very public saga as "a newly appointed Warrior against stage IV cancer" and had hoped for a different ending to his story.
We didn't know him well, but appreciated his extensive work with RefugeeOne, his love of Uptown, and his boundless enthusiasm and optimism. He squeezed more into thirtysomething years than many can imagine accomplishing in a long lifetime.
Our thoughts are with those who knew him and mourn his passing.
Update: According to this article in Edgeville Buzz, services for Jay are as follows: "A memorial service for Michael will be held at noon on Tuesday at Northbrook Community Synagogue, 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook, IL, 60062. Burial will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at West Lawn Cemetery, 7801 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge, IL, 60706. Shiva will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Chabad Wilmette, 2904 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL, 60091, and on Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL, 60201."
Update: Crain's remembered Jay in its Monday edition: Uptown Developer Jay Michael, 34, Dies