Semchism, Michael

Semchism, Michael

August 22nd, 2018

Peacefully in his 60th year on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at LHSC – Victoria Hospital after a 4-month battle with cancer. Loving and devoted husband to Heather, and father to Joseph and Matthew. Son of the late Peter and Margaret Semchism. Survived by siblings Jim (Jo-Ann), Sheila (Bill), Tom, Sharon (Stephen) and Peter (Joanne). Pharmacist owner of Greenhills Pharmacy for 33 years where he supported his patients and staff as well as the Lambeth and local First Nations communities throughout his professional career. Special thanks to the staff of LHSC – Victoria Hospital Oncology and CCTC departments.  Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. GEORGE PARISH, 1164 Commissioners Road West, London on Saturday, August 25th 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Private family interment at a later date at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Michael are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation – Cancer Centre. 

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Rhonda DeVriesSo sad to hear of Michael's passing. He was a huge supporter of Lambeth Minor Hockey and always had time for anyone at the store. He will be greatly missed in the community. Our deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. Rhonda and Rob DeVries
Kevin HuckleMichael was a loving husband, and father and will be missed dearly by our family. Most sincere condolences to my sister Heather and nephews Joe and Matt. You were, along with the Semchism family, pillars of strength while Mike battled his illness. He was a warrior, and now is at Peace. Rest in Peace Michael, Love Kevin, Sharon, David, Jeff and Jenna.
Lori PeckDear Peter ... I just learned of your brothers passing today and my heart goes out to you and your family. Although I did not know Michael, I know the love of family and the sorrow of loss. May the memories of Michael and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Lori Peck, K and J Pharmacy, Clinton On
DR. PETER WATTMike and I were quite close classmates and friends in Pharmacy 8T2. He and I shared many happy memories at University of Toronto and usually sat together in lectures, sharing notes, complaining about the work, comparing laboratory "messes" and providing commentary about the lecturers. My wife and I have fond memories of attending the annual variety show, the Pharmacy Phollies together with Mike. He was great for just hanging out and listening. He made pharmacy class a special place for many of us. It just seems like yesterday that he and I went to a rock concert in Toronto at one of the Christmas breaks. He was such a dear friend, a great husband and father, a real credit to the profession of Pharmacy and a really decent person. I am really grateful that I was able to meet him and get to know him over the four years at U of T.
Pauline BlochI was so sad to hear about Mike. My condolences to his wife and children. He was a good friend to my husband, Raymond.
Sharon ScarfoneI am so very saddened to hear of Mikes passing. He was a great guy and a real pillar in the Lambeth and surrounding area for everything he had contributed through his work, his friendship, his caring of so many and sponsorship and support in this community. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed by so many.
Bill & Marianne WaltWe are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We will always remember the good times. Our thoughts are with Heather and the children and the entire Semchism family.
Antonette LaneDear Heather and Family, I am so sorry to read in the paper this morning of Michael's passing. I send my condolences and prayers to you and your sons. Sincerely, Antonette Lane
Dennis McDonnellOur deepest condolences on Michael's passing. Sorry for your loss from our family to yours.
Punkari familyWe are very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was a big part of our our lives, his knowledge and compassion brought great comfort to us in our time of need. Our hearts are heavy for his family at this very sad time. Please take some comfort in knowing how very special he was not only to us but to everyone who's life he touched. Rest in peace our friend, you will be missed. Karen Howard Jen Liisa and Kurtis Punkari
Jerry Demetriadis & Dorothea von OwHeather, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. From Dorothea and I, our sincerest condolences.
Tracy Miranda & Andrew Van VlietAunt Heather, Joe and Matt; We are holding you close in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Michael will be remembered as generous, scholarly, brave, and funny. May he rest in peace. Sending our love and deepest condolences, Tracy and Andrew
Cornwall ConnieSemchism Family I am so very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Tom & Nora GroshokDear Heather and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Michael. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Tom and Nora Groshok
Janet McCallumOur hearts are heavy as we realize Mike has gone. He was one of the first people we met when we moved here 32 years ago. Mike was always so caring and very professional. He had time to help with advice and he always remembered your name and everyone in your family. Mike naturally displayed community spirit and as we grew from the village of Lambeth, to being a part of London - his exceptional caring disposition never changed. He touched the lives of many. With love - Neil, Janet, James & Lucas McCallum
J AND J. BugejaWe are very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He helped us at the pharmacy for many years here in Lambeth. We shall pray for his families strength to go through such a devastating time and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Diane BrandDear Heather and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Mike will never be forgotten by those who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Sherry HancockWe have lost an important member of our extended family. Michael was quick to smile and had a wonderful quirky sense of humour. His will to live was simply not a match for cancer. The strength, compassion and love given by my sister Heather, sons Joseph and Matthew and by Mike's siblings was inspiring. He was surrounded by love during his whole battle. We will miss him tremendously. He will always be in our hearts. love Sherry, Rob, Stephanie and Sara.
