elevated WsL2r We are saddened to announce the death of Michael James McManus who passed away on Monday, June 27th at the age of 91.  Mike was surrounded by his family, his wife of 47 years Barbara (Miles), and his two children David (Sabrina) and Kelly.  He will be missed by his grandchildren, Sophia, Ethan, and Flynn.  He was predeceased by his sister Lee, whom he worshipped.  Lee and her husband Walter Lund had six children all of whom played a key role in his life

elevated WsL2r Mike lived an amazing life.  From his days as a student at Loyola College in Montreal, where he received his BA, to spinning records at C.J.A.D where he had the pleasure of interviewing Frank Sinatra, he brought with him an interest and enthusiasm for life and people which was contagious.  After college Mike made the decision to enter the priesthood.

elevated WsL2r After 3 years as a diocesan priest in Montreal he was sent to Rome where he earned a degree in Church Law.  When he returned to Ottawa, he served as the English secretary to the Popes representative and hosted a television show on CJOH named “Father Mike and People”.  Along the way he completed a degree in Communication theory and TV production at Boston University.

elevated WsL2r Mike made the difficult decision to leave the priesthood, to find a partner in life and start a family.  He returned to the radio as a newsman on CFRB before moving into TV at TVO, where he enjoyed a twenty-year career producing and hosting shows like “The Education of Mike McManus”, “The Senior Report” and “McManus”.

elevated WsL2r Retiring from TVO in his 60’s, Mike coupled his extensive experience in TV with his love for the church to start the National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC).  Known as the Father of Catholic TV broadcasting, Mike spent 17 years at the NCBC where he produced a documentary entitled “Memories of Martin” which detailed the life and murder of Jesuit Martin Royackers as well as the Daily Mass on Vision.  The Daily Mass continues to be seen across Canada and around the world, bringing inspiration, strength, and hope to thousands of people.  Mike felt it was his most important contribution to the human family.

elevated WsL2r Mike was a man of many gifts, and storytelling was one of his greatest.  Whether he was making you laugh, or cry, he always made you think.  May he rest in peace in the loving community of God with the many friends and family members he treasured along the way.  Friends may visit on Monday, July 4, 2022 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East (Bayview and Langstaff).  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph in the funeral home. Interment to be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the NCBC online through CanadaHelps https://dailytvmass.com/online-donation/

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