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Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the age of 81 years.  Michael was the beloved husband of Shirley (nee MacPhail) for 59 years. Dear father of Sharon (Dean), Sean (Shari) and Suzanne.  Grandfather of Meghan, Bradley, Caelum and Jamie. Michael is also survived by his sisters Rosemary Nearing (late Tommy), Maureen Arsenault (J.P.) and by his brother Brian.  He is predeceased by his sister Patricia. Michael will be remembered for his motto that he "Worked hard, Lived hard". The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the palliative care teams at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, the CCAC and to ‘Mike the nurse’ for their wonderful support.  Cremation has taken place and the family will be holding a private Memorial at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to the GILCHRIST CHAPEL – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (519-824-0031).  Memorial contributions to St. Joseph’s Health Centre would be appreciated.  We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: