Michael Timothy Willett
Published 4:06 pm Friday, September 12, 2014
Michael was born at NAS Pensacola Hospital in Pensacola, FL on November 25, 1960. He was a joy from his first breath until his last one. He was a happy baby and loved by all his family and friends. As he matured he had a special way of saying funny things on the moment to everyone with whom he came in contact. He was always making others laugh, even when he was at his sickest in the hospitals. So many of his doctors, nurses, hospital staff, friends and family have told us that he has made them want to be better people. They said if he could make others want to be happy when he was so very ill, then they could do the same when they were well.
Michael attended East Hill Christian School from kindergarten through the 6th grade and Liberal Arts of Pensacola for two years. He transferred to public schools and worked at Sam’s Gulf Service Station in East Pensacola Heights. The station was owned by Michael’s grandfather, Sam Magnasco, Jr. He eventually joined the Navy, where he studied and received his GED and studied computers before his honorable discharge in 1991. Since his illness, he has often commented that he didn’t have a Bucket List. He said that he had done all the things he wanted to do and been all over the world and saw places he wanted to see.
His love of computers enabled him to work at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola for approximately seven years. He has continued to do computer repair throughout the years since then.
Michael was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 stomach cancer which quickly changed to Stage 4. He fought a difficult battle with bravery and humor.
He is survived by his mother and step father, Mary Ann and Ronnie Moseley of Pensacola, FL and his father and step mother, Ron and Brenda Willett of Palm Harbor, FL.; his loving sister, Melinda Leigh Weems of Cumming, GA; uncle, Anthony Ray (Tony) Magnasco; cousin, Samuel C. Magnasco (Sammy) and numerous other cousins and other relatives. His former wife and special friend, Valarie Stewart Willett has stood by his side throughout this difficult time and been there for the family at all times.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sam, Jr. and Edith Pate Magnasco and maternal great grandparents, Annie Mae and Robert E. Pate of Pensacola; and paternal grandparents, Beatrice L. and Charles B. Willett of Vienna, VA.
Michael accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on May 26, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. while a patient in Baptist Hospital in Gulf Breeze, FL. His step father, Ronnie Moseley, led him to salvation. Michael has stated that since that day, he has had peace with what was happening in his life and rests assured that his name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life and will live with Jesus for eternity.
The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service will be held 10:30am Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brian Nott officiating. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at NAS Pensacola, FL.
Michael’s family would like to thank the doctors and staffs at Baptist Hospital in Gulf Breeze, FL, the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL and Covenant Hospice at West Florida Hospital for their wonderful and professional care given to Michael and our family and friends. Also to the Hospice nurses who stayed with him day and night and cared for him lovingly and tenderly.
Pallbearers will be Michael’s skateboarding and surfing friends from his childhood: Fred Esposito, Fred Coury, Marty Jacobs, Rip Hanks, Charles Thomley, Bill Sheffer, Ed McManus, and James (Jamey) Jones.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials in memory of Michael be made to Covenant Hospice of Pensacola, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504 or the charity of your choice.