Mike Stanley, RIP

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM YVONNE STANLEY

Dear friends of CJM,

I wanted to let you know the sad news that Mike died just before 6pm on Thursday 6th June.  It was a very peaceful death and I was at his bedside at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield, where Mike was cared for so well for the last few days of his life. The words ‘take me home Father, Spirit and Son…‘ from Song to the Trinity were playing as the Lord called him home.

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We have been sustained by so many prayers during Mike’s illness, and have come to know some of the ways in which his music and his wish to share it has made a difference to so many people. 

Please continue to remember us in your prayers and at Mass – where Mike always felt most at home.

I’d like to leave the final word to Mike himself, the following paragraph was taken from an interview he gave twenty years ago…

I read a book by Gerald Hughes called ‘God Of Surprises‘. In it he asked the reader, if they were to die, what their epitaph might be. Now, once it would have been something like ‘he entertained a lot of people and put a song in their heart’. But now that’s not enough. I’d like my epitaph to read ‘he communicated the love of God and touched people’s hearts‘.

With love,

Yvonne, Adam, Joseph and Luke Stanley

  • gupsie

    Yvonne. We are praying for you all and are so sorry to hear of Mike’s death. All our love. Anna, Brendan, Barney Aidan and Aoife xx

  • Caroline Graham

    We are very sad to hear this news and will be praying for you all. I hope you find peace and strength through your grief. Love, Caroline and Dan Graham

  • Sharon McGarel

    Fitting epitaph and so true of Mike. Praying for you all xx

  • ray mooney

    From the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Youth Service; May Mike be singing with the Angels and may you, Adam, Joseph, Luke and your extended families find peace in The Lord, with Love and Prayers, rayxxxxxx

  • Mike and Sue Conway

    Dear Yvonne, we are so sorry to hear of this very sad news.Words cannot express, nor are tears sufficient. It is so heart wrenching. The arrival of this moment has been dreaded by so many. I’m sure a shock wave has gone out far and wide. You are in our thoughts. May you find the strength and comfort you need. ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Ps 23:4). With our love and prayers Mike and Sue Conway and family, and all at Alive Publishing.

  • Sue Bennett

    Rest in peace Mike praying for you all God bless you always love Sue and Rob

  • Clare Ford

    So sad, yet so faithful… May Mike rest in peace & rise in glory. Thank you for sharing with us Yvonne, may you & your lovely boys be comforted by Our Lady & inspired by the brilliant memories you have of such a fantastic man.
    With prayers, Clare

  • FrLiam Collister

    My thoughts and prayers. May the choirs of angels meet him and lead him to paradise, may the Lord enfold him with his mercy and give him eternal life. Will offer Mass. Fr L

  • Brigid O’Connor

    God bless you and the children, Yvonne. Mike did indeed bring us closer to God through his music. CJM will live on but it will never be the same. I join with everyone in thanking God for Mike. X

  • Eliz Cooke

    Thank you for sharing this news. It has been a pleasure knowing Mike and playing bass with him at a couple of different events over the years. I always remember a very funny rehearsal at Celebrate one year. Trying to remember to play the right chord during This Day Was Made by The Lord. We kept shouting the name of the chord instead of the lyric.

    He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. You are all in my prayers. Eliz

  • Judy Payton

    I can always remember Mike visiting the Gentlemans Club in Chasetown with his Mom and Dad where myself and my sisters would listen to him playing and singing. My prayers are with you and your family in this very sad time. God bless Mike.

  • Eamonn & Louise Pugh

    So sad to hear the news. So grateful for his service to us in the church. He was part of a pioneering work that has raised the standard of vibrant liturgical music. We Will always remember the sense of his servant heart, his inclusive spirit, and his sense of humour. A very gifted man who was a gift to the church. Praying that the Lord will console and comfort his family and friends in their loss, that the Lord will welcome him home “Well done, good & faithful servant”, and grant Mike eternal rest with Him. Our love & prayers at this very sad time, Eamonn, Louise & Family.

