Michael D. McDermott

Michael D. McDermott, 68, of South Kendall Avenue, Bradford, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born December 5, 1952 in Punxsautawney, he was the son of late Thomas William "Bill" and Bettie M. (Crawford) McDermott.

Mike was a 1970 graduate of Bradford High School.

He was employed at GAI Consultants as a Lead CMT. For the past 20 years he was a Professional Ski Instructor at Holimont in Ellicottville.

Mike enjoyed skiing, hunting, mountain biking, kayaking, motorcycling and was an avid outdoorsmen. He enjoyed working on his home and was known for his amazing sunflowers. He was a friend to everyone he met. 

He was a member of PSIA, the Italian Club, and Fireman's Club of Limestone, NY. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandson Greggie. 

Surviving is one daughter, Casey (Greg) Buckner Jr., one son,Sam (Beverly) McDermott, one grandson, Greg A. Buckner III, his former wife Jamie McDermott, all of Bradford, one sister, Cynthia McDermott, of Colorado Springs, CO, one nephew Andrew McDermott, two cousins, William  Chapman, and Robert (Michele) Chapman, both of Bradford.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three aunts, Marilyn McDermott, Beverly Chapman, and Geraldine McDermott. 

Friends are invited to gather with family and share Mike stories on Saturday February 27, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Limestone Community Center.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Kinzua Valley Trail Association, 23 CCC Rd., Westine, PA 16740, or Kids and Cancer P.O. Box 1299, Bradford, PA 16701

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

We were teaching a clinic one morning and Mike & I were to share the lesson plan. That morning was glorious 4 inches of new powder. We all got on Expo lift and went up to meet. Arriving atop there was no Mike so I gave the lesson plan and saw Mike before our normal morning meeting. With a twinkle in his eye he said " there are no friends on pow days"
— Bryan Newpher

Mike’s laugh will forever remain a joyous memory of a much loved friend
— Cindy Pettinato Vena

Very sorry to hear of Mike''s passing. Sympathy to his family and friends. Duke Irons
— Gordon Irons

We are very sorry to hear of Mike''s passing. With heavy hearts we think of you all as you cherish the wonderful memories of Mike.
— Kelly and Mark Platko

How we grieve that we will never hear Mike’s laugh again.
— Craig and Neidra Hart

May you hold all of the memories forever in your hearts. He will always be watching over you.
— Teri & Greg Cannon

Mike was a beloved member of the HoliMont Snowsports family. His personality was pre-set on friendly,kind, and upbeat. Numerous weekday skiers asked me where Mike was this winter. They then told the same tale: they loved Mike’s ski lessons and they appreciated his humor and genuine interest in his students. May all the instructors and coaches aspire to be like this gentle spirit who so dearly loved people, skiing, and the great outdoors.
— Dan Balkin

Mike was my ski buddy, mentor and friend for over twenty years. Mike is skiing "above us" now and is probably still critiquing our turns and technique. I will miss Mike and his distinct, upbeat chuckle.
— Maggie Gerstung

Mike was a beloved member of the HoliMont Snowsports family. His personality was pre-set on friendly,kind, and upbeat. Numerous weekday skiers asked me where Mike was this winter. They then told the same tale: they loved Mike’s ski lessons and they appreciated his humor and genuine interest in his students. May all the instructors and coaches aspire to be like this gentle spirit who so dearly loved people, skiing, and the great outdoors.
— Dan Balkin

I first met Mike almost 32 years ago when we were both at Holiday Valley. By the early 2000''s we were both at Holimont. I always enjoyed seeing him and skiing with him. Goodbye old friend.
— Dean Morakis

Mike''s enthusiasm for skiing at Holimont will always be remembered.
— Reeve Dean, Jr.

I knew Mike through Holimont Snowsports. He was a mentor to me and his technical knowledge and guidance was always welcome. He is already missed.
— Tracy Pierce

Mike was a huge part of HoliMont Snowsports and will be greatly missed. I only knew Mike a short time however we enjoyed many adventures of skiing, fur, and feathers which i will greatly miss. Our staff remembered Mike as a group atop Exhibition trail with a moment of silence and some heartfelt memories and stories. His presence and and influence at HoliMont and abroad will surely live on!
— Travis Widger

Jamie Casey, and Sam, First I am very sad about your loss. Mike was a true friend. We had a blast coaching Little league baseball together, fishing, and just hanging out. He will be missed!! Remember all of the good times!! He was a good natured and liked to laugh and have fun. He will be missed!
— Jack Golden

Mike was an extraordinary fellow, an excellent ski instructor and loyal friend. His dedication to teaching, and learning was exemplary. He was funny, kind, compassionate and never failed to make people laugh. Who didn’t love Mike’s distinctive laugh? We will miss him so much, and I am sure all his students and Snowsports buddies will miss him too. Rest In Peace, my friend. Wendy and Sheldon
— Wendy Frank

Sorry to hear Jamie My friend for ever!
— Ron Weilacher

I''m sorry for your loss Jamie Casey and Sam.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all..
— Kathy J Anderson

Too soon. A frie
— Bob Kirk

Condolences

  • We were teaching a clinic one morning and Mike & I were to share the lesson plan. That morning was glorious 4 inches of new powder. We all got on Expo lift and went up to meet. Arriving atop there was no Mike so I gave the lesson plan and saw Mike before our normal morning meeting. With a twinkle in his eye he said " there are no friends on pow days"

    — Bryan Newpher
  • Mike’s laugh will forever remain a joyous memory of a much loved friend

    — Cindy Pettinato Vena
  • Very sorry to hear of Mike''s passing. Sympathy to his family and friends. Duke Irons

    — Gordon Irons
  • We are very sorry to hear of Mike''s passing. With heavy hearts we think of you all as you cherish the wonderful memories of Mike.

    — Kelly and Mark Platko
  • How we grieve that we will never hear Mike’s laugh again.

    — Craig and Neidra Hart