Obituary of Michael C. Holcomb
Michael Charles Holcomb, 45, of Interlaken, NY, passed away on November 23, 2020. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 11, 2021 beginning at 1:00 pm at North Point Pavilion at Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Please come share a favorite memory or funny story about Mike or how he made a difference in your life. He was born July 16, 1975, in Danbury, CT, to Kathryn (Langley) Holcomb and the late William Holcomb. Mike grew up in Clifton Park, NY, graduating from Shenendehowa High School in 1993. He earned his M.S. in education from SUNY Cortland in 2006 and landed his dream job at Trumansburg CSD where he taught 8th-grade math until 2019. Mike took great pride in converting the math-haters and connecting with his students. He coached modified girls' soccer and several seasons with the Taughannock Soccer Club. His fondest memories included coaching an undefeated season and earning a red card over a hair tie. If you asked him, he'd say his greatest accomplishment was his family. He felt lucky to marry his best friend and start a family. He was immensely proud of his three kids and aimed to teach them the important lessons in life: how to play hard, to love fiercely, the value of a sense of humor, to appreciate time in nature, the art of sarcasm, and the importance of music trivia and 80's pop-culture. Mike was a big man with a heart that matched his size and a personality that far surpassed it. He had a loud booming voice, was quick to laugh, the first to help someone in need, and gave the best bear hugs with his disproportionately long arms. His friends have described him as a cross between Paul Bunyan, a teddy bear, and Peter Pan. He enjoyed canoeing and hiking in the Adirondacks, bad action movies, going out to eat, rooting for the ever-disappointing Buffalo Bills, riding his motorcycle, tinkering with power tools in his Man Cave, doing crossword and sudoku puzzles, and he made a mean stir-fry. Mike is survived by his wife Carrie Holcomb; children Audrey, Zach, and Natalie; mother Kathryn Holcomb (Jim VanDusen); sisters Kelly Parker and Kathy (Bob) Burdick; In-laws Laurie McGuire and Bill McGuire; brother-in- law Christopher (Sarah) McGuire; and sister-in-law Kellie McGuire (Christopher Spatz); several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ithaca Crisis-Suicide Prevention Services of Tompkins County https://ithacacrisis.networkforgood.com or the Michael Holcomb Memorial Scholarship Fund, ? Tompkins County Trust Company, 2 W. Main Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886.