In late 2016 I went to an event for a nonprofit that a friend of a friend founded after he lost his brother to suicide. I didn't plan to be majorly affected. But after recalling my Uncle Mike taking his own life and the numerous friends that I lost to drug overdoses over the years, it occurred to me at this event that I must do something. For me, music had always been the thing. The thing that picked me up when I was low. The thing that made me feel less alone. THE THING. But how could I connect music to helping raise awareness and slow down the radical increase in suicides? It immediately hit me that everyone that I know that loves or plays music says the same thing...."without music, I don't know where I would be". I started to think about the songs or albums or artists that had helped me and how that connection made me feel. I was sure the musician's and artists that inspired me had the same connection. What if I asked them to play a song that helped them and explain a bit about it? And on the spot, SoS was created. It has grown, and will continue to grow into so much more. But that is our story.
Read about my Uncle Mike below as told by his wife and four children. Also check out the playlist that they created in his honor.
Michael Peter Raimo Sr. had the biggest heart; it was his greatest quality…and was probably also his biggest flaw.
He touched thousands of lives with his charismatic personality, his zest for life, his love, warmth, and generous spirit.
Michael was the pride and joy of Art and Ann Raimo, the youngest of 7 children. Michael loved sports but his passion was baseball. Michael went to Ridley HS and Widener University where he graduated with honors and is among the 1984 edition of “Who’s Who in American Universities.” Michael was an accomplished student and athlete. He was a tremendous baseball player, he was a standout at Widener University and was among the top players for Tinicum AC in the Delco league. Michael went on to pursue the field of sales, achieving much success as an agent for Allstate Insurance in Concordville, PA.
In 1987, Michael married his high school sweetheart and soul-mate, Michele Gantz. They went on to build their life together having four beautiful children, Michael Jr., Kerri Ann, Matthew, and Nicole. His greatest pleasure was his family; creating fun times and participating in his children’s sporting events.
Michael also loved to spoil his wife, children, friends, and family. He had a special way of making everyone he came in contact with feel like they were the most important person in his life.
His energy is as strong as ever and he continues to live in all of our hearts...always & forever.
- Shared by the Raimo Family