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Michael “Mike” Charles Hyde

September 16, 1938 ~ August 23, 2021

Michael “Mike” Charles Hyde, 82, of Vero Beach and formerly New Jersey, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2021 at his home.
Mike was born on September 16, 1938 in Englewood, New Jersey to Edward and Florence Hyde. From an early age, he developed what became a lifelong appreciation for cars, motorcycles, boats, and machinery. After graduating from Tenafly High School in 1956, Mike joined the Seafarers International Union and worked his way to become Chief Pumpman. His career as a Merchant Seaman took him around the globe and only intensified his passion for life on the water and building and assembling things. Mike and his high school sweetheart, JoAnn, married in October 1960 and had five children: Michael (Christine), Jimmy (Lisa), Tommy (Tanya), Janine (Dane), and Steven (Sandra). In 1968 the family relocated from Tenafly to Alpine, New Jersey. During this time, Mike worked as a Master Machinist, as well as a volunteer firefighter with the Alpine Fire Department, ultimately leaving as a Chief. With aspirations to move to Florida, Mike pursued a job opportunity with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, where he worked as a Prototype Machinist until his retirement in 2002. Mike designed and built countless tools and implements for manned submersibles and remotely-operated vehicles. Since retiring, he enjoyed being a member of the Porsche Owners Club of America and spending time with his kids and grandkids as often as possible.
Mike is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnn, his children, nine grandchildren: Megan (Hunter), Jordan (Jordan), Rena (Stephen), Will (Chelsea), Jake (Taylor), Ty (Princess), Chandler (Micha), Mary (Julian), Lucy, and Charlee; seven great-grandchildren: Zedeline, Ryder, Lila, William, Henry, Sophie, and Rayce; his sister Susan, a brother-in-law Pete and sister-in-law June; cousin, Robert Helder, numerous nephews and nieces, and his beloved sixth child, his chihuahua, Lucas.
At this time, there will be no service. The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Of his many accomplishments throughout a well-lived life, Mike’s family brought him his biggest sense of pride and achievement. He instilled countless values, particularly that of hard work, tenacity, and an appreciation for the simple things such as a cool breeze on any given day. He was a devoted Chieftain and his guidance and love will be greatly missed by his entire Clan.


Ellen Schwanke

August 27, 2021, 2:05 pm

Dear Joann and Family,

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, sending our prayers and condolences to All.

Ellie (Hyde) Schwanke and Family

phil santos

August 27, 2021, 7:03 pm

My condolences to all of the Hyde family. Mike always treated me like family.
He is missed.
Rest In Peace Mike

Dave Norquist

August 27, 2021, 7:27 pm

He gave much good advice,and many smiles, RIP Mike. Dave

Rick Herman

August 27, 2021, 7:33 pm

Mike was a good, good man. Sincere and honest hard working family man blessed with a wonderful wife and family.

Wanda & Buddy High

August 27, 2021, 7:38 pm

Dear JoAnn & entire family sending our deepest sympathy to you all. Mike was a great guy always made me laugh. Fun times at Harbor Branch.
Cherish all the beautiful memories with you and your beautiful family. Thinking of you all sending lots of hugs.
Wanda & Buddy High

Stewart B Moreaux

August 27, 2021, 8:23 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hyde family. I always had great admiration for the magic Mr. Hyde could do in the machine shop…on the moments notice we gave him, as the research vessel was about to sail! Fair Winds and Following Seas, Mr. Hyde.

Alan Fuller

August 27, 2021, 9:09 pm

May God rest your sole MIke! There is a special place for you in Heaven.

Patrick Pitts

August 27, 2021, 9:19 pm

My sincerest sympathy to the entire family. Mike was a very good natured man and always kind to me. During my few bumbling forays into his machine shop at Harbor Branch, Mike always, always made time to teach me how to use a machine tool and help me complete my task. And always with a smile on his face. I really appreciated that and will never forget it.

