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