Passed away suddenly at home, age 72, on Wednesday April 15, 2020.
Beloved husband of Celia Ross and dear father of Alasdair Bennett. Survived by his brother John (wife Barbara) and his sister Pat, his nieces Natalie (Masa), Nadine (Anselm), and his great-nephew and niece, Elijah and Adelle.
Born in Montreal, the family moved to Bright’s Grove Ontario. Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario, working on Lake Lauzon and the north shore of Lake Huron conducting creel surveys. He then spent a year in Spain, ending with a walk across the country. A year as an actor in Toronto, mainly with Theatre Passe Muraille, was followed by a MSW from Carleton University. Five years of teaching Social Work at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall led to another change and a law degree at the University of Windsor.
Michael opened his law practice in Sault Ste. Marie in 1989 and derived great satisfaction from his work as a criminal defense lawyer, with a particular interest in Aboriginal Law. He served actively on the College of Certified Social Workers, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and as Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma.
A family man at heart, Michael loved to sing and make music, travel the world, visit friends and engage in vigorous debate.
There will be a memorial service at St. Luke’s Cathedral, date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be welcome to Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, or to Christian Horizons, Sarnia (for the Michigan Group Home). Donations on line or by cheque should be made through Arthur Funeral Home.
Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. East 705-759-2522).