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david louis jensen posted a condolence
Monday, January 18, 2021
Michael Uehara and I graduated Jamesville-DeWitt High School in 1973. Michael's prime interest was in classical music. Michael not only played violin and piano but he wanted to share his love of music by trying, many years ago, to create a community orchestra. Playing violin and piano was not only a joy in its own right, but also seemed to give Michael some peace from frustrations. And Michael also enjoyed imagination in science fiction. The first science fiction convention I ever attended was when Michael drove us to Boston, 1975 February. I am grateful that Michael gave me the chance to meet Hal Clement who was already one of my favorite authors, and there I also met Anne McCaffrey, who became one of my favorite authors. The physical consequences of a couple strokes robbed Michael of being able to play violin, but with the dedicated help of Loretto's Dee Cotterill, Michael was able to play piano for a while. And Michael appreciated fresh air. I visited my mother at Loretto\Cunningham six days a week and I frequently found Michael sitting outside the main entrance just soaking up what he could of the outdoors. Later when Michael could no longer self-propel a wheelchair, he liked when I could take him outside. In the over-a-dozen years that Michael lived in Loretto, Michael visited around in the building much more than most residents. He was enthusiastic not only for the building-wide penny bingo gatherings, but he participated in the recreational activities of other floors, including with my mother on the 10th floor of Cunningham. I frequently saw that Michael was well known throughout Loretto\Cunningham, and Michael made a lot of folks smile.