OBITUARY

Michael Joseph Kuiack

December 19, 1960February 20, 2021

KUIACK: Michael Joseph. It is with heartfelt sorrow we announce the peaceful passing of Michael Joseph Kuiack of Kelowna, BC, Saturday, February 20, 2021, after a courageous year long battle with cancer. Michael was 60 years of age, born December 19, 1960 in Airy Township, ON. Michael leaves to mourn his three precious children: Adam of London, ON, Simon of Kelowna, BC and Leah of Lake Country, BC., and the children’s mother, Shannon (Reid) Kuiack of London, ON.

Michael is also survived by his father, Max Kuiack of London, ON, his mother, Rita (Mask) Kuiack of Ottawa, ON, four sisters - Denise (Kevin Horoky) of London, ON, Shelley (John Wendell) of Ottawa, ON, Joanne (Philip Brown) of Strathroy, ON, and Stephanie (Howard Jones) of Mississauga, ON and Montego Bay, Jamaica, as well as plethora of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Michael’s high school sweetheart and life partner, Beth (Burton) Flynn, and her family, were with Michael unshakeably through to the end. There are no words that can begin to describe the loving care Beth provided in these later days. Beth was the largest bit of his heart and the best part of his soul. His debt to her can never possibly be repaid.

Michael spent his formative years in Kapuskasing, ON, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984. He was a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous since April 13, 2007 and remained as active as possible in service to that lifesaving fellowship until the end. Michael was a 2-time winner of the Poetry London Contest; in 2012 for Miracle On South Street and again in 2014 for Life Is School. He is the author of 2 self-published books; a collection of poetry -Here There Be Tygers- in 2017 and a novel -An Embarrassment of Riches – in 2018. Michael held a passion for both literature and music. His bookstore, Clockwork Books in London, ON, was dear to his heart. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no service at this time. Michael will be cremated and future celebrations of Michael’s life will be held in London, ON and Kelowna, BC. The family wishes to acknowledge the tireless support of the Rev’d Anne Privett of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, the compassionate care of the staff of The Hospice House of Kelowna and Hospice Palliative Care team, the medical team of The BC Cancer Agency, and Dr. Eddie Naude, throughout Michael’s cancer journey. In lieu of flowers, those willing are asked to make contributions of time and/or a financial donation in support of the Salvation Army of London, Ontario or Kelowna, BC.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com

Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299

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Bruce Empringham

February 27, 2021

I got to know Michael in his years at London Life through the mid-2000's. He was a good man who I really was privileged to know and I am sorry for your loss.

Shane Picken

February 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of this Beth. take good care.
Shane

Don Mitoma

February 26, 2021

My deepest condolences to Beth and his family.

I met Michael in high school and enjoyed his quick wit, dry humour, and memorable laughter. I regret that our paths never crossed after Grade 13; hence, he will remain forever young to me.

I admire Michael's courage and honesty in sharing his personal battle with cancer.

May he live on in our memories.

David Napier

February 25, 2021

I met Micheal in Kapuskasing in the mid seventies. His family moved from Whitney/Renfrew region to Birch St. My family lived on Oak St, where the “Square” playground was there for our enjoyment and oh what fun we had!

Mike and I were close friends through the formable years while living in “The Kap”. Our friendship remained strong throughout our adult lives, and he was always there to support me. We had a mutual admiration for each other and I will miss him.

I look forward to sharing my great memories ofMike with his family and many friends at the future celebrations of life planned in Kelowna and London.

May peace be with you, and all the great memories you have left us with. I know you have novels lined up to read.

David Napier and Mary Odovic
Toronto On

Jamie Lazenby

February 24, 2021

You showed kindnes and compassion to my young son at the time and for that I will always have gratitude.So sorry you were taken so soon.

Marie Paulette Breault / Virden

February 24, 2021

My deepest sympathies Beth and to all the family thoughts and prayers going your way

Tommi Hanley

February 24, 2021

My sincere condolences to Beth, and all of Michael’s family for this very unfortunate loss. Michael was a wise, kind person who gave freely in his service commitments and helping others. I always enjoyed his FB posts, and his dry wit, especially during the Trump era 😊 He will be greatly missed. I am grateful to have known him.

roseanne debenedictis

February 23, 2021

Sending my condolences to Mike's family and friends, may he rest in peace.

John Armstrong

February 23, 2021

A true spiritual warrior. Great courage & fortitude. Strong love of family & friends. A blessing to know you Michael. 🙏🏼

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY