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YOST, Michael Peter

August 22, 1969 – February 8, 2013

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of Michael Peter Yost, a heroic and beloved son, brother, and uncle on February 8, 2013 at the age of 43.

He is lovingly remembered by his mother Elaine Yost, his father Peter (Norma) Yost, his brothers Sean (Michelle) Yost, Cory (Amanda) Yost, his much loved niece Olivia, his uncles Robert (Lori) Littlejohns, Gordon (Gudrun) Littlejohns, Karl (Susie) Yost, Gunter (Evelina) Yost, his cousins Sarah (Daryl) Bedford, Matthew Littlejohns, Steven Littlejohns, David Littlejohns, Werner (Susie) Plangg, Heidi Plangg, his roommate and friend David Richards and many, many friends. Michael was predeceased by his grandparents Rev. Dr. Donald Littlejohns and Evelyn Littlejohns, Karl and Gertrude Yost, his Aunt Trudy and Uncle Richard Yost.

Michael was born in North Vancouver, B.C. At the age of 9 he was diagnosed with a rare condition called Coffin-Lowry Syndrome. It was expected his life expectancy would be severely limited but he embraced his life with great joy and enthusiasm and lived all of his 43 years to the full. His passion was his family and his many friends with whom he shared a wide variety of activities. As an advocate for others who have disabilities he participated in presentations to the Medical School, Universities, and schools. His grace and compassion for others, his generosity, sense of humor and insightful intuition were inspiring to all who knew him. In his early years he spent happy times at the family cabin at Lake Windermere where he spent hours in the boat and was the designated spotter for water-skiing. Because of the skill and commitment of the medical professionals, his friends, family and support staff, the dreams he had for his life were mostly fulfilled. He loved his home, animals, music, swimming, camping, fishing, skiing, horseback-riding, motor cycles rides, photography, concerts, being the host, and parties. He went white water rafting, rode in the Ride for Sight, and had a glider ride. The many challenges he faced with his health became significant as he grew older. Over the years he dealt with seizures, meningitis, a spinal cord injury, the loss of his mobility, many hospitalizations at the “good hotel” Foothills Hospital, the need to be fed through a tube and many pneumonias. Through it all with the strength of his spirit, encouragement and support of his friends and family he always adjusted to the loss of his independence and pulled through. During the last six months of his life he regained enough strength to attend several concerts, be more active in the community and participate in Christmas celebrations which was his favorite time of the year. The family will be forever grateful to the many people too numerous to mention who were involved in his life and for the care and compassion that he received.

A Celebration of Michael’s Life will be held at First Assembly Pentecostal Church (6031 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Michael Yost, 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.

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  1. |Elaine and Family;
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss of Michael.

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  2. Elaine and family I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of Micheal. It is with great sadness that you lost someone dearly loved. He will live in you the rest of your life and all those that remember him. Thinking of you at this time of sadness.
    Steven

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  3. My deepest condolences. Michael was such a fun loving, interesting and engaging man. Your family’s support for him to have such a full and rich life, and your tireless advocacy have been a beacon in our community. I know it came from your love for and commitment to Michael. We are all grateful to him and to your family for that gift.

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  4. Megan Thomas and family :

    Megan took the news of Michael passing with great sadness. We are all so sorry for your loss. Our condolences and best wishes go with you. The Thomas family.

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  5. Cyndi Eyjolfsson :

    Dear Elaine,

    I am so sorry to hear about your son. Although I didn’t know Michael, he sounded like a wonderful man who lived a good and full life.

    Please know you are in my thoughts.

    Take care,
    Cyndi

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  6. I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your beloved son. My prayers are with you.

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  7. Vincent Kimura on behalf of Foothills AIM Society :

    Dear Elaine and Family,
    It is with profound silence that we acknowledge your loss; however in your own words Elaine, we too celebrate the life of Michael. The universe works and conspires in mysterious and often magical ways. While most of us at the Foothills AIM Society did not personally know Michael (a few did) we know Michael through you. And that has been a rare gift. For Michael shaped you and in knowing and dealing with you we have been touched by Michael’s grace and grandeur. Elaine, you shaped Michael; and Michael in turn has sculpted you. The impact that Michael has had upon our sector through you have been nothing less than profound. He is very proud of his Mother. Elaine, please know that we are thinking of you and your family and we celebrate the presence and impact of Michael that will be felt forevermore!
    With condolence and celebration,
    The Foothills AIM Society

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  8. I am so very sorry for your loss, Elaine. The notice is a lovely tribute to Michael – filled with love. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    E.

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  9. Elaine and Family
    We were saddened to hear of Michael’s passing on February 8th. Our earliest memory of Michael will always be the teenage boy full of energy and adventure for life who we met for the very first time at Lincoln Lane. In the almost thirty years that have passed since then he continued to have that engaging spirit and celebration of life and inspired everyone that was fortunate enough to share just the smallest of moments with him. We feel honored to be counted as two of the many fortunate. We celebrate his life and extend to you our deepest condolences on your loss.
    Brian Lambier and Marylou Breig

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  10. Larry,Donna & Ryan Doyle :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elaine and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss, we hope all of your loving,happy,funny memories help you all get through this difficult time.

