Abbot J Michaelchuk

Abbot J Michaelchuk

Abbot J Michaelchuk

May 21, 1989 – November 18, 2013

How can his life be told on a page

It’s brave and its vibrant

It’s not white and black

Please fill in the colors

To words that cannot breath

Words that cant laugh words that cannot see

See our own hero- A gem – A true Man

This paper cannot hold him, only hearts can

Born to Mark and Marie Michaelchuk in Sundre, Alberta May 21,1989. He passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary November 18, 2013 following a car accident. Abbot was the favourite among his siblings Ginger, Jacob and Marica. He was also adored by his Grandparents Bette and Duane Michaelchuk, and John and Flo Demyen along with aunts, uncles and cousins.

As a child Abbot would play hard and then we would find him face first somewhere fast asleep!

Abbot was ever a people person, he would strike up a conversation with just about anyone. If it had wheels he’d ride if it had a steering wheel he’d drive it. He loved burning around on his yellow 50cc trike and pulling his friends behind it on GTs, as a test before he graduated to bigger and faster toys.

Abbot had a special gift with animals. From a gecko to a hedgehog, to your regular fuzzy puppy, Abbot was never without a pet. His best dog got its name when Abbot was 4 yrs old and wanted to name him as soon as Mom brought him home. She told him to just wait a bit and name him later. So he eagerly started calling Later! Later! No she said just whistle for him. So, really wanting his puppy to come to him he called Whistle, Whistle, and Whistle the pup became.

Abbot grew up to be the kind of teenager that always had a big motley crew of friends. Everybody liked his easygoing personality and his never ending jokes. His sister Marica was always touring around with him and she has said that many people only know her as Abbots sister. He was especially close to the Fisher boys in Sundre. Many a good time was had with stuck trucks, tipped canoes, skidooing, tubing, horseback riding and dirt biking with his buddies. As a teenager he did a lot of world travelling with his Mom, Dad and sister, Marica. He spent time in Mexico, New York and El Salvador.

On October 22, 2005 at the age of sixteen, Abbot was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Onoway, Alberta. Abbot had an innate love for people and a big heart. He had a strong hate for injustice, and treated all people fairly. After graduating High School in Rocky Mountain House in 2007, he immediately started a carpentry apprenticeship with his brother and good friend Jacob Michaelchuk. He finished his Journeyman Carpentry in February 2011. The brothers built up a large company called GRIP construction. Abbot was a super hard worker and a great boss. He worked alongside some good friends and loved to go for a big breakfast at the hotel after an early morning or an all night job. Some of the guys he loved to work with were Patty Fehr, Grant Zuidhof (Big Buddy) and Curtis Babcock. He was well respected by all, was fun to work with as well as work for, a rare combination. Abbot is sorely missed on the job,especially by his brother, Jacob.

Abbot had other family too-In the Rimbey Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was rarely missing from his meetings with his extended family at the Kingdom hall. Abbot was especially close to the Brockhoffs, mainly Andrew. They had lots of awesome road trips together. The whole congregation feels his loss painfully. They can’t wait to see his smiling face again and hear him laugh. He also is terribly missed by his girlfriend Cassandra Blair of Red Deer, AB. They were a great couple, Abbot always talking her ear off and she always laughing at his jokes. She cant wait to see him again.

In honor of Abbot J Michaelchuk, over 400 people attended a celebration of his life at the Rimbey Community Centre on November 23, 2013. Officiating was his brother-in-law Seth Petersen. It was a wing night, because Abbot loved his wing nights every week with his friends. He would have wanted everyone to have a good time!

There’s a bible scripture that reads: For hardly would anyone die for a righteous man, though perhaps for a good man someone may dare to die. Many would have died for Abbot. He was a man that earned respect and love. It was because he was good. Goodness is a quality of the heart- It is impartiality, bravery and integrity. Abbot possessed all these qualities. He was a decent man who treated all fair. You knew when you were around him that he would take care of you, he would even risk his life. Abbot was a boss who would never make you work harder then he himself was willing to work. A neighbour who always had time to talk and help out. He was a friend who loyally stuck it out come what may. A brother who would stretch himself in every direction to make sure everyone was happy. A son who took care of his mom and loved to spend time with his dad. Nothing we do will be as good without him.

Here’s a man we can take a lesson from. He is asleep for now, but we will never forget him. We will let his memory make us all better people. When we see him again we will thank him for the way he lived his life, and the lessons he left us. For now there is a hole left in our hearts, lives and family that can’t be filled.

We love you Abbot. Can’t wait to see you again.


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