Gary Bowman Michael
Gary Bowman Michael (51) died unexpectedly in Atlanta, GA, on February 25, 2023, alongside his beautiful wife and soul mate, Renata.
Gary was born on September 15, 1971, to Anne Marie Michael and Paul Bowman Michael in Washington DC. He was predeceased by both parents. He is survived by his brother, Jonathan Edward Michael (wife Genevieve), stepbrother, Brian Kerr (wife Tori), stepsister Lisa Kerr Lyles (husband Wes), 4 nephews, 1 niece, and his stepmother Cathy Michael.
Gary grew up in Falmouth, MA, and Edgewater, MD, where he graduated from South River High School. He attended Anne Arundel Community College to study marketing. After school he moved to Hilton Head Island, SC, then Atlanta, GA. He formed a rock band with friends, Gary playing guitar and serving as the band’s lead singer. With an easy ability to connect with people, Gary was a very effective multi-family leasing agent then manager for ProMove in Atlanta, GA. However, Gary’s true passion was grounded in his creativity and interest in technology. He merged these talents by creating several computer programs for companies where he was employed.
Gary reunited with his high school sweetheart, Renata Rodriguez, and they married on June 4, 2016, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD. They enjoyed living with their cats in several different cities, including Saratoga Springs, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY, Virginia Beach, VA, and they then moved back to Atlanta, GA, in 2019. Applying his creativity in the kitchen, Gary was always cooking wonderful food, for his wife and friends and especially at family gatherings. He and his dad enjoyed being in competition to make the best barbeque, steaks, or sauces. Gary with his humor, quick wit, and gentle spirit, will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A funeral service will take place on March 10, 2023, at 11:00am, at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 4109 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown, VA. Reception to follow.
The family is also planning memorial gatherings in Annapolis, MD, and Atlanta, GA, for those that cannot make it to the memorial service in Yorktown, VA. Dates and times for the additional gatherings will be determined later.
In lieu of flowers, in honor of their beloved cats, donations may be made to: Atlanta Humane Society, 1551 Perry Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318, or, The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.