Obituaries

Michael "Mike" Stephan D'Onofrio

24/11/1972 - 21/01/2021

Obituary For Michael "Mike" Stephan D'Onofrio

It is with shattered hearts we announce the passing of Mike D’Onofrio, he passed suddenly and quickly at home.

Mike spent the largest part of his adult career as an oilfield firefighter. In his spare time, he enjoyed motorcycles, lifting weights and socializing. His family meant everything to him and would do anything to protect them. His loving, generous, accepting heart also extended to friends, many whom he considered family, and he always had words or a hug to make their day better.

Mike was a warm, bright, positive light taken from this world too soon. He will be missed more than words can say.

Mike will forever be in the hearts of his wife Nicola D’Onofrio, sons Connor and Brooks D’Onofrio, stepchildren Robert and Heather Buis, grandson Theo Buis, parents William and Brenda D’Onofrio, siblings Tina, Nick, Andy and Mark D’Onofrio and their spouses, daughters-in-law Sarah Kiersten and many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He was pre-deceased by his nephew Christopher D’Onofrio.

There will be a viewing by RSVP to Bear Creek Funeral Home (780-830-7742) on Thursday January 28, 2021 from 10am until 12pm. For those who wish to attend, please contact Bear Creek Funeral Home for a time to attend. There will be a private celebration of Mike’s life held for his immediate family on Thursday January 28, 2021. For those unable to attend, there will be a livestream of his service on YouTube beginning at 1pm.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Mike’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at www.heartandstroke.ca

