Michael Marvell

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Andrew Marvell on July 9, 2021 at the age of 69. Predeceased by parents Gordon and Marguerite Marvell and sister Janice. Brother of Geoff Marvell (Heather) and Maureen Arens (Michael). Survived by Gail, his wife of 32 years, daughters Marisa Leboeuf (Bryan Cadotte), Jennifer Dietrich, Sharla Maloney (Josh), Natalie Marvell and son Steven Green. Loving Papa to Nathan and Eva.

As an adolescent and youth, Mike played baseball and hockey, excelling at both. He received a hockey scholarship to Providence College and was the captain of the varsity team. He was later drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. Unfortunately, a hockey stick in the eye during the college playoffs ended his chances of a professional hockey career.

Mike was an avid music lover. He played the bass guitar in several bands: Rizzz in college, Highwater, Front Page News and Black Velvet. Rizzz was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Fame in 2017 and, because Mike was the bass player for the band in the early years, he received the award as well. Mike loved the Beatles and over the years collected quite a CD collection of their albums, along with several books and prints. He loved jazz and enjoyed jamming with friends.

Mike worked as a service technician at Bell Canada for 29 years before retiring in December 2004.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Palliative Care Unit at CKHA and The Chatham Kent Hospice. Mike was treated with the utmost care and kindness during his final days.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place August 15, 2021 at the Links of Kent from 1 to 3pm. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in memory of Mike, please consider Chatham Kent Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

70 Comments on “Michael Marvell”

  1. Gail, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband Mike – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Maureen. Mike and family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you as your say farewell to your loved one
    Sandra and Bill Charron

  3. To the Marvell Family: I am very sorry to read of Mike’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    The Aitken Family

  4. Gail, so sorry to hear this news. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Never easy to say goodbye to a loved one.

  5. Gail….I don’t have to words to say how shocked I am to hear of Mike’s passing. His big smile popped into my mind just last week. I don’t know of anyone who won’t miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
    Brad & Wendy

  6. Geoff and family. I was so shocked to hear of the passing of Mike. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  7. Lillian Zimmer

    To the Marvell Family Sharing in your sadness . I will be thinking of you in this moment of pain .

  8. To the Marvell families,
    So very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.
    He always had a smile and our conversations were always great.
    He was such a nice guy.
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug Hodgson

  9. Gail, Geoff, Maureen and your families,
    I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences on the sad passing of Mike.
    I have such fond memories of Mike and all of us growing up on McGeorge Ave.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Gail and Marvell family my deepest sympathies to you on Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Gail , Geoff and Family
    Sad to hear of Mikes passing. A lot of good memories from the past.
    Was looking forward to the annual meeting with the group again this summer. I can see him and Yaz reunited now playing backgammon.
    RIP Mike…you will be missed Bro.

  12. Gail and Marvell Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on Mike’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  13. My dear friend Gail, please know I am thinking of you and your family at this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Gail and family.My heart goes out to all of you.Remember the good times you have had with Mike.I know i will keep his memories with me and smile when we talk about him.RIP Mike

  15. Geoff , Maureen and families…..my prayers to you all on Mike’s passing…fond memories of him when we were young.

  16. To the Marvell Family, my sincerest condolences. Although I am older, we played one season of football together, or at least until the Maroons found out and put a stop to his playing. Our paths didn’t cross again until 2018 when we met at the Legion in Chatham. He will be missed by all.

    Robert Copeland

  17. To The Marvell Families – my sincere condolences goes out to all of you in the loss of Mike. This is a very sad time for the families and those that knew Mike.
    To you Gail, my dear friend, it was Mike who introduced us to become golfing buddies. I’m so glad he did.
    The pain does lessen with time and the wonderful memories do help in the grieving process. Hugs to all of you..

  18. Dear Gail, Maureen and families,
    I was saddened to read of Mike’s death. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. May your many memories of Mike help you through this difficult time. Hugs.

  19. Gail and family – so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult times.
    Stu and Jo-Ann Patterson

  20. Mike was a great hockey and baseball player, but a better person!! Condolences for brother and sister and family!!!

  21. Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, I had the chance to golf with him and his dad. We went to a few CanAm tournaments together and it was great fun. Great guy to work with also, RIP my friend

  22. Very saddened by this news. Mike was one of the best all around athletes in Chatham. And an ever better guy. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  23. Dear Gail, Geoff, Maureen and family;
    So sorry for your loss of Mike. He was the kindest man and lover of pizza. His smile and laugh were magic.
    He was a great person and I feel lucky to have known him.
    Deepest sympathy…Joe Bourdeau

  24. Gail, Geoff, Maureen and family. Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Always smiling that Michael. Rest In Peace Mike

  25. Very sad to hear this news. Besides being a terrific athlete, he was a super person. Our deepest condolences to the entire family at this most difficult time.

    1. Gail, Geoff, Maureen and families.
      Karen and I were very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing.
      Among my many memories of Mike is that he helped me get started on the bass guitar when we were teenagers. He was very generous with his time – a gift that has lasted a lifetime.
      Our sincere condolences go out to you with the prayer that fond memories of Mike will see you through this difficult time.

