Michael Letcher has passed away.

Andrew Boon posted 20th of December 2011 in Boonex News. 67 comments.

Two days ago, just a week before Christmas that he planned to celebrate with his beloved little daughter, Mike Letcher has passed away. He was only 61.


From what we could gather so far, he has died because of a heart attack, the next day after he returned to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from his short trip to US (where he had just lost his mother). Michael (or rather - Michael's body) is in Bishkek now. We're waiting for updates from Lyubov about what needs to be done. This year was particularly challenging for Mike, with too many bad news for a man to handle, but he was fighting. He was not going to back down, but fate made the decision for him.


I couldn't start writing this for some time, because it just felt weird and wrong. I've got used to writing BoonEx posts knowing that Mike would assess them, correct me if needed and share his advice.  I wish he could proof today's post. And it should have been a post about Dolphin 8, about Christmas, about life. Instead, this is the very first time that Mike, a very humble, helpful and generous person gets the spotlight. I know he'd try hard to avoid making anyone feel sad. So, I guess we should rather think about life and what he did when he was still with us.


Mike joined BoonEx about 7 years ago and has become a good friend to everyone he connected with. It was his style - he created relationships, projecting deep respect and care. Mike enjoyed his talks and correspondence with BoonEx clients, always eager to talk in person, always taking extra time to "feel" every case and communicate it with great care. Very often Mike would refer to a client as "also a good friend" when requesting for something to be done by BoonEx techs or managers. He taught us to value good relationship more than money. And yet, although we've all learnt a lot from Mike he never positioned himself as a "mentor", only a trusted friend, always eager to listen and learn, too.


We still don't know what to make of it. People die, and sometimes too soon, but it's so hard to shake off regrets and accept what's happened. We had many personal talks and often discussed the future. It's incredibly painful to think that he wasn't meant to be here when "the future" comes. 


I wish he lived to see Sabrina (his youngest daughter) grow much older than 6. He dreamt about bringing her to US - the country he deeply loved.


I wish he lived to come to Australia with her and work with us from here.


I wish he lived to see Dolphin 8 come out and ride the "new wave" with us. I hoped he'd be very proud.


I wish we could discuss books, politics and history many more times, over a few beers. I thought we would.


Mike and friends






Sometimes, when in reflective mood, Mike would tell about his sweetest memories of flying a small plane, hopping from one state to another, meeting new people and making new friends. He was a true romantic - an airplane pilot from old magazines, where they had the most reassuring smiles. He didn't really fit well in the "new times", but he brought the very best from his past to our present. 


Mike is flying a trusty Cessna now, watching over his kids in US and his daughter in Kyrgyzstan, waving to his friends and family - he has a long way to fly, because there are many countries, cities and towns in the world where people will remember and miss him. Rest in peace, Mike.



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My deepest sympathy for Mike and to Mike's family and friends.
Our deepest condolences to his family. RIP Mikey
Our condolences and prayers to his family & friends. Rest in peace Mike.
may god bless his soul and his family.
Rest in peace....my good friend "uncle Mike"... i will miss you..
I just can't believe this happened to our dearest friend Mike. Andrew said it all about Mike, and I had nothing to add. I feel sad. My regrets and condolences to his family. Rest in peace, good friend. You'll be missed by all of us and stay in our memories forever.
Very sad news, my condolences to the family.
Rest in peace, our friend.
Rest in peace. My condolences to family and friends. Mike was a great man to communicate with.
Addio Mike, sono senza parole.
Wow, I just got a phone call from Gorpus telling me this and I am truely shocked and saddened by it. FOr the past couple years I have known mike very well and shared alot of time together on skype and Emails in the past. Mike was truely a wonderful man with the greatest heart and really cared about not only his family but Boonex and thier clients.

I do not know anyone whom would have had issues with this man that truely had a heart of gold. Times like this makes us all realise how valuable ones see more life is and how much a single person can make an impact in others lives. Life is too short to worry about things that do not matter in the long run of things.

Seeing as this happened right before such a special holiday, that makes it even more difficult for the family involved as they are the ones whom are really hurting over this. My heart goes out to them and his closest personal friends as well.

If there is anything that we can do at 1Faze please let me know.
Warmest regards and deepest sympathy,

God be with his family and friends at such a sorrowful time. R.I.P Mike.
Farewell my friend. You will be sadly missed by so many lives that you have touched.
Rest in peace, Mike.

