Michael Joseph Sarzynski
Brightened our lives March 17th, 1976; tragically stolen from our family by mental illness January 15th, 2016.
Mike was born in St. Boniface MB Canada, raised in Selkirk and Ethelbert, MB; and proudly claimed Pickle Lake, ON as his hometown. Although he lived in various places throughout his life, he consistently returned to the cabin on Lake Metigoshe, ND to renew his happiness and love with his family.
Mike was blessed with the natural skill of envisioning solutions and had the ability to create or fix anything he needed. After graduating Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Phoenix, AZ, Mike was known as an exceptionally knowledgeable and effective mechanic. Mike idolized his father Leo, a bush pilot, prompting him to learn as much as he could about aircraft which culminated in fulfilling his dream of taking flying lessons. With the knowledge that his loving mother was always there to support and cheer him on, Mike challenged himself and his siblings by braving the daunting things in life first like; water-skiing, opening his own business, remodeling his house, building a deck, and reaching the South Pole. Mike could be found singing or whistling along with his favourite songs, and had a great dry sense of humour to keep a smile on everyone’s face. As Mike said best himself; ‘All the peoples loves Mikey!’
Beloved son of Marilyn Ames and Leo Sarzynski, Step-son of David Watkinson and Jeff Ames; adored sibling of Shelley Windley and Ricky Sarzynski; Devoted uncle to Leah & Connor Windley; Cherished by the McClintock and Sarzynski families and deeply loved by his Rugby Point family especially the Jacobson and Baier clans.
Welcomed into Peace by his father Leo Sarzynski, grandparents John & Eileen McClintock and Joseph & Anna Sarzynski, and Aunt Mo Maetzold(McClintock)
Mike constantly quieted his mental anguish by reaching out and spending time with people who cared deeply for him, regardless of physical distance or time of day.
Your sweet shy smile, blond hair, blue eyes, boisterous laugh, and tender-heart will be greatly missed. Rest with understanding and peace Mike, your strife is over.
We encourage all who suffer from mental illness to seek professional help, be faithful to any prescription regiment and most of all know you are loved.
Charitable donations in memory of Michael J. Sarzynski to either the Canadian Mental Health Association or National Institute of Mental Health in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
Canadian Mental Health Association: www.cmha.ca
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
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