Michael G. Thorne

May 27, 1954 ~ May 9, 2021 (age 66)


It’s been said all of us will die—but not all people live & Michael G. Thorne of Hillcrest, NY packed so much life into his short 66 years. On Sunday May 9, 2021, Michael peacefully reunited with his wife Donna.  Married in 1983, together they created a life full of happiness & adventures & her passing in 2011 left a huge void in his world. They are no doubt drinking & dancing to DTB on a beach in Cozumel, where it will always be 5:00! He was born to Gerry & Patricia on May 27, 1954 & graduated from JC High School in 1972.  Forced to work to support his nomadic spirit, he eventually retired from the Binghamton City School District & dedicated many weekends to the 204th Engineering Battalion with the U.S. Army National Guard unit based at Ft. Drum, NY.  He loved collecting, traveling, taking cruises, donating to casinos & attending music festivals with beloved friends Joe & Doss. Michael adored his fur baby Asia & sincerely appreciated Marty McHale’s devotion in caring for her during his illness. He will be deeply missed by step-daughters Chris Bailey (Marlin) of Little Meadows, PA; Amy (Scott) Lewis & her children of South Boston, VA; Judi (Brad) Harris of Vestal, NY & their children; his brother Danny (Sheila) Thorne & their children of Owego, NY; his sister Alicia Thorne of Binghamton, NY & many nieces, nephews & grandchildren. He never lost his sense of humor or positive outlook after being diagnosed with advanced metastatic bone & prostate cancer & his family is grateful for all of his phenomenal caregivers at Elizabeth Church Manor. Although we can no longer physically see Michael, he left an indelible mark on all of us lucky enough to have known him & he’d want us to throw a helluva party in his honor. We will miss his devilish smile, his easygoing nature & his dimples…he will always be loved & never be forgotten. Hakuna Matata, Michael!!! At his request, his ashes will be buried alongside Donna’s at Chenango Valley Cemetery & family will celebrate his life at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Asia’s honor to the Broome County Dog Shelter

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