Michael Patrick McKarney, 66, of Pinehurst, passed away at the FirstHealth Hospice House on Monday May 7th.

A memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, 2:00 P.M. at the Chapel of FirstHealth Hospice, 251 Campground Rd. West End.

Michael was born in Sewickley, PA to the late Edmund and Ann (Sourbeck) McKarney. His family moved to California when he was a young boy. They lived in Pleasant Hill where he graduated from College Park High School, Concord, CA in 1969. He worked for Crocker National Banks (then Wells Fargo) data center in San Francisco for 15 years where he met his wife Linda. They were married in June 1981 on the beautiful bay. As a Facility Manager he worked for different Bay Area companies including the Rossmoor Retirement Community in Walnut Creek. Mike always loved music and cars and had a license plate KNO FEAR which he certainly fought did during his valiant battle with his health challenges.

In 2005 he and his wife decided to up and move to Pinehurst to pursue retirement and golfing. They drove across country with their rescue Spaniel Sophie. Mike was able to enjoy some golf and volunteered each year at the Kids Golf events in Pinehurst before his health problems fully challenged him. Mike and his wife loved to travel, including back to England often to visit family. Mike never gave up trying to get a kidney transplant and they made many trips to UNC and the Mayo Clinic in Florida but it was not to be. Despite his never ending health obstacles he always had optimism and displayed his dry sense of humor including his wonderful warm smile. He will be missed by his four legged Duncan.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pinehurst Davita Dialysis Clinic, the wonderful nurses and doctors at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and the FirstHealth Hospice staff.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the The Foundation of FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd. Pinehurst, NC 28374 or your favorite charity, and, please make sure you are a registered to be an organ donor.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Michael P. McKarney, please visit Boles’¬†Tribute Store.

Online condolences: BolesFuneralHome.com.

Mr. McKarney’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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