Michael Neal Myers

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MICHAEL NEAL MYERS Born London, UK, November 19, 1939. Painter, sculptor, furniture designer, film-maker, writer, traveller and beloved friend. Aged 71, passed away peacefully at home in Toronto Friday, December 10, 2010 after a bravely fought battle with lung cancer. Dearly loved partner and soulmate of Toni (Trow) for 41 years. Cherished father of Micki Myers and Jackson Myers. Grandpa Mikey to Lucia, Javier and Lola. Lifelong companion to Barbara Burridge (Brownlee). Predeceased by parents Ernest and Hilda Myers of High Wycombe, UK. Dear brother of Richard (Dorothy) of Felixstowe,UK, and Paul (Liora) of Oxfordshire, UK. Adored uncle of Simon, David, Oren and Dana. After graduating in Furniture Design from London's Royal College of Art where he was an editor of ARK magazine, Michael explored the world of film, pushing the boundaries of form and content with his questioning and provocative style. A pioneer of the rock video form, he captured unique performances of many artists, including the legendary Santana. He published many brilliant insightful stories, scripts and screenplays and after settling in Ontario, explored the province's cultural essence in several television series for TV Ontario. He embraced his new home with true zeal, enjoying cottage life and becoming a hockey dad. Nothing gave Michael more joy than flooding his backyard rink at 3 a.m. with his home-made Zamboni, or fishing at Go Home Bay with his dear friend Mary Martin. In recent years Michael returned to his passions for painting and sculpture, distilling his furniture design background into a series of highly original outdoor sculptures of woodworking joints. Many of his paintings decried the rampant urbanization of wilderness and farmland in startling style. His most recent works were celebrated transcriptions of world championship Snooker games, with every move played out in sequence on life-size canvases. The precision, complexity and beauty of these works captivate all who see them, crowning an exceptional career of visual innovation. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew his acerbic wit, love of painting, politics, books, birds, music, and his relentless curiosity about the world around him. We will miss him forever. Following cremation, a celebration of Michael's life will be held early in 2011 in both Toronto and London, UK (details to follow). For those who wish, donations may be made in Michael's name to Art City in St. James Town, 545 Sherbourne St, Unit 4, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1W5 (http://www.artcitytoronto.ca).
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 13, 2010