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MALAZDREWICZ: Michael Anthony Malazdrewicz. It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Michael passed away peacefully at home in Brandon, with his devoted wife Kathryn Stitt by his side, on Friday, December 10, 2021, at the age of 65 years. Michael was born in Brandon, MB, the third of six children and the third generation of Polish Immigrants. He was proud of his heritage and was instilled with the principle that hard work and dedication lead to success. He was a faithful Roman Catholic, quietly demonstrating his beliefs through his acts of virtue, responsibility, social engagement, solidarity, loyalty, generosity and devotion to family, work and community. The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions at St. Michael's Academy taught him to play the piano and pipe organ, and he felt blessed to contribute his musical talent for over 50 years to the masses at St. Augustine's Church and to the community. Michael was awarded the distinction of Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada for rendering exceptional service to the profession. He had high ethical standards, strategic insights and the capacity to identify complex business issues. He was ideally suited for his career as Associate Professor, Endowed Chair - Small Business and Entrepreneurship, at Brandon University, which he began in 2002. His talent as a public speaker and his previous experiences as a CA in public practice and in small business merged to create the "Professor Mike" that he was born to be. Although Michael is in heaven now, he has left us all enriched by his leader's legacy. Michael is predeceased by his parents Edward and Muriel, and by his son Matthew. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Stitt, by his children and grandchildren: Rebecca (Norman) and Brooklyn, Joshua (Leah), Mikayla and Emilyn, and Katrina, by his children's mother Beverley Nackoney, by his siblings and their children and grandchildren, Gregory (Roberta Graham), Teresa (Gregory Kindrat), Deborah (Malcolm Doupe), Patricia (Richard Christman) and Edward (Andrea Larson). A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church with Father John Okosun as Celebrant. The family invites you to gather at the Victoria Inn – Imperial Ballroom, 3550 Victoria Avenue, to watch the livestream of the Mass of Christian Burial for Michael on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, he will be interred at the Brandon Cemetery and the family will then join you at the Victoria Inn for a time of fellowship and refreshments. In compliance with public health orders, proof of vaccination will be required to attend the Victoria Inn. For those unable to attend, the livestream will also be available on Michael's tribute page on Donations are greatly appreciated to the following: St. Augustine's Parish Organ Restoration in Michael's Memory, 327 4th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 3H1, email:, Phone: (204) 727-4728 or the Brandon University Scholarship for Small Business & Entrepreneurship in Michael's Memory, Brandon University Foundation, 270 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9, email: Give, Phone: (204) 727-7374.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Dec 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I worked with Mike over many years through the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Mike was an active board and executive member and we all remember his positive attitude and supportive manner. When news of Mike's passing came to us, board members from across the country asked me to convey their condolences to Mike's family. He is remembered for his contributions and comradery. He spoke of his family often and clearly they were the most important part of his life. He made a significant contribution to our organization and through my work with him at Brandon, I know that he made a significant impact on his students. My thoughts are with you, his family. - Posted by: Michael Henry (Colleague) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Mike's family. I was two years ahead of him in school at Harrison High, in the same class as his brother Greg and his cousin Doug. I remember all members of the family as kind and generous people. I know Mike will be greatly missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Terry McNamee (former school acquaintance at Harrison High School) on: Dec 19, 2021

  • My deepest condolences go out to Mrs. (Krystyna) German and to her two sisters on the passing of Mr. Malazdrewicz. I remember socializing with another person about a newspaper article that showed the second-oldest sister showcasing her pictorial artwork. My then-school psychologist Linda Schwartz (McCheyne) had mentioned how she knew Mrs. German. - Posted by: Philip (Attended Grant Park High School) on: Dec 17, 2021

  • My deepest condolences. I had the honor of having Mike as a professor in 2002-2003 at Brandon U. His passion for us students and doing what ever he could for us to succeed will never be forgotten. Thanks for everything you did Mike. - Posted by: RYAN STEFFENSEN (Student ) on: Dec 17, 2021

  • Our family met Michael almost 30 years ago at a CA conference in NB. Over the years we caught up many times and they were always joyous. Even during Mike’s health trials, he always put on a wonderful smile and engaged fully with our family. Our thoughts are with you Katherine and all of Mike’s family. Love and Sympathy, Stuart, Carole, Caeleigh and Kerry MacLean. - Posted by: Carole MacLean (Friend) on: Dec 17, 2021

  • My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Malazdrewicz family. We went to school together, where Mike was usually among the top in the class. He did have a fun and mischievous side, and was also famous for starring in some of those great high school plays. May your memories and love comfort you in this loss. - Posted by: Marie McEachern (Majcher) (School Mate) on: Dec 16, 2021

  • I am so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He made a huge impact on me while I was a student in Business Administration at BU. He made an effort to help me with my career/life planning and was always understanding and gentle with me when we were dealing with difficult topics or if we had a difference of opinion. He poked fun at me often, and let me give it right back. He was an absolutely top notch human being. - Posted by: Emily Buehler (Student) on: Dec 16, 2021

  • My condolences to the Malazdrewicz family - Posted by: Karen Peto (Friend) on: Dec 15, 2021

  • My condolences to all family members and those who knew Mike. So happy to hear he “carried the torch “ in playing the church organ, my mom would have been very proud of his service! Rest In Peace Michael - Posted by: Don Hamel (School mate) on: Dec 15, 2021

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