It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Michael Alexander Wood who has been taken from us far too soon, age 41.
Michael was the beloved son of Marcia Swaby and David Wood. The adored grandson of Pamela Swaby; beloved partner of Lynda; treasured nephew of Suzanne Hague (John) and Peter Wood (Kim). Cousins to Chris (Amanda) and Matthew (Matt) Hague, Paul, Joanne and Hannah Wood. Michael has left a hole in our hearts along with the hearts of his many friends and extended family in Jamaica, Cayman, the UK and the USA, with whom he kept in constant contact and who provided him with love and comfort in his last days.
Michael will be remembered for his enormous zest for life and his sense of adventure. As a young man he spent many fun-filled summers in the Cayman Islands visiting his grandmother where he learned to SCUBA dive, enjoyed fishing, eating conch, lobsters and crabs. In later years he became “Grannie’s travelling companion” as they both escaped winter.
Growing up in Oakville and then Calgary, he thrilled at the rush of skiing in the Rockies, racing down the hills at Sunshine, Banff and Lake Louise at breath-taking speed. This fearlessness was also witnessed in his love of fast cars and even faster motorcycles; he loved the freedom of the open road and thought nothing of riding from Ontario to BC.
On the contemplative side Michael loved nature and animals; he was generous and kind often giving flowers and plants which he cultivated as gifts. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his beloved dog Alex who was a constant companion.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private celebration of Michael’s life will take place by invitation only.
In lieu of flowers we are asking those who wish to remember Michael to make a donation to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada; www.crohnsandcolitis.ca.
Rest in peace Michael, you are forever locked in our hearts.