SOMC Emergency Department Room Dedicated in Memory of Long Beach Township Employee Michael Stiles
Family, friends and colleagues of Michael Stiles, who passed away in March while working for the Long Beach Township Water and Sewer Department, gathered at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin last week for a dedication of a room in the Emergency Department in memory of Stiles.
“I appreciate the gesture, I really do,” said his widow, Laura Stiles, who was present along with son Nick Altmeyer.
Township Mayor Joseph Mancini, joined by Commissioners Ralph Bayard and Joseph Lattanzi, spoke briefly about the unfortunate circumstances leading to the dedication. Stiles’ coworkers Stu McGowan, Mike Clarke, Bobby Parker and Jimmy O’Brien were also in attendance, as were Clerk Lynda Wells, Administrator Kyle Ominski and other employees of the municipality.
SOMC President Joseph Coyle offered condolences, and stated his gratitude for the township’s support of the Emergency Department, which fully opened three years ago. “It’s nice they’re dedicating a room after one of our community members,” said Coyle.
“We take care of everyone here,” residents and visitors, he added. Approximately 40,000 patients are seen in the Emergency Department each year, about 20 percent of whom are children.
Laura Stiles, on Facebook, thanked the township officials and employees, and SOMC, for the dedication, noting, “I think Mike would be amazed to see how many lives he touched.”
Stiles, of Barnegat, was born April 16, 1959, and died March 22, 2016, at the age of 56.
Following Stiles’ death, in Loveladies, the township police department stated, “The Township of Long Beach lost a piece of our community. … Mike was a great friend, coworker and a part of our Long Beach family. He will be sorely missed by all. If his smile didn’t touch your life, then you were surely missing out. Rest in peace, Mike, you’re watching over us now.” —J.K.-H.