In Loving Memory of

Mitchell “Mitch” Gava


Obituary of Mitchell “Mitch” Gava

It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the sudden passing of Mitchell, on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at the age of 30. He will be forever loved by his parents Dave and Christine Gava, and by his brother Garrett and sister Katie (Matt) Ramcharan.

Mitchell will be dearly missed by his aunts and uncles; Colleen (Jay) Jenkins, Melaina (Gary) Barkhouse, Andrea Jahns (Randy Bell), Rick (Lori) Gava and Steve Gava (Jennifer Milford). He will be remembered by many cousins, extended family and friends.

Mitchell has been reunited with his loving grandparents; Phildean and Sergio Gava, and Stuart and Donna Wright.

Throughout Mitchell’s adolescent life, he didn’t always choose to travel down the easiest road. Seeing past his trials and tribulations, you’d find a young man who cared immensely for his family and friends.

With great will, determination and faith, Mitchell took on the biggest challenge of his life; achieving his sobriety. For more than two years, Mitchell found his new path and a journey that brought out the best in him. He embraced this second chance of life, flourished academically and above all, he devoted himself to helping people in need of support.

Mitchell became an advocate for raising awareness and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Each year, he proudly took the chilly plunge into the icy waters of Lake Erie, for the purpose of raising awareness towards the addiction crisis in Niagara. Through the winter months, Mitchell volunteered his time and helped open a Warming Station at Drummond Road Baptist Church, which was accomplished with an impactful success.

Mitchell’s second chance of life was well supported by those he met though his support groups, N.A. and A.A., especially by his sponsor Paul. He found great guidance with Pastor Carlton Francis and his friends from Drummond Road Baptist Church. Mitchell’s commitment to his sobriety was continuously cheered on by his family, especially by his cousin Krystal who believed in him until the very end. For each person in his network of support, we are beyond grateful for you.

In the last few months, Mitchell was reacquainted with challenges he experienced in the past. As devastating as it is to see this outcome, we won’t let this outshine his last two and a half years, which ended up being the best years of his life.

A private family service was held, and cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Mitch may be given to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.

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8 months ago

I met Mitch in high school. He showed he had a big heart from the get-go. I wish him peace.

My condolences to his loved ones.

Dan Carrier and family
1 year ago

Dave and family
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Milly L
1 year ago

May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief, condolences to the Gava family

Rick G
1 year ago

Thinking of Mitchell today. He will be missed. Sending our love to my brother Dave, Chris, G and Katie. Love Rick, Lori, Trev and Alex.
This was a very hard da.y.

1 year ago

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Sending love to all who are affected by the passing of such an amazing soul. Mitch will be remembered for his incredible achievements.
Love and light to you Mitch 💛

1 year ago

On behalf of my late wife Carol and myself, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Mitchell and the whole family. May he rest in peace.

Gina McNeely
1 year ago

I’m soo sorry for your loss! Continued prayers for all of you!

The Belanger’s and Walinga’s
1 year ago

It was truly heartbreaking to learn of Mitchell’s passing. We are all so sorry for your loss. Our hearts feel your pain and we cannot imagine what you are all going through. Mitchell was loved by many and he gave everyone that knew him so much love and support. I remember Mitchell in his younger years and he was a gentle, loving soul. I can see such compassion in his eyes. He will truly me missed by all.

Patrick Griffin
1 year ago

Dear Chris and Family,
“Thinking of You “ and hoping your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.

Shane flowers
1 year ago

Mitch bro thanks for the time we had together I am so heart broken to hear this may you rest easy in peace brother . Sincere condolences to the family

Sharon Custers
1 year ago

Our thoughts are with you and family at this difficult time.
The Custers family.

Debbie & Leonard & Family
1 year ago

Life is not fair!
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mitchell,
I remember how helpful and patient he was when I was trying to buy a phone.
Remember all the good times.
Our condolences also, on the passing of your Father
May they rest in heavenly peace.

