Mike was born on Valentine’s Day 1988 in Falmouth, MA, and grew up in Sandwich, MA. His lifelong passion for golf began at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club and in his Senior year at Sandwich High School, he accomplished his goal of helping to lead the Blue Knights to a Massachusetts State Championship. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Northeastern University on scholarship and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.
His professional career in Sports Marketing began with Comcast SportsNet New England and NBC Sports Boston, affording him the opportunity to work in conjunction with the sports scene he cared about so much and witness in person countless games and moments over the historic run of success his favorite teams experienced. A more intense Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Tiger Woods fan would be impossible to find. Most recently, he proudly worked as the Manager of Marketing Content & Strategy for Syracuse University Athletics. Throughout his career, he was known for his hard work and dedication and was beloved by his colleagues.
Above all, Mike was an extremely loving friend, brother, uncle and son. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends; sharing stories, watching sports, playing games, dancing, and listening to music. He enjoyed skiing, playing recreational softball, and participating in any competitive activity imaginable. A talented golfer, he could always be counted on to participate in charity tournaments and enjoyed the privilege of traveling to visit some of the country’s best courses, both as a PGA Tour fan and as a competitor.
Mike will forever be remembered most for his genuine kindness, being a loving family man, a loyal friend, the brightest light in every room he entered.
Mike is survived by his mother Michele Kinchla (Marty Castle), his sisters Sarah O’Connor (Paul O’Connor), Elizabeth Taylor (Eric Taylor), his brother Daniel Kinchla Ballard (Luke Ballard), and his nephews and nieces Devin, Aidan, and Gavin O’Connor, Ella and Layla Centofanti, and Caleb Taylor.
Mike’s light will forever shine in our hearts, and his memory will continue to inspire us to live our lives with the same kindness, humor, and passion that he displayed every day.
A funeral service will be held for family and close friends at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan Street Skaneateles, New York 13152 on Monday November 6th, 2023 from 11:00am to 1:00pm with a service at 1. Followed by a Reception at the American Legion 3808 Jordan Rd. Skaneateles, NY 13152.
At a later date there will be a Celebration of Life in Massachusetts.