2011-12-10 / Obituaries

Michael McCourt

Michael Patrick McCourt, 48, of Pleasant Ridge, died Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at his home after a two-year battle with cancer.

He was born November 16, 1962, the oldest of Patrick and Peggy McCourt’s four boys. The family spent summers on Mackinac Island, where he worked at his aunt’s Village Inn. He was able to make his final trip there this last July 4 holiday.

A graduate of Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mr. McCourt followed in his father’s steps to become an Eagle Scout, as did his oldest son, Caelan, who became an Eagle Scout last spring.

He received a business degree at Central Michigan University (CMU), but music was always a part of his life. In high school, he played guitar in his first garage band, the McCourt Brothers, which also included Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith. At CMU, he performed with the Strays, considered “the Rolling Stones of campus,” according to Mary Ann McCourt.

In 1986, he and the Strays moved to Los Angeles to become rock stars. When that didn’t work out, he worked in the music industry instead and at Los Angeles’ famed Guitar Center. He and his wife returned to Michigan. He continued to perform in rock bands such as Active Reaction, Swirly Boy, and Honky Dory. He joined the family business, McCourt’s Music in Berkley and Waterford, which opened in 1991.

He married Mary Ann Janosky in 1990 at Old St. Mary’s Church in Greektown in Detroit.

In addition to his love for music, his children were the true joy of his life.

Mr. McCourt is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; three children, Caelan, Ciaran, and Aidan; his parents; and three brothers and their families, Kevin and Susan McCourt, Dan and Elizabeth McCourt, and Sean and Beth McCourt; his wife’s family, Jerry and Ann Janosky; three sisters in-law and their families, Jaqueline and Steve Mantell, Carolyn Janosky, and Valerie Janosky; godparents, Mary Frances McCourt-Dufina and Terrence Donovan; three nieces and one nephew, Arianna, Clara, Charlotte, and Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Barbara Janosky.

Visitation was Sunday, October 9, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wessels and Wilk Funeral Home in Pleasant Ridge. A funeral mass was Monday, October 10, at noon at the National Shrine of the Little Flower at 12 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak. Burial was at Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to the McCourt Children Education Fund in care of Level One Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Michigan 48220.

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