Michael David Semkus passed away on March 21, 2016 in Bridgehampton, New York. Born in Southampton on May 24, 1987 he grew up in North Haven.
After attending Sag Harbor Schools, Mr. Semkus continued his education at State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he attained a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a concentration in earth science. Upon his return to North Haven he attended Long Island University and received a Masters Degree in Literacy Education.
Throughout his life Mr. Semkus had a passion for sports. He played baseball, basketball and soccer for Pierson High School and at the age of 16 became a triathlete. While in college he was a goalie for the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team, the Cardinals. He participated in national and local lifeguard competitions, Spartan and running races as well as triathlons. He enjoyed competing and challenged himself and others to strive for their personal best.
Mr. Semkus loved to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. He was an avid surfer who could be found searching the ocean beaches for waves. The opportunity to travel to Central America enabled him to experience different cultures and meet people from around the world. He hiked volcanoes, surfed and lived among the local people.
While in the Plattsburgh area, he was drawn to the Adirondack Mountains and hiked the ‘High Peaks’. He also found pleasure snowboarding and exploring Lake Champlain during the winter. Locally, he loved the solitude of the Green Belt, and often ran and cross country skied on the trails.
During the summers, Mr. Semkus worked as a lifeguard. The Junior Lifeguard Program at Sagg Main was close to his heart. He had a sincere love for children and wanted to make a difference in their lives. This led him to seek a teaching career. He worked as a leave replacement and substitute teacher and was given the opportunity to coach soccer. One of his greatest pleasures was working with children, whether it be on the beach, the field or in a classroom.
Mr. Semkus is survived by his parents David and Maria, his brother Mark, grandparents Albie and Carol Musnicki, Aunt Diane and Uncle Bob Miller, Uncle Rick Musnicki, Aunt Joanne Shumski and cousins Christopher, Phillip, Catherine and Stephen.