OBITUARY

Michael Anthony Bubas

13 December , 196611 March , 2019
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It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our son, brother and “number one uncle”, Michael Anthony Bubas.

Michael passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on March 11, 2019 at the age of 52. Beloved son and best friend of Madeline and the late Michael Bubas (2013). Cherished brother and best friend of Kristine McCambridge , and her husband Kevin. “Unkey” was THE BEST uncle to Owen and Matthew; they will miss playing basketball, football and PS4 with him.

He was their greatest hockey fan, and went to as many games as he could. Love and special thanks to Michael’s dear friend, Cathy Shamie who was at his side at the end. He is nephew to the late Mary Gomercich (2014), Katherine Pecaric, Nick and Darlene Bubas, and Franjo Bubas of Croatia. He is survived by many cousins from Timmins, Schumacher, Ottawa, Hamilton and Croatia. Michael stood 6’8” and had a physical presence that was larger than life and his academic achievements were equally astounding. But to those who knew him, his spirit and soul were gentle and kind.

He enjoyed Leafs games with Cathy (although he was the biggest Habs fan!), hanging with his nephews on the weekends (learning about their current video obsession Fortnite), and his special time going for walks along the beach and playing “ the slots” at the casino with his mom, whom he lovingly called, “Toots”. He will be missed by his family and friends, and by his former and current colleagues at Bank of Montreal and at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada, in Toronto. As expressions of sympathy donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Michael's memory.

Family and friends are welcome to visitation at the MARKEY-DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, 1774 King Street E., Hamilton (at Kenilworth) on Sunday, March 17th from 2-4 and 6-9 with Vigil Prayers to be said at 8pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Croatian Church, 1883 King St. E, Hamilton on Monday, March 18th at 9:30am. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington.

Michael, I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my “Mikey” you’ll be. Love you forver xoxo

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, 17 March , 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, 17 March , 2019
  • Vigil Prayers Sunday, 17 March , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, 18 March , 2019
REMEMBERING

Michael Anthony Bubas

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Jeremy Rudin

19 March 2019

Michael was a thoughtful, professional and well-regarded member of our OSFI family and his passing has affected us deeply. All of us at OSFI extend our sincerest condolences to Michael's family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Esther Hong

18 March 2019

I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Michael's sudden passing last week from my BMO friends. As a former BMO employee and one of the members of his team; I got to know him well over the 3.5 years I was there under his managerial lead. He always had such a great smile and easy-going disposition. Always loved to talk to everyone and keep the office mood collegial. I know he will be greatly missed by his former BMO colleagues and his new work at OFSI. He was taken away too soon, but I know his memory and light will continue on through his family and his friends and loved ones near and far away. I'm so sorry I couldn't make his funeral service today in Hamilton. I hope to get together with those who couldn't make it either to commemorate his memory and his life very soon.

Esther Hong

Sarah Ennor

18 March 2019

What a shock it was to hear of this terrible news.

I knew Michael from BMO where he was so loved by his team. Being an outsider to his group, I had little interaction with him on a professional level but we developed a lovely friendship. Michael was, as described, an incredibly gentle man. He was an excellent listener when I needed it most and helped me work through some difficult decisions with a clear and even mind.

Michael was always as good as his word and a consistent friend. He spoke fondly of his family, spending weekends with them.

We shared a sense of incredible adventure, a passion for travel, and an obsession with sport (he dragon boating and I Australian football). We hadn’t seen each other in a while despite our efforts, which I’m pleased to suspect was because his life was becoming more and more filled up with the love that surrounded him.

I am so sad to have missed a last opportunity to share a laugh but pleased he was alongside love as he departed from us. He will be so very missed. I will remain grateful for having known him a while.

Ashwin Ranjit

18 March 2019

I was fortunate to know Michael a little bit at OSFI over the last few years and met Cathy with Michael on the subway home from a show in late December. Thank you for sharing his tribute video - our thoughts and prayers are with you as he was the kindest soul and your best friend, the ultimate big brother, uncle and most amazing son.

Diane Hachem

17 March 2019

My deepest condolences. I met Michael at his Osgoode certificate course, that I am also taking. I was struck by his wits, his deep knowledge and discretion. I was very much looking to the next course session to see him again when I heard the news, that I didn’t want to believe at first. I am grateful for having met him and am sending my respectful condolences to his family.

John Uhren

17 March 2019

Mike hired me at BMO. He was one of the kindest, honest and most respectful people I’ve ever met. He was not only my boss but also my friend. Mike will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Jim and Brenda Allen

16 March 2019

We live down the hall from Mike’s unit at his condo in Toronto.

We didn’t know Mike well but we would run into him out and about; in the hallway, on the rooftop or very recently on our local bus when he was coming home from work. He would greet us with a smile as big as he was tall and we always enjoyed our conversations with him.

He was such a bright, happy, sweet, friendly guy. It was a pleasure to know him and he will be truly missed by us and many at here Chateau Royal.

We send our condolences at this very difficult time.

Brian Hofer

16 March 2019

Mike and I first met as kids on Montmorency Drive in Hamilton in 1972. We spent countless hours tossing the football around, playing basketball, throwing baseballs, building a wooden go-kart together (remember them!), cycling, working out at The Village Gym in Stoney Creek, and basically growing up together. While time and geography can separate people, the memories he gave me can never be taken away. Always a class act, and someone who will be missed by many.

Bev Simpson

16 March 2019

Michael was our neighbour at the Chateau on Mount Pleasant. A thoughtful, considerate man, he served as a very welcome volunteer on our Environment Committee on Bottle Returns - taking carloads of used beer and wine bottles back to the beer store every few weeks on a Saturday morning as part of the team. We will miss his kind smile and generous nature. I wish that I had gotten to know him better.

Judy Mack

16 March 2019

My condolences. There are no words adequate enough to express the magnitude of your loss.

I came to know Michael through the spirited and laugh-filled exchanges outside my OSFI office door. I would join others as they circled around Michael's office -- it would start with one person quietly sharing a Raptors play and as that circle expanded, it would become a repartee on vegan rights, women's rights and so on.

Michael was indeed a gentle and kind spirit. In the noise and busyness that characterizes any corporate office, Michael will be remembered for being that centre of calm, good cheer, wit and kindness.

We hold you and your family in prayer. God bless.

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