Michael's father died 8 year ago, thus he's only known through anecdotes from Michael and Madeline.
According to Madeline, Michael and his father are a lot a like, however, Michael would often agitate his father.
According to Michael, his father was abusive, and simply hated him. Michael also says that he had a tendency to not finish his work, and leave his son to complete the project.
His gravestone says he was a beloved father, a description that Michael disagrees with.