Michael Loos Jr. died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York following a long illness.
He was born June 5, 1965 and lived his early years on Long Island, New York, from Oakdale to Southampton, Noyac, Sag Harbor. He graduated from Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, attended Stony Brook University and Boston University.
He lived a varied and eclectic life as a landscaper on Long Island, a bagel maker in Santa Cruz, California, a chef in Boston, raised goats in Burnsville, North Carolina, moved to Eastpoint, and created numerous artistic paver driveways in and around Franklin County, returned to Sag Harbor to work with brothers Tim and Dan Loos building/construction on the East End of Long Island.
In July 2017, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and given 10 days to live. With sheer optimism and faith, Michael was determined to beat this ultimatum. Following a miraculous stem cell bone marrow transplant from donor sister Amanda Loos, and a year of subsequent treatment, he was pronounced cancer free. However, his immune system had other plans. Michael spent much of these last years hospitalized, each time rallying from critical setbacks. A biopsy of his lungs to determine the illness that plagued him and other transplant patients was never possible during his lifetime. In accordance with his wishes, this biopsy was now completed with hopes to benefit other leukemia patients and assist with ongoing cancer research.
Michael did not know strangers and believed sincerely in second chances for everyone. He was a protector, trusted and caring confidante, an epic storyteller. He loved animals, nature, music, books, coffee, and videogames.
He was preceded in death by his father, artist Mike Loos, and ex-wife Serena Loos. Those remaining to treasure his memory are son Samuel Loos, of Eastpoint; grandchildren Jenise, Sammy and Aubrey; stepdaughter Samantha Creamer, of Apalachicola; mother Eileen Annie Ball and stepfather Tom Ball, of Eastpoint; brothers Daniel Loos (Teresa) of Easthampton, New York, and Timothy Loos (Angela) of Mastic, New York; sister Amanda Loos Logan (Steve), of Chicago; stepbrother Jon Ball; stepsisters Bonny Ball of Carrabelle, and Conny Ball of Southold, New York; nieces and nephews Abigail, Serenity, Timmy, Nathaniel, Sonia, and Chaucer; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and cherished friends.
A simple service honoring his life was held at South Bay Bible Church in East Moriches, New York on Saturday, March 7.