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Courtice Funeral Chapel

1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON

OBITUARY

Michael O'Driscoll

October 9, 1939March 1, 2020
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O’DRISCOLL, Michael James (Knights of Columbus – Lifetime Member, 4th Degree Knight) Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on March 1, at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville, at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Marcella for 58 years. Loving father to Rosanne(Dwight), Carl(Heidi), Cheryl, Michele(Cliff), Michael, and the late Richard(Debbie). Proud Granddad to Renae, David, Amanda, Brittany, Mitchell, and Wayne and Great-Granddad to Wesley, Katie, Kenzie and Howard. Dear brother to Allan, Charlie, Shirley, Dolores and Marilyn. Predeceased by his brothers Loyola and Gerard, and sisters Marjorie and Alberta. Friends may call for a visitation on Friday March 6 from 2-3PM at Courtice Funeral Chapel(1587 Hwy 2, Courtice), followed by a Celebration of Life in the Funeral Home Chapel at 3PM. Flowers or donations to the charity of your choice are greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be directed to www.courticefuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 6, 2020

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Pat King

March 8, 2020

Marcella & family, we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a wonderful person who made us laugh, especially when he visited the bank. He reminded me at every opportunity that I lived in “the village”. We had many laughs, mostly at my expense.
We know that you & your children have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. Know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Our Deepest Sympathy, Pat & Wallace

Willy and Janice Vosman

March 6, 2020

To Marcella and family
So sorry to hear the passing of Mikey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Words cannot describe the feeling of hearing the sad news. We are thinking of you.

Regina Costello(crane)

March 5, 2020

Hello Aunt Marcella. Sending deepest sympathy to you and all you Children and their families. I remember your visits in the earlier years .. in particular to our home on Livingstone Street., as well as the many times we saw you both at Mom Whites house in Witless Bay . Uncle Mike was always pleasant to be around with that great sense of humour. Mom and Dad certainly enjoyed their visit to Labrador City back in the 1989...it was very special memory to them both. Take care and will be thinking of you during the service.

Tina Wake

March 5, 2020

To Aunt Marcella and family, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Mike’s passing. I have such fond memories of our families while growing up and Uncle Mike was always so kind and loving. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love from Tina and Toby.

Wanda Snelgrove

March 5, 2020

To Aunt Marcella and all my cousins: My husband Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Uncle Mike’s passing. While it has been quite a number of years since I have seen any of you, I remember Uncle Mike well. He left quite an impression at that time, and from watching his beautiful video tribute, it is not hard to see that he lived and enjoyed life to the very fullest. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult and sad time. The special and wonderful memories will be with you always.

Pat and Patsy Chafe

March 5, 2020

Marcella and Family
We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family on Mike’s passing.Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace Mike

Dorothy & Charlie Power

March 5, 2020

Marcella & Family
Our sincere condolences on Mike’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Dorothy & Charlie

Nancy & Ernie Pella

March 5, 2020

Mike was a wonderful neighbour and a caring friend , our sympathies to all of Mike’s family .
Nancy and Ernie Pella

Jeannie White

March 4, 2020

Marcella and Family, so sorry to hear about Mike.Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.Thoughts and prayers are with you and may all your beautiful memories help get you through this tough time.Sending our love,Jeannie and family🙏

Matthew Way

March 4, 2020

Dear Marcella & family,
Deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Mike was a wonderful man. I will always remember him and will miss our chats. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Matt (neighbour, Bowmanville, ON)

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Biography

To Michael O'Driscoll, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Michael, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Michael really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Michael was born on October 9, 1939 in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. His parents were Edward Alexander and Margaret O'Driscoll. Michael was raised in Bay Bulls, NL. Even as a child, Michael had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Always a good playmate, Michael was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Michael managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Michael was raised with nine siblings.

All of Michael's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Michael experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in hockey and fishing.

Michael never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Michael to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Michael delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Michael was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Michael utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, he became friends with Ron Patterson, Wayne McCarthy, Rick Delaney and Brian Paul. Michael loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Michael very easy to approach. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Michael related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Michael was blessed with six children, Rosanne, Carl, Cheryl, Michele and Michael. Predeceased by Richard. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Renae, David, Amanda, Brittany, Mitchell and Wayne. Michael had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Michael's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Michael had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Michael was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Michael was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Michael's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Michael as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was a heavy equipment operator. He was employed for 25 years by the Town of Wabush.

Michael enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Michael liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were carpentry, watching hockey and playing cards. Michael was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Michael relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Michael never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Michael was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were hockey and curling.

Michael had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Michael's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. Throughout his later years, Michael was an active member of the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight.

A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Michael often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Politically, Michael was involved with the PC party.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Michael recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. During that time, he collected offerings for the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Naturally outgoing and generous, Michael was regularly doing things for others. For him, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Michael was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included 4th degree Knights of Columbus.

Living life in the fast lane suited Michael just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel wherever his kids were and in turn visit new and different places. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included going to Newfoundland and Texas.

Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Michael's favorites was a dog named Mandy. They were best friends for 17 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Brandi, and his two cats Misty and Beauty.

Michael believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2005, Michael took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Michael remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in being a volunteer manager for the O'Brien Hall in Labrador City, NL which allowed him to be included in all activities in his community which he was extremely passionate about. Even in retirement, Michael continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Michael passed away on March 1, 2020 at Laderidge Health Bowmanville, Ontario. He passed suddenly due to a stroke, peacefully surrounded by family. Services were held at Courtice Funeral Chapel. Michael was laid to rest in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Michael brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Michael O'Driscoll lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.