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Michael Robert Quay

Michael Robert Quay Obituary Dripping Springs, TX- Michael Robert Quay passed away on September 27, 2015. He was 28 years old. Michael was born to Susan Elizabeth Quay and Michael Edwin Shaffer of Schenectady, NY in 1986. In his earliest years Mike was a polished New Yorker and was often found patrolling his little section of the Bellevue neighborhood sidewalks proudly donning his full police uniform, complete with a heavy, bright badge donated by local SPD patrolmen. Mike finished most of his elementary school years at the Brown School in Schenectady but also spent some of those early summers on his maternal grandparent's cattle ranch in New Mexico. With this introduction to rural life in the American southwest and properly equipped with a big box of Johnny Cash cassette tapes, Mike moved to Nevada, TX in 1997 to live with his uncle Jeff where he attended the Community Middle and High Schools; graduating in the top ten of his high school class in 2004. As a teenager, Mike enjoyed cross country motorcycle racing with his high school friends and families and won a room full of trophies in the TCCRA club competitions. His childhood desire to be a policeman was still evident when he went off to study criminal justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX after high school. A job change for Jeff brought the family to the Austin, TX area in 2005 where they settled in Dripping Springs. Mike earned an AS in accounting at Austin Community College and regularly worshipped at Church of the Springs during his time as a commuting student. Mike later took additional accounting and personal finance classes working towards a BS degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Mike enjoyed the deep passion often expressed in film and song. Watching a DVD with him could be a little annoying as he could easily recite every single line in the movie before it was voiced. Michael was also a great lover of music including genres that often predated his young age. He was equally happy with booming rap, attending concerts of aging 70s era rock bands or singing Frankie Valli songs in the shower every morning. Michael was preceded in death by both of his biological parents; his mother Susan E. Quay and his father Michael E. Shaffer, both of Schenectady, NY; and by his grandparents Robert and Ruth E. Quay of Altamont, NY. He is survived by two uncles; Jeffrey R. Quay of Dripping Springs, TX and the family of John D. Quay of Greenville, SC. Funeral services provided by Harrell Funeral Home of Dripping Springs, TX and Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont, NY with cremains interred at Knox Cemetery, Knox, NY. Online condolences may be made at www.fredendallfuneralhome.com


I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a joy to know. I had Mike in class throughout high school. He was so full of life; so full of spirit; such a bright light. He was fun to be around and he always had fun wherever he was. He was in my theater classes, and my video technology classes, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. I pray The Lord Comfort you, his family and friends, as you grieve Mike's passing, and I'm sure that you, like myself, can't help but smile when you think of Mike's sense of humor. God Bless, Christal Martinez "Ms. Tini"

Christal Martinez Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM

Michael brought great love and joy into our lives. I thank God for the great blessing it was to have him share his life with us in Texas. Jeff and Abby (the dog he gave me for Christmas).

Jeffrey Quay Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM

We were surprised and sorry to read about Michael's death. Mom (Aunt Helen) and I will be praying that God grants you comfort during this time. God be with you. Betsey

Betsey Coulter Bartley Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM

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