OSWIN, Michael David – It’s with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts, that I announce the passing of MICHAEL DAVID OSWIN, age 58, on December 27, 2020 at Blanche River Health, Kirkland Lake.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kim Checkley, and his children; Christopher (Taylor), Michael, Leah (Tanner), stepchildren; Brandon (Evelinn), Trevor (Mallory), and Tyler. He will be deeply missed by his much loved grandchildren, Sophia and Rowyn, and his sister Kathy Oswin-Groh (Brent) and his brother Robert (Sandra). He was a proud and loving uncle to Adam, Aaron, Sarah, and Riley. He is predeceased by his parents Dennis and Patricia.
His large, extended family, aunts, uncles, many cousins, all join us in mourning his passing but also celebrate his life with stories and many memories.
Born in Toronto, Mike had a typical upbringing, enjoying all the trappings of a middle class life in the city. He played baseball and hockey as a kid and then as a young man, coached teams with his father. A diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, he suffered all the highs and lows of “his team” with good humour and eternal optimism.
Although Mike had many challenges with his health, he never let it get the better of him. He rose to all challenges with a get it done attitude and wouldn’t back down. He had a softer, artistic side too. He was an enthusiastic drummer and music lover. He attended hundreds of concerts and live music events. He took great joy in sharing these experiences with the ones he loved. A published writer and award winning investor, he was able to evoke raw emotions with his poems, but his real estate articles encouraged others to invest in their dreams.
Mike’s final love was Kirkland Lake. Despite his city upbringing, his heart was in the bush. Fishing, hiking, and sitting quietly in nature gave him peace. He will forever wander the sunlit trails and lakes of this beautiful area.
Cremation has taken place and there will not be a service at this time. A celebration of life with family is planned for the summer.
Mike’s supported Diabetes Canada, Advocate for Northern Animals, and the Muskoka OSPCA, all very worthy causes if you would like to make a donation in his memory.