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After a short stay at the St. Boniface Hospital, Michael passed away at the great age of 97 years.
Michael was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Julia, in 2007. Remaining to cherish Michael's memory are his daughters, Carol (Ron) Wells of St. Albert, AB, Gail of Winnipeg, Gwen (Darrell) Uchach of St. Albert, AB, and his son Michael (Paula Painchaud) of Winnipeg. In addition, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Amanda, Brittney, Ashley (Grant), Michael (Lizzy), Ryan (Marita), Ciara and Kelsey (Jamie), great-grandson Gavin, and brother Borden (Dorothy) of Dugald, MB, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Michael was born October 9, 1923 in Winnipeg, growing up in the north end. He married the love of his life, Julia, on October 22, 1949. He worked his lifelong job at Paulin Chambers where he worked as a baker, retiring in 1988 after 44 years of employment. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing crib, casino trips, golfing which he started in his early 80's, and visiting with family and friends. And we cannot forget his passion for growing tomato plants.
He spent the last few years living at Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts assisted living, where he made a number of friends and continued to enjoy life. As quoted by Gigi himself, one of his greatest moments was when he got to meet his great-grandson Gavin in person in the summer of 2020.
Dad left an impression on everyone he met with his warm smile, his positive attitude and gift of conversation.
Thank you to the staff of Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts for all their caring and kindness they gave to Dad. He truly enjoyed living there.
A private Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Eric Giddins presiding. Interment will follow at Chapel Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Rest in Peace Dad, we love you.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Mike and I are so very sad to hear of Michael's passing, we send our condolences to the family. We have known Michael's son Mike for many years and on the occasions when we found ourselves at the same social gatherings and Michael was there he and I had wonderful conversations together. He had such a positive outlook, and and was a joy to spend time with. - Posted by: Mae & Mike McDonald (Friend) on: Apr 16, 2021

  • Hi Mike. While I did not know your father personally, I felt an attachment listening to you over the years. Not only hearing the stories you shared but the love you expressed whenever you spoke about him. You and your family were blessed to have a man like him in your lives. I'm very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Robert Carver (Friend of son) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • Dear Carol, Gail, Gwen & Michael, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Uncle Mike was always friendly and kind. I always loved coming to Winnipeg to visit my Auntie Julie and Uncle Mike. I loved staying with them and sharing memories about my family. If not for them I would have these memories today. It sad for you all to be left behind and to have to say good-bye but Uncle Mike is off to join the love of his life and knowing that should bring you all much comfort and joy. Love, Teresa - Posted by: Teresa Kealey (niece) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to all the family. Mr Tanasychuk was a gentleman in every sense. He will be missed. - Posted by: Curtis and Peggy Clark (Friends) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My last living Uncle has left us. He has left me with a memory that I still do today. I will let you all know as I tell this story. Uncle Mike said he would help put up my new drapes I bought. We made a date & he came over to my house. I said I was making French toast & he said he would have some. I put the syrup on the table & he said do you have any jam? I said sure I have strawberry. He put it on his French Toast & I never thought to do that but now I have one piece with syrup & one with jam. To you Uncle Mike jam & French Toast forever. Hugs to you up there and to my cousins, let's keep the memories close to our heart. - Posted by: Debbie Briese (Niece) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I got to meet Michael at The Westwood Estate Apartment were we both lived at one time (Meeting up on Thursdays for coffee and cake). I truly appreciated our conversations we had. Such a great individual. RIP Michael. Ray Wiebe. - Posted by: Ray Wiebe (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Mike was a Loving, Caring and Non-judgemental person who loved Life with zest and passion. He lived in the moment and very adaptive to the changing of times. His sense of humour and his love of conversation will be greatly missed. We will cherish the times we had a chance to visit him in St. Albert, our home in Edmonton and breakfast in Winnipeg. Love Kenny and Joyce. - Posted by: Kenny and Joyce Kozak (Best Friends) on: Apr 10, 2021

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