Sue Bowering
1 year ago

Breaks my heart to hear this. You will definitely be missed Mitch. My condolences to the family.

1 year ago

Thank you for being there when I needed to vent about life Mitch. The world is a little less bright without you. R.I.P

Mike Horth
1 year ago

Mitch and I first met in high school and became close shortly after graduation while working together. He was such a smart guy, avid reader, and knew something about everything. Always good for a laugh. I never knew what would come out of his mouth next. In our time as friends he always looked out for me.

I’ll never forget you buddy and it’s not just the matching tattoo you talked me into. You persuasive little man.

You will be missed.

My most sincere condolences to the family and friends.


Love Marc and Diane Pouliot
1 year ago

We are thinking of all of you at this very difficult time
Remember the good days
Love Marc and Diane Pouliot

1 year ago

We never did get a chance to sing into ketchup bottles at the grocery store.
You know they say you can tell so much about someone just by the way they talk, and that is so true when it came to Mitch! You are truly a genuine kind soul!

Sending my deepest condolences to your family and friends. ❤️

Cindy, Emily & Evan Andrews
1 year ago

Dave, Chris, Garrett and Katie…
Emily and Mitch grew up together and whenever she had a party – he was there! I remember a kind young man with a big heart. When I saw him in the local
newspaper, helping those less fortunate, I wasn’t surprised. I pray that your memories comfort you and know that he will live on in the hearts of many.

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Monique Grenier
1 year ago

My deepest condolences to you, Dave and Chris, and to the rest of the family.

Markeeta Juhanak
1 year ago

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his Family and all who knew him. I am really saddened to hear of his passing. Mitch was such a great soul, so full of good intentions and a life energy that was pure. He was full of love and never hesitated to give. I enjoyed all our conversations and interactions over the years, from when I first met him back in teenage years to the last time we spoke. He always wanted nothing but the best for everyone and it showed in his actions. Thank you for bringing him into this world so that he could touch as many hearts as he did.
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye and wish him peace in his journey after life.
Much Love.
Odpočívej v náručí boží, Anděl.

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Cristina Kastelli
1 year ago

Rest in peace my friend. Sending love and peace to his family. 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your cares (all your anxieties all your worries and all your concerns once and for all) on Him, for He cares about you ( with deepest affection and watches over you very carefully ).

Terry Moore
1 year ago

My condolences I heard Mitch speak and I could identify, see you on the other side Mitch .

1 year ago

My heart breaks for Mitch and his family. Although I didn’t know him personally, I hope he rests peacefully. Sending love to his family and friends.

Patti Koabel Pasco
1 year ago

Dave, Chris , Katie(Matt) ,Garrett and all of the Gava Family my deepest sympathies to all of you during this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Mitch

Patrick Cunningham
1 year ago

I met mitch in his 20s and we became good friends and was so proud to see him in his last two years doing amazing things and seeing his full poitenal he was an angel with a heart of gold and one the funniest people i know my family will miss him and i am very sorry for your loss much love and prayers from the Cunningham family

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1 year ago

Mitch and I met in high school and became friends instantly.
Throughout the years life happened but we would always randomly chat about our lives, catch up, talk about his troubles and mine. Mitch always had a special way with conversation.
I’ll miss you my dear friend, until we meet again. I hope you found the peace you deserve.
My condolences to the family; earth is truly missing a beautiful soul.

Teresa Talarico
1 year ago

My heart is breaks for you, sending you and your family deepest most sincere condolences.

Tanya McVittie
1 year ago

My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues! It was a pleasure knowing Mitch and only knew the Mitch in sobriety, and it was an honour. May he RIP.🙏

Diane Richards
1 year ago

I am so sorry for your loss

Pastor Carlton Francis
1 year ago

On behalf of Battlefield Gospel Church, I am expressing my sincere condolences to Mitch Gava. I met him over the past 7 months when He came to church in repentance and we received him with open arms. He has extended himself very vigorously and is sincere dedication make a great impact on many. May his soul rest in peace. I pray for the family and friends.
Pastor Carlton Francis
Battlefield Gospel Church
6085 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

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Brittany, Ada and the Kids.
1 year ago

Aunt Chris, Uncle Dave, Garrett and Katie (and Matt). It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this. I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch. Please know, Ada and myself are thinking of you in this difficult time. Sending you lots of love.
From Brittany, Ada and the Kids.

