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Obituary for John Michael Ellis (Mike)

Ellis, John Michael (Mike)

November 17, 1947 - August 28, 2023

Mike passed away in hospital after several months of health issues with his wife, Fairlie (McKee), of 52 years at his side.

Uncle to Maggie (O’Lett) Patterson (Scott) of Ottawa and Sara (O’Lett) Freeburn (Sean) of Ottawa. Great Uncle to Drew Patterson and Ella Freeburn.

Mike was born in Sweetsburg, Quebec. With his parents, Joe and Margaret (Doherty) Ellis, he grew up in Dunham, Quebec on the Doherty family farm.

Mike attended McGill University splitting his time between Macdonald College, Ste Anne de Bellevue, and the downtown Montreal campus graduating with a B.Sc. Agriculture (Economics) in 1969.

Mike started as a summer student at the federal Department of Agriculture and continued with the department until his retirement in 2003. Throughout his career he worked in several divisions, including the Deputy Minister's Office and had a secondment to Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce where he worked at the Canadian Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

After living in Ottawa the first few years of their marriage, Mike and Fairlie moved to the hamlet of Burritt’s Rapids on the Rideau River. Their heritage house, Carlow Lodge, became their home for over 40 years. It was here that Mike and Fairlie brought their love of English gardens to life on their acre property.

Mike enjoyed traveling having visited many countries on most continents and spending time with friends, especially sharing adventures abroad.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday 23rd of September in the Burritt's Rapids Community Hall at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

A special thanks to Dr. Darren Whatley, Dr. David Esdaile and the staff of the Queensway Carleton Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital (Civic, Riverside and General Campuses), and the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital for their dedicated care of Mike over the years.