A Tribute To: Michael Charles Malone

by | Jul 27, 2020 | Looking Back

July 8, 1959 (New York) to May 15, 2020 (Los Angeles)

Mike Malone completed his time making the world a better place and contributing to those he called friends, family and colleagues – when he passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. His leaving us was unexpected and a complete shock to everyone, especially his husband and family. He is survived by his husband of 17 years Brian P. O’Connor.
Family – was of utmost importance to Mike and a very strong influence on him while growing up in the Bronx, New York. As the first born of his generation he was blessed to have been loved by a large extended family, most of whom live through-out upstate New York. He was also very intrigued by his ancestry having researched his family history back to Ireland and learned his descendants came to America on the Mayflower.

~ An Accomplished Career in Finance with
The Walt Disney Company

He would support the magic of Disney from “behind the scenes” becoming a director of finance for the employee benefits department (23 years) and later provided forecast, planning and analysis for major professional services divisions of the company including global security, corporate communications and legal — during what became a 37-year career, completing his service to the company in January 2019. It was a source of great pride to have worked for a company that was a champion for diversity and whose mission it is to bring happiness and joy to people all over the world.
During his time at Disney in employee benefits, Mike was instrumental in securing company approval for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to be recognized as an eligible non-profit organization able to benefit from the Disney Employee Matching Gift (donation) program. HRC and their mission were very important to Mike and his husband Brian. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
~ Life in Los Angeles –
Sun, Fun, Friends and Community

Mike loved the sun, the beach and the oceans which were a significant draw to his desire to live and work in Los Angeles.
A passion of Mike’s was the sport of bowling. Just an average “lefty” (self-proclaimed) he wanted to become a better bowler and he learned from his peers. He bought new gear, including a fingertip bowling ball and learned from the best in his leagues and his average skyrocketed to one of the best in the league.

~ Studio City Bowling League (SCBL) –
Founder and President

Always inspired to bring people together and create a stronger community through a sense of belonging in 1990, Mike and his partner John “JT” Tupper created a new bowling league for the gay community by organizing the Studio City Bowling League (SCBL). Starting with just ten teams, the league quickly became the largest (128 bowlers), most successful, and inclusive LGBTQ leagues in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the United States openly welcoming allies and advocates from all communities to participate. This was an organization that celebrated diversity.
Each week through the weekly 50/50 raffle drawings, money was raised for various charities. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars were raised and donated to local and national LGBTQ charities around the United States, including a $4,500 donation to The Stonewall Foundation for the 9/11 Gay & Lesbian Fund.
His involvement in many local gay bowling tournaments helped each of those tournaments succeed and grow, including the annual Los Angeles Silver Screen Invitational Tournament (LASSI), and International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO) which attracted bowlers from around the world.

~ His Love of Music, Travel and More…

Mike loved musical productions and attended shows on Broadway and those that toured to Los Angeles regularly.
He was equally passionate about exploring the world, especially by cruise ship. When not sailing the oceans his absolute most favorite place to vacation was anywhere in Hawaii, especially Maui. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Mike knew of his passion for the islands, eating poké, loco moco and most importantly that he lived his life with an Aloha-spirit. It was one of the many reasons he was so deeply loved and appreciated by all who knew him.

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