I'm deeply saddened to let you know that one of my closest and dear friends passed away on Fathers Day (2001) while visiting his daughter. Mike and I go back several years, we met on the road in Philly in 1985. In 1997 I coaxed Mike into getting his Ham ticket, I helped him a little although he was a very intelligent person. He was issued the callsign of KF4OME. The day that he passed his Tech exams we left from Portsmouth to Winfield and picked him up a new 2 meter rig at Radio Shack, so we could stay in touch. Very '73 Mikey....

SAMUEL "MICHAEL" McCOMIS, 39, of Melrose, Fla., formerly of Ashland, died Sunday in King’s Daughters Medical Center.

He was a Microsoft certified systems engineer with Florida Phone Systems and a former water plant operator with the city of Ashland and a telecommunications engineer with Trans Global Communications and MCI.

Survivors include his parents, Richard "Dick" and Garnet Carroll McComis of Melrose; one daughter, Erin Michelle McComis of Ashland; one sister, Natalie Schanze of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his grandmother, Vada Carroll of Dunlow. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday at Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland; burial in Ashland Cemetery.