Also a ladies’ man, Grenald and Dava Michelson agreed. He had four children from four marriages and a longtime relationship.
“In his mind, he just loved women,’’ sister Dava said. “He appreciated their beauty.’’
He was so gregarious and charismatic that their mother, the late Vivian Michelson, used to say: “If you took him onto a deserted island, he’d come out with a flock of people hugging him.’’
Current wife Jessica Michelson, from the Philippines, met her husband when both were volunteering to drive elderly people to Catholic church services. They married in 1987.
“He embraced all kinds of religions,’’ she said. “He was very well known at Camillus House,’’ his favorite charity.
Second wife Yvonne Bollero Michelson, from Argentina, married him in 1972, during the REEF and Pasta Factory days. They remained friends after divorcing in 1985.
“He was the most wonderful human being to remember, always caring for everybody,’’ she said. “He was a genius.’’
He also enjoyed the trappings of wealth, including a 115-foot yacht moored at Miami’s then-trendy Jockey Club.
“He brought chefs over from Europe to cook,’’ Yvonne Michelson said. “He brought scientists over to work on his inventions...We had the best time of our lives.’’
In addition to his wife and sister, Steve Michelson is survived by son Christopher, of Georgia, sons Mark and Danny, daughter Sarah, brothers Arthur and Neil, all of California.
A service to honor Michelson will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Kraeer/Mason Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 6701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac.