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Remembering 'Paz' and his ability to influence the masses

Friends and family have the spent the last two days memorializing the life of Quincy native and avid sports fan Mike Pasley who died last Sunday. Friends and family have the spent the last two days memorializing the life of Quincy native and avid sports fan Mike Pasley who died last Sunday.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Like a good soldier, Mike Pasley knew how to rally the troops.

Whether it was his unique skills as a public address announcer during Quincy Notre Dame and John Wood athletic events, his monstrous stomp that fueled 'The Paz Posse' at The Pit, or more recently his journey to Amboy High School in north central Illinois, fans gravitated towards him."

"He wanted you to cheer whether it was John Wood, Quincy Notre Dame, QU, or Amboy where he's been recently," QND athletic director Bill Connell said.

"What he believed in he would fight until the end for them."

Mike Pasley passed away this past Sunday at the age of 47.

He had just returned home from a trip to Wisconsin to watch one of his four beloved daughters at a swim meet because that's who 'Paz' was - a father first and definitely foremost.

"Right now it's a shock," Mike's brother Alan Pasley said in regards to the effect Mike's death is having on his children.

"But as birthdays approach, and graduations approach, they just have to understand that Mike will always be there."

Amboy High School designed shirts in Mike's memory. The back of the shirt has a quote which reads "Life deals adversity at times and it's how you handle it that defines who you are."

His daughters took that to heart Sunday as his oldest, 16-year old Erin performed CPR on her father, 14-year old Elise sought help by dialing 9-1-1, 11-year old Erica decided to stay and swim because that's what Dad would have wanted, and 9-year old Emeri helped by calling and texting anyone who might be able to help, as Mike's wife Sara was in a race against time driving home from Wisconsin.

"My heart breaks every time I've seen them in the last few days," Mike's long-time friend and former co-worker Frank Cash explained.

"It's one of those situations where I think he passed on great character traits (to his daughters) and I'm sure they'll be able to use those. It may take them a while, I'm sure it will take them a long time to get past it, but hopefully it will be something that they can carry on for many years to come."

Crowds for his visitation and funeral in Amboy on Thursday were estimated at more than 1,000.

On Friday, Pasley returned to Quincy as hundreds more remembered their fallen friend.

His voice is now silent but his memory will never be forgotten.

"He touched so many lives in so many ways in so many communities in a wide array of ages and people," John Wood president Mike Elbe indicated.

"He's going to be missed. He's going to be missed in a lot of ways."
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