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In memoriam
July 12, 2021

Dr. Michael Krawetz


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bala’s beloved and last residing physician, Dr. Michael Krawetz.

Doc, or Dr. Mike as he was affectionately called, was in his 89th year. Survived by his loving partner Gail Bentley, and her sons Michael and David. Dear brother to Mary Tkachenko (Walter d.2012). He will be remembered by his daughters-in-law Bonnie and Sharon. Michael was the cherished grandfather of Steven Jr., Erin, Ben and Addie. Proud great-grandfather of Dylan, Cole and Gage. Uncle to Ernest and Annie and great-uncle to Ashton and Reid. Predeceased by his first wife Helena Plens (d.1986); his sons Steven (d.2004) and Michael Jr. (d.2020), and his brother Eugene (d.1998).

Dr. Mike graduated doctor of medicine (cum laude) from Western University in 1957 and enjoyed a solo family practice for more than 50 years. He lived life to the fullest, loved unconditionally, was always non-judgmental. He had no regrets.

For many years, Doc took care of his community and for the last little while, Doc was taken care of by his community. Mike had a special “angel brigade” co-ordinated by his number one right-hand girl, Pam McDivitt. Mike loved his visits from Carol Geri, Diana, Lynn and Gay and was never disappointed with some amazing treats and meals from the Anglican Church women.

He loved everyone and everyone loved him — such a special man and so dearly loved. Dr. Mike also had a wonderful group of health-care providers, who he enjoyed — shy as he was — but he got over it knowing that his comfort was paramount in his care by these truly gifted and caring people. PSWs Cory, Laura and Amber: you brightened his day. Carmen and Sabrina: you helped him realize his wish (although brief) to return to his own bed and walk with his walker — he was one determined man, not to be denied. Nurses Bobbi and Jason: Gail would not have coped as well without their continued support and genuine caring of Mike.

He will also be deeply missed by his furry companion Bello — who greeted everyone who came into our home — and you may have been blessed with a “love bite.”

A private family service was held in July. Memorial donations to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, where he was chief of staff for 15 years, or to the ACW of Bala (one special group of ladies), would be greatly appreciated. Share a message of condolence.

“There is no separation in spirit from those we love — whether on the other side of the world or on the other side of life.”