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LEE: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend Michael James Lee on August 2, 2022. Michael is survived by his parents Cheryl Chambers (Jamie Carey), David Lee (Nicole Lee), his brothers Dalton and Jordan, Grandparents Beth and Craig Lee, Ken and Maizie Noto, Grandma Bonnie, Aunt Nancy Cooke(nee Lee), Uncle Bill Cooke and cousins Austin and Hunter as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Mike is predeceased by his grandparents Arvid Chambers (2000), Barbara Chambers (2001), Lloyd Sanderson (2022) and his Aunt Kathy (2015). Michael leaped into our hearts on May 5, 1990, at Brandon General Hospital. He engaged us all in many journeys from the first day. Mike embraced life and every situation with his unique optimism and enthusiastic declaration "This is my best day ever!" Mike would jump into any activities that his beloved grandparents were doing. Helping "Gramps" with his projects in the yard or setting up the camper every season were some of his favorite activities. Mike enjoyed the many teams and sports he engaged in through Special Olympics in Westman. This group has played a special role in Mike's life. It has taken him across the province and to compete in the National Special Olympic Bowling Championships in Eastern Canada, where he received a bronze and silver medal. Mike graduated from Neelin High School in 2011 and after a few enjoyable work placements he became a part of the COR team where he has worked and made many friends. Michael used his engaging personality and exceptional memory to develop deep connections to the people he met. He was never afraid to introduce himself or have a chat with a friend or acquaintance. Michael's interest in the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair led him to develop a strong relationship with the team at Cowtown in Brandon who embraced Mike and invited him to work at their display booth at the fair and enthusiastically greet everyone who came by. We will all miss Mike's optimism, enthusiasm, and easy friendship. To honour him we should all strive to embrace each day as "the best day ever!" In leu of flowers, please make donations in Mike's name to Special Olympics Westman. A celebration of Michael's life will take place Riverview Curling Club, September 24th from 2 - 4pm.
As published in Brandon Sun on Sep 17, 2022
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