Peter HuckleNorma-Jean Dallas and myself want to send our sincere condolences to my sister and nephews . We have wonderful memories of Michael and his incredible sense of humour and his friendship will always be held close. It was an amazing battle his strength and determination was incredible. Rest In Peace my friend.
Joceline PetrasovicMy deepest sympathy to all of Mike's family. I have many fond memories from our University years & subsequent visits at class reunions. He will be missed by many!
Diane TinginysSo Saddened to read of Mike’s passing today in the paper He was well liked by all in the Lambeth and area. Condolences to all his family. He will be missed. Diane Tinginys
Jennifer NelsonDear Heather, Joe and Matthew, So saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. May you feel the love of those around you to comfort you. 💕Jennifer Nelson
Anne McDonnellMy deepest sympathy to Heather, Joseph and Matthew on the loss of your husband and father. Also to all my nieces and nephews and their families my heartfelt condolences. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love Aunt Anne
Kelly (Kavanagh) CowanMy sincere sympathy to all of Mike's family and friends at this difficult time; I was a classmate in the pharmacy class of 8T2.
Chris FryMrs. Semchism- so sorry to hear about your husband. Just wanted to offer my condolences. Chris Fry - Notre Dame School, Grade 6 class, about 2002.
Rose and Marisa TosoOur deepest sympathy to all of Michael’s family. He helped our family at the pharmacy in Lambeth for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Colleen (O'Shea) CostelloI am so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He hired me when Greenhill's Pharmacy first opened and I worked there happily for several years before heading off to my first teaching job. Mike was caring, funny, supportive and encouraging. It really was my favourite job growing up! I also had the privilege of babysitting his boys when they were very little and working with his brother too! I'm glad to hear he is not suffering anymore. He will be missed for sure! God bless the family during this sad time.
Geoffrey Faul, Rotary Club of London-LambethOn behalf of the Rotary Club of London-Lambeth, condolences to Mike's family & loved ones. Mike was a gentle, considerate man, respected in his profession and in his community. He contributed to Lambeth in many ways, always quietly and without fanfare or expectation of public plaudits. He will be greatly missed and long-remembered, with affection.
Tracy ZurbriggSharon I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. Sending prayers to yourself, Heather and the rest of your family. I'm sure he is looking down watching over you all. Tracy St Joseph's
Bob and Bernice Drury Your family is strong and close. I am sure you will keep Mike in your hearts and prayers always. We kept him in our thoughts and prayers the last few months.
Linda BarbonHeather, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your husband. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike BrandMy deepest condolences to the entire Semchism family during this difficult time. Mike was nothing less than a second father to me and one of the most wonderful human beings I've ever known. He started out in my life as my family pharmacist, he then gave me an opportunity to work at Greenhills for many years. This evolved in to a close friendship that I will always hold dear to my heart.
Dave YurekI first met Mike as we were both opening our pharmacies with 1 year of each other. He was helpful as always and with brother Jim our businesses became more involved over the years. Kim and I extend our deepest condolences to the entire Semchism family.
Andy SeneseMy deepest condolences to the Semchism family as I just came across this obituary by chance. My late mother Rosa Senese used to be the Semchisms housekeeper and Mike and I both attended St Martins Catholic school together. Mike was a great kid to be around always smiling and cheerful. Rip Mike
Maria and Peter BruijnsWe are very sorry for your loss Heather, Joseph and Matthew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Maria and Peter Bruijns
Stephen OlsthoornHeartfelt Condolences, you and your family are in my heart and mind. My fondest memory was a visit Mike made while I was living in Ottawa after our Catholic Central days. Mike flew up for the day in his own plane, we had a great lunch, and off he went. As I saw him take off, I remember thinking, WOW, check out Mike, he really has it all together! We all knew he would. All the best my friend,into the wild blue yonder!
Leslie Siu FerrazzoSo sad to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a gentle soul. We tended to bump into eachother when in lab classes. I was on the “S” bench too. Rest in oeace Mike.
Volker & Christine JendhoffWe were so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Sean and Michelle CavanaghWe were shocked to hear of Mike's passing. He gave me my first pharmacy job at Greenhills Pharmacy when I was 18 years old. I became friends and worked with Sharon, Jim and Peter over the years. Mike taught me a lot and was always very generous. I can't count the times he bought me supper while working at Greenhills. I learned to drive a manual transmission in his Mazda and I house-sat for him and Heather numerous times. While doing so I blew his speakers while listening to his numerous records. He had great taste in music and we attended several concerts together. Mike tried to teach me how to play tennis and even though I was terrible he made it fun. He had a quirky sense of humour and we shared many laughs together. The Semchism family was always good to me and for that I am grateful. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Brian PhillipsA great loss in so many ways. Our condolences and best wishes to all of Mike's family members.
Keri WilsonMy heart goes out to the entire Semchism family. I am truly grateful to Mike and Heather, and the extended Semchism family, for being wonderful employers and friends. We are thinking of all of you at this time.
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