My condolences to his family and friends.
How sad, I had several conversations with him, his family lives very close to me in US
RIP Good Friend
The first agent I had with dolphin, I found Mike two be a real gentleman The firest advice he gave me was 3 years ago. I realy felt Mike was a friend that I never met.
Rest in peace Mike.
deepest sympathy and condolences for Mike and to all Mike's family.
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting or speaking with him since I'm a relatively new member of the Boonex community. He must of been a very special person as he has a large following & lots of friends. My condolences to his family & friends. Rest in Peace.
As with many others, Michael was my first and most extensive contact with Boonex. He was responsive, thorough, and professional, but also personal and someone who cared, someone who was easy to like.

He will be sorely missed. May his memory be eternal.

Along with the passing of Darren Powless (http://www.boonex.com/n/Darren_Powless_Passed_Away), it's been a difficult year for the Dolphin community.

May they both rest in peace.

Best wishes to all for 2012 of health and happiness.
rest in peace ... you will be missed :(
My condolences for the family...
My dealings with Mike always left me feeling that he was a kind man who knew how to get things done and genuinely cared about people. MY condolences to those who will miss him most.
His kindness helped me when I was desperately in need ..Real loss for us all.
Rest in peace, our good, kind and wise friend. It's still hard to belive to this news...
Peaceful dreams to you Michael. You will be missed by those who cared about you and whose lives you touched. The whole crew at Boonex are awesome and it sounds like they all knew what a great guy you were. Thanks Andrew for writing this touching message and sharing your feelings. They say the true measure of a life is not the riches you receive or the castle you have built but the soul of the person and what they did for others, unselfishly, in their lives. Those acts are what will be remembered see more and we really do live on. And Michael it sounds like you will always be remembered. Peace to you and gentle hugs to all those who are grieving the loss of such a wonderful man.
It's moments like this that reminds us how precious ever moment truly is, Mike you will be greatly missed, RIP. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
Andrew I am so sorry for your lost my friend.
I know what it is like to loose someone that shared their wisdom as well as themselves with you.
Be encouraged and know that he is still with you always in your heart & thought & the things that he passed on to you!
Be Blessed!
My condelences to family, friends & BoonEx.!
My deepest condolence from HalalSurf.Com Malaysia.
People who die just leave their body but still THEY LIVE FOREVER... May God be with you and your family
I will miss Michael. Blessings and prayers to his family.
QQ ... the world have lost a friend... but he will still have a place in our heart.
R.I.P .. my friend! I wish your family all the best and all power of world!!
My deep condolences to his family. so sad to lose someone like him so early in life having a beautiful young daughter.
My condolences. Sounds like he was a great guy. RIP
Very sad for me. Just one thing I could say... I become a member of Boonex thanks to his kindly help and suggestions...
Condolences to his family..
No words, just pain. Rest in peace, Michael...
God Bless the Dead!
Oh my God ... just read the news. Mike was my agent, such a nice, kind and helpful man. My deepest condolences to his family;
mike helped me out a few times.. good guy, obviously loved.. RIP.
so sad. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
A big loss for all of us.
Rest in peace MIke. Your daughter will now have her angel to watch over her.
He was from Iowa? Small world we live in. RIP Mike.
How terribly sad.

His family, and you all at Boonex have my deepest condolences.

R.I.P. Mike
Our deepest condolences to Mike's family and his co-workers.
Rest in Peace Mike, thanks for everything, you will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family & friends :(
I was on Boonex site browsing around & was appalled to hear this bad news about Michael Letcher, I spoke with him via emails so many times, he is a very kind person, and always answered my questions & resolved my issues. I am deeply sadden to see him go. I feel sorry for his family and especially the little one Sabrina. May God give his family strength during this painful time..

Rest in peace Mike, you will be missed indeed..

On a side note, I was wondering if Boonex can setup some see more type of fund raising for his family, I'd like to donate, but not sure how/where to send the money to..

Finally I'd like to dedicate this song to his family called: "Make me strong.."
An absolutely nice guy. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
How sad !
My thougths are with his family and his friends.
life is fragile, do not run after money but wisdom
rest in peace Michael Letcher.
may be you are a star in the sky that we look
May God provide someone to be there for the little one looking for her daddy every day. Brought tears to my eyes - I pray peace for all the family in Christs name . Amen & sorry I didn't know until today :(
May his soul rest in peace it’s hard to miss a wonderful person like Mike.
A hug where you are, FRIEND ....

Un abrazo allí donde estés, AMIGO....
My condolences to the family... Rest in peace, Mike.
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