June 11, 1950 - May 20, 2016
Michael R. Bakos, 65, long-time resident of Garfield Heights, died at Cleveland Clinic on Friday, May 20, 2016, following a brief illness. He is survived by his children Maura V. Bakos (Michael Zitney) and David G. Bakos of Greater Cleveland. He is also survived by sister Barbara A. Bakos (Tom Beckett) of Kent, brother John J. Bakos (Sue) of Bonita Springs, Florida; nieces Mischa Beckett (Matt Journy) and Claire Hale (Michael), nephews Chris Bakos and Brandon Bakos (Nicole) as well as grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Ann (Hnath) and Joseph Bakos. Michael was a graduate of the CWRU Architecture program. During the 1970s-80s he was involved with the ARC Group, which designed and built improved social service institution environments and created the Bridges exhibit at the Cleveland Childrens Museum. Michael worked with Merrick House, West Side Community House, and the Community Land Trust of Greater Cleveland. Michael was a masterful gardener, bread baker, and meticulous craftsman, who is remembered by many as a kind and gentle soul. In keeping with Michael's wishes, there will be no funeral services.
A family gathering is planned to remember and celebrate his life.
Those wishing to make donations in Michael's name, may send them to West Side Community House (www.wschouse.org) or a charity of your choice.