Michael (Mike) Gillis
Mike was born June 4th, 1961 in Portage la Prairie. He passed away peacefully after a short & courageous battle with cancer on November 27th, 2023 at the Grace Hospital. Mike’s life journey began under a Gemini Sun and ended under a Gemini Full Moon.
Left to cherish his memory is the loves of his life Margaret, Wyatt & Cheyenne (Sweet Pea).
His sisters Jo-Anne (Darryl), Marian & Gisele.
Nephew Jason (Jill), his family Chase “Michael” (Sarah), & Tayla (Chase).
Nephew Colin (Megan).
Niece Bobbi-Jo (Dave) & MacKenzie.
Margaret’s family Bruce, (Kayden, Reid & Summer), Amy & Paisley, Liz (Nik) Willow & Charlie.
His son Kyle.
Aunts, uncles, cousins and many great friends.
Mike didn’t really care on what others thought of how he lived his life. He was no angel and wore that devilish grin with pride. He was a proud man of few words but a man of many talents. He had a natural ability to adapt to the environment around him. Everything from operating heavy equipment, home renovations, keeping the yard neat & trimmed, a great cook & BBQ extraordinaire to providing life skills to Wyatt and Cheyenne. He was a perfectionist and insisted on things being done right the first time.
He loved to tease and if you showed any weakness to him, look out you were going to cry for sure but his nephews say it only made them stronger in the end.
If you were a kid and got a present from Mike you could be sure it was wrapped in duct tape. You had to work hard to get your present.
He loved his toys, dirt bikes, motorcycles, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles and recently golf carts. The faster they went the better. Mike loved going to snow mobile races and took great pride in watching his nephews race super stock at the Victory Lane Speedway. Mike also loved to listen to music very loudly and you could hear 100 songs in an hour because he would change the song you were listening to in the middle of it or even after the first verse.
The shop was his domain! Mike loved it from the Giant TV to the wood burning stove. He loved to drink beers with friends there or just tinker on things that needed fixing.
Mike, you may have driven us crazy at times, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. You had been there for us through thick & thin, you were our hero, our protector and we couldn’t of asked for a better little brother.
A celebration of Mike’s life will take place at a later date.