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David Ryan Michaluk

June 18, 1980 — February 16, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that our beloved son, David Ryan Michaluk, peacefully passed away at Skypointe Hospice surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at the age of 41 years.

David is survived by his mother, June Louise Coté and step-father, Wayne Edmond Coté; seven siblings, Christopher Cameron, Jeff Coté (Jadel Baldrey), Tanya Coté, Elizabeth Nikoleychuk, Melissa Brown, Tabitha Lidgett (Ryan Lidgett) and Stephanie Michaluk; nieces and nephew, Isabella Coté-Nikoleychuk, William Baker, Sydney Petitclerc and Angelina Coté-Nikoleychuk; his step-mother, Lynnette Michaluk (Scott); David’s best friend, Mike Stewart and his boys along with many amazing friends and extended family.

David was predeceased by his father, Larry Michaluk in 2013 along with his grandparents and several uncles and aunts.

In Calgary AB. on June 18th, 1980 Larry Michaluk and I, June Cote, welcomed our beautiful baby boy who we named David Ryan Michaluk. David was a quiet baby and easy to please regardless of his health issues with severe asthma before his second year, which he spent many times in the emergency room or receiving treatment at the Dr. office. Even so, David was a happy child who loved to be silly and at four years thought it funny to sing into the vacuum hose and play practical jokes on his brothers. He loved to go to Riley Park with Chris and Jeff. The boys and I enjoyed many great adventures together at the parks and pools. David was involved in soccer and baseball in his junior years.

At the age of ten, David was not well and was diagnosed with type one Juvenile Diabetes which was a very stressful time for David and he continued to struggle physically and emotionally throughout his life with this disease.

In 1993 Wayne and I married and in 1994 David returned home and came to live with us at fourteen years, he previously was living with his father and stepmother for approximately three years. In this time his sister Stephanie was born. David was so proud of his little sister and loved to spend time with her. Wayne came into the marriage with four daughters. David now had two brothers and five sisters.

David graduated from Bishop McNally High School in 1998 and studied at SAIT, as a Surgical Instrument Processing Technician, graduating in 2006. David was employed by Peter Lougheed Hospital for over ten years. David enjoyed the many opportunities working together in the OR. He was very meticulous in that department and loved to train new graduates. Previously David worked with his brother Chris at Wingenback Enterprises- heavy industrial commercial moving. He really enjoyed working with his brother.

David loved the simple pleasures of life that brought him great joy. Often in the summertime, he enjoyed camping west of Sundre sitting around a campfire and in the evening gazing at the stars and the moon. He loved having his own truck and camper. During the day he, Wayne and his brothers would fire off many rounds at targets they had placed at various distances. They enjoyed the ping of the bullets ringing out and the smell of gunpowder in the air. David always loved the outdoors and continued to explore and enjoy camping just a few weeks before he passed away.

David was a strong and independent man who was organized and precise. He had a dry sense of humour and had many inside jokes. He was a kind and caring gentleman however he would let you have it if you needed it, all in the place of love. David loved deeply and cherished his relationships with his family and friends.

David didn’t drink alcohol however he enjoyed having a smoke. Some of his favourite TV programs were Big Bang Theory, Cash Cab, The Price Is Right, comedies, and Bridezilla. He liked gaming, Call of Duty, and No Mans Sky. He very much liked cruising around in his Chevy Colorado while listening to some music with heavy base, you could hear him coming from a block away with the stereo blasting. David would love to draw and make graffiti in his teen years; he was very good at it. David also enjoyed his precious cat Nina who was great company for him.

On one memorable vacation, David, Jeff and I went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. David and Jeff enjoyed one day on the zip line and both said, “good thing you didn’t come Mom”. It was his first time seeing the ocean. Even as we walked along the beach David experienced pain in his feet but in his bravery, he persisted to make this an enjoyable time. This was a most cherished time together. David loved the food and always stacked on the bacon and fruit, his favourite.

David loved the many holiday visits at home with family, especially with his nieces and nephew. He was very protective over his family and was very expressive and took a stand with his opinions and thoughts. He stood for being kind, helpful and very meticulous in all that he did.

David struggled in silence the most part of his life, holding back the severity of the Diabetes and the impact on his life. He had many physical complications that resulted in him being in the hospital even to the point of 2 separate comas. He had many eye surgeries and was thankful that he still had his vision.

His faith in the Lord at a young age helped him throughout his life. As his mother, I spent every day with David at the SkyPointe Hospice. I would wake at night to hear David calling out to the Lord praying, “Lord take me home I can not go on any longer”. This would absolutely pierce my heart to hear him praying, but he knew that the Lord would hear him and answer his cry.

We wish to thank SkyPointe Hospice staff for their wonderful care for David. They went above and beyond making David comfortable and loved. We also thank the team of many Doctors who cared for David and to all those precious prayer warriors who faithfully held David in prayer on his long journey. We as a family are very grateful.

In Calgary, Alberta on February 16th, 2022 we watched you David slip into the arms of Jesus and take you home.

Our dear beloved David we miss you terribly, you are forever remembered in our hearts, Heavens gain is our loss. We will cherish and love you our precious David forever and for always.

The Lord knew your battle and was there with you.

He saw that the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb,

So he closed your weary eyelids

And whispered, “Peace be thine”

It broke our hearts to lose you’

But you never went alone,

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

A Memorial Service will be held for David at Falconridge Family Church (155 Falconridge Crescent NE, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 2:00pm with a Celebration of Life and luncheon to follow on the lower level of the church.

If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to Diabetes Canada

https://www.diabetes.ca/
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