Obituary of Michael McInnis
MCINNIS, Michael (Mike)
It is with a profound sense of loss that we say goodbye to the greatest husband and dad anyone could ask for, Mike McInnis, who passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Linda McInnis (Shaw) and his two devoted sons, Paul (Melissa), and Dan (Carey), and granddaughter Olivia. Mike will also be dearly missed by his brother Gary (Rose); sister Bonnie (Joe) along with many nieces and nephews all of whom Mike loved and admired. He also leaves behind many great friends and is predeceased by his beloved parents Lorne and Doris; his brother Pat and nephew Sean. Born in Halifax and raised on Pelee Island and in Leamington, Mike was devoted to his family, often welcoming them to his home to share a beer and lots of laughter, which in his younger days was often captured on camera. Mike worked as a commercial fisherman out of Wheatley and for the majority of his career, a heavy equipment operator for the Corporation of Essex County. He was a hard working provider, honest, generous and kind to people and animals. A believer in God, he loved and respected nature and was fascinated by the majestic beauty and splendor of the earth and the wonder of outer space. Mike loved to host family gatherings, playing cards and games, barbecuing and had many thoughtful and creative ideas to make events exciting and memorable for his family, especially at Christmas time. Mike also loved to go fishing with his family and friends in the boat or the hut that he made for ice fishing. Wood working and tinkering in the shed also kept Mike busy as well as taking care of the yard, planting vines, trees and shrubs. A hardy and strong man, with the kindest and gentlest heart, Mike fought hard like the champion he was, until the very end. He was an admirable man, defender of those in need, and yet very humble and private. In the words of his wife Linda “When I first met Mike I remember how exciting he was!” There was an energy that accompanied Mike, a zest and passion that people near him could feel and gravitated towards. Thank you to the staff at Franklin Gardens Long Term Care for the care and support provided, particularly for the kindness in the few days Mike was palliative. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of Mike's life will be held at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519 326-2631).