  • Lisa Johnson

    Very sad news but let’s rejoice about the legacy he has left behind. God bless Mike & his family xx

  • Brendan Rice

    So sad to hear the news Yvonne. I will keep you and your family in prayer and offer Mass for Mike and you all. He has left an incredible legacy and the final words of his epitaph above are so true. His final recording of Have You Heard the News sums up Mikes life and personally I thing he left the best to the last. Sadly

  • Kath Ryan

    Dear Yvonne, your strength courage and faith, is a example for all. Mike enriched our lives in many ways and we feel the loss of Mike to this world but have lost your soulmate,best friend , a wonderful husband and father. You and your sons will be in our prayers.love and blessings Kath and Margaret Ryan.

  • Kate Hayles

    So sad to hear the news about mike. His music with continue to touch our hearts for many years to come.

  • prebphilpott@gmail.com

    His legacy is exactly as he hoped – we all heard and knew God’s love in his music and voice. Deo gratias!

  • Linda Glover

    Bless to hear the very sad sad news about Mike.. Gone home to play his music to the Lord now face to face… Say hello to Beryl, Mike I am sure she will be waiting for you to give you one of her big hugs.. Rest in peace… Remembered always xx

  • Andy Moss

    Words can not convey how sorry I am to have lost Mike. He loved us all with a servant heart and had immense giftedness which was used so sacrificially, yet so brilliantly. I will never forget the shear joy and exuberance of the legendary CJM Soli House youth concerts we did all those years ago. It was like being invited to the best Christmas ever for me just to be invited to play flute for these concerts. Mike has given us all a marvellous legacy – his passionate and beautiful music.

    He crossed the boundaries of denominations everywhere, through his deep, deep love for Jesus and one of my proudest moments was when CJM, led by Mike and Jo came to my church, Solihull Renewal Christian Centre, Specially invited by Bishop David Carr, to minister in a service based on the theme that Jesus is the Bread of Life, they led two awesome services of praise and worship, where the Holy Spirit fell and hundreds of people were ministered too and I was just so honoured to be on the team. People still talk about it now over a year later – such was the power of his ministry, together of course with Jo Boyce.

    Mike will never be forgotten and I will continue to honour his memory and serve the ministry of CJM as I am able.

    All my thoughts and prayers go to Yvonne and the boys, Mikes parents and extended family. Thank you Jesus, for your servant Mike, now absent from the body, present with the Lord.

  • the Wilson Family, Cannock

    Rest in peace Mike. Prayers and thoughts are with the family. As everyone the music group of St. Mary’s, Cannock and parishioners, were enriched and influenced by his music ministry and his legacy will live on. His ministry on earth is done and his beautiful music will live forever. God bless. The Wilson Family, Cannock.

  • Kevin Atkinson

    Dear Yvonne and family, we were so so upset to hear about Mike. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. May the loving heart of Christ surround you all and fill you with his love and comfort you. There are so many memories, one was when working with Mike in Walsingham, on the evening we played a game of violent snap in the pub. A riotous night was had by all, Mike laughed so much, his laughter, jokes and humour was as classy as the man himself. He touched our hearts with his music and gift of love.
    God bless you all and to our dear Jo, many kisses. X
    Kevin, Oonagh and Catherine.

  • Andrew Holden

    Yvonne
    Our love, thoughts & prayers are with you and the the boys
    Andy, Pascale, Pirran & Jethro Holden

  • Carole

    So sorry, prayers for Yvonne and family and for Jo and team.

  • Lynn Bassett

    Yvonne, Adam, Joseph, Luke and all at CJM,

    Mike’s music certainly touched and continues to touch my heart and communicates the love of God in a unique way. Thank you for sharing his great gift with so many.

    You are all in my prayers

    Lynn

  • Mark Skelton

    Will certainly remember you all and Mike at Mass this weekend.

  • Claudia O’Grady

    Very sorry to hear your sad news from Pete. We sung one of his hymns at mass on Sunday and I thought about him as we sang. I only met him once at the Mick Hipkiss concert and thought your performance of Caledonia beautiful. Many prayers to you and your family.

