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MICHAEL JOHN LAW (MIKE)
Born: Jan 24, 1969
Date of Passing: May 04, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
MICHAEL JOHN LAW
1969 - 2020
Mike was a great son, partner, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was born on January 24, 1969, to Richard and Phyllis Law. Growing up, Mike enjoyed playing hockey, spending time at the family cottage at Hillside Beach, and being a big brother to younger brother David. He attended Strathmillan School, Golden Gate Middle School, and Silver Heights Collegiate. Mike was a very popular student, and he enjoyed galavanting (as his mom would say) around St. James with his many, many friends. He excelled in academics and sports, particularly volleyball.
Upon graduating from high school, Mike attended the University of Manitoba, where he graduated from Law School in 1993 and articled at Chapman, Goddard, and Kagan law firm. He stayed at the firm when he was called to the bar in 1993 and practiced there until June 2015. He was the president of the Manitoba Bar Association from 2007 to 2008. Mike spent a great deal of his legal career advocating for LGBTTQ rights. In 2010, he won the Canadian Bar Association and Gender Identity Community Section's Hero award.
Mike loved to bring people together. He did so informally, hosting (and attending) innumerable parties, and formally, such as organizing a volleyball league for members of the LGBTTQ community. He was heavily involved in the Winnipeg Men's Volleyball League, playing on several teams, including his all-LGBTTQ team, The Golden Boys, which he captained (and adventured with) for many years.
Mike was a force of nature. His lust for life was infectious, and he impacted numerous people with his humour, charm, and wit. Mike was up for anything and eager to take as many people along for the ride as possible. Everyone who knew Mike has a greater breadth of experience because of him. Mike was extremely funny and sarcastic, yet behind this front, he had a caring heart and a gentle soul. He cared deeply for people close to him and loved animals, particularly his cats.
He will be cherished by his partner Craig Theriault; mother Phyllis Law; brother David Law (Jude Peters); nephew Aidan; niece Madeline; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Due to current gathering restrictions, a celebration of Mike's life will be held at a later date.
A fund is being set up for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. If you would like to contribute, donations can be made in Mike Law's name to the Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation at bruceoakerecoverycentre.ca or Unit 1-883 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0M4.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 12, 2020
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
I am deeply sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I share many memories I will cherish for my lifetime. Rest easy now Mike 🖤 - Posted by: Ashley (Friend) on: Oct 31, 2020
I am saddened to hear about Michael’s passing. Michael was the first lawyer I worked for when I graduated from a legal assistant program. He always greeted me every morning with a smile. Michael and I shared a lot of laughs and inside jokes when we worked together. I remember giving him a signed 8 x 10 glossy of Beyoncé, who he was in love with and anyone who knew him knew that. He was so excited when he opened it up and saw it. I always felt so privileged to be his assistant. I was his assistant when he was President of the Manitoba Bar Association. He was so nervous on the night of his big reception. He had such a beautiful heart - kind - caring and treated a person with respect and dignity no matter who they were. When I had left the firm whenever I saw Michael he always greeted me with a warm hug and asked me what was new. I am at a loss and my heart feels so heavy right now. Michael was a beautiful shining star and his light has burned out far too soon. This isn’t goodbye - what I would say to Michael anytime we were leaving is I’ll see you soon - so I’ll see you soon Michael. I offer my condolences to his family and his partner 💜 - Posted by: Joanne Peters (Co-worker (former assistant)) on: Sep 02, 2020
We only knew him a short time when he worked on some legal papers for us . He was very kind and understanding . May god rest his soul and give comfort to the family - Posted by: C Magee (Former client ) on: Aug 12, 2020
Michael was a very popular class mate and colleague. He was a leader in his profession. I am really sorry for this loss and hope his loved ones find some solace for their grief. - Posted by: Robin Zeiss (Colleague) on: Jun 23, 2020
Mike will be missed by me and my father Glenn, and a countless number of friends and acquaintances of ours, I could go on for days about memories of good times w/Mike, but seeing as how this is for him I'll make it long story short, we offer our condolences and if any of his family or anyone else need assistance don't be afraid to contact me, for the final few years of his life Mike was nothing short of another type of father figure to me when my dad was in bad health and also when he was just recovering from cancer and that included weekly bringing me food for me my dad and his cats lol, but also bringing smokes and any other necessities or anything needed to feel better at the time, me and my dad will always consider him one of the family which is why in turn we returned all the kind gestures that he offered us but the best thing he might have done was save mine and my dad's relationship from collapsing permanently, any one have any questions feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org and if anyone has any info of his death or about any wake or funeral services please inform me asap, have a great day and Mike you will be missed, rest in peace brother. - Posted by: austin mowat (best friend (older street brother)) on: May 19, 2020
I was a classmate of Mike’s at U of M law school. We kept in touch on and off over the years. My memories of him are that he was just so smart and beautiful. I think he was the youngest person in our law school class, or close to it. He seemed to have this light that just shone from within him. He was such a lovely person. I’m so deeply saddened by this news. My heartfelt condolences to all who loved him. - Posted by: Merrell-Ann S. Phare (Law school classmate ) on: May 15, 2020
I was a classmate of Mike’s at U of M law school. We kept in touch on and off over the years. My memories of him are that he was just so smart and beautiful. I think he was the youngest person in our law school class, or close to it. He seemed to have this light that just shone from within him. He was such a lovely person. I’m so deeply saddened by this news. My heart felt condolences to all who loved him. - Posted by: Merrell-Ann S. Phare (Law school classmate ) on: May 15, 2020
I am so deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I worked with Mike in the '90s at Chapman's. Mike was compassionate about his work and I enjoyed working with him and especially enjoyed the social times away from work. In particular, I have fond memories of Mike and the Chapman Christmas gatherings. My deepest condolences to Mike's family and friends. Deb Klassen - Posted by: Deb Klassen (Colleague) on: May 15, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Mike's family. Mike was such a delightful person. I met him through LAMBDA years ago and enjoyed spending time with him at get-togethers. This is very sad news to learn of his passing. - Posted by: Connie Chartrand (Acquaintance) on: May 15, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy to Craig and to all of Mike's family and friends. I have practiced law for many years. Mike and I were on opposite sides of some files over the years. He was an excellent lawyer with great knowledge of the law. He was professional and had a great wit. The world is a sadder place without him. - Posted by: Peter Klymkiw (colleague) on: May 14, 2020
My condolences to Phyllis and David & all family members. Mike was a very special person. He was handsome, smart, charming & so very funny. He enlivened our office get togethers for many years. It is so sad that he is gone but I think most of us smile whenever we think of him. - Posted by: Donna Kagan (friend and co-worker) on: May 13, 2020
My condolences to Mike's Mother and Brother. Prayers. Rest In Peace Mike! - Posted by: Susan Chiarellia (My son was a friend of Mike's. Kevin Lightfoot) on: May 13, 2020
Dear Craig & the Law family, We are so sorry to hear about Mike and so glad we got to meet him. Our condolences to all, we are thinking about you Craig. Love & Hugs, Auntie Donna-Marie & Uncle Rick - Posted by: Donna-Marie MacLeod (Craig Aunt) on: May 12, 2020
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