Mr. Elrick tragically lost his sudden and short battle with cancer on Monday. He was an amazing man whose life was cut too short. I was one of the lucky students selected to be part of the CELP program in 2000. The combination of Mr. Elrick’s love for the outdoors, his students and his family was like no other. Mr. Elrick’s legacy will live on….
Below is Mike’s Obituary.
Michael Rosholt Elrick 1963 – 2009
The following is Mike’s obituary which will appear in the Mercury and the Globe and Mail tomorrow and Saturday:
After being diagnosed in August, Michael’s journey with cancer ended when he died of complications from his illness on November 23, 2009. Loving husband of Heather Allan and adored Papa of Nicholas and Meghan. Dearly loved son of David and Mei-fei, much loved brother of Stephen, James and his wife Cristine, Pierre and his wife Elaine; son-in-law of Winnifred Allan; brother-in-law of Laird, Beth, Dan, Cathy and Nestor. Uncle Mike will be greatly missed by Ayla, Jade, Kellie, Janet, Jenny, Patrick, Jamie, Sarah, Valerie and Allan. The foundation of Mike’s life was his family and he was grounded by his relationship with Heather and being a father to Nick and Meghan. In all aspects of his life, Mike was a teacher, sharing his love of nature, music, paddling and the trail with everyone he knew. Mike inspired, influenced and guided countless young people through his twenty years as a teacher and coach at the Upper Grand District School Board. He developed CELP (Community Environmental Leadership Program) and Headwaters where he made the outdoors a classroom and provided a life changing experience for his students. Mike created community in every endeavour in his life – most recently in the blog he began in September to share his journey with cancer (michaelsblog.ca). Michael’s family extends heartfelt thanks to the chemotherapy clinic and staff and nurses of 4 East at the Guelph General Hospital for their exceptional care, and to friends and family for the outpouring of loving support throughout Mike’s illness.
Visitation Friday November 27 from 5pm to 8pm, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St.
Memorial Service at Harcourt Memorial United Church, Monday November 30 at 1:00 pm, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph
The family requests no flowers. Those who wish can make a charitable donation in Mike’s memory to the Guelph Community Foundation Re: Mike Moves Us Legacy Fund. www.guelphcf.ca Guelph Community Foundation P.O. Box 1311 Guelph Ontario N1H 6N6
(For online donations go to above website, and click on Canada Helps icon on lower left. This will take you directly to the Guelph Community Foundation giving page. You will see a drop down box ” Fund/Designation” – the Mike Moves Us Legacy fund will appear here in alphabetical order. This should be live later today. Using the Guelph Community Foundation will allow me and the kids (and probably others) to direct these funds ourselves to causes that will support programs which Mike has already begun such as CELP and Headwaters and other charitable causes of importance to continue Mike’s legacy.)
From one of the replies on Mike’s blog: “When….our fires are bright, our wood is dry, our rivers are wild, our balsam is fragrant, our bannock is brown, our wannigan is heavy, our guitars are in tune….. we will know you are with us.”