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Michael J. Gokey

October 4, 2022

Michael J. GokeyMichael J. Gokey, 64, passed away at his home in the town of Watertown Tuesday morning, October 4, 2022.

Mike was born in Watertown October 12, 1957, son of John and Joan (Groszewski) Gokey and he was a graduate of Watertown High School. He enjoyed cooking and being a chef at many well known restaurants in Jefferson County. Mike also enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and the Buffalo Bills.

He is survived by his longtime companion Diane Shoen, Watertown; daughter Malarie Gokey, NYC; stepson Peter Catalfamo,, ME; three brothers, John Gokey and companion Lori, Palm Bay, FL, Jeff Gokey and wife Jen, Watertown, and Bill Gokey, Daytona Beach, FL; three sisters, Julie Holman and husband Chaz, Pillar Point, Jill Gokey, Daytona Beach, FL, and Joni Kurtz and companion Frank, Daytona Beach, FL; three uncles and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mike was predeceased by his beloved Golden Retriever Rusty.

Mike's family would especially like to thank his niece and her companion, Natalie and Donny, for their undying love and devotion to Mike and also to all of his caring neighbors. With your help and devotion, Mike's last days were peaceful and filled with love.

His family will be celebrating his life at their discretion with no public calling hours or funeral. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#7 Leslie Plante 2022-10-08 07:59
I worked with Mike at Yesterdays . Great Person. My favorite chef to work with. God bless him and his family.
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#6 Robert Major 2022-10-07 16:49
Sorry for your loss
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#5 Lori Sinn 2022-10-07 15:27

I am so sorry for your brother's passing, I will be thinking and praying for you and your family. I hope you can find some comfort through all your memories .
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#4 Walker& Kristi Heap 2022-10-07 13:11
The world is a less joyful place with the loss of Mike "Giltz" Gokey I fondly recall to many our many good time as far back as you chas Mitch JT and I seeking out of Sherman to and smoke out back. all the way until getting together as, we will just say older adults . My deapest and sincere wishes go go out to your family for there lost
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#3 Anthony Gullo 2022-10-07 10:05
Got to meet Mike by working with him in the late 80’s and found him to be an honorable & kind man.Prayers of healing & comfort for family & friends.
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#2 Annette De Franco 2022-10-06 18:33
So very sorry for your loss. Many great memories of Giltz. I lost touch years ago when I enlisted in the army but I did see him at a restaurant back in 2000. I heard many wonderful comments about his culinary abilities. You have such a wonderful family. God bless you all during this difficult time.
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#1 Lin & Pat Fields 2022-10-05 20:32
When Mike worked at Yesterday's we were just dating and loved to harass him! He made the best antipasto salad we ever had, even to this day. The more beer he drank, the better it was!

When we got married in 1990 the event was there. We coerced him into making coconut shrimp... he'd never done that before! LOL

We lost track of him after the place closed... such a shame. Mike, you were way too young..... be sure to harass Carm for us! We love you dude!!!

Lin & Pat
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