Michael Galligan


Age 57, of Grand Blanc, passed away on February 26, 2024. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Michael’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

Michael Galligan, a cherished member of the Clarkston community, passed away after bravely battling health challenges. Born and raised in Clarkston, he graduated from Clarkston High in 1985 before embarking on a journey of service and personal achievement. Following his graduation, Michael proudly served in the Navy, embodying the values of dedication and honor. He achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, a testament to his commitment to excellence and service to others. Throughout his life, Michael found joy in various forms of gaming, from online adventures to board games and Role Playing. His passion for gaming connected him with friends and brought him countless hours of enjoyment. Michael’s dedication too education led him to become a Para Pro for the Holly school district, where he made a positive impact on the lives of students. In 2013, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Graphic Arts with honors, a testament to his lifelong pursuit of knowledge and creativity. One of Michael’s greatest joys was realizing his dream of owning a wood shop. He found solace and fulfillment in spending hours honing his craft and creating beautiful pieces of workmanship. Despite facing significant health challenges, Michael approached life with resilience and determination. His strength and courage inspired all who knew him. Though he left us too soon, his legacy of perseverance and kindness will forever be remembered by those whose lives he touched.

Surviving Michael are his wife of 32 years Elizabeth Pfahlert-Galligan, son’s Sean Pfahlert and Tyler Galligan and daughter Casey Galligan-Gonzales ( Esteban ), his Father Dennis Galligan ( Vivian ), his Mother Susan Schwaderer, and his faithful companion Buster. He also had 6 grandchildren.

Michael is preceded in death by his Grandparents Roger-Betty Galligan, Grandparents Royce-June Haskins, Uncles David Galligan, Frank Galligan,  Mike Haskins, Patrick Galligan and Norman Galligan.

Michael’s obituary was written by his loving family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family.

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  1. Liz Morgan on March 5, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    Beth, I was so sorry when Ted reached out with the news of Mike’s passing. I can’t imagine your feelings of loss after a lifetime together. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Michael was someone for whom I always held such great respect. He was such a bright, talented, witty and loving man. Though it’s been years and years since we were all together, I feel lucky to have known him. Xo



  2. Robert LaRiccia on March 5, 2024 at 4:28 pm

    We are heartbroken for Michael, his friends and family. To say the world is a much smaller place now without him in it understates his endless genuine kindness for others no matter what life threw at him or how hard he was struggling. Grace personified under fire, he was without question a warrior. Even as he struggles Mike would ask “how are you doing”. I will miss his quick laser like thinking when it came to shotgunning question about woodworking, something he had a true passion and talent for and his genuine appreciation of others. It is my hope that when the angels call for me I will see my friend Mike waiting !! We pray his family and friends find comfort in their memories and love that Mike showered them with over his lifetime.



  3. Aaron Breidenbaugh on March 5, 2024 at 9:44 pm

    Michael is my best and longest friend. My memory of things long past has gone, but Mike was my memory. He recalled everything. Losing him is like losing part of myself. I will always miss him and that hole in my life will never be filled. But neither will my memory of Mike and his family.



  4. Linda Josephson on March 7, 2024 at 8:08 pm

    I’m so so sorry Beth! Mr G changed Cams life, he helped save him! He was a blessing to our entire family! Could never say enough about him!



  5. Jennifer Tichon on March 8, 2024 at 7:53 pm

    To say that Michael was a great man, I an understatement. He touched so many lives with positivity, always encouraging, forever their cheerleader. A true and genuine friend, teacher, mentor to so many. The time he spent with my son, for my son…I know he will always treasure. And I will be forever grateful. He was a true gift to this world, I could have never thanked him enough for all that he has done for my son and so many others in the community.



  6. Jennifer Tichon on March 8, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    To say that Michael was a great man, Is an understatement. He touched so many lives with positivity, always encouraging, forever their cheerleader. A true and genuine friend, teacher, mentor to so many. The time he spent with my son, for my son…I know he will always treasure. And I will be forever grateful. He was a true gift to this world, I could have never thanked him enough for all that he has done for my son and so many others in the community.



  7. Bill Yates on March 11, 2024 at 12:17 am

    I think of you often.



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