October 5, 1945 - September 12, 2022
October 5, 1945 – September 12, 2022
We knew this day was coming but it doesn’t ease the unbearable heartache, sense of loss and an emptiness that is beyond words. Michael fought mesothelioma with the most admirable strength, grace, dignity and determination. Unfortunately, due to circumstances and events out of his control, he eventually lost his fighting spirit and strength.
The broken hearts he leaves behind belong to his loving, adoring wife, Maggie, his daughters Celeste, Tanya and Zara, his mother-in-law Maggie, his sons-in-law Kai and Lee, and his grandchildren Bee, Jethro, Saffron, Stella, Juliet and Malia. He will be reunited with his parents Grace and Arthur and precious granddaughter Amy. He will be missed by many wonderful, special friends who have been an invaluable source of love, support, caring, joy and fun through the years. The only thing that eases the pain of losing him is knowing that his last days were comfortable; he finally got on the right pain medication and had the best care at home by people who loved him the most, while looking at the beautiful gardens he created, that were his pride and joy.
Michael was a true mensch and a Renaissance man in every sense of the word, with a perfect balance of supreme intellect and raw humanity and humility. He was kind, considerate, dependable and generous in his words and actions. Michael had a genuine love, understanding and empathy for people and an innate natural ability to establish meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life. He was one of those lucky people who never lost his very endearing childlike curiosity, wonder and mischief which could be anything from sweet to infuriating. He had a very special bond with many of his St. Joe’s work colleagues which continued in retirement and was a real source of joy for him. Many of them were at our side faithfully until the bitter end.
Michael had many fulfilling hobbies. He especially loved music and gardening, and spent endless hours creating a stunning garden while blasting music of every genre through the neighborhood. He loved photography and the stacks of his photos will be available to friends if they so wish, which would please Michael very much. He never stopped learning, whether it was medieval art or quantum physics, and in retirement he became a very successful investor. Michael and Maggie travelled the world, usually off the beaten path, had endless adventures and created lasting friendships wherever they went. With the cancer and COVID these past few years, Michael was completely content and happy enjoying life in his lovely home, surrounded by his beautiful garden and the love of his family and close friends. To the very end he was grateful for all his blessings in this wonderful life and looked at each extra day he was given as a gift.
We owe our heartfelt gratitude to those healthcare professionals who cared for us, listened to us and had our best interest at heart through the past 4 years.
At Michael’s insistence there will be no funeral. There will be an Open House in our home on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy please come and share a glass of wine in Michael’s memory. No flowers, gifts or donations – just your presence please. To make an online condolence, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
“Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing, save the limit of our sight.”
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Maggie, we wish we could be there to share your loss. Michael was one of the best. Our times with the two of you, and with the four or six of you (Kate, Mike, Christine, Werner) at your home are among our fondest memories. All our love.
Sincere condolences to Maggie and family. Working with Michael in the OR made for a great day indeed. His competent care of patients and genuine personality with staff created a lasting memory. His knowledge base and eclectic taste in music were second to none. RIP my friend.
We are so sad to hear your news. Michael was indeed one of kind. Always pleasant, enthusiastic and cheerful. We remember him fondly from the Protea Club of London. How Michael enjoyed all the South African treats at the Braais.-- especially the boerewors, chops and melktert! Thinking of you and your family at this time, Maggie. In sorrow, Sallie and Alex
Maggie so sorry for your loss . Ross and I send our deepest sympathy’s .
Michael was such a good man. He was kind to all no matter what walk of life they were from. He treated everyone with dignity. I am happy to call him and you, my friends. He is missed Maggie.
Dear Maggie and family, I was saddened to hear of Michael's passing. Traveling together, the joy and the laughter and maybe just one more glass of red wine made for many great memories. Michael's creativity in his photography was inspiring. May you find peace in every one of his creations. My sympathies to you.
Michael was a colleague and a friend that I had the pleasure and honour to know. His sense of calm in times of urgency, sense of humour and fun facts as well as broad range of knowledge made him a special anesthetist to his patients and coworkers. I cherish the memories of those December in-services where he would share his photos from trips of that year with us all and making us feel as if we had been on the journey along with him. I feel blessed to also have had the pleasure in joining Michael and Maggie for one of their amazing dinner parties and seeing his amazing garden first hand. He will forever hold a place in my heart. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves memories no one can steal" Rest in Peace dear Michael
Dr. Currin was a joy. We all looked forward to the days that he came to work with us. The world will be a different place without him. Rosemary
Michael was an amazing, wonderful man. From the day I met him it was like we had been friends forever. He had such a warm and engaging personality about him. An intellectual who could discuss a wide variety of topics from art to zoology. Even if he didn't agree with you he always came across in a polite and respectful manner. Michael was ever encouraging to me as I was pursuing my career path and one of my biggest supporters when it came to fruition. These last several years were difficult for Michael and Maggie as the cancer slowly took over. Michael faced the cancer head on with reality, dignity and he once complained of the toll it was taking on him. I will certainly miss him and miss sharing a beer with him. (He always had such a wide variety of beer from all over the world). My deepest condolences go out to his extended family, friends, colleagues and especially Maggie who was forever by his side taking care of Michael and expressing her love until his last breath. Michael, you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.