elevated pruap October 6, 1962 – June 18, 2023

elevated pruap Visitation
Saturday June 24, 2023 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

elevated pruap Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

elevated pruap Funeral Mass
Saturday June 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm                                  

elevated pruap Chapel of St. Joseph- Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home

elevated pruap View Funeral Mass

elevated pruap Reception Following the Funeral Mass

elevated pruap Obituary

elevated pruap Michael George Cossitt Yates October 6 1962 – June 18 2023 On June 18, just as the sun was starting to rise, Mike’s Dad, George reached down from heaven and carried Mike home.

elevated pruap Following a devastating and hard fought 6-month illness, Mike leaves behind his beloved wife, Julie Henderson, and his son Andrew who both loved, adored, and admired him.

elevated pruap He was loved and will be deeply missed by his Mum, Catherine, his older sisters Mary, Peggy and Patti, his dog Willow and Julie’s children, Blaze, Bishop, and Jarvis. Mike was pre-deceased by his wife of 19 years, Lynn Fontaine who, along with George, extended a heavenly welcome.

elevated pruap He was also loved by his extended family – Jamie Campbell, Duff Sprague, Mike Adams, Rob Lawson, Sue Lawson, Jacqui Fontaine, John and Margaret Henderson and his nieces and nephews, Jamie, Danielle, Kathleen, Gabrielle, Matthew, Leslie, and Brendan.

elevated pruap Mike was born in Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital and raised in Willowdale. He attended St. Timothy CES and Brebeuf College School where he formed life-long friendships with many, especially Steve McHale and Dennis Naraj. He graduated from Seneca College in Marketing and spent a long and successful career in sales of land surveying equipment. As a long-time employee of Trimble Inc., he travelled extensively throughout the US and during this time he added many others to his long list of friends. The support extended by Trimble during Mike’s most difficult times does not go unrecognized.

elevated pruap Mike had a special love for hockey and had an encyclopedic knowledge about the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a hockey coach for Andrew, coaching the Leaside Flames for over 10 years (GTHL,) inspiring hundreds of other kids who looked up to him as a mentor and role model. His dedication and sacrifice will always be remembered by these kids and their parents.

elevated pruap  Like his Dad, Mike loved red wine and beautiful clothes. And his love of cooking was enjoyed by many. He loved music, especially the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra and may have been Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fan. Following his move to Collingwood, he fell in love with long hikes on the Escarpment, accompanied by Julie and his beloved dog, Willow. Mike was one very cool guy and the definition of a decent man–generous, honest, kind, loving.

elevated pruap Special thanks are extended to his close friend and neighbour, Dave Baran, who went above and beyond to support Mike, Julie, and Andrew during his illness.

elevated pruap If desired, donations in Mike’s memory may be directed to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (https://cgmhf.com/donate) where he went on many occasions following 911 calls. The kindness and compassion extended to Mike and Julie by the staff and physicians will always be remembered by his family.