  • Anne Melder

    Farewell, till we all meet again before the Throne of God. Your music will touch people for years to come.

  • Alice Reeve

    Yvonne there are no words except that you and the boys, tony and Lynn are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike’s music and faith will live in our family as he touched us all. Our love at this time

  • Helen Leacy

    How wonderful to know how you wished to be remembered and to achieve it. A truly wonderful talent that has enhanced the faith of so many and will continue to do so for many, many years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Karen Ralphs.

    Mike’s music certainly touched my heart..It was inspirational in bringing me back to the church…….I am proud to have sung with him in the past..I will always remember him helping me write a song in the staffroom at St. Joseph’s school….An unforgettable man….Love and prayers to you all..God Bless..xxxxx. Karen Ralphs.

  • Angela Braviner

    So sorry to hear this. Very fond memories of Mike and Jo at the Walsingham youth Pilgrimage for many years, and we will always remember their visit to St Peter’s Jarrow. Love and prayers to all Mike’s family and musical family from the Jarrow Team Youth Group x

  • Florence Coley

    Yvonne, Adam, Joseph and Luke,
    I would like to tell you that i am very sorry about Mike he was a fantastic person and is now living amongst the angels not facing the horrible pain that he shouldn’t have had to suffer, he will be sadly missed everywhere, Just make sure you boys remember all the wonderful things he did, and Yvonne, stay strong, Mike is in a good place,
    My best wishes,
    Florence Coley

  • Paul Gibbons

    I will remember Mike for the joy he brought to Celebrate the many times we went, either leading praise and worship on the big stage or singing to our kids in the children’s groups.

    Mike and Jo’s music has and will continue to have a big effect on my faith life.

    Thank you Mike

    May God give you peace and strength at what must be a terrible time for you Yvonne and the children.

  • Bill Braviner

    I knew Mike through Walsingham and through concerts he and Jo gave in our parish and locally. Be assured that he certainly lived up to the epitaph he quoted all those years ago. The music in heaven is richer today, though we are poorer without him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, his family, with Jo and all at CJM, and with all who knew and loved Mike. Rest in peace, mate.
    Fr Bill Braviner

  • Marie-Claire Belford

    With much love to Yvonne and the boys and to all at CJM. I was so sad to hear the news. It’s been many years since I saw Mike but I will always remember him fondly, and all the fun times back at Soli House. Wishing you all peace and strength in the days, months and years to come.

    Marie-Claire Belford

  • John Hogg

    Music is how I knew Mike and Jo. Music is still the reason I am here.
    What a man, what a Servant of God! JPHx

  • Fr Mark Whiting

    I am Fr Mark Whiting, an Anglican priest. I’ve played with Mike and with CJM a couple of times at Walsingham. I am married to Helen Whiting (nee O’Donnell) who used to play with Mike back in Chasetown. We both wanted to send our condolences to Mike’s family and friends and assure them of our prayers for Mike and those close to him.
    “Father of all, we pray to you for those whom we love but no longer see.
    Grant Mike your peace; let light perpetual shine upon him
    and in your loving wisdom and almighty power
    work in him the good purpose of your perfect will;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Jesu Mercy – Mary Pray

  • Mark Harold

    God bless Yvonne. Will offer Mass for Mike and all of you.

  • Jane Moor

    How very sad, a great man who touched so many lives but who will continue to so through the legacy of his amazing music. A great, great loss and my thoughts and prayers go to Mike’s family and friends at this difficult time.

  • Angela

    Mike certainly lived his epitaph and will do so forever. Just so sorry that his epitaph is too premature. Lots of love and prayers to Mikes family and friends, what a loss. God bless xxxx

  • Lynda

    may the angels lead him to paradise where he will sing God’s praise for evermore.

  • David Wells

    Mike had another melody written on his face. His music came from a place deep with in him, but it radiated when he performed. His legacy is joy, his life a song, and his finest harmony – his family, who he cherished when ever we were on the road together.

  • Sarah Lockett

    He served The Lord well and touched the hearts of so many people. Surely he has returned to The Lord, a good and faithful servant. Rest in peace Mike

  • Martha Lockett (age 7)

    He was a very good man, he had a lot of faith in him and I hope that God looks after him well.

