Michael was born on Dec. 27, 1949, in Canyon, Texas. He was an avid reader and antique and art collector who loved good food, music, movies, jewelry, needlepoint and his beloved dogs.
Michael was a founding member of the Positive Voices Choir at the Cathedral of Hope. He was an active member of the church who sang in the choir and faithfully attended worship services. Michael was very generous with his time and resources, supporting the annuity fund, the building of the Interfaith Peace Chapel and many church ministries. He enjoyed a long career at Bank of America as a facilities and project manager. Michael was a warm and joyful individual who always had kind words and encouragement.
Michael is survived by his brother, Jim Sykes; his sister, Pat Allen; and several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.A. and Dorothy Sykes, of Canyon, Texas.
Sykes’ Celebration of Life service will be held on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. Family and friends will gather for fellowship after the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a HIV/AIDS charity of your choice or to the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope.
Sal was born in Chicago on June 7, 1950, to Severa Luna and Salamon Amador. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Victor and Carlos; stepfather, Carl; and father, Salamon.
Sal is survived by his mother, Severa L. Aleman; brother, Joe Amador; Mary E. Spence and Sylvia Aleman Rodriquez; brother-in-law, Paul Rodriguez, godfather to Marcello Aleman; and many nephews and nieces.
He cherished his life partners, friends and pets. He enjoyed pre-Columbian history and loved Mexico City and Oak Cliff, especially Jefferson Boulevard in the ’60s. He graduated from W.H. Adamson High School in 1969. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to StrayDog.org or a charity of your choice.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 29, 2013,