It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of our brother, uncle, godfather and friend, Michael Glen Cogill. He left this world peacefully on August 31st, 2015 at 60 years of age, in the comforting presence of a lifelong friend.
Michael grew up on Edmonton’s south side, playing sports, exploring the outdoors and spending family time as the 7th of 8 children of Harold and Dolly Cogill. Michael had a long career with the airlines, most recently with Air Canada. Over the last several years, Michael enjoyed the fellowship of St. Agnes Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus, meals with family and friends, and walking his favorite dog, Boogie.
We will cherish memories of Michael’s quick wit, sense of humour, stubborn nature, fearlessness and adventuresome spirit. He was artistic, creative and a hard worker. Michael travelled extensively and never forgot the glorious details of his adventures. He was a master storyteller, entertainer and a fantastic cook. Michael’s gentleness and devotion brought comfort to his parents when he assisted with caregiving in their last years. His kindness and generosity will be remembered. Our family will always be grateful that Michael lived with our mother, providing companionship and exceptional care until her passing last year at the age of 94.
Celebrating Michael’s life are his siblings Harry and Betty Cogill of Blue Mountains, ON–semicolon– Margie Cogill and Jaan Scheel of Victoria, B.C.–semicolon– Carolyn and Bob Clarke of Lake Country, B.C.–semicolon– Bobby Cogill of Edmonton–semicolon– Barb and Roy Rolheiser of Edmonton–semicolon– Chera and Glenn McMeckan of Victoria, B.C.–semicolon– and Basil and Becky Cogill of Summerland, B.C. Mike was so proud of his 11 nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Dolly, and Aunty Margaret Cogill.
Michael will be missed by his dear and longtime friends, Jackie Rowe, David Gangl, Wil Magnan, Michael Tessier, Keith Thomas, and Jeremy Willis. Michael faced complex health challenges and we greatly appreciate those involved in his care, especially the compassionate work of Dr. Allison Theman and Chris Sidders, RN.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton People-In-Need Shelter Society, 9536 – 103 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 2H3.
Journey well, our beloved Michael. You’re on to your next great adventure!