  • Fr Ged Kelly

    “Come let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord.” Sion Community Summer Camp, Buckden Towers, 1993. Held in prayer.

  • Dick and Marie Miller

    Really saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a man who alllowed himself to be steered by the Holy Spirit into touching the lives of so many through his music. A truly charismatic and gifted singer and songwriter whose love for the Lord shone through in the way he connected us all with something far deeper than just words and music. It has been a joy introducing The Mass of St Jude into our parish liturgy; the energy in the praise truly lifts us closer to Him. Thank you so much, Mike, for the joy you have brought us all through your music throughout the years, most especially at Celebrate. May you rest in peace in His love. Our prayers to you, Yvonne, Adam, Joseph and Luke, that this amazing man will never be far from your sides especially at this difficult time. God bless you.

  • Philip North

    I was once responsible for a Youth Pilgrimage to Walsingham where a boy of 12, Alex Kasim, died suddenly and tragically. The following morning we celebrated Mass for him. I will forever remember the extraordinary faithfulness, sensitivity and compassion that Mike and Jo brought to the music at that Mass and the way that through their art they bore witness to the light of the resurrection which shines most radiantly when the darkness is at its deepest. I consider it an enormous privilege to have known and worked with Mike, a man who was utterly alive with the Spirit and the joy of the Gospel. He was a beautiful man, and my prayers are with those who were close to him.

  • Liz Markland

    ‘Sing a new song to the Lord’ – I think that it was St. Augustine who said that only a man with a new heart could sing a new song. What a heart, what joy and what an inspiration Mike was to many. Our heartfelt love and prayers are with you Yvonne and the boys, Mike’s family, Jo & all at CJM. With much love, Gerry & Liz Markland.

  • Sior Coleman

    My prayers and thoughts go to Yvonne and all the family. In my work with BBC WM, I met up with Mike from time to time. I enjoyed his company and his humour, admired his originality, felt inspired by his faith and was always delighted to play his music on Sunday mornings on BBC WM.

  • TJ

    I want to pass on my sincere condolences to all of Mike’s family and friends during what will be an incredibly difficult time.

    I wanted to share with you all how Jo and Mike have helped me through their music.

    When I was about 12 years old attending Mass with my High School, we would always sing ‘Bread of Life’ in the Choir, and from that moment on, I became deeply interested in Jo and Mike’s music. I have been through a couple of very difficult personal times since then, and I have recently been discerning a vocation to the Catholic Priesthood, and all the way through those troubling times and my times of discernment, their music has helped me to deepen my faith, and has led me closer God than I ever have been.

    R.I.P Mike, I will keep you in my prayers, thank you for the incredible music that touched my life in an unforgettable way!

  • Sarah Shelton

    My mum, sister and I have very much enjoyed seeing cjm at Christmas concerts and all of us are teachers so have been blessed to have mike and Jo in school. Mike was a funny, welcoming, talented man who will be very much missed from music and in education. Our thought are with his family at this sad time. May God keep him and bless him.

  • Andy Ison

    So saddened by the news of Mike’s death. The gift of the many great memories Mike created for people over the years makes the loss so much more. Love and prayers to Yvonne and family.

  • G

    Mike and the music of CJM helped me through the period when we thought we were losing our child. I didn’t know Mike really well but despite this;- words will never express the special place he has in our hearts. May he peacefully rest in Gods eternal garden. Thoughts and prayers with Yvonne and the boys X

  • Annonymous

    A short time on earth but an eternity in heaven. We only hope that we can live in the spirit as Mike did. Thoughts and prayers with Yvonne and the boys. God bless X

  • Amanda

    God bless the man who brought life and joy to many masses in our school! I have no doubt God has a very special plan for him up there while his legacy will live on down here. He will always have a special place in the heart of Maryvale school ….love and prayers to all your family xx

  • Marie Yates

    So sorry to hear the sad news. My prayers are with you and your family. Mike’s music and his spiritual vitality will live on in our schools and churches for many, many years to come. Singing with the angels. God bless you.

