Piela, Michael

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, Michael Joseph Piela passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. Michael was born on July 12, 1950 to Jackie (nee Forest) and Chester Piela, both predeceased.  Michael married Melinda “Mickey” (nee Oshell) in Sudbury in 1976.  Michael loved his children, Joshua (Mara Storey) and Alexandra (Robert Bratina) very much. He was delighted by his grandson, Marek Bratina.

Michael was predeceased by his mother-in-law and father- in-law Yolanda and Leo Oshell, with whom he had a wonderful relationship.  He is survived by sisters- in-law and brothers-in-law: Madeleine (Bill Sutton), Michael (Lesia Sus) and Maureen (Murray Low, predeceased).  He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Michael was an avid photographer and the owner of Photo World in downtown Sudbury.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed the family cottage on Lake Huron, as well as exploring the waters of Georgian Bay in his boat.  He was an excellent cook and created many delicious meals for family and friends.  He was passionate about his cars and was a great fan of Formula One racing.  

The family wishes to thank the staff of Pioneer Manor, Cranberry Place, for their care over the past five years.  As well, our gratitude to Five South, HSN, for their professionalism and attentiveness.  Your care and concern will not be forgotten. Cremation has taken place.  At the family's request, there will be no visitation or service.  Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.


12 Condolences

  1. Sincerest condolences to the family.
    Will always remember dealing with Mike
    (and eventually Joshua) for materials at
    Photo World required for the B&W darkroom of the Department of Geography @ L.U.

    By: Léo and Karole Larivière
    November 15, 2022
  2. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I have fond memories of my cousin Mike and I at our camp on Lohi Lake and our Christmas get togethers.
    Lyse (Bertrand) Dionne

    By: Lyse Dionne
    November 8, 2022
  3. Mickey, Joshua, Alexandra,

    Our deepest condolences and sincerest sympathy. There are so many memories with Mike, whether it be sharing a fantastic meal, new discoveries at the cottage or grand discussions over cars, racing, or the newest tool and hanging out talking photography at the store. Our family will always treasure and hold all those memories we shared with all of you so dear.

    Rest in peace Mike

    Maria, Dieter, Adam and Erik

    By: Dieter Rothensee
    November 8, 2022
  4. Josh, I was so sorry to read of your father’s passing. You and your father brought to life thousands of pictures for me. In particular I remember rushing in on June 16, 2006 to have a picture of my mother printed. My family knew that I would have the perfect picture as Photo World created so many memories for us. Sending you a hug. Gwen

    By: Gwen Ethier
    November 6, 2022
  5. Mickey, Josh and Ali, we send our deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences to you. Our hearts are broken with this news but strong in our joyful memories of our time together and great memories. From new years eve hockey to the boat rides to Little Current for ice cream. You all brought our family so many wonderful memories. May Michael Rest In Peace and May our memories and connections stay strong.

    By: David Del Brocco & Family
    November 5, 2022
  6. Very sorry for your loss. Enjoyed many great conversations with Mike and Josh over the years at Photo World. Rest in peace Mike!
    Dave Johnston

    By: Dave Johnston
    November 5, 2022
  7. Dear Mickey, Josh, and Ali
    So sad to hear of Mike’s passing. We are so sorry for you loss. We had years of fun with Mike and your whole family. Whether it was Mossport, Toads Hollow or just sharing a meal. Mike always brought us stuff from Tarini’s to enjoy, we always had a good time. I hope you take comfort from all your good times.
    Love Wendy Lorne and Sarah

    By: Wendy Lorne Sarah Fortin
    November 5, 2022
  8. Dwell in peace now Mike. Condolences to your family.

    By: Jim Quigley
    November 5, 2022
  9. My deepest condolences. I feel for your loss of a man who shaped my life in so many ways when I was young. Mike was always a fair and generous person, he taught me the values of honesty and integrity which I carry with me to this day. I feel blessed that I was able to visit with him this year.

    By: Lionel Prevost
    November 5, 2022
  10. I was shocked to read of Michael’s passing. It’s been many years since I last saw him and had a chat. We were childhood friends growing up in the Donovan. I remember him as a kind, gentle. guy…rest in peace Michael!
    My sincere condolences.

    By: Susan (Maleszko) Giroux
    November 4, 2022
  11. We will miss Mike for a long time. He’ll have time to get his Hodaka started and lead us on.

    By: Bob Waddell
    November 4, 2022
  12. Mickey, Josh, and Ali our deepest condolences.

    By: Favaro Family
    November 4, 2022

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