Jim Buckley

August 28, 2021, 12:25 am

My condolences to the Hyde Family.
RIP Mike

Don Liberatore & Shirley Pomponi

August 28, 2021, 2:13 am

Dear JoAnn, Michael, Steve and all the Hyde family. 
We offer our sincere sympathies on your loss. 
We always considered those of us who sailed at HBOI as part of a sea going family. Mike was as much a part of that family as any. Precision parts he made kept us going and safe above all else. 
Love to you all. 
Don and Shirley 

Robert Jones

August 28, 2021, 2:48 am

Mike could make a machine-shop smile and his contribution to submersible tools for research was extraordinary.

Ken and Dee Dee O'Brien

August 28, 2021, 2:50 am

RIP Mike,
The nicest GENTLEMAN we had the privilege to know and work with.
Our deepest condolences to the Hyde family.
Ken and Dee Dee O’Brien

Ken and Dee Dee O'Brien

August 28, 2021, 2:55 am

RIP Mike,
Our deepest condolences to the Hyde family.
Ken and Dee Dee O’Brien

Craig Caddigan

August 28, 2021, 12:00 pm

Sorry for your loss, my condolences to all of the Hyde family.
Mike was one of the good guys. He will be missed.
RIP Mike

Kenneth O'Brien

August 28, 2021, 1:09 pm

RIP Mike,
You were a pleasure to know and work with. He left us a legacy of JOY and true friendship that we will FOREVER cherish.
Our deepest condolences to the Hyde family. JoAnn WE LOVE YOU!
Ken and Dee Dee O’Brien

Kenneth O'Brien

August 28, 2021, 1:17 pm

RIP Mike,
Our deepest sympathy to the Hyde family. We LOVE YOU JoAnn!
Mike left us a legacy of JOY and true friendship. We’ll share it FOREVER.
Ken and Dee Dee O’Brien

Craig Caddigan

August 28, 2021, 2:56 pm

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to all the Hyde family.
Mike was one of the good guys!! He will be missed…
Rest in peace Mike.

Craig Caddigan

August 29, 2021, 2:22 am

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to all of the Hyde family
Mike was one of the good guys! He will be missed..
Rest in peace Mike.

Kenneth J. O'Brien

August 29, 2021, 12:18 pm

RIP Mike,
Our deepest condolences to the Hyde family.
Ken and Dee Dee O’Brien

Marilyn and Grant Gilmore

August 30, 2021, 5:05 pm

Our condolences to the Hyde family. We know his family and know he was
proud of them. He was one of the talented and inspirational members of the Harbor Branch

Boyd Williams

August 30, 2021, 9:51 pm

Condolences to our Hyde Family. Sending love and Blessings in respectful Prayers.

John Reed

August 31, 2021, 12:21 pm

Dear Steven and the Hyde family.
I had the pleasure to have known Mike the entire time he was at Harbor Branch. He helped design and build many of the tools and gizmos that we used with the submersibles for out research. He was truly gifted and a wonderful person.
My best wishes to the family.

Thom and Bernadette

August 31, 2021, 3:05 pm

What a fine neighbor and friend we had in Mike. It was always a joy to sit and talk with Mike about his cars and his mechanical knowledge, and to enjoy a warm day together with him in a shady spot. JoAnn, we are so sad with you and your family during these tender days of loss for you. We love you, and we will keep you and yours in our prayers. May you treasure the sweet memories Mike has given you, and may the tender hurts heal with a lasting fullness of love. God bless you and keep you, JoAnn. We love you.

Ben Chiong

September 3, 2021, 3:34 pm

Our condolences to the Hyde family. I learned a lot from Mike during my time in HBOI. He was always there to share his knowledge. I will always thank him for that.

Ben & Nats Chiong

Henry Ashburn

September 5, 2021, 6:05 pm

I am very sorry to hear about Mike What a great guy I always admired him very much my Condolences to his entire family.

Kerrie & Alan Walton

September 16, 2021, 11:55 pm

I met Mr Hyde through his son and a best friend Jimmy when we were 14. He was the dad that was super cool. Mr Hyde would share his projects at Harbor Branch. It was like he worked for Jaucque Cousteau. He was a great example of a good human. Honest and witty is how I remember him.
Happy Birthday 09/16!!

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