Michael was born on 2 December 1953 in Richmond VA and claimed the promise of the Resurrection on 3 January 2018 following a hard fought battle with congestive heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis.
He attended St. Bridget’s School, Benedictine and J. R. Tucker High Schools, Virginia Commonwealth University, and had a Masters in Financial Planning from Rice University.
Michael began his career as a Perfusionist at the Medical College of Virginia and later became the youngest ever President of AmSECT (The American Society of Extracorporeal Technology). After he had accomplished all that he could have hoped in that field, he worked briefly in the area of viatical settlement, and later bought an investment practice and became a recognized and respected Financial Advisor until his retirement in July of 2016.
He was an accomplished musician with a lifelong passion for the guitar, and has many albums to his credit as a performer, composer and producer. We have just learned that his album “Highlands and Houston,” a collaboration with world-renowned Scottish fiddler Paul Anderson, came in at #12 of 200 on the Roots Music Reports Top World Album Chart for 2017.
He loved being in the recording studio with his friends. He enjoyed traveling, golf, dove hunting and especially fly fishing, and was thrilled to have been able to do that in the beautiful rivers of Scotland.
Michael is survived by his one true love Jean E. Daniel. They met in the sixth grade, and spent nearly their entire lives together. He leaves behind his loving son, Stephen Hurdle, as well as the beloved children of his heart Erin Alba (Pat, Nicholas and Alex), and Daniel Price. He is also survived by his brothers Cliff Hurdle and Paul Hurdle (Lisa, Haley and Ashley) and his sisters Annie Hurdle and Suzy Albus (J.D., Alex, Mitch and Sam), all of whom he cherished.
He was a member of Williams Trace/Sugar Land Baptist Church for over 25 years where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Deacons, in many roles as a Sunday School Teacher, and as a long time member of the praise band. He deeply loved and respected all of his fellow band mates.
It is difficult to sum up Michael’s character in a few words...he was amazing, funny, vibrant, wonderful, and sometimes exasperating; he dreamed big all of his life, and was a genuinely good man, a loyal friend, a spiritual mentor, a lifelong learner and a generous teacher. He brought joy to everyone and was a safe haven for anyone who struggled. He was a man of faith, compassion and peace who left this world a better place.
Michael was active in writing and producing original music for companies that supply such music to television, movie and advertising producers and music supervisors. He was a member of TAXI, the world's largest independent A&R company, where he regularly submitted songs, cues, and instrumental arrangements requested by industry professionals. He was also a Writer/Producer with Heavy Hitters Music Group and Platinum Music: major suppliers of music to the entertainment industry. Michael was both a Writer and Publisher member (Tuit Music) of ASCAP since 1999 and was also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.