Funeral services announced for former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley
MEMPHIS, April 20, 2014 – Funeral services were announced for former Memphis Grizzlies Owner Michael Heisley. Heisley, 77, passed away on Saturday, April 26 in Illinois.
The Heisley family are inviting Heisley’s friends across the world of basketball to a wake from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Malone Funeral Home (324 East State Street, Geneva, IL 60134). Funeral Mass services will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church (6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175) on Friday, May 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Those friends and Grizz fans wishing to send condolences to the Heisley family may do so c/o Mrs. Agnes M. Heisley (4N844 Burr Road, St. Charles IL 60175).
The Grizzlies were purchased by Mr. Heisley in 2000 when the team was located in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Heisley was instrumental relocating the Grizzlies to Memphis, Tennessee, and to FedExForum, a state-of-the art NBA arena built by the City of Memphis and Shelby County.
Mr. Heisley was also instrumental in getting the Grizzlies active in the community, supporting the National Civil Rights Museum in establishing the annual MLK Day Celebration game, helping form the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and building relationships with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital including helping to build the Memphis Grizzlies House, a temporary on-campus residence for families with children being treated at the hospital.
Mr. Heisley expressed his continued support for the Grizzlies and the Memphis community after his sale of the team to Robert Pera in 2012, saying, “I have enjoyed my ownership of the Grizzlies and the support for professional basketball in Memphis. I am confident that the franchise will continue its development toward being a perennial championship contender and an important member of the Memphis community.”
The Grizzlies will announce plans to honor Mr. Heisley at a later date.