The Measure of a Man


by Tammy Semande Haman

It’s been a year since Sault Ste Marie list this music icon… You are missed Mike Case

Thank you for allowing me the honour of writing about your Dad TJ Case.

Mike Case was a man made up of Greatness. It is no surprise that we are in a time of Great Sorrow. Sault Ste Marie is Devastated & Grieving, over the loss of a truly amazing human being. He loved his calling & all the responsibilities that came with it. He devoted his life to his gift, MUSIC!

“The highest purpose of art is to inspire, what else can you do for anyone. but inspire them.”
Bob Dylan

Mike was born a naturally amazing Musician. What made him so unique was that he was also an Explorer. He had a knack for discovering new ways to experience music & blend it into his life. Mike was a fantastic scout, who could spot talent a mile a way. He was always keenly aware that it was a privilege to have a job doing something he truly loved. He incorporated performing, teaching, directing, & running a business into his daily life. He evolved with the times, and continually met the needs of his students, clients, & the economy. He adopted an identity in Music, and stayed true to himself. There were so many elements of his life, One must raise the question “Who was Mike Case to you?”

Entertainer: He was well known for his guitar playing and his song, & there was no doubt he loved taking stage.

Teacher: Countless people credit Mike for his teaching skills & many musicians were born under his care

Mentor: He inspired & encouraged the individual gifts in everyone lucky enough to cross his path

Friend: The numbers are to many to count, but he treasured every single one

Leader: Fearlessly he pioneered musical careers, and developed prodigy’s

Entrepreneur: Case’s Music was built with his blood, sweat, and tears. With a reputation that is stellar Case’s has remained the go to place for anything musical in Sault Ste Marie for a long time running.

Citizen: Mike was dedicated to local people & issues, he was a proud supporter of locally owned and operated business’s

Award Winner: In 2009 Mike was inducted into the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame

Legend: His zeal for life & passion for music were staggering & plentiful

Family man: At the heart of him, the love he had for his family had no bounds. There are no words seemingly worthy of explaining his devotion and loyalty to those he called family

There are so many more attributes to list when speaking of Mike. He is revered, and he has earned the respect given to him by so many. We must take note, because a soul like his is not easy to come by. Saying Goodbye will personal journey for us all., Mike will receive tribute from the masses whether it be, a moment of silence, a prayer, or a flag at half staff,. His music and his gifting will live on for generations! When he had a chance, Mike made sure to leave a lasting and profound mark in this world. It is difficult to know in which direction we should give thanks for him, but Thank You does not feel sufficient. Again I will raise the question, “Who was Mike Case to you?” The healing will be individual & it will begin when one reaches deep in their heart for their own personal Answer.

“I often think in music…. I live my daydreams in music…. I see my life in terms of music”
– Albert Einstein