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Michael Ian Grainsky of Pittsford, NY passed away on Thursday February 1st, 2024 surrounded by family and loved ones. Born to Ada and Milton Grainsky, on April 18th,1955, Mike grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, where he developed his passions for ice hockey and being a smart alec, both of which would stay with him for the rest of his years.
Mike leaves behind his daughter, Alana Grainsky and her wife Cetta Puleo, his brother, Joshua Grainsky and his husband Rene Hautin, grandson Nico Rodriquez and beloved dog Theo, and many relatives and friends. Mike is predeceased by his daughter, Jamie Grainsky, wife Leslie Stein and both of his parents.
Mike developed his love of ice hockey as a young child, where he learned to play on a makeshift rink in his cousin’s backyard. As a goalie, Mike’s insistence that his cousins never scored on him became a decades long debate. From there Mike went on to play for UCONN, and trained in Russia. At UConn he met his first wife, Debbie, the mother of his two daughters. Perhaps the role Mike will best be remembered for is that of “coach” to countless aspiring hockey players, a role that brought him tremendous joy and purpose. Coaching eventually landed him in Rochester, NY, a city he grew to love and would serve as home for the remainder of his years.
Those of us who were lucky to be loved by Mike, knew that he had a gentle heart, a deeply emotional side and the desire to protect us all from the hard stuff. His love for his second wife, Leslie was profound, and their time together was too short. When Leslie fell ill, Mike remained by her side, just as he did for his mother when she neared the end of her life. Mike’s life was full of joyful moments, but was also full of health complications. Mike’s fight to live astounded us all, as he persevered through each diagnosis with optimism, determination and a good joke.
We are tremendously thankful for the numerous caretakers who supported Mike, the doctors and nurses from Strong Memorial Hospital and from Fresenius Kidney Care, and to the friends, neighbors and loved ones that helped him live his life to the fullest during these last years.
Memorial donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Mike’s memory, or, if you’re able, register to become an organ donor yourself. We will forever be grateful for the kidney and pancreas donors whose generosity allowed us to have as much time with Mike as we did.
All who loved Mike are welcome to attend his funeral on Wednesday, February 7th at 11:30 AM at the Cedar Park and Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.