"A tremendous family man, friend, leader and champion for Yates County and the Finger Lakes." That's how many in our area are remembering Yates County Chamber of Commerce President Mike Linehan, who passed away Wednesday morning.
For many years, Mike appeared on WFLR once a month as co-host of the "Chamber Talk" program. Brittany Gibson with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce was the last to share the program with Mike. She took a moment to remember her friend and colleague.
Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars, said he first met Mike close to 30 years ago when Mike came to the Penn Yan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gene adds that Mike was such a good friend of Glenora he earned a nickname from it.
Steve Griffin is CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center in Penn Yan. He says he got his start in the business with the help of Mike.
Steve says Mike's impact can be seen and felt everywhere within Yates County.
Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner said Mike had the ability to make whoever he was talking to feel like the most important person in the room.
Valerie said Mike always seemed to be there for the community.
St. Michael School Principal Tom Flood says he first met Mike in 2004 when he first came to the area to live.
Calling hours for Mike Linehan will be held Tuesday from 1 until 3pm and 6 to 8pm at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan. A service celebrating Mike's life will be held at Norton Chapel at Keuka College on Wednesday at 10am.