Please join us in Celebrating the Life of Bala's last residing physician.
Date: Sunday July 24th, 2022
Location: Bala Legion Br.424
1011 Maple St. Bala
Everyone is Welcome
"Bring Your Stories"
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bala’s beloved and last residing physician, Dr. Michael Krawetz. Doc or Dr. Mike as he was affectionately called was in his 89th year.
Survived by his loving partner Gail Bentley, and her sons Michael and David. Dear brother to Mary Tkachenko (Walter d.2012).
He will be remembered by his daughters-in-law Bonnie and Sharon. Michael was the cherished Grandfather of Steven Jr., Erin, Ben, and Addie.
Proud Great-Grandfather of Dylan, Cole, and Gage. Uncle to Ernest and Annie and Great Uncle to Ashton and Reid.
Predeceased by his first wife Helena Plens (d.1986); his sons Steven (d.2004) and Michael Jr. (d.2020), and his brother Eugene (d.1998).
Doctor Mike graduated Doctor of Medicine (cum laude) from Western University in 1957 and enjoyed a solo Family Practice for over 50 years.
He lived life to the fullest, loved unconditionally, was ALWAYS non-judgmental. He had no regrets.
Moving to Muskoka was a perfect fit. He loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed a good history book, and a cigar and bourbon. He was passionate about political issues. Mike had many wonderful trips over North America, Scotland, and Ukraine. His cabin at Lake Rufus was a favourite getaway with family and friends.
For many years, Doc took care of his community and the last little while Doc was taken care of by his community.
Mike had a Special “Angel Brigade” coordinated by his #1 Right Hand Girl Pam McDivitt. Mike loved his visits from Carol Geri, Diana, Lynn and Gay and was never disappointed with some amazing treats and meals from the Anglican Church women. He loved everyone and everyone loved him—such a Special Man and so dearly loved.
Dr. Mike also had a wonderful group of healthcare providers - that he enjoyed - shy as he was - he got over it - knowing that his comfort was paramount in his care by these truly gifted and caring people. PSW’s Cory, Laura and Amber, you brightened his day. Carmen and Sabrina - you helped him realize his wish (although brief) to return to his own bed and walk with his walker - he was one determined man - not to be denied.
Nurses Bobbi and Jason - Gail would not have coped as well without their continued support and genuine caring of Mike.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 1 - 4pm at the Bala Legion, 1011 Maple Ave, Bala, ON.
Memorial donations to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital where he was Chief of Staff for 15 years, or to the ACW of Bala (one special group of ladies), would be greatly appreciated.
“There is no separation in spirit from those we love - whether on the other side of the world or on the other side of life.”
As a PS - He will be deeply missed by his furry companion BELLO - who greeted everyone who came into our home - and you may have been blessed with a “Love Bite”