In loving memory of Michael Dokuchie, who passed away in the early-morning hours of Monday, July 30, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 51 years.
    After living ever so graciously throughout his illness, he now rests in peace.
    On May 2, 1980, Michael married Deborah Richert, his soul mate. They were blessed with two sons, Joshua Michael and Matthew Jason. On April 18, 2007, Matthew and wife, Franceska, gave Michael and Debbie a precious grandson, Nickolas Michael.
    Baby Nickolas brought sunshine to Michael’s final days.
    Born on March 13, 1956, Michael’s employment began as a paper-maker in the Fort Frances mill. He then became self-employed and most recently worked as a carpenter for Service Master.
    He greatly enjoyed his work and was a skilled builder. He was meticulous about every task he undertook.
    He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his generosity, and his love of life and God.
    Michael was predeceased by his mother, Arvena; brother, Melvin; father-in-law, Henry Richert; and nieces, Tara Richert and Samantha Enge.
    His wife, Debbie; sons, Joshua and Matthew; daughter-in-law, Franceska; and grandson, Nickolas will forever cherish the love and the life they shared with him.
    He also will be lovingly remembered by his father, Mike Dokuchie of Fort Frances, Ont.; brothers, Roy (Evelyn) of Winnipeg, Man. and Robert (Angela) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and sisters, Elaine (Ken) Oster and Barbara Truesdel of Phoenix, Ariz.
    Michael will be truly missed by Debbie’s family, his mother-in-law, Edith Richert of Fort Frances; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Joe (Linda) Richert of Fort Frances, Ont., Allan Richert of Thunder Bay, Ont., Bill (Diana) Richert of Fremont, Neb., and Darleen Derkson of Thunder Bay, Ont.
    He also will be lovingly remembered by long-time family friend, Marvin (Kathy) Smith of Devlin, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other friends, family, and co-workers.
    A celebration of Michael’s life was held Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the Dryden Community Funeral Home in Dryden, Ont., with Pastor Brian Eschbach officiating.
    A reception and interment followed.
    In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, Ont., P8N 2X3.
    Expressions of sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net (Subject heading: Dokuchie).