GAFFNEY, Michael

The family of Michael Gaffney is devastated to announce his passing on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Norwood Hospice in Edmonton, AB after a brief illness.

Michael was born on January 19, 1963 in London, England.  His early years were spent in England and Ireland, and the family emigrated to Canada in 1973.  Michael was very proud and happy to obtain Canadian citizenship as a teenager in Ontario.  He participated in the Air Cadets which started a lifelong love of aircraft, and was fortunate enough to pilot a glider at that time.  Michael also won the Duke of Edinburgh silver medal as a teen for his excellence in volunteerism and skill building the Air Cadets.

Left to mourn Michael are his wife Lisa, and children Alison, Daniel, Emily and Lauren, as well as his grandson Caelan.  Michael is also survived by his parents Thomas and Margaret Gaffney of Co. Mayo Ireland, his sister Deirdre (Andreas) and brother Declan (Deirdre) of Germany and Ireland respectively.  Agnes and Lorne Swanson, his mother- and father-in-law, as well as Jim (Kerri), Gary (Cheryl) and Tim (Janice), Michael’s brothers-in-law and their spouses, also mourn him, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours.

Michael has spent much of his life caring for others:  as the oldest child, he cared for his siblings, later on he became a wonderful husband and father and cared deeply for his family.  As a parent, he volunteered with Cub Scouts, minor hockey, Sunday school, school trips, and any other activities that his children were interested in.

Michael was a talented artist with training in graphic design.  He had many hobbies and was an excellent amateur photographer.  He worked for many years to produce books, catalogues, magazines, flyers and many other items, later on becoming a production manager for a publishing company.  His work was greatly valued and his amazing planning and organizational skills, as well as perfectionism, in the trade of publishing was much appreciated.  Michael worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Devon Fire Service as well.  This inspired a love for emergency first response.  He found his vocation as an Emergency Medical Responder, worked in this career for 5 years, and loved every minute of it.  It was imperative to Michael to be doing work that involved helping those in need.  He brought tremendous life experience and maturity to his role with EMS and was much admired by his patients and co-workers.

Michael will be missed terribly by his family and so many others.  A funeral service will be held at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Devon, with interment at the Peace Cemetery to follow.

Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688

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Lisa. I was saddened to read of Michael’s passing in the paper. I am thinking of you and your family and the deaths of your grief. My sincerest condolences.

Audrey Sprinkle

Dear Lisa
I was deeply saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. It was a privilege to work with Michael at JWN. He was excellent at ensuring the highest print quality and competitive rates for JWN’s products. More than that, Michael demonstrated character and integrity in the business world and had compassion for others. I appreciated his friendship and he was generous to share his knowledge and experiences with me. I loved his stories of family and being a volunteer fire fighter. It was obvious that you and the children were the centre of his world. Praying that God will comfort you and your family during the incredibly sad time and sustain in the days ahead. Audrey Sprinkle

Paula Josephine Teasdale

Dear Lisa and family, I am devastated to hear of the loss of your sweet gentle wise Michael. What a wonderful human he was! In my early years at Holy Spirit School, I knew Michael as an amazing and attentive Dad who was always so proud of his kids; and when I got to work with him in committees at church, I found a steadfast friend, whose wisdom and eloquence kept everyone steady and focused in a positive direction. He was a beautiful spirit; funny and kind, and when he spoke everyone listened. Lisa, I have always admired you and Michael as my high-water mark for partnership in parenting, and I can not even imagine the loss you must be feeling at this time. Please know that you have all been in my prayers, and I will continue to hold you all up in prayer knowing that Michael’s spirit truly carries you forward together. Cling to each other, and cling to God who’s love ties us to each other regardless of life’s hardships. Please know you are so loved.

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