Mike “Bear” Youkilis Death | Passed Away | Obituary
Mike Youkilis Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Mike Youkilis.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
It is with a deep sense of sadness we share this beautifully written tribute posting from Kevin Youkilis’ facebook page about the death of his father, Mike. May his memory be a blessing.
Mike “Bear” Youkilis, age 70 of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020. Son of Alvin and Sara Youkilis. Loving husband of Carolyn Youkilis. Beloved father of Scott (Stacy) Youkilis, Kevin (Julie) Youkilis and Aaron (Toni) Youkilis. Most cherished Papa Bear of Samantha, Madelyn, Everett, Charlie, Honor, Jordan, Zachary and Jeremy. He is survived by his brothers Edward Youkilis and Tom (Alison) Youkilis and friends all around the world.
Mike was a graduate of Walnut Hills High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was an active member of Adath Israel. He was the founder and CEO of Midwest Diamond Distributors for over twenty years.
His success in the jewelry business was measured by sales, of course, but his ability to connect with people is what made him successful. Mike had loyal customers across the U.S. who became his friends over many years of doing business together. Not only did he share his knowledge of diamonds with his customers to strengthen their business, he was affable and loved sharing stories and forging relationships. While his business demanded travel away from home leaving Carolyn to raise three very energetic boys, his devotion to giving his family the best life possible and his strong work ethic are a legacy he now leaves with his sons.
Mike lived life to the fullest. Some of his fondest memories are of playing third base in the JCC fast pitch softball league. His passion for sports, the Reds, Bengals and Bearcats, and everything baseball especially when his kids were playing was endless. Rarely would he miss a game or the chance to play catch with his boys in the front yard after a long road trip. One of the greatest construction projects that contributed to his kids success in baseball was the batting cage he built in the backyard. A labor of love and months of work resulted in countless buckets of balls and line drives up the middle with his boys. Nothing was more satisfying to him than sharing in the exhilaration and feeling of hitting the sweet spot on the bat. Oh yeah, and a major league All-Star with two World Series rings.
Mike never had plans to retire. When he became a grandfather he found a balance between work and life, one that celebrated simple pleasures, like good food and drink, not to mention dessert. He was proud of his son Scott’s culinary skills and “sometimes too fancy” menu items, but he always opted for something comforting like a cheeseburger or fried chicken. Even his taste in beer was simple as most men and women of his age who were born and raised in Cincinnati. Thus, Kevin created Loma Brewing Company’s Youk’s Kolsch, which Miked liked to call “Dad’s Beer,” a light golden ale perfect for a sunny day and the personification of Mike’s personality. The perfect end to a day was a scoop of ice cream and Mike loved nothing more than to spoil his grandkids and visits to the local ice cream shop.
While his life may have ended, the family business will not. Mike’s acumen in the jewelry business has been passed on to Aaron for the past fifteen years. Mike would be so proud to see Aaron take the helm of Midwest Diamond Distributors which will continue to service hundreds of small, independent jewelry stores across the United States.
Mike had a big presence in the lives of so many, including a large, extended family of cousins both near and far, and close life-long friends. He had a heart full of love and laughter for everyone he met, he will be missed dearly by all
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