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Obituary: Michael J. Dinsmore

Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:15 pm

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, Grand Island lost a legend.

Michael J. Dinsmore – Mikey, Mickey, most commonly known as Moe – passed away unexpectedly after a sudden respiratory distress overwhelming his immense loving heart. (No, it was not COVID.)

Born May 30, 1990, Moe started his journey the strongest of soldiers, always succeeding against the odds. This strong, sarcastic, humorous warrior beat cerebral palsy, renal kidney failure (two separate transplants approximately 10 years each) PTLD cancer, as well as a laundry list of others. Moe graduated with the Grand Island High School Class of 2008 with a local diploma (WOOT WOOT!). He “worked” (mostly socializing) at the previously known restaurant McMahon’s and attended Tech Today (Tonawanda) as well as Elmwood Day Hab (People’s Inc.) He vastly enjoyed playing video games (frequently baiting his brother to assist in the game only to “off” his player). He also played baseball with the Miracle League. Moe was extremely social. “Chatty Kathy” had many friends and was quite the ladies’ man (insert tiger growl, and WINK WINK.) Very opinionated and never afraid to share it, you always knew where you stood (or, in his case, sat) with Moe. He was known mostly for his versatile palate (inset his snorting laughter) and amazing professional wheel driving skills (or, as he thought, bumper cars).

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Jack (John) and Ginny (Virginia) Tornabene and paternal grandmother Diane Dinsmore. Moe is survived and greatly missed by his parents (whose entire existence revolved around him) Judith (née Tornabene) and Jeffrey Dinsmore; siblings Destiny and Anthony (AJ) Chambers and three nephews, DeVonte, Jax and Dane (Katie Bates); paternal grandparents Lyle Dinsmore and Kathy Barton; as well as a very large family and even more friends.

Words could not begin to describe the positivity and strength he radiated in his 30 years of reign. It was an honor to have a part in his most amazing journey. Whether it be the “Stairway to Heaven” or the “Highway to Hell,” he’s sure to be “Flirtin’ with Disaster” in the “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

Due to the current pandemic, we will be postponing services until May 30, 2021, at a venue to be determined for a celebration of life to be planned. The family would greatly appreciate all memories (please share your memories of our dearly beloved) condolences or otherwise be sent to the family home or to www.kaiserfuneral.com. The family can be reached by email at [email protected].

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