Michelle Colleen Caswell (nee Malette)
Passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2021, with a woodstove full of birch and candles burning, surrounded by family, her incredible care team and her pug, Daisy.
Michelle – aka. Mishe, Mimi – leaves behind her best friend, teammate and husband, Steve “Caz” Caswell, her mom, Colleen Johnson, her dad and stepmom, Robert and Donna “Dee” Malette, her brother, Steven, niece, Izabelle, nephew, Andrew, and her aunts, uncles and cousins. But Mishe’s family extended well beyond blood lines as she also leaves behind her amazing Fab 5, the high school gals, so many other close friends, her colleagues, her Montreal crew, the Indy, Cincy, Michigan, Scottsdale, and the massive Cabo families. Her loss is felt across the entire continent.
Mishe was forever the competitor – demoralizing her husband on numerous occasions on the pool/ping pong tables and golf course. She thrived on playing baseball, volleyball, pickleball and was an absolute beautiful skater thanks to her years of Ringette. This tenacity carried into her professional life making sure her clients were always taken care of beyond the normal call of duty while creating lasting relationships. She loved traveling, sitting front row or in the box seats at Habs/Colts games, would enjoy dinner and wine so much that she was always the last one to finish, she’ll forever be everyone’s favourite hostess, she was the most generous gift giver, and you could always find her with a cold beer sitting on the beach, poolside or around the firepit soaking in the peacefulness of the moment.
Mishe took her competitive spirit to the next level when she was faced with a terminal diagnosis in September 2020. She confronted her situation with pure positivity and absolute dignity while constantly worrying more about how everyone else was doing and pouring out her love on FB wishing everyone a Merry Christmas every day. She was simply an amazing human with such a huge personality that exploded love outwards that would instantly blanket everyone she encountered.
To try and thank everyