With great sadness, we announce the passing of Michael John Redmond, 61, a beloved family man, loyal friend, and decorated veteran, who peacefully returned home to the Lord on August 9, 2023 in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
On February 13, 1962, Michael was born in Kingston, New York. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1980 where he played football and attended vocational school for machinery technologies. On January 11, 1982, he left for boot camp after enlisting in the US Navy. Michael went on to dedicate over 30 years of his life to serving our nation with unwavering courage and commitment in the United States Navy. He attended schooling in San Diego, California and spent most of his active years stationed on the East Coast. On the 4 year anniversary of Mike leaving for boot camp, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Brinkman Redmond. They went on to be together for over 40 years.
His valiant service did not end there as he continued his career as a civilian with multiple companies up until his passing. After Michael retired from the US Navy in April of 2011 as a CW04, he worked for VSE out of Chesapeake, VA as an Operations Officer for a few years before returning to work for the government as a Port Engineer for Carrier Strike Group Four for 8 years out of Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, VA. In May of 2022, Michael relocated to work for Crowley Commercial Shipping out of Jacksonville, FL as a Port Engineer and in his short time there was promoted to Fleet Administrator.
Michael always put his all into his work. He received numerous awards during his time in the Navy as well as in his civilian career for his personal work and his success in leadership roles. He was always looking to improve himself professionally in the workplace as well as continuous learning through the years. In addition to his exceptional performance in his careers, he was also able to complete his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Liberal Arts in August of 2011. He was always looking to improve himself professionally in the workplace as well as continuous learning through the years.
Michael is predeceased by his father John “Jack” J. Redmond and brother John J. Redmond Jr. He leaves behind his mother Rose, his sister Teresa “Terri” Hein, his loving wife of 37 years, Shirley, his devoted children Jordan and Michaela, son-in-law Shawn, and his four beautiful granddaughters, Summer, Avery, Liana, and Myka who were the light of his life. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins.
An avid sports enthusiast as a participant and a spectator, Michael was a loyal fan of the NY Mets, NY Jets, NY Islanders, Syracuse basketball, & anything Notre Dame. His passion for sports was only surpassed by his love for outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing that he loved doing with family.
Michael will be remembered as a kind, loving, and loyal husband, father, granddad, son, brother, and friend to all that knew him. Family was so important to him and although he missed a lot when he was on deployments, when he was home he never missed a thing. He was there for sports event for both of his kids, even coached a few teams, music concerts, competitions, and fishing. His love for his family grew even more with the addition of his four granddaughters.
He was taking them for walks, bringing them donuts on the weekends, fishing, having pizza parties, trips to the park, and going out to their favorite restaurants all around one big table. To have Michael as a dad or Granddad was the greatest blessing someone could have.
His smile was contagious, and his spirit was infectious. Michael had the ability to light up a room with his presence and make everyone feel loved and welcomed. Our lives will never be the same without him, but we are comforted by knowing that he is with Lord and Savior and will be reunited again someday. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him, and his legacy of love, loyalty, and service will continue through his family and friends.
In honor of Michael’s life, a viewing is scheduled Friday August 25th from 4PM to 7PM, and his funeral will be held Saturday, August 26th at 4PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home, located at 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to make a donation in Mike’s name to either Wounded Warrior Project or Operation Underground Railroad.
Michael, Your life was a blessing & your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
SHOULD THERE BE ANY CONNECTIVITY ISSUES EXPERIENCED DURING THE LIVESTREAM, A RECORDING OF THE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER MICHAEL’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE HAS CONCLUDED.