Michael was a classmate and a basketball team at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School - 1970-1975.
My condolences to his wife Kirsty and the Dennis family.
RIP Michael Dennis !!!
1956 - 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Ottawa poet Michael Dennis on December 31, 2020 after a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Michael’s loving and devoted wife Kirsty was with him throughout his illness and when he passed away.
Michael published his first poems in the early 1970s and used his work to communicate his insight, perception and at times, humour. He went on to publish more than 30 books and chapbooks. From 2013 to 2020, Michael wrote in-depth appreciations of over 800 books of poetry on his blog, Today’s Book of Poetry.
Born in 1956 in London, Ontario, Michael spent his childhood in Warsaw and Peterborough, Ontario. Michael is predeceased by his mother, Effie White (nee McMillan) and fathers Vern Dennis and Russell White, and brother-in-law James Griffin. Michael will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kirsty Jackson and siblings Sally (Hugh), Lori (James), Connie, Judy, Wendy (Dave), Joe (Amy), Jeff and Jennifer, and sisters-in-law, Birgit (Mark) and Ann Marie (Steven) and by his many nieces and nephews. He was a spectacular and devoted brother and an engaged and loving uncle.
Liked many artists, he worked to support his writing — driving cab, on the line in a car plant and in a northern Ontario copper mine. He installed art in museums and galleries across Canada, managed a boutique hotel, and opened a non-profit English language school in Czechoslovakia on the heels of the Velvet Revolution.
Foremost, Michael will be remembered for his devotion to Kirsty, his deep friendships and his love of his family and community. He supported and encouraged all others, especially artists, and family and friends looked forward to seeing him.
A private family funeral will be held January 6, 2021 and the family plans to host a Celebration of Life for Michael in the future.