Greece: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at age 56. Survived by his wife, Sue Tharrett; children, Adam and Katie Tharrett; parents, James and Patricia Tharrett; parents-in law, Dick and Julie Bauer; siblings, Gary (Cathy) Tharrett, David (Trish) Tharrett Wayne (Sandi) Tharrett, Debbie (late Marvin) Rust and Michelle (Jim) Brockway; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; loving extended family and dear friends. Mike's visitation will be held Sunday, June 1st 1-4PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, June 2nd, 9:30AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Road, Greece, NY. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or AutismUp (www.autismup.org) in Mike's memory. For more information or to sign Mike's online guestbook, please visit www.MeesonFamily.com

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  1. I have not known Mike very well but that did not prevent him
    from becoming an inspiration to myself and others that have been fortunate
    enough to have been in Mike’s life in one form or another. I worked with Mike at Xerox, as my colleagues
    know, you could never pass by Mike without seeing him smile. His compassion and
    dedication at work and toward others is an example that we should all live by. Although I was not fortunate enough to know
    Mike very well, I will miss him greatly.
    My family will keep Mike and his family in our prayers.

  2. I’ve worked with Mike at Xerox over the years in various roles, most recently as a peer. In that time, I came to appreciate his positive outlook, his ability to remain calm in pressured situations, his genuine concern for people, and his dry sense of humor – traits I’d like to think we share. When he shared the first news of his health with me, I was stunned, but Mike remained true to his character – he was was calm, he had a plan, and he still found ways to laugh. He even encouraged me to do some personal research on cancer so that I could be aware of the potential repercussions of my current life choices. When the unfortunate news came to us this week, that was the memory that stuck with me – even in the hellish depths of his battle, he still cared enough about others to inspire them to take action for themselves.

    Mike was a good man and will be missed. I am honored to have known him in this life and hope I can meet him again in the next.

  3. Mike was a phenomenal man . . .his life impacted me greatly. His steady, calm and constant demeanor in the midst of stressful project management demands was living example to me. I will miss him, but I will never forget him.

  4. Our Sincere sympathy to the Family of Mike, We have been Friends with Sonny and Pat Tharrett and their Children for over 50 years. Our Families were all brought up in Nicholville NY and went to school in St. Regis Falls, NY and have many great memories during our time spent together. Our Prayers and Thoughts are with all of the Tharrett Family at this sad time. Ken and Karen Cole, Heuvelton, NY

  5. Sue, Adam and Katie~~words can not express my deep sympathy and profound sadness in your loss. Please know that I am sending you all my love, strength and prayers for the upcoming weeks ahead. Sue~~I will always be here to help you, support you and love you. RIP Mike, you will be greatly missed by all.

  6. Sue, Adam, and Katie – Mike was by far the best manager I ever had. My heart breaks at his passing and my heart is heavy for you. He was an incredible man. Never a harsh word…always positive…always encouraging. I will remember him with smile and it is against him I measure all other managers I work for. He was highly respected at Xerox and admired by many. His passing leaves a hole in the Xerox family and he will be dearly missed. My love and prayers are with you. Patrick Vitalone, Fairport, NY

  7. Sue, Katie & Adam;

    It has been our pleasure to have known Mike through Scouting. His guidance, compassion and friendship will always be held as a treasure in our hearts. You can be sure that each scout & scout parent he has encountered has become better for knowing him.

    We know this time is hard, and no words can make it any easier. But we pray that knowing he has had such a positive impact on the lives of others will help you heal over time. ~ The Finnemores

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a tough year for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  9. Mike, We met nearly nine all too short years ago at my first 282 Pack meeting. I was struggling with the idea of my son joining Cub Scouts and first saw you on the Autumn Lane stage. You were running an activity with the boys that only confirmed my struggles with him becoming a Cub Scout.
    Shortly after that, I had the opportunity to really know who you were and what you were about. You taught me the art of patience, compassion, and tolerance. You also taught me the science of advocacy. I can only hope that that I gave you something back in return.
    You will be missed tremendously, but you will not be forgotten by all that you have touched.
    As you pass into the next and final chapter of your story, you can be assured that you closed this one with strength, dignity, and optimism throughout.
    Enjoy the ride, my friend!
    To Sue, Katie, and Adam – you have our deepest condolences as you mourn your loss, but you also have our support in Mike’s memory.

  10. My sincere condolences to Mike’s family. As one of his Xerox collegues, I would have to say he was one of the finest, most sincere and highly regarded individuals I have known. I am glad to have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. He will be greatly missed but always remembered for his support and kindness.

  11. Sue, Katie and Adam, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I know how hard this is, but faith in God will get you through. Pam Levitt

  12. Sue,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My heart goes out to you,
    Adam, and Katie during this difficult loss. I cannot imagine what you must be going through, but I hope you’ll find support in your friends and family in those hard times.

  13. Sue,
    I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  14. I literally crossed paths with Mike on a number of occasions. In scouting we were BSA lifeguards and requalified together more than once, In 2009, I happened to meet up with him at the start of the Rochester Marathon. I started out that race with him but after a while I fell back and he finished 25 minutes ahead of me. Here again he has finished ahead of us. My prayers are you, his family and friends.

  15. My heartfelt condolences to Mike’s family and friends. I knew Mike as a colleague at Xerox and although our paths did not often cross, every instance was positive and reinforced my high regard for Mike as a knowledgeable professional and wonderful person. I hope that you find some comfort in the respect and affection so many of us had for Mike.
    Zsuzsa Snow

  16. Sue, Adam, & Katie –
    My prayers and condolences. May God’s strength & peace be with you especially during challenging and healing times. I had the opportunity to work with Mike in various capacities. He was an inspiration. Mike had the unique ability to take the stress out of the equation, no matter what the situation.

  17. Please accept my condolences. My prayers are you. I always enjoyed working with Mike at Xerox. He was always looking to do his best and ensure eveyone did their best as well. He always had good advice on how to move forward and improve whether at work or elsewhere. I am honored to have known him.

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