Passed away peacefully at the Bayview Centre, Pointe Claire, May 13, 2020. Michael was the much loved son of the late William Carley and Margaret Connolly, the friend and loving husband of Beverly Smith for more than fifty-seven years and the proud father of Susan (Jim Thorne) and Michael John (Jessica Parrish). His grandchildren, Carley and Cate Thorne, filled his last years with pride and wonder and amazement. Michael was the loving brother of Moira, Brenda and Brian and the late Peggy, John, Willie and Eileen. Uncle Michael’s gentle presence and humour will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Gifted with curiosity, intelligence and a rich sense of humour, Michael shared these gifts as an educator, a gardener, a hockey player, and a creative video artist. He was kind and gracious and fondly remembered by those friends he worked and laughed and played with. He was proud of his Irish heritage and thoroughly researched both the living conditions of our ancestors in Ireland and our parents’ experience as they settled in Verdun, Quebec in 1924. The history of Margaret and William’s family of eight children that Michael gathered for us is shared today with their 21 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
We are grateful to the Third Floor Nursing and Medical staff at the Bayview Centre for the kindness and compassionate care he received. A memorial service celebrating Michael Carley’s life, love, and death will take place at a later date.
“And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow.” W.B. Yeats
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979, voluntas.ca).