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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My deepest condolences during this time of sadness to the D'Onofrio family. I was fortunate to meet Mike at a local gym. Very inspirational and always had words of encouragement to never give up. Rest easy and thinking of his family and friends during this time. Veronica Dougherty
- Veronica
My heart goes out to you at this time of sorrow. Mike will certainly be missed. May your memories comfort you. Christine Lawrance
- Christine
Had not seen Mike in some time unfortunately; He was just an awesome fun guy with a great laugh and a zest for life. My sympathies to his loved ones.
- Justin Brown
Where to begin... Mike was an amazing guy. Met him years ago thru friends. The mall coffees. Oh boy what a character .. his cheezy grin and crazy eyes. Always lent a hand if needed. A shoulder to cry on if having a bad day . We lost a truly great guy. To mikes family ur in my thoughts always
- Dana Matthews
Thoughts and prayers to you all. From Judy, Jeff, and Jeni Reichert, and Jodi MacDougall
- Judy Reichert
My heart goes out to Mike's family and close friends... He was alway so full of energy and life when we saw him. I got to know him through the bikers at Tims, you always knew he was there even if you didn't see him cause his laugh was one of a kind! Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed by so many!
- Jennifer
You will be missed my friend
- Liz rintamaki
Nicola the day Mike called and told me hey I need you to plan a wedding I asked and she said yes, my heart warmed for him. Then I met you and watched the love between the two of you. You said today Mike was your everything but I believe in my heart you were also his everything. 2020 has one huge exciting day in Cuba for you hold on to those memories as well as the rest. Growing up in TP and knowing Mike even though he was older he was always kind. To the whole D family greatest condolences from my family to yours, Find the time for laughter and tears, remember Mike is up there taking care of and protecting each and everyone of you.
- Karri Robideau
Such an amazing guy! Met him at Timmys! Always a friendly chat or a wave! Thinking of everyone! Sending love of love!
- Robyn
I grew up with Mike. He was one of the assistant football coaches in high school. Lost contact with him when I went to the military. Caught back up with him when I returned to GP to work for Fire Power. Learned alot from Mike and consider him my brother. Going to miss his sarcastic comments when I wind up doing something stupid. Rest easy my brother. We will take your watch. Troy Smallwood
- Troy Smallwood
Still in shock hearing of Mike's sudden passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family for the pain they must be feeling from such a huge loss.
- Brian Carr
Mr. and Mrs. D, Nick, Tina, Andy and Mark, my sincerest condolences to you all at this time. I took note of Mikes name being in quotation marks, to me he has always been Mikey. We grew up together, spent countless hours together doing whatever it is that boys do growing up. We were best friends all throughout school, from gr 1 to 12, and even though our paths went other ways as we got older and moved on into the responsibilities of life, I can honestly say that I've always considered him my best friend There are too many memories to lift out here and I wouldn't even know where to start or end. There are a couple of things I'd say though, one being I don't even know what allowed us to be friends, we were polar opposites of each. I tell people that we were the Mutt and Jeff of Teepee Creek. He was always the confident one and I'd be the shy hanging back one, but we always managed to find something to do... I 'd be the one saying " no we can't do this, we will get in trouble" and he'd be the one saying " it'll be fine, let's go" so I'd go and he'd laugh.. One other thing that came to mind was several years ago, probably 12 or so, I was in the mall looking for Christmas gifts for some of my children. There was this clean shaven, bald guy in the toy department at Zellers as well. I walked right by him, not once but a number of times as I was browsing the aisles.... must've got to this fellow, cause all of a sudden he said, " you know Robbie, if you walk by me one more time without saying Hi, I'm going to kick you in he butt ( he didn't use the word butt B T W )" .. well here it was Mike ... No hair, no mustache, and I had no idea that it was him tell he called me Robbie, and then I felt kinda dumb... we visited there in the store for I don't know how long, and it was like no time had passed between us. Our paths crossed a few times since, and we'd always visit and catch up and it always was the same, a couple years in between seeing each other, but never feeling that gap of time. It's been a couple years again since our last meeting, the news of his passing was a shock and still is hard to believe. I will miss him......
- Rob Robbie Hoag
Mike: number four of my sister Brenda and Brother-in-law Bill's 5 children, the baby with the life threatening allergies, the older of the little boys in the family setup, the prankster who at the ripe old age of two would turn up the volumne on the television and then throw the knob in the aquarium whenever his mother was on the telephone, the ever smiling little imp with a way for making anybody forgive him anything. There was never a dull moment with Mike around.He grew up to be a responsable young man, founded a family with Corinne and did a terrific job raising their two sons Connor and Brooks. He and Corinne eventually went their separate ways but continued to work as a team for the good of their sons. Mike worked hard, played even harder and loved life. An all around good guy with a heart of gold. He eventually found love again, married Nicola and became step dad and grandfather with a sense of pride and joy. RIP Mike and watch over your family while your Uncle Daniel and I continue to fight the fires. You will always be in our hearts. Love from Auntie Jill
- Jill Audet
Sorry fir your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold dear in your hearts
- Suzy Bryce
Mike was one of the kindest souls I ever met. I can still remember the big smile on his face when we met and he had another person to ride with. He was always there to talk with a smile on his face, and join the group rides. Always offered me good advice and could get me to cheer up even on my worst days, I will forever remember yours hugs and miss you everyday! I promised you I'd bring you back a hat from my adventures and I'll be sure to put one aside for you. You will be missed! We all love you mike!
- Arianna Shields
We met through his short job as a delivery man for our flower shop. He was there for me when I needed support or a good laugh, and was always a wonderful part of my day when he came for a pick up. I wish that I had followed up with him after he went back to firefighting. I will miss him, truly. My deepest condolences to you, his family.
- Jessica L. Lee
Sending our deepest condolences to Nicola and family, you are all in our daily thoughts. Kirby and I are glad we had the chance to meet Mike over the past summer lots of great conversations were had and time well spent at Tims.
- Tara Nolais
I'm going to miss that million dollar smile and hearty laugh .
- Randy Phillips
Mike was amazing from the day I met him( 9years ) helped me buy a bike, Then sold me his bike lol ( Blue he called her.) I'd see them every day pretty much on way home from work - with a honk and wave Mike would look up with a big smile and wave back.From Tim Hortons chats to Motorcycle Rides.You will be sadly missed Mike, May you ride with us forever in our hearts and while we twist a wrist for you.True condolence to all family. - Garan Yablon
- Garan Yablon
Our hearts are broken to hear of your passing. We send our deepest sympathy to Brenda and Bill and Nicola. Our condolences to all the family and friends. We will cherish our memories. Love Karen and Gordon and your family from Australia .
- Karen Manning
Where do I even start with the sadness of this loss! I met Mike in the late 90's early 2000 we had spent a lot of time together back then with him and His wife at that time. We would meet with a larger group of friends and often drink coffee for hours on end laughing at the most ridiculous things bring us all to tears. We did things now that I question how we lived as we did ( Elk hunting in a firebird). I was younger than Mike so I learned from him in fact looked up to him while we would spend time together. I was there when his boys were born and spent much time with him and Corinna when the boys were, way to young to remember me but I truly enjoyed all those moment with them. But I will never forget how big Mikes heart was, as I was down and out of luck on a job for quiet a while and one day my phone rings and it's Mike.! He says "I got something for you come meet me at the mall for coffee" so as I head there in excitement and wonder to see what Mike has up his sleeve as he was always joking just to see you smile! Upon our arrival he tells me as he is the head of Security at our newly opened Casino and he has a job for me, I was beside myself in excitement for this opportunity present by Mike. His smile was just as big as mine was in that moment as it's just who he is a person and man to see other strive. Mike will always and forever be a huge and positive factor in my life. As my time in GP had come to me moving away and although we lost some contact we would occasionally bump into each other and it was like we had never stopped talking as that's who Mike was he never forgot who you were and the memories you had together. We have truly lost a great Father, Husband, Son, Brother & one heck of a damn good friend. Tyson Head
- Tyson Head
Our thoughts are with you and your family. --Joyce and Jing
- Jing Yu
Rest easy missing you a ton
- Deborah Howard
Though I haven't seen him for a few years. He left me with many fond memories. Deepest condolences to the whole family dale biendarra
- Dale biendarra
My deepest condolences to you Nicola and family. Loved him like a brother
- Gerald Ferguson
Never forgotten,sadly missed,forever loved Andrew,Shawna,Dante,and Raymond
- Shawna D'Onofrio
Sending our thoughts and love. Albert and Maureen
- Maureen McGrath

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