Dr. Michael Jeffrey Drake, known to his patients as “Doc”, was born on August 24th 1946 in the state of New Jersey. Michael was born to Allan Drake, a well-known actor and comedian and Janice Hansen-Drake, dancer and Miss New Jersey in the 1944 Miss America pageant. At an early age Michael and his family moved to Queens, NY where he attended public school. Only a month after Michael’s 13th birthday, his mother Janice died on September 25th 1959. Soon thereafter Michael enrolled in military school in Bordentown, NJ. On June 30th 1969 Michael married Renee Lindsey in Yonkers, NJ. They soon moved to Spain where they spent 8 years. While in Spain, Michael attended medical school at Universidad de Barcelona. Michael and Renee moved back to the US where he took residency at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY.
Dr. Michael was well known for his amazing personality and unbelievable compassion towards human kind. He was passionate about medicine and it was evident to his patients. Michael believed in treating both the patient and their families. He believed in treating not just the body, but the mind as well. Any of his patients will tell you that their interactions with him were always pleasant. He had a heart, unlike many of today’s doctors, and treated people even if they could not pay him. He was looked up to by many. His biggest fan, however, was his only daughter Kimberlye. Born August 19th 1979 to Michael and Renee, Kim instantly became Michael’s best friend and most treasured companion.
Dr. Michael devoted his life to his family and friends. He looked forward to every moment that he could spend with his daughter Kim. Being an avid Walt Disney fan, he would frequent Disney with his wife and daughter. Michael inherited his father’s comedy and it was quite evident to everyone he encountered. He absolutely loved telling jokes and wouldn’t let you go until you were smiling =) “Doc” was extremely smart. He had a passion for reading and absolutely loved trivia. He could tell you anything about anything.
Family life was very important to Michael. His daughter Kim was later married to Marc Hansel and together they had Kaitlyn (Age 9) and Kylie (Age 6). Michael adored his grandkids and he showed it. He loved Kaitlyn and Kylie and constantly had pictures and drawings from them surrounding him.
Unfortunately, in the past couple of years Dr. Michael’s health had been deteriorating. "Doc" suffered from prostate cancer and passed away Tuesday July 6th 2010. He leaves behind his daughter Kimberlye Drake-Hansel and his granddaughters Kaitlyn and Kylie Hansel.
Dr. Michael will be missed by all. He has left everyone that he encountered with a piece of his memory. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. We ask that you please take a moment and offer up a prayer for Michael and his family. We also encourage you to share any thoughts that you have. The site has been set up to accept your sympathies for Michael and his family. There is also a section where you can make a donation to the family for funeral arrangements. Dr. Michael was an unbelievable man and was very humble. Unlike many, he was not concerned with having an abundance of money. The family is trying to give him the celebration that he deserves, but funds are extremely limited. The family would appreciate anything that can be given and all donations will be strictly used to pay for funeral arrangements.
We thank you for sharing in this memorial of a wonderful person. We all loved Dr. Michael and will hold him close to our hearts forever.