  26. Maureen, Mike and family, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  27. So very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to your family. Elaine and Greg LaBella and family (Daughter of the late Peggy Marvell Corcoran)

  28. Dear Gail, Geoff, and your families,
    Condolences and love from Mike’s RizZz family down here in Rhode Island. Our mutual love of music drew us together at Providence College and we were honored to have him as the original bass player in the band in 1974. Couldn’t hang on to him though, his love for family and friends back in Chatham was too strong. I was also lucky enough to take a visit over the border with him once to meet the folks, play a little golf, and meet Mr. Jenkins at The Legion.
    All the guys in the band fondly remember his smile and sense of humor and his musical enthusiasm, and are so happy he reached out to us over the last few years via some long and memory filled phone calls. It would have been a big thrill if he could have joined us for RizZz’s induction into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2017, but he was in our hearts that day. And he has been in our thoughts and conversations this past week. We’ll never forget him.

  29. Gail, My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. To the Marvell Family,

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.
    Our sincere condolences to you.

    Rick and Nancy Stickney

  31. Dear Gayle and family- So SAD to hear about Mike’s passing. He may be gone but his memories will never be forgotten.

    Shirley Butler (from the links golfing)

  32. Sending condolences to Maureen, Mike and the Marvell family.

    So sad to hear of Mike’s passing.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Hope you find solace and comfort in each other and memories that you hold in your hearts during this difficult time.

  33. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories. Thinking of you all.

  34. I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.I have great memories of all of us playing together on McGeorge Street,until the street lights came on!My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  35. Gail, Maureen, Geoff,
    My deepest sympathies on Mike’s passing. My fond memories of Mike go back to the early 1960’s at Queen Elizabeth school, to the later 60’s in the basement pool room on McGeorge St. and the beginning of his love for the bass.
    Always a fine and despite his many talents , humble gentleman.

  36. Dear Gail and family, we are sorry to hear of your loss of Mike. He was such a great person and a true gentleman. Our deepest condolences from Mary and Larry Tuck

  37. Gail, Geoff, Maureen and families: We are both saddened to hear of Mike’s passing and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We all are proud of his dedication to his love of baseball, hockey and for Mike sharing his special gift of music for so many to enjoy. It was great growing up on McGeorge Ave. and having good times and memories with all of you. Sending gentle healing hugs for comfort. In friendship Richard & Sylvia Walker…

  38. With a heavy heart, I send this message to Gail and the family of Mike Marvell.
    Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of Mike.
    I always enjoyed being in Mike’s company and have many fond memories of those occasions.
    He was a really good friend.
    Mike will surely be missed, but never forgotten.
    Steve Brown

  39. Mike’s family.
    Every time I pass Jackson Park I remember the baseball days when Mike and I were on the same team and played against other outstanding athletes like Doug Melvin etc. and then later at Stirling Park.

    I met up with Mike and Geoff years ago now by chance at the legion where it was great to catch up.

    A great guy…RIP

    Bill Finlay. CD (Rt’d)

  40. Played one Ontario baseball champ team in 1962.He,Mcord,Melvin,and Bedard and Highs cool Football CkSs,Class act guy,my condolences to the family.Rest IN Peace

  41. Dear Geoff and Marvell Family,

    My deepest condolences. I have fond memories of Mike from my Chatham days. He was a gentleman of special abilities and strong character. I know he will be missed.

  42. Sorry to hear about Mike.Condolences and prayers to all the family.It has been a lot of years since I have seen him.He was one of the best ball players.My dad,Casey Maynard was his coach.Rest in peace Mike and now you are having a pain free eternity.

  43. To Geoff, Maureen and the entire Marvell family.
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing.
    Growing up in Chatham and having played hockey with both Mike and Geoff for over a period of 10 plus years, I have a lot of great memories.
    Not only was he a great friend and teammate, he was also a great person.
    My deepest condolences to the family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. To the Entire Marvell Family,
    Gail, Marissa, Jennifer, Sharla, Natalie, Maureen and Mike, Geoff and Heather and et all.
    Our deepest, deepest condolences for the loss of a very wonderful guy. It’s hard for us to grapple with as well at this time. Mike and Gail have been our best buds these past 30 some years and it’s breaking our hearts he broke up the band! Lol. We have so many, many fond memories and we look forward to celebrating his life with you all.
    Our love to each and every one of you! Rest In Peace, Mike.
    Love Keiren and Brad

  45. To Gail and family, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Mike from Mike and myself.

  46. Mike was a good coworker. He was always a friendly guy to work with. He will be missed. My condolences to your family.

  47. Our deepest sympathies to you, Gail and all of the Marvell family on Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you continue to enjoy the great memories.

  48. Gail and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace as you remember Mike.

  49. Very sorry to hear about your loss, Gail. Thinking of you and your family as you mourn and take the time to recall all the wonderful memories with Mike.

  50. Gail – I am very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  51. We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to you, Gail and all of your family on Mike’s passing. Take comfort in all of the wonderful family memories you have shared over the years.

  52. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Worked with Mike for alot of years at Bell…

  53. So sorry for your loss, Gail!! May your fond memories of Mike help you through this difficult time!

  54. Gail, and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of you. Keep his memories close to your heart.

    Karen Carter-Pynenbrouck

  55. Our deepest condolences to Gail and the family. God musta had an opening in his garden so he came down to earth and took Mike for his garden. God only takes the goods. Rest well my friend. Until we meet again

  56. I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, for you Gail, and your family. My thoughts are with all of you in this difficult time.

  57. Dear Gail and Family
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. My thoughts are with you.
    Clara Allin

  58. So sorry to here of Mikes passing. A really great guy! Our thoughts are with you.

    Ed and Diane Myers

  59. Mike was my late brother, Paul’s roommate on his first time through PC. Sorry to hear of Mike’s demise. Paul always spoke highly of Mike and his sense of humor. BTW we are lifelong friends, as was Paul with Dave Tanury’s band, Rizzzzz.

    So sorry for your loss from one bass player to another’s family

    John Farley

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