Michael "Mick" Shambro
Saturday 20th of March 1948 - Tuesday 1st of January 2019
Michael “Mick” Joseph Shambro, 70, passed away on January 1, 2019 surrounded by his family and friends. Mick was the only child of the late Samuel George and Louise (Guiroff) Shambro. He was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois. He moved to Kentucky in 1986 where he attended Kentucky State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
While attending KSU he met and married his wife of 30 years, Debra. They followed their dreams and passions creating a fulfilling and wonderful life together.
Mick is survived by his wife Debra; step-children, Heidi and Gabe, and grandchildren, Dylan, Maddie and Cullen. Mick is also survived by many uncles, aunts, as well as numerous cousins…too many mention.
A Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held for Mick on January 26th in Lexington, Kentucky at 480 Curry Ave. 40508 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Friends and Family are invited.
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I met Mick in the mid-80s. I was in high school when he and my dad became friends. He became part of our family. He would come to our house to do laundry, and we'd spend hours playing backgammon. He became a confidante- giving me advice on boys and life. I could talk to him about stuff I couldn't talk about with my parents. I remember running into him in a bar when I had fake ID at 17. He just gave me the "look". lol I was terrified he'd tell my parents. He just smiled and told me it was our secret as long as I didn't do anything stupid. I got to see him again in the 90s in Florida for a short visit. I'll forever regret that we didn't get to catch up more after that. He will always be remembered for his friendship, wit, big personality, and laugh. RIP
I was always so proud to tell people Mick was my cousin in high school! He was one of the "cool" guys and so good looking, which he still was at age 70. I have fond memories of Mickey, growing up and will cherish them always. I am happy we were able to stay in contact over the years and already miss him very much. I can still hear his laugh. Rest in peace, my dear cousin, until we meet again. I am so sorry to miss the memorial service, but he is in my thoughts and prayers, as well as Deb and family. I love you, Mick. Deni❤🙏
I am unable to attend the memorial tomorrow but wanted you to know how honored I was to share Mick’s last days with him and you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Warm regards, Nurse Jessica
Shane, Deronda and Taylor Ropersays
Mick simply called us “Hazard.” We met for the first time when Honnah Lee was downtown. We were hooked on the tea, atmosphere and friendship we found in Mick. We traveled from Hazard many weekends just for bubble tea. The tea Is great, but our friendship with Mick made each and every time a real treat for us. In December we went to the shop when he was sick, but we didn’t know it. We didn’t know he was not there, we asked about him and told the young man we always come in to see him. When we got back home, we were so shocked and saddened of his passing. Words can’t express how sorry we are for your loss. Deb, we will be praying for your stength during this time.
Ax + Bysays
Mick Mick Mick ... We grow up together along the banks of the Mississippi. Over a campfire, self-taught guitar playing always lead to the song "North To Alaska”. Parties began on your arrival, life of the party, great great smile, engaging, a "Brand". As we grew older the frequency of our visits stretched out, usually at GCHS class reunions, or spending the weekend with you and Debbie at your timeshare. Had the opportunity to go to Europe with you and another time on a cruise...regret not doing so...had no idea. Mick you showed us how to exit the departure lounge with these thoughts as expressed on one of your jigsaw pattern's ... "Never Alone" RIP
I met Mick when he had his shop on Maxwell Street. I happened to stop in and was enchanted by his shop. He was the first person to encourage me by featuring my framed origami butterflies in his shop. He didn't know what that would lead to. Thank Mick (and Debbie!) for being so friendly and welcoming. Every time I went to an art show and saw Mick I would always make a detour to say hello. He was a bright spot in this world and will be missed. Prayers for him and the family.