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April 29, 2014  

Mike Vraney December 29, 1957 to January 2, 2014

On Thursday, January 2, 2014, Mike Vraney, my husband, founder of Something Weird Video, and the great love of my life, passed away after a long heroic battle with lung cancer. He was 56 years old.

Mike was diagnosed with lung cancer in August of 2012. Most people were unaware that he was even sick, and only his closest friends and family knew. I was fortunate to have had 20 years with Mike. We made the most of every day we had left together after his grim diagnosis.

Mike was a larger than life personality. He had his own unique solipsistic perspective of things, and was definitely his own man. A dear old friend of his once remarked, “It’s always been Mike’s world and the rest of us just live in it.” Mike was completely content just having his kids and I as the center of his universe. He proclaimed his love for me on a daily basis, and made me feel like the most awesome woman in the world.

We had countless adventures over the years populated with an endless cast of colorful characters. The stories I could tell. I reflect upon all of the film archives we rummaged through, collections of odd ephemera that dropped into our laps, and the fun we had collecting over the years. I will always cherish those times.

Mike was always supportive and encouraged my art career. He was my biggest fan.

The man may be gone, but his remarkable contribution to film history and popular culture will live on indefinitely.

Rest in peace, my love. You were the perfect soulmate, movie buddy, collecting pal, and partner in crime. — Lisa xo

Please visit the Mike Vraney Memorial Tribute Page on Facebook www.facebook.com/mikevraneymemorial

 

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