  • Julie Kenny

    Through the ministry of music Mike and Jo have enabled us all to gain a deeper understanding of our faith. Coming to perfection in a short while you have achieved long life. May we all gain strength from the legacy which Mike has left and may we all give thanks for the fact that he shared the gifts he was given with us all- and will continue to do so. Three years ago Mike worked with Wirral Catholic Primary Schools in preparation for a liturgy to celebrate ten years of the new millennium . The theme was ‘In Joy and Hope’ It is with those words in mind that we celebrate the life of a remarkable man and send our love and prayers to his family, Jo and all at CJM at this time. God Bless you Mike

  • Andy

    So sorry to hear the news, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well as with Jo and the rest of the team, he was truly an inspiration, may he rest in peace

  • Gratton and Marie

    You gave him the last word Yvonne and he most certainly did communicate the love of God and touch people’s hearts – the whole world over! To the best ‘roomy’ a guy could ever hope for. Please pray for us Mike.

  • Paul Johnson

    First met Mike at Soli House – absolutely amazed by his enthusiasm for life, young people on their journey with God. I am truly sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your family.

  • Andrew Ferris

    With the love and prayers of the Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers here at the Friary, Olton. Thank you Mike for the way you shared the bounty of God’s love with so many people. I’m reminded of the words of Blessed John Henry Newman: ‘Heart Speaks unto Heart.’ You made his words something very alive and active. Enjoy now the Liturgy of Heaven. Andrew Ferris, SCJ

  • Jamie

    Yvonne, sincere condolences. Thoughts with you and your family.

    Jamie Glackin x

  • Robin Eastoe

    His music meant a lot to me over th years and I imagine said a lot about him as a person. May he rest in peace. The music in heaven has gained a star!

  • Ed Maddox

    Condolences from the St. Giles Folk. Liturgical folk group from St. Giles’ parish in Cheadle Staffs.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Rest in peace Mike.

  • Javier Gonzalez-Fritz

    Words can not describe the sadness I feel upon hearing the news in today’s Mass. I saw Mike and Jo play at St. Joseph’s a few years back and I truly believe with the help of their music and the Holy Spirit present I was able to right wrongs in my life at the time. Yvonne, I will continue to pray to Our Lady for you and the boys and ask to bring comfort to you all. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and protect you and your family. R I P Mike. xxx

  • Maria Sinclair

    Sad news indeed, his music will live on. I bet he’s got them rocking in heaven already.
    Condolences to his family and God bless you Mike

  • Liz Brereton

    I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My prayers are with you and I pray that God will give you the strength you need to cope over the weeks and months ahead. When I lost my daughter 4 years ago it was the strength of prayer from my parish community that kept me strong along with the wonderful contemporary Christian music like the music of CJM. I am sure that Mike is with God and continuing to sing and compose for God’s glory. Mike will always be at your side through the dark as well as the brighter times. You have the legacy of his music which will help you along the way. I did not know Mike personally but I have never forgotten seeing CJM perform ‘Born for us’ at Westminster Cathedral when my daughter was in the chorus. Anyone who had the good fortune to see ‘Born for us’ performed live will have been affected by the amazing music and script which brings to life the gospel message and shows what a great talent Mike had. He will be missed by all who knew him in person or through his music.
    Liz Brereton (St William of York, Forest Hill).

  • Monica McArdle

    I remember Mike’s impact on the first ever Sion Community Summer Camp armed with just his guitar, a set of juggling balls and his faith……..It was all that was needed….I know for a fact those no-longer quite so young people still remember his words today….your wisdom will live on, Mike. Alleluia Christus Resurrexit

  • Sister Susan

    During our Eucharistic Procession yesterday and our First Holy Communion Mass today we sang several inspirational songs written by Mike. We prayed for him as he joins the heavenly hosts and for his family that the Lord will comfort them at this time.
    St Thomas More Catholic Primary School Sheldon, Birmingham.

