Michael FEIN
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FEIN, Michael
1947 - 2012
Michael David Hanna-Fein died peacefully in his sleep from the complications of Crohn's disease. Michael left us early Monday morning, February 27, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He is survived by his loving husband, Arnold Hanna- Fein. Michael is also survived by his stepmother, Martha Fein, and his two step sisters, Marlyn Cheshes and Bobbie Phucas (both nee Fein) and other loving family members. He was predeceased by his only daughter, Dara, in 1974 whom he dearly missed all his life.
Michael was born in New York City on July 11, 1947, and was adopted by his parents, Benjamin and Sylvia Fein of Bellerose, Queens. He started singing at a young age, and worked under the names Dave Michaels or Locklear as a night club singer, musical theatre performer, actor and radio personality until his health started to fail him in the 1970s. He owned a small grocery outlet for a time in Brookline, Massachusetts, where his charismatic personality made him a favourite of his customers. In 1985, Michael's health problems forced him onto Disability.
He was re-born on the Internet in the early nineties when he published the Yiddish Glossary of words and expressions, which was quickly followed by the online magazine, The Gantseh Megillah, and, for a short time, he owned and edited Being Jewish magazine. Despite being in chronic pain, and wheelchair bound, Michael developed a rich life online and he voraciously participated in many political, health, Jewish, and gay forums and support groups. Everywhere he went, including during his lengthy hospital stays, he touched people with his forthrightness, humour and compassion. He developed warm relationships with an extensive support circle at both Salem and the Jewish General hospitals.
A Memorial Event will be held on March 31st, at 2 P.M. at a location in Montreal TBA soon. If you would like to attend please write compuyid@gmail.com You can visit Michael's online Glossary and magazine at http:/ / www.pass.to .
Michael would appreciate it if you remember him in your own special way: make a contribution, commit to an act of kindness, hold your family and friends dear, tell them that you love them, and if you must give flowers, give them to someone who will enjoy them today. Rest in peace, dear Michael. Send expressions of sympathy at www.kanefetterly.com


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Published in Monteal Gazette on Mar. 3, 2012.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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December 8, 2012
His light will be missed; his memory burns bright.
Ed Karesky
March 20, 2012
Michael will be sorely missed by so many people. We have so enjoyed the Gantseh Megillah, and know he poured his heart and soul into it. Thank you, Michael.
Laura and Gary Gildwarg
March 19, 2012
I met Michael a number of years ago quite by accident, when I was searching for information on Jewish newsletters and Yiddish words. I was converting to Judaism and wanted to immerse myself in living a Jewish life. Michael and I had many e-mail and im discussions about a plethora of subjects, we even managed a phone call or two. He was a unique individual with an empathy and wit I have never encountered before. I will miss him immensely.
My heart goes out to Arnold, Rosco, and the Gantseh Meghillah family.
Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba, b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei, v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon, uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil, ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru: Amein...
Deborah Rice
March 18, 2012
I will miss my Facebook friend who always was there to give encouragement and love to our family who went thru some difficult times. Thank Michael for putting the sufferings of other above your own. This world has lost great man
Thelma Hibbert
March 18, 2012
It is too bad that people like Michael are afflicted with pain and suffering like he had to endure. I know he is watching from above so let's all do what he would have expected us to do in his honor.
Ethel Leider
March 18, 2012
I am saddened to hear of Michael's passing. He touched many lives in such a positive way. My thoughts and prayers go out to Arnold and those closest to Michael. We will all miss him very much. May the love and support of your family and friends, carry you through.
Kady
March 18, 2012
Aw, I'm very sad to read this. I enjoy and am so grateful for the sentiment behind Gantseh Megillah. RIP, Michael. Lucky are the people who knew you eyeball to eyeball.
Marge Teilhaber
March 18, 2012
Boruch Dayan Emet. The world is a darker place without Michael.
Perry
March 18, 2012
I am so sorry to learn of Michael's death. He will be missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of coming in contact with him. My condolences to Arnold and the entire Gantseh Megillah family.
Al Abrams
March 18, 2012
It is a rare and special someone who can hold hands with people he never met, make them feel loved and special, and bring them to tears at his loss. Dear, dear Michael, thank you. I miss you.
Christine Johnson
March 13, 2012
I had the privelege of meeting Michael through a mutual friend of ours. We had a lot in common, not the least of which was our shared birthday. He had a singular wit and was one of the few people who understood my sense of humour. I shall always miss him.
Susan MacNutt
March 13, 2012
However brief measured in time of knowing each other was, Michael was a kindred spirit; his kindness will always be remembered. My heartfelt sympathy to Arnold.
Marilene Affleck
March 12, 2012
Sacha Martin
March 7, 2012
RIP Michael. You are always in our hearts and we will keep Arnold in our prayers as well.
Alenna Norton
March 6, 2012
He Was a dear friend of mine for quite a few years we originally met in 1 of my support groups, it was actually the on-going joke as he was the only guy in our group, other guys would join, but they would never stay long!...lol, anyway, he was a great friend & support to me after Our Michael Passed away, & Doug's Accident...He & (his Arnold) (as he often referred to him lol were the best!), Michael always had a kind word for you, & always made time for you....
Karen Thurman
March 6, 2012
He Was a dear friend of mine for quite a few years we originally met in 1 of my support groups, it was actually the on-going joke as he was the only guy in our group, other guys would join, but they would never stay long!...lol, anyway, he was a great friend & support to me after Our Michael Passed away, & Doug's Accident...He & (his Arnold) (as he often referred to him lol were the best!), Michael always had a kind word for you, & always made time for you....
Karen L. Thurman
March 5, 2012
I will really miss you my dear dear Michael!! You loved me just the way I am and I bless you for that. I ALWAYS enjoyed your phone calls and for the wonderful visit and dinner on my 50th birthday!! That was a real drive from Canada to Stamford, CT.!!! You will always be in my heart and always loved. RIP.
Anne Penfield
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