Obituary of Michael (Mike) Petrykowski
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Michael (Mike) Petrykowski, at the age of 59, on December 11, 2022. Loving and proud father to Jordan (Makayla) and Joshua Petrykowski, and thrilled grandfather to Jordan and Makayla’s son Xander and their second child on the way. Beloved spouse of Pamela Agostino for 18 great years, and amazing stepfather to Michael (Rachel) and Shannon Agostino. Cherished son to Henry (Hank) and Jean Petrykowski (St. Catharines). Mike leaves behind his dearly loved sisters, Lori (David) Ashdown (Sarnia) and Teresa (Philip) Suda (Fonthill). He will be lovingly remembered by his niece Elizabeth (Joe) and nephews Nicholas, Justin (Michelle) and Michael (Lacey). Mike will be immensely missed by aunts and cousins in both Canada and the U.S.A. He will be sorely missed by many childhood and lifelong friends and coworkers from GM which he considered to be his work family.
There are not nearly enough words to describe what a remarkable man Mike was. He will be remembered most for his intelligence, affectionate nature, authenticity, fantastic sense of humour and his ability to capture you with a story. He was a hard worker and a skilled tradesman, working as a Cutter Grinder at General Motors from the age of 18 until his well-earned retirement in 2019. He enjoyed travelling to places where he was able to play cards, eat great food and have an ice-cold beer. Some of his favourite destinations included Las Vegas, Windsor, and family vacations in Florida. Mike loved attending concerts (especially to see Honeymoon Suite) and going for drives around Niagara in his Cadillac XLR. Mike was passionate about sports, especially soccer, hockey, and golf. Most of all, he loved watching his boys play sports. He coached his sons in soccer, went to every hockey game and never missed a practice. Mike recently got to spend a couple of weeks with his 9-month-old grandson Xander, who he affectionately referred to as his “little peanut”. This brought him so much joy and happiness and will be a lasting memory that we will cherish forever. Before anything else, Mike was a devoted father and grandfather, and time spent with his boys meant everything to him. He will be truly missed beyond measure by all who were lucky enough to know him.
Mike was an incredibly generous person who was always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need. He was a giving man throughout his life, and after his passing, he wanted to make a difference through tissue and organ donation. Mike’s last selfless act on earth will ensure his legacy will live on and touch many lives and families. In keeping with Mike's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at Club Belvedere, 57 John Street, Thorold. Open house from 1pm-4pm. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Jumpstart or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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