  • Donna Kennedy

    So sorry to hear about the passing over of Mike Stanley the christian singer. I knew Jo Boyce 20 years ago when I left Saint Josephs school, Kenilworth, after my GCSEs and she was a youth worker at Soli House so I knew of him since then. I have always followed them around with the music. He was a very special man to his family and friends and all who knew him. He has brought peace to the lives of many with his music ministry. May he rest in peace.

  • Francis and Bernadette Mohan

    Thank you Mike, not only for the wonderful music, but for the countless occasions of joy, faith and friendship you brought to Soli, to Lourdes, to both of our schools and to the whole of our family, with deepest sympathy to the Stanley family, Francis and Bernadette.

  • Michele

    I had the pleasure of knowing Mike through CMM, he was always such a bundle of fun and brought smiles wherever he went. Such a special man who will be missed by many. Prayers for Yvonne and his boys.

  • Cath

    There is no greater legacy than to have brought the love of Jesus Christ to so many people. Mike’s spirit will live on in so many way.

    I only knew you from afar but that was all that was needed.

    Prayers and deepest condolences for your wonderful family and CJM family and friends.
    Cath x

  • Roger Neale

    We were about to sing the “Mass of St Bernadette” at church this morning when I heard this news.
    I was so sad that I could hardly concentrate but so happy that we were singing Mike’s music.
    His music legacy will live on for many years.

  • Si Chun Lam

    Rest in peace, Mike; his ministry will certainly live on through CJM and through his music.

  • Jacinta O Donnell

    So saddened to learn of Mikes passing, may he rest in eternal peace. I met Mike in Lourdes in July 2012, first at the torch light procession where I too was privileged to sing (on the same night as Mike) Later that night back in our hotel, The Padoue, we were having a sing song and Mike joined in, as it happened he was staying there too. What a wonderful happy sharing of a love for music we enjoyed that night. I don’t think I will ever forget that chance encounter. One question, Mike sang a Hail Mary at the procession that night, was it recorded or is the sheet music available? I would dearly love to get it. My thoughts and prayers go to Yvonne and the boys, even though I have never met you, having met Mike I can’t imagine how you must be feeling his loss. God bless each of you during this difficult time. I will be travelling to Lourdes on June 30th and I will remember Mike whilst I am there. Jacinta

    • Fr John

      Dear Jacinta, Thank you for your message. I am one of the priests who was with Mike in Lourdes. He has a new CD out with the Hail Mary on – it is called Dewfall and can be ordered off the CJM website – if you ask I am sure they can also get the sheet music to you

  • Johann Diaz

    I was playing “Bread of Life” on the organ today, before our First Communion celebration started, when I was told of Mike’s passing. So shocked and saddened to hear of his passing from our world, but no doubt his praise is now in the company of the heavenly angels.

    May he rest in the music of the Lord and may our Lord Jesus give his family enough strength for one day at a time.

  • Gavin Evenhuis

    We shall miss this amazing Man of God. I was thinking in Mass this morning that all over our country, and probably in other countries, people are using Mass settings and Music written by Mike ( and Jo) today and every Sunday and that this will continue – what a legacy!
    We are lifting up Yvonne and the children and the CJM team. God Bless you all and thank you.
    Gavin Evenhuis

  • Peter Jennings

    Peter Jennings
    May Mike now rest in the peace and joy of Heaven. He brought peace and joy to so many with his wonderful songs and music. Yvonne, may you and your family know the peace of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at this very sad time and the support and love of many people throughout the Archdiocese of Birmingham and beyond.
    .

  • Helen.

    Mike and Jo kindly came to our Parish to show ‘life without a safety net’. We also experienced their music at Buckfast Abbey, in Exeter and Plymouth. God bless you and your families, thank God for your wonderful gift of music so selflessly shared. Heaven will sing a new song. With sympathy, love and thanks from the Praise choir, Torquay.

  • Suzanne

    Sending love and condolences to you all. CJM music has ‘livened up’ every school Mass and Confirmation service that I have had the privilege to lead. RIP Mike and thank you for the music

  • Paul Northam

    Thank you for your inspiration Mike (and all at CJM), which turned me onto my faith as well as onto faith-filled music. As a result, the times I spent at Soli meant so very much to me and played a large part in what I have chosen to go on to do.

