July 16, 1960 – March 2, 2013
It is with heavy hearts and overwhelming sadness that we said our goodbyes to our dearest Michael when he left his earthly home to join his Dad and Gramas and Grampas in their heavenly home.
As was Michael’s way, his passing was a dignified, peaceful and brave departure following his valiant battle with cancer. His mom, sister and brother-in-law were there to share that very special moment of “good-bye”. His dad showed him the way to his eternal home and the journey they would now have together, until it is our time to join them. Michael was born in Red Deer to his loving parents Mitch and Shirley Sullivan in 1960 when Red Deer only had a population of 17,000. He continued to live, work and play here because he loved this city and saw it grow to 100,000. This was absolutely amazing for him to see such industry and population growth in his lifetime. Michael loved facts, figures and statistics, the latest gadgets, the best tools, photography, raising beautiful fish, scientific stories and the latest technology in Health Sciences. Each day of the last month he would strenuously pull himself out of his bed to his wheelchair with the help of his sister and they would wheel down to see the large fish tank full of a beautiful array of fish. This was his therapy that gave him a purpose right until his last day. In his young days before health issues took over, his life passions were snow and water skiing, sometimes barefoot slalom, ski-dooing, curling camping and boating in his sleek “Sunkissed”. Also there was the adventures and misadventures in his hovercraft. Mike joined his family’s oilfield business and spent five years in Grande Prairie managing operations there. He and his Dad worked diligently to be successful. He was also an integral part of harvesting – running the combine and trucking grain on the family farm, his favorite part was probably the big autumn meals we would have in the fields, usually celebrating his Mom’s birthday with family and friends. He was always Mr. Fix It and had the best tools and latest gadgets to build, change and design, with his sister often times being the “mule” to drag all his latest ideas back from Home Hardware, Home Depot or Walmart. Another brain wave was to start a limousine business in Red Deer, so he and his Dad adventured to Vancouver to drive one back through the Rockies. It became known as Limousine Service – “Stretch your Limotations”. He had great fun with that because it brought people together – “happily”, Mike’s greatest wish for everyone. One more adventure he joined with his Dad was rebuilding and operating a campground on the Red Deer River, River Creek R.V. Park. It was a perfect scenario for him, his love of camping was complimented with happy families all around. Like everything else Mike did, he mastered living in a wheelchair with extreme agility, accuracy, courage and bravery. Mike was predeceased by his Dad Mitch, Grampas and Grama McDonell, Grampa and Grannie Sullivan. He is survived by his loving mom Shirley, sister Michelle (Murray) nieces Mikasa, Mitaya and Presley, nephew Taylor, aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends, special neighbors and the loves of his life when they came into this world, Janelle “Peanut”, Joshua “Bud” and Janessa “Squeaker”. Michael will always be remembered by those who really knew him; understood him and his illnesses and loved him without judgement. His passion in life was to try to make all folks laugh and be happy. We will miss your pranks, jokes and lifting everyone’s spirits. We will miss your beautiful smiling face and gorgeous brown eyes. We will continue to convey to others your knowledge, love, bravery and courage that you so openly gave to us.
To all the special caregivers, friends and family who were part of his and our journey through life, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for “care giving” with love.
Along the road of Suffering
You found a little Lane
That took you up to Heaven
And ended all your Pain
You may be out of Sight
And we may be worlds Apart
But you are always on our Minds
And forever in our Hearts
Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not a sign of weakness, they are signs of having tried to remain strong for too long.
Uncle Mikie your heart was so big, thank you for all you did for us. Now rest in peace. “No More Worries” Love Mikasa and Mitaya .
Thanks big brother for the last Tear!!
Forever loved and loved forever.
A Celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to Michael’s favorite charity The War Amps CHAMP Program, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4 Telephone: Toll-free: 1 800 465-2677, The Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6 or the charity of your choice.
In living memory of Michael Sullivan a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences