In Memory of Roderick Lawrence Michelle
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Today, we are here to celebrate the life of Mr. Roderick Lawrence Michelle.
Roderick was born on September 5, 1944 to Marie and Edward Michelle.
Rod was born on an inner bank of the Saskatchewan River in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan.
The Michelle Family had resided in Sturgeon Landing. Rod was the third child born; his older siblings were Josephine and Charlie. The household was also filled with the younger siblings; Daniel, Lucy and Frank.
The family continued to grow and an additional younger sibling was born, Hector.
In the early 1950’s the Michelle Family had moved to Cranberry Portage; which became their permanent home.
All the children were enrolled and attended school at the Cranberry Portage Elementary School. Rod had left school in Grade 8 to begin his working life.
In his early years, Rod was employed as line cutter and a guide at the Athapap Lodge.
Rod had met the love of his life, Cherlon Brightnose in Cranberry Portage. 44 years ago or according to Daniel, his oldest son who is 44 years old.
Together Rod and Cherlon had three (3) sons:
Daniel born in 1975
Roddy born in January 1977; and
Armand was born in December 1977.
They were the younger brothers to their older sister, Jennifer whom Cherlon had in 1972. Rod had embraced and considered Jennifer to be his own and loved her as such.
Rod is survived by his two (2) sons and one (1) daughter; he was also blessed with eighteen (18) beautiful grandchildren, including four (4) great-grandchildren with an expectant additional great-grandchild in three short weeks. Rod had also adopted Carter as a grandchild, as Carter continues to reside with Daniel and Cheryl.
Over the years Rod worked in several different jobs, as an experienced driller for the HBM&S Company; a line cutter instructor and during the fire season as both a Firefighter and Foreman.
Rod has finally found his calling in life as a Resident Counsellor and had worked for many years at the Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage.
Rod had enjoyed spending his time boating, fishing and swimming; with yearly camping trips to Neyosap. Becoming their summer home.
Rod was always dressed to impress and never leaving the house without his hairspray in-tact.
The many milestones, birthdays and family gatherings that were shared full of laughter of old and new memories and the unconditional love that he gave so generously to everyone. Family ties were the most important and best relationship a person could have.
In 1995, Rod and Cherlon had packed up their family and moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Where he continued to work with the youth. Rod was soon employed with the Prince Albert Grand Council in the Child Care and Education Centre. First, as a child care worker than moving up to the position of a Shift Supervisor. Cherlon had worked along-side of him; as at the Prince Albert Grand Council.
Sadly in 2008, Rod had a stroke which had rendered him unable to continue in doing the job he loved. His guidance and direction to the many youth that he had looked after for so many years.
In October 2017, Rod’s wife Cherlon had passed away after a long, courageous battle with Kidney Disease. Shortly thereafter, Rod and Cherlon’s youngest son, Armand was also laid to rest in April of 2018.
Rod’s health had begun to detoriate, after a lengthy stay in the hospital due to a broken leg and hip. He had then resided at the Mont St. Joseph Home. He had been diagnosed with dementia.
On January 8, 2020 Rod was admitted into the Victoria Hospital and was being treated for pneumonia. He fought for three (3) long weeks until his passing on January 31, 2020. Rod was surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Today, we are comforted in knowing that he is reunited with his life, long love Cherlon and his youngest son, Armand.
Not a day went by that he had not spoken of them, he missed them dearly.
Rod is HERE now, in our Hearts and in our Souls. He did not take our hearts… He left us HIS to hold until we meet again.