    May you rest in Peace.

  • Sarah Firth

    Very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Have been fortunate to hear him sing live on two occasions and the music brought such joy to so many people. His legacy will live on in the music and I offer my sincere condolences to those he leaves behind. God Bless.

  • Catherine Hale

    I am so saddened by the news of Mike passing. He has always inspired me and strengthened my faith. I feel truly blessed to have known Mike and I am praying for all his family and close friends.

  • Chris Rolinson

    Just heard this evening via a phone call about this sad news.

    I have some very personal memories of Mike, who I was proud to call a friend, even if it was but for a short part of his life.

    The highest thing I can say is that his life, love, humour and testimony touched me and spoke to me of the love of his Lord and Saviour.

    Taken too young surely? Rest in Peace, Mike.

  • Dominic Ward

    Eternal rest give to Mike dear Father and to Yvonne and the boys the strength to cope and the knowledge that he is still with them in ways they may never fully understand.

    Mike was a truly gifted musician and his simplicity and humility are qualities that anyone who knew him will always remember. God bless and keep you Mike.

  • Ruth James (formerly Morris)

    I had the very real privilege of working with Mike on Angel Voices with CMM. He has indeed touched many people during his short life. I thank the Lord for him and for bringing him into my life – we wrote a song called “Rain down saving justice” together. Thank you Mike for living out the faith and I know the Lord will have said to him “good and faithful servant”. Will pray for you all.

  • Tom

    So sad to hear the news of Mike’s passing! Met him a couple of times when I was in Lourdes a couple of years ago!… Privileged to have met such a great person… My thoughts and prayers are with his family!

  • Paul Dench

    Have just heard the news on here now and it has bought a tear to my eye, but know God has some new songs to sing in Heaven. I hold Mike’s family up in prayer and ask for the compassion of the Lord to enfold their hearts at this time. May Mike rest in peace and as the Father has called him to his embrace may his Family find comfort and peace in the coming weeks.

  • Adrian Beavis

    What very sad news to hear. It was a privilege to be Mike’s understudy for Angel Voices, and we had such fun, faith and laughter together – he became like an older brother. He was a wonderful, grace-filled, and joyful person and he constantly reminded me of the breadth of God’s grace and God’s church. He gave life and voice to a portrayal of the risen Jesus – now he is with his saviour. He is not here … he has risen.

  • Patricia Ganley

    Our deepest sympathy from all staff and pupils of Mount Carmel R.C. Primary School. Mike’s music certainly touched our hearts and communicated a deep love of God. I will remember the wonderful training courses with Jo Boyce.Mike has left a wonderful musical legacy.

    Patricia Ganley, Manchester

  • tina

    what can i say…the emotional feelings i have at this moment make me realise how much his music His full on faith had such a profound effect on me. Although i have enquired at times for news I had not heard so thank you. My first encounter with Boyce and Stanley was a few years ago at Southport 3 days “come and see”. have not stopped singing their music or their praises since ,have passed on their music to the church cleaning group and others. what could be more inspiring . His music in God’s house.!! Also their music helped me through a very bad time in my life and could not sleep..Just put personal CD on, earplugs and fell asleep on second time around feeling ok with God – finally got my life back. Good bye Mike, God has called you home where you can sing your praises face to face. Thank You x

    My condolences to his lovely family.

  • Bernadette Kearney

    A heroic example of someone who used his gifts and talents to serve Our Lord and others. Mike was such a towering talent that he could have had any number of careers. He died on the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Sweet heart of Jesus, fount of love and mercy…. I was singing this in my car on the way into work this morning, and I thought of you, Mike.
    Mike, I wonder what Newman thinks of your setting of “Firmly I believe and truly”. I hope he’s singing it with you now. Singing these two songs today will help to keep me going on hearing this news. May God keep us all close to Him, especially your lovely family, until we meet again. Pray for us..

