Michael Walter Aylward, 41, of Ravenna, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 29, 2013 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center.
He was born March 4, 1972 in Ravenna, to James and Mary (Fertig) Aylward. Michael had a second home in the gym and enjoyed mentoring people in the gym and in recovery. He recently earned his IFBB Pro Card as a Master's Physique Athlete. Michael made friends easily and is loved by many people from all walks of life.
He is survived by his fiancé, Lydian Miller; father, James (Laura) Aylward; brother, Andrew (Elyse) Fertig; sisters, Jennifer Aylward, Andrea Fertig and Shanon Thompson; grandparents, Ed and Geri Aylward. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Fertig; and grandparents, Mary and Ed Sloey. Michael is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held 2-4 PM Thursday, December 5th at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, with Memorial services following at 6:00 PM. A celebration of Michael's life will be held at The Clubhouse in Brady Lake immediately following the memorial services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Interval Brotherhood Home in the name of Michael Aylward, 3445 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44319.
(R-C 12-2-13 & 12-3-13)