Sunday, March 9, 2008
Michael O'Leary, Cordova City Council member, Cordova Parks and Recreation Board member, community activist, Area E and Bristol Bay fisher, died in an avalanche in Cordova Saturday.
He was skiing with friends, checking on conditions he had warned the community about the day before. I guess that, after a small avalanche, he went back looking for a dog, and was trapped by a larger one.
As my wife Judy said, when I told her this afternoon, Mike was one of the friendliest, most clear-headed people we knew, when we lived in Cordova long ago. Our hearts are out to Mike's family.