  • John Perrins

    God bless you all. He was a wonderful man and a pleasure to have known. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and we share in your sorrow. I hope the Lord gives you all the courage you need to bear this sad loss. God bless. John Perrins

  • Peter Hannett

    As I said to Dominic, I cried when I heard of Mike’ passing from this world though through his music and love for humanity he will always be part of us. He magically touched me and my family, I trust Pauline was at “the gates” to welcome him.

  • lorrainepayne

    will miss you but you will always be remembered by your music.
    lots of love and prayers, to the family
    lorrainepayne xxx

  • Anon

    Mass was offered for Mike today. His music has always been a great source of joy and of comfort. Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord. May Our Lady of Sorrows comfort the family.

  • Clare

    My thoughts are with you Yvonne, your boys, Mike’s family, Jo and all at CJM. There is a profound sadness at your loss – our loss… and yet Mike’s legacy to us all is a wonderful one. So many haunting melodies, beautiful words written and sung …. rippling out to so many of us within our own Parish communities. Our Folk Group ‘grew up’ with Boyce and Stanley music. Mike will live on in his music. The Christmas concerts filling us with laughter, and devotion… Born for This playing with every emotion at Eastertide. Lots of treasured memories, lots of music to continue to play and sing…. there will be so many people singing and thinking of you each Sunday…. may the Lord grant you eternal rest. God Bless.

  • Pat McKernon

    My words would be inadequate, I will just quote from the music of Aaron Neville :- ” Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest, lay down your head upon the savious breast, you know we love you, but Jesus loves you best, we bid you goodnight “

    • Pat McKernon

      Pardon my typos, it was from an IPad

  • catherine bibby

    Sincere prayers and sympathy to Mike’s family, and of course Jo, on the death of Mike. Myself and colleagues met Mike and Jo when they were just starting their ministry and have been followers of theirs ever since. They came to our school and to our parishes to give their wonderful concerts. A big loss to our church of today.

  • Philip Billson

    On behalf of

  • Philip Billson

    On behalf of all his friends at the BBC we’d like to give thanks for the wonderful Christ-filled contributions Mike made to our programmes. Mike took us to some amazing communities Radio 4 wouldn’t normally reach, and his influence was always transformative and joy-giving. The highlight has to be the Sunday Worship at Cofton Park before the Newman Beatification. It was a very special moment which wouldn’t have happened at all without Mike! But I also remember editing some inserts for a programme at his house, eating fish and chips with him, and meeting Yvonne and the boys – such a hospitable family who are much in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Gill and Margaret

    so very sorry to hear of Mike’s death.He was such a lovely man and we can not believe he is not here and we will not see him again. We missed him greatly in Lourdes the last few years when he was unable to come with us and prayed for him. He will never be forgotten, and his Music will inspire others. God bless Yvonne and her boys there is so much love being sent to you.

  • Joe Kelly

    I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. God must havefinally decided to put his band together. I remember with great fondness and a smile the many phone conversations I had with Mike. Our paths first crossed when he was just getting CJM together when I was just starting to edit The Universe. Over the years his polite but tenacious spirit, and his utter trust in God were always a welcome moment of calmness that never failed to put life into its proper perspective. I feel very blessed to have known Mike. When the wind blows off the hill, I’m sure I’ll always hear his music. Put in a good for me when my time comes, Mike. In my prayers always.
    Joe Kelly, CEO and Editor, The Universe Catholic Weekly

  • Emma McHugh

    Heard of Mike’s passing from a friend from home just yesterday and wanted to pass on mine and my family’s deepest condolences to Yvonne, the boys, and all Mike’s family and to Jo, am thinking of you all and asking God to give you his strength. I have wonderful, treasured memories of Mike, from Soli House to all the tours of ‘Born for This’, such wonderful memories, have never before, or since, felt more connected to God or my faith and Mike was a huge part of that. Thank you Mike, rest in peace.

  • Jasmine Foulkes

    I’m so so saddened to hear of Mike Stanley’s death. He was a true musician whose songs have inspired me and that I’ve loved singing since I was 14. I will be singing “When” at a friend’s funeral soon and I will also be thinking of Mike.