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  11. Jeannine(Brian) Little :

    Dear Elaine & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to get to know Michael the years I worked at Options. I will never forget him asking me to get the song “Four Strong Winds” played for him. He was such a strong, fun man. I know that he enjoyed life to the fullest and he was as blessed to have you as a family as you were to have him. The love between you was palpable. Michael will live on in many of our hearts and we will continue to think back on special times with him. Brian & I are thinking of you and praying for strength and healing.
    with love,
    Jeannine(Brian)

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  12. Maria Greenwood :

    Dear Elaine and family,

    Please accept with deepest sorrow our condolence, Nicole Benwic’s and mine, her mom, Maria Greenwood, on passing of your belowed son Michael. Our prayers are with you.

    M.B.

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  13. Sylvia Sinclair :

    Elaine
    I was so sorry to here of Michaels passing I remember him as a young boy running through the halls of PCDC many years ago. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Time goes by so very fast but memories remain.
    Sylvia

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  14. Elaine and Family

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your son.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

    Adria & Dan Ayer

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  15. Elaine,
    Sarah and I would like to offer you our condolences on the passing of Michael. Most of us know how much Michael influenced you in terms of becoming an advocated for people with disabilites. They may not know how much he influenced the lives of everyone he met through his infectious personality.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Be comforted by your loving memories of Michael. Celebrate his life and his gifts.

    Doug Luft and Sarah Andrews-Luft

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  16. Dearest Elaine. I am unable to attend the service on Friday as I am in Edmonton but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, and my sincere condolences. Michael lived a far fuller life because of you than it was thought possible and I hope you can take comfort in that. He will be missed and I know you have many happy memories to comfort you.

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  17. Elaine, it was with great sadness that I learned of Michael’s passing. I have always been inspired by Michael’s life and the support that you provided him. Be comforted by what he was able to give this world.
    Ralph Hubele

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  18. Elaine and Family:
    I was truly saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. One in a million, he leaves a huge legacy of inspiration and so much more. God gaves us memories so that we may have roses in December. Michael will forever be your December rose, Elaine. My prayers are with you at this time.
    Beth Hourie

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  19. Nilima Sonpal-Valias :

    Dear Elaine,
    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I regret that I never met Michael, but I know how profoundly his life shaped your values, commitments and advocacy. Alberta’s disability sector owes much to the love and efforts of dedicated parents like yourself, and to the wonderful men and women like Michael who bring out the best in us simply by being who they are.
    God bless.

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  20. Elaine,
    I would like to offer you and your family my condolences in the passing of Michael. I know Michael shaped your life choices to better those with disabilities. My nephew has benefited from this and I have had the pleasure of working with Options. Michael’s infectious personality will be missed but his legacy will continue. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Darci Beamish

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  21. Elaine and the Family,
    So sad to hear this morning of Michael’s passing. He was an amazing person and you all must be so proud of the life he lived! I wish I were able to attend the service in person, but will simply extend my best wishes to all of you and to send my support to you in this time of great loss.
    Love, Ron

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  22. Robert and Barbara Nish :

    Dear Elaine and Family,
    We extend to you our condolences on the passing of Michael. We know how difficult it is to lose a child and our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.
    Robert and Barbara Nish

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  23. Dear Elaine, Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear son Michael. He always had a smile that inspired many, maybe because he always knew he was loved and valued. I am sure that the good memories and God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4 will comfort you in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Sharon Brian and Brenda Cobb

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  24. Blake and Stephanie Robinson :

    Michael’s life and legacy enriches our lives and for this and so much more we give our thanks and send our love.

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  25. Elaine, Sean & family,
    My thoughts are with you – my heart grew heavy when I heard the news. If I had to describe Michael in one word, I think it woud be “infectious” his laugh, his smile, his zeal. We sure had some fun back in the day, I feel honored to have shared part of his life. Peace.
    John

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  26. I just wish to express my sincere condolences to the family members of Michael Yost. Gord, I am aware of the pain you are feeling at this time but I wish to assure you that God knows best in everything. Don’t mourn as one without hope. Just remember that if you all are faithful you will meet Michael again. May God continue to be with you all and comfort you in this time of bereavement. Sorry I am not able to be at the memorial service but my prayers are with you all. May his soul rest in peace.

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  27. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Elaine, and with your family.

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  28. Elaine and family,
    I am offering my deepest condolence to you and to your family. I had a chance to meet Michael and found him so happy and full of life. You and your families support made his life full of potentials and happiness. Take care of yourself dear Elaine and god bless you and your family at this sad time.
    Sincerely, Lidia Solymosi

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  29. Trish DesBrisay :

    My thoughts have been with all of you this week and I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a brother, and can only imagine the pain of losing a son. As time goes on and helps to lessen the pain, I pray that each of you will find peace as well.

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  30. Shirley (Yost) Rex :

    Elaine and Family,
    My heart and thoughts have been with you this week. Michael touched every ones heart and his smile will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. Elaine, take care of you.

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  31. Germaine Cashmore :

    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    My thoughts are with you Elaine & family.

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  32. Andre and Blanca Caron :

    Dear Elaine and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. Michael’s fun loving nature, generous spirit and warm smile will always be remembered. He touched so many lives and will be missed by so many. Michael taught me how to live life to the fullest, love unconditionally and most importantly to treasure family. He adored you all. We are sending all of our love, thoughts and prayers. We will miss Michael more than words can say.

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  33. Diane Foster (moore) :

    Dearest Elaine,
    Tia and I were so sorry to hear the news. I remember what a buzz would go through the day program when Michael would come in, everyone wanted to see him and he was anxious to interact with everyone there. I know you have incredible memories that will keep him close in your heart. My prayers are with you all.
    Love Diane

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