In Memory of

Michael

Ganley

Obituary for Michael Ganley

Michael John Ganley, (Mike) September 20, 1945 – March 6, 2024

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Mike on March 6, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband and best friend to his high school sweetheart Colleen who was always by his side, recently celebrating 61 years together. Adored father of Lisa (Mark) Rossiter, Leigh-Anne (Stephen) White, and Bridget (Vince) Pasquantonio. Proud grandfather and "Papa" to Abigail and Grace White.

Mike was much loved and will be deeply missed by his many family and friends in Windsor, throughout Canada, Ireland, and the United States.

Predeceased by his parents Sean (2002) and Marion (2010) Ganley; and his brothers Bernard (2004) (Denise 2018), Patrick (1952), Sean (2024), Ciaran (2022), Dermot (2021). He is survived by his siblings Maura (Larry 2020) Whittal, Deirdre (Doug) Drouillard, Jimmy (Joan), Cathleen (Greg) Croshaw, Brendan (Shelly), Colm, Alana (Elio 2022) DeCarolis, Emmett, Aileen (Chris) Mutter and sisters-in-law Mary Lou, Rose and Debra.

Loved dearly over the years by the Mooney Family. Predeceased by his father and mother-in-law Joseph (1985) and Agnes (1999) Mooney; Loved like a sibling by Patrick (2001) Joanne, Joanne (2021) Norm (2006) Hagman, Susan (2008) Ray Copat, Mike Mooney, and Laura (2023) Mike Niziolek.

“Uncle Mike” will be missed by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins, all of with whom he shared wonderful memories.

Mike cherished his family and friends. As the elder brother of the Ganley Clan, he was always glad to plan a gathering, set-up a sport pool, and “man the grill” to keep his family close.

He nourished his friendships daily with simple phone calls or a quick coffee.

Born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, Mike travelled across the sea with his family as a young lad excited to start his new life in Canada. Landing in Windsor in 1956, this was the beginning of what would become a legacy for his family and the community he would call home.

A grocer at an early age, Mike had a 20-year career with Miracle Food Mart, managing a store in Windsor and opening stores across the province. It was a natural step on April 11, 1988, to open his own business as an independent grocer, known as LOEB Westminster. He built a thriving business feeding both the family and community he loved.

A man of charity, exemplified by his exceptional and tireless fundraising for all causes, and the community. He volunteered and organized many events for Hospice of Windsor, Big Brothers, Alzheimer Society, United Way, and many, many more. He is a past president of Kiwanis Club East, where he mentored others.

Mike and Colleen travelled the world, where he was able to play golf on many of the world’s finest courses. His passion for the game continued throughout retirement, establishing himself as a Junior Golf Referee. His desire to help others was evident in his tireless volunteerism to support the Jamieson Junior Golf Tour so young golfers could pursue their passion for the game.

The family would like to send a special and heartfelt thank you to Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus 4 West. There is a long list of talented nurses, doctors, and staff, who provided Mike and his family with compassionate care. We are forever grateful.

When it came to leisure, every spare moment was spent golfing, no matter the season or the temperature. Extreme weather or the dark of night were never barriers for Mike.

Farewell Dear Mike, until we meet again. Hit them long and straight on the fairway in Heaven.

If you so desire, donations in Michael’s name can be made to a charity of your choice.

Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Monday, March 11, 2024 at 9:45 a.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Road, East Windsor to Our Lady of Atonement Church for funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery.