Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings


Date of Passing: Jun 23, 2022

Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear Father, Michael Martinelli. On June 23, 2022, with his two daughters at his bedside, Dad went peacefully into the arms of God. He is no longer in pain and will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth, and his daughter Eileen Martinelli. He is survived by his daughters, Carla (Rob) Irvine and Paula (Mike) Tanasychuk. The love he had for his grandchildren was profound and he left them with so many beautiful memories. Grandchildren left to mourn are Essence Martinelli, Michael Painchaud (Tamara) and Christopher Painchaud.
Dad's love for his family was immense. He would do anything for us and we had a gigantic amount of love for him. We were Blessed to have him for so long. Dad served in the R.A.F. and held the distinctive honour of being the youngest man to be awarded his pilots wings. He went on to join the R.C.A.F. and his career with them was extensive. He served as a pilot, flight instructor and air traffic controller. He retired as a Captain after serving for 25 years. We were so proud of his service to his country. We always brag about him having flown the T-33 that is now on display in Woodhaven Park off Portage Avenue. Dad had more careers after leaving the military, but he eventually retired with Mum, enjoying many years travelling to Florida to avoid our cold winter months.
Dad's kindness was exhibited through his volunteering with various agencies. He spent many years as a counsellor on the Suicide Prevention line for the Salvation Army. He also delighted many people by playing the organ or piano in church as well as many weddings and funerals. If Dad saw a piano it was difficult for him to walk past it. This included when he walked past Mozart's piano in a museum in Salzburg, Austria. He sat down and started playing, needless to say that was not allowed and he was quickly shooed off! His gift of piano playing will be carried on through the hundreds of students that were lucky enough to be taught by him. He always said "God gives a special gift to everyone and it must be shared with others." He certainly did that. Dad also spent many hours volunteering at the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter in various capacities. He could talk for hours about the mission of the Shelter and he was so proud to be associated with them. His love for all animals was abundant, and he had a special place in his heart for "his" two chihuahuas, Chica and JoJo. They will miss him too.
A special thank you to Dr. A. Schroeder, Dr. T. McCarthy and Leslie, Dr. A. Lloyd and the staff of Kidney Health Clinic in St. Boniface Hospital, Dr. A. Dubey and Dr. R. Hamedani. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff of Grace Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre. Your care and compassion made a difference to our Dad's life.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish to make a memorial donation, please send to Dad's favourite charity, The Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, 3062 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y1 or visit (204) 832-9880.
A private family mass will be held at Chapel Lawn with Father Eric Giddins of St. Paul the Apostle church presiding. Dad's favourite psalm from the Bible was:

"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 25, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My heartfelt condolences go out Carla, Rob and families at this very trying time. - Posted by: Les franklin (Friend ) on: Jun 29, 2022

  • Carla, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. However, the bond that you shared will endure and your precious memories of a lifetime shared and a life well lived, will ease your pain. Having known such love is such a gift. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. - Posted by: Kathryn Linden (Friend to Carla) on: Jun 29, 2022

  • Carla and Paula, I am so sorry of the passing of your dad. My heart and prayers goes out to the both of you and your families. Rest in Peace Michael 🙏 - Posted by: Rhonda Reyher (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2022

  • Carla - I am saddened to hear of your father's passing. I know how close you were with him and the special relationship you shared. My heart goes out to you. Please accept my sincerest sympathy and condolences. Take care, my friend. Debra Laturnus - Posted by: Debra Laturnus (Friend to Carla) on: Jun 27, 2022

  • Carla, I am so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. I know the love and bond you had with each other. May he rest in peace - Posted by: iva Wilson (co-worker) on: Jun 25, 2022

  • So very sorry to hear about Mike today. Having such a close knit family will make it easier to hug and celebrate the life of your dad and grandad. In our many years of life, Mike was always one our very favourite people. So polite, so kind, so intelligent, so organized, so loving, so talented, and so much fun! Not to mention the piano! Wow! Our time with Mike, Ruth, Carla and the rest of our group surrounding our four-legged friends, was probably the best time of our life. Mike and I also collaborated many times to complete telephone and computer installs for the government office he was with later in his career. Mike was a great friend! Condolences to the whole family, Monique and Dave Coffell - Posted by: Dave and Monique Coffell (good friends) on: Jun 25, 2022

❮ Go Back to Listings