes. Tom Leyden ’73 (DAHS#20)

  7. Deepest sympathy and condolences to the Page family from the Frenches(Michael, Liz and Sara). I have so many special memories of Michael, especially during our “Coaches Corner” sessions over all our years together with the Philly Wings. So, so many laughs…accompanied by the occasional adult beverage. Win, lose or draw, MP always brought a bright smile and a positive perspective to our post game gatherings…very special times. Rest in Peace my dear friend. Michael.

  8. Deepest condolences to Debby and the entire Page family. It was an honour and a privilege to call Mike a colleague and, more importantly, a friend during our Philly Wings days. He was a major factor in our success both on and off the floor, and the memories I have of our time together and the innumerable laughs we shared will remain with me forever. RIP Mike.

  9. In memory of a good man, good friend, and good colleague.

    A Memorial Tree was planted in memory of Michael Russell Page
  10. In memory of Mike who made the Penn experince more inspired and a lot more fun. Forever sparkle like the diamond you are – a great soul never dies!

    A Memorial Tree was planted in memory of Michael Russell Page
  11. Michael was like an all-encompassing bolt of lightning when I first met him on the lacrosse field at Penn. He was an unstoppable, brilliant, and ego-free Renaissance man in all aspects of life. There are a flood of memories to share. My deep, heartfelt condolences go out to Mike’s wonderful family and dear friends. We have lost a shining light. Andy & Karen Pettit

  12. Mike Page was one of the kindest, most humble people that you could ever encounter. Always even keeled with a quiet assuredness in the way he interacted with everyone. Mike and I worked together at the state of Tennessee for a number of years and you always knew that with any problem you approached him with Mike could figure it out. He was smart, bright and always had a humble spirit. My condolences to his wife and daughters in their loss. Mike was just a all around good person and a good man. Heaven just accepted another angel! Rest in peace my friend! John Ferguson

  13. Mrs Page and daughters , I just learned of your loss. I had the honor of meeting Mr.Page only once. I was in your home as a home health nurse.I Your husband,s strength and character, even in his illness was remarkable. He impressed me as a genuine and kind person . He legacy lives on May God sustain you all in the days ahead. My prayers are with you. Warmest Reguards, Lee Ann Mack

  14. Very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We were friends in high school in Levittown and Mike was always a lot of fun to be around. Very quick witted and funny. He was a truly great lacrosse player and had a passion for the game and pinpoint control of his shot. Prayers for his family and friends.

  15. Dear Debby and family. So sorry to recently hear of our cousin’s passing. We remember him as an upbeat individual with a great laugh, reminiscent of his mom. It’s unfortunate that we lost touch and didn’t get to know him as an adult. We will cherish our memories of our time spent with him as children. Mary Beth Lange (Harris) Janice Fisher (Harris)

  16. Old college teammate of Mike’s who belatedly heard the sad news. Mike’s nickname at Penn was “Squirrel” due to his diminutive size, extreme quickness and endless energy. He may have been the smallest player on the field but he had the biggest heart. Deepest condolences to the Page family.

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