Michael, of Brights Grove, with family by his side, passed away peacefully June 5, 2021. Born in Gainsborough, UK he joined the British Royal Navy at an early age and travelled the world. He came to Canada by submarine, on a training mission, with his family in tow. Upon completion of the mission, they decided to make Canada home. His love of the water led him to work on many lake freighters, becoming Chief Engineer, subsequently operating both the Manitoulin and Pelee Island ferries as well as relief work for the Canadian Coast Guard. He finally retired at the age of 81 with the respect and admiration of many.
In 2006 he repurchased and imported his 1949 Triumph Roadster which he restored to its original condition and colour. It was his pride and joy. He didn’t just drive it on Sundays, but drove it rain or shine. As a member of the British Car Club, he won the Harry Buist award, not for the intended longest distance, but because he drove it the most.
Our Dad could fix anything, build anything and make an incredible chocolate chip cookie. We will miss his quick wit, big smile, wealth of knowledge and generosity. For the last two and half years he terribly missed his wife Aline and leaves behind, with the fondest of memories, his children Michelle, Lisa (Paul), Aline, Miles (Heidi), his grandsons, Joshua, Grant, Brock, Luke and his Sister Patricia and nieces, Sally and Clare. Daddy, Pa, Poppa, wherever you are we hope you have an endless supply of Smarties.