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In loving memory of
Michael Ainsley
  • May 21, 1941
  • -
  • April 30, 2020

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MICHAEL AINSLEY 5/21/1949-4/30/2020

Michael was born in Elmira, New York, moving to Florida at the age of 10. He was a Disabled Army Veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam.

He was an artist and writer (Published “I Knew You Were Waiting”).

He and his wife Mary Lou Ainsley were active in training dogs and volunteering for Boxer rescues. During his 60’s, he transitioned to “Thalia Jane” and became active in the LGBT community. He was on volunteer duty at The Center, taking phone calls all over the world on the day of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre in Orlando. He was a very caring to all the people he met.

Michael / Thalia Jane was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou Ainsley, his parents Albert Ainsley and Dorothy Patti and his brother-in-law Fred Sharifi. Left to cherish his memory are his son Richard Ainsley, Richard’s children: Jacob, Tristan, Bastian, Heather, and Monica (and her daughter Willow), his sister, Margaret Sharifi and her children: Mark and Matthew, and his best friend, John Swope. He also leaves behind his beloved cats, Tally and May.

The family requests you remember him by continuing his acts of caring and kindness to everyone you meet. No formal memorial service is planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Brothers, 1185 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

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  1. Heather says:
    10 Mar 2021
    Its coming up on a year now, and I'm in my house crying in the middle of the night because I miss Papa and can't do anything about it. No late night phone calls to hear about the latest poem that has claimed Papa's mind. No letters in the mail to brighten my difficult days... they somehow always came right when I needed them.. like he always knew, somehow, when I needed a boost of encouragement.
    I miss the fire. The strength. The stubbornness. The passion and kindness. The stories. The encouragement. The advice. The friendship. The love.
    Talisman has now passed, and I am convinced he left to return to his favorite lap.. and as I sit in the dark of the night and reminisce, I stroke sweet May, and I try my best to follow Papa's advice. We must be grateful for the time that we have. It doesn't do us well to linger in regrets.

  2. Louise Morris says:
    12 Aug 2020
    Rest in power Thalia Jane Ainsley

  3. Carrie says:
    07 May 2020
    About 25 years ago, Mike gave me a Christmas gift. When I opened the box I saw a handwritten note that said "Give with thine heart, and not thy inheritance." Inside the box was an ornate silver ring that he often wore that I had complimented him on. I still have the ring, and I never forgot that very special gift's message. I assumed that he was quoting Shakespeare or maybe the bible, but before posting this tribute I tried googling it and could not find it. But that was the spirit of Mike. The world is worse off for no longer having him in it.

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