Michael-Sloan-Obituary

Michael Sloan

London, Ontario

1969 - 2020

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SLOAN - Mike

Mike Sloan, 50, of London, Ontario, has passed away from complications of anaplastic thyroid cancer. Mike would joke that he declined treatment and fought no "courageous battle" with cancer. He leaves behind many friends, especially his cat Chub, but countless others through social media. Special thanks to Cheryl Miller, the Smith family, Mariam Hamou, Craig Needles, Don & Florence Brady, and Travis Dolynny of London.

Extra special thanks to Theresa Henry of Lindsay, Dan Moore of Peterborough and Al Jackson of Lakefield for their decades of friendship.

Mike insisted that his death not be viewed as sad, but as a natural progression of life itself. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend a funeral at O'Neil Funeral Home in London on Thursday, January 23rd at 1 p.m. with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Mike's legacy fund at Youth Opportunities Unlimited are greatly appreciated.https://www.gofundme.com/f/mike-sloan039s-legacy-building-340-project .

Online condolences and guest book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca

The above notice is copied exactly as written by Mike himself (with an empty space left for time and dates to be filled in) and shared with his thousands of followers on his Twitter page. We (at O'Neil Funeral Home) are adding the following:

We were also blessed to have known Mike and to have, at the end, hugged his beloved Chub with his message of love (as his last words/request was "tell Chub I love him"). Until he realized what a large following of caring friends he had, he wanted no funeral services, "no fuss made"; he changed his mind during his last weeks with us and consented to a "small service for whoever might want to come".

Mike's "small service" will take place in our chapel at 1:00 p.m. and will be officiated by Roger Caranci. Friends will have the opportunity to say a few words or leave a few written words or signatures on Mike's casket before we leave for Woodland Cemetery. Come Spring, Mike's cremated remains will be scattered around "his Rock" in Lakefield Cemetery - the same rock he'd already had put in place and with his date of death carved into it: "2019". His friends and followers will remember him joking about that date. He stayed with us a bit longer, no doubt due in large part to the incredible outpouring of love that filled his daily Twitter feed. From his self-described humble beginnings and difficult, often lonely years - he left a large footprint on this earth.

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Mike was one of my best friends during our late teens and early twenties. We had so many great times together. Even though he was always troubled he remained a kind and generous friend with an amazing sense of humour. Over the years we lost touch as our lives went separate ways. This past August I randomly thought about Mike again and looked him up, that is when I discovered everything he was going through. We had a long phone conversation and caught up on each other's lives and shared a few...

I followed Mike on Twitter not long ago and was amazed with his courage and vulnerability at the same time. Mike, you have invited us into your life through social media. I've learned so much from you (you are laughing at this). I learned how to deal with things and people specially those who try to push us down. Rest In Peace Mike... you made a difference. You will be remembered...

Mike ..... its been a pleasure being twitter friends. Thank you for unselfishly sharing your journey with all of us. Your tweets will be missed. Rest in eternal peace twitter friend.

Mike, I've never mourned the passing of someone I didn't know personally...until I "met" you on twitter. Rest in peace my friend.

Rest in peace, Mike. It was a pleasure to get to know you on Twitter over the years, and you taught me a lot about life, death, humility and humour. I'll miss you tons. I hope my blog tribute with your friends helps to keep your memory alive in our hearts. Take care, friend.

I stumbled upon Mike's twitter page and have been addicted ever since.
When I read of his passing my husband offered his condolences to me for losing a friend! That is the legacy of Mike. Hopefully he was aware of how many people he touched and who were honored to be part of his twitter family.

Peace and blessings and prayers for you Mike.My twitter friend we never met but you were an inspiration. God be with you now and peace. Cindy. BC Canada

Mike, I never met you other than a few comments and likes on each others twitter feed. I wish I had.
Thank you for touching my life by sharing your humour, journey, and pain so openly and honestly. Sending love to Chub and all those who were closest to you and gave you comfort. I will never forget you, may you rest in peace.

I don't remember how I came across Mike's tweets a few months ago. Once I began to read them, I quickly became hooked! Mike posted a heart to my recent comment that my prayers for him were continuing. That connection meant something, and I do hope he recognized my sincerity. I truly believe that the courageous and often humorous Mike Sloan is now at peace. May his legacy live on.