Michael E. Cairns

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Michael Ed­ward “Mike” Cairns, of Noblesville, In­di­ana, passed away of non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma sur­rounded by his fam­ily on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11, 2016, at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Hospi­tal in Philadel­phia, PA. He was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a clin­i­cal trial at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia hop­ing to ex­ter­mi­nate this aw­ful dis­ease. His fight against can­cer was su­per­hu­man and his strength, en­durance, and at­ti­tude dur­ing his fight con­tin­ued to im­press his med­i­cal staff and ev­ery­one else through­out.

Mike was born in Cam­den, Ten­nessee on Oc­to­ber 8, 1962, to Ed­ward and Sally Cairns. He grew up in Ce­cil County, and was the vale­dic­to­rian for the Class of 1980 at West Not­ting­ham Academy. In 1985, he grad­u­ated as a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer from Case Western Re­serve Uni­ver­sity in Cleve­land, where he was a co-op stu­dent with Gen­eral Mo­tors through­out most of his col­lege years. He be­gan his ca­reer at GM, later mov­ing to FCA Chrysler, where he was a qual­ity con­trol en­gi­neer and head of the sar­casm de­part­ment.

His fam­ily is for­ever in­debted to the sup­port that he re­ceived from his for­mer West Not­ting­ham class­mates, fra­ter­nity broth­ers, Chrysler fam­ily, child­hood friends, fish­ing part­ners and many oth­ers. His room at Penn Hospi­tal was of­ten full of friends on week­ends, and cards and notes cov­ered the walls of his room.

He was pre­ceded in death by his beloved mother, Sally; his grand­par­ents; as well as his Aunt Mar­i­lyn and Un­cle David Mar­quis.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Sally; daugh­ter, Anna; son, An­drew and Brooke; his fa­ther, Ed­ward; brother, Dave and his wife, Marta, and their daugh­ters, Nina and Ly­dia; and sis­ter, Jane and her hus­band, John, and their son, Branch, and daugh­ter, Aileen and her hus­band, Richard. Also sur­vived by his mother-in­law, Jane; brother-in-law, Chuck; sis­ter-in-law, Becky; brother-in-law, Bill and his wife, Jeanne, and their son, Kenny, and daugh­ter, Cassie and her hus­band, Ron; and fa­ther-in-law, Ken and his wife, Polly. His Mar­quis cousins, Jamie, Carol, David, Matthew, Rich, Stephanie, Erin and Ram­sey; and by his Un­cle Bob and Aunt Carol Cairns; and cousins, Jen­nifer, Jamie, Deja, Devyn and Tea­gan.

He al­ways had a dog by his side, and is sur­vived by his lat­est four-legged multi­breed com­pan­ion, Brodie. He loved to fish in Lake Michi­gan and hike in Idaho. Wood­work­ing was one of his pas­sions, at which he ex­celled. He loved to tor­ment his nieces and his sis­ter, and never lost an ar­gu­ment sim­ply be­cause he never stopped talk­ing. He was an orig­i­nal Colts fan, fol­low­ing them to the mid-west.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held at Head of Chris­tiana Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1100 West Church Road, Ne­wark, DE on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be pri­vate. An ad­di­tional cel­e­bra­tion will be held near his home­town of Noblesville, In­di­ana, at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks for do­na­tions to Head­strong.org, or to the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety at LLS.org.


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