Michael Cordelli — also known as FlyerTalk member cordelli — passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 10, 2013, according to what his wife posted on facebook.
Mike posted this content on FlyerTalk on August 8, 2013 at 7:57 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time — which became the last time he posted on FlyerTalk:
“Can we do this call call tomorrow please, it’s too late now”
Although not in the context in which he posted, this sadly is an unfortunate reminder not to put off for tomorrow what you can do today, for tomorrow might not arrive for you — the last of many valuable lessons imparted by Mike on FlyerTalk.
Mike was regarded by fellow FlyerTalk members — who are shocked and stunned to learn of what has been called a “tragic event” — as a “good guy” who was helpful, supportive and friendly, as he gave plenty of valuable and useful advice on FlyerTalk over the years. In fact, Mike even served as moderator of the Travel Technology and Travel Photography forums on FlyerTalk.
I first met Mike in South Florida at what is considered by some to be a historic event on FlyerTalk when FlyerTalk members Dovster and BEYFlyer met in person for the first time, as they were unable to meet in their respective countries of Israel and Lebanon, both of which are technically at war with each other. The meeting was a result of the accounts posted by Dovster pertaining to being awakened by explosions of rockets launched from Lebanon greater than seven years ago. As was characteristic of Mike, he generously offered to host space for photographs of the event and also quipped about the photographs that “they are great to have next year so I don’t wear the same shirt” — and he was proud to be one of the people who witnessed Dovster and BEYFlyer accomplish what no government officials seem to be able to do: reach a mutual agreement for lasting peace between Israel and Lebanon in fewer than eight minutes.
A sense of humor, a passion for travel and always available to assist fellow FlyerTalk members: that was cordelli.
You will be sorely missed, Mike. My condolences and thoughts are with your family and friends. Reach for the stars — and may you rest in peace.