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Michael H. Yans, 96, Lifelong Mamaroneck Resident

Michael Yans
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MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, Michael H. Yans, died Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Vermont, where he spent his last few years living near his daughter Cindy Yans and her husband Robert Mayer. He was 96.

“Mikey,” to most who remember him, was a loving, compassionate soul who was ready to meet the entity he called “The Man Upstairs” quite some time before that entity was ready to meet him. 

A lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, Mike's mailing address remained the same for over 90 years. He was a devoted parishioner and "altar boy emeritus" of Holy Trinity Church, a World War II veteran, co-proprietor of “Yans Brothers Wines & Liquors,” a messenger for BNY, a tennis instructor, and a skilled, all-around handyman to the masses.

Predeceased by his six siblings, Frank, Jenny, Marion, Molly, Joe, and Eddie, and survived by his daughter as well as seven nieces and nephews and their families, Mikey’s chapter ended quietly as he lovingly turned the world over to several new generations. 

His “real” job, however, was to help anyone who crossed his path with whatever they needed (whether they knew it or not), and to make sure that every element involved was properly nailed, glued, rubber-banded, stapled, or duct-taped in place, covered with plastic, if possible, and helpfully labeled with black magic marker. He began many sentences with “When I was in the army…” and ended many with “Whaddya gonna do?"

His generosity, his smile, his harmonica, and his plaid hat will be missed.

A tribute to Mike's life will be held in the Spring. For further information or to leave a tribute, please visit

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