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Ashley M
1 year ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Our moms worked together and I was lucky to know him! He was a wonderful colourful human being and I will miss him!

Judy Pontsioen and Connie Bakker/Waters
1 year ago

We are truly sad to hear of the passing of Mitchell. Our prayers are with you and family.

Lynn Rozon
1 year ago

So srry for your loss .

Sharron Auld
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kelly Weiss, Nancy Weiss
1 year ago

Christine and Dave. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

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Krystal Arneill
1 year ago

May you rest in peace Mitch 🙏
My condolences to the family 🫂❤️

Bronwyn and Ken Sage
1 year ago

So sorry to hear of Mitchell’s passing. May he Rest In Peace.

Wendy Hope
1 year ago

I am so sorry for your loss Dave Chris and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He is at peace.

Jill Rattie
1 year ago

Dave,, Chris Garret & Katie. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like Mitchel made a real impact in the last few years of his life. No doubt this will bring great pride & memories for you all. He made a real impact in many lives.

Our deepest condolences,
Dave, Jill, Kristi & candace Rattie

1 year ago

Chris, Dave and family
So very sorry for loss, thinking of you and your family at this difficult time

Sam and Heather Russo
1 year ago

Dave Chris Garrett and Katie. We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending our love.

Dale and Diana Myrie
1 year ago

Our condolences to the family and friends of our brother in Christ Mitch. Seeing you work hard to help the homeless at the Battlefield Gospel Chruch really showed the character you had and you did it even while you struggled. It hurt to see that with all you jave done out of your love for people struggling with addiction we couldn’t help you enough in your time of need. May you rest in peace and may your good deeds never be forgotten.

Greg Rankin
1 year ago

To Dave and Christine and the entire Gava Family, I so sorry for your loss,,,

Lu-Anne Bassett
1 year ago

With my deepest sympathies to you Chris, Dave, Garrett and Katie All my Luv

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Chris and Yvan Royer
1 year ago

Chris, Dave and family, our deepest sympathies in the passing of Mitchell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Uncle Paul & Aunt Heather
1 year ago

Words cannot express our deepest sorrow in the passing of Mitch. He tried so hard, came so far. Dave, Chris, Garrett and Katie you are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. All our love 💕

Tecla and Mary Bordin
1 year ago

Dave, Chris and the Gava family, our deepest condolences in the passing of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️💝
❤️ Tecla and Mary Bordin

Kathy Koabel
1 year ago

Dave, Chris, Garrett & Katie and all of the Gava family, my deepest sympathies in the loss of Mitchell.
I pray you find peace in the beautiful memories of happier times.
Sending you all a big hug. ❤

Melaina Gava- Barkhouse
1 year ago

Feeling overwhelmed with sadness. Dave and Chris, Katie, Matt and Garrett you are all in out thoughts and prayers forever.<3
A nice thought – 2 summers ago you started this blow-up houses slide business for kids. We went to your Dads all the kids were there you put up a water slide just for the kids they loved it – they had so much fun – you pulled that all together I was so proud of you… We are all sad RIP Mitch you will be missed and never forgotten <3 Aunt Melaina

Lori Parliament
1 year ago

Dave, Chris, Garrett & Katie and the whole Gava family. My heart is breaking for you with this sad news. I am sending you all love and strength to get through this hard time so you can make it back to the happy memories that will make your hearts sing again.

Sherona Alkerton
1 year ago

My family sends condolences to the whole family… Mitchell will be in my thoughts. I wish I was there to give all of you hugs. I remember him clearly as a little boy, then teenager, then a young man. Now he can have peace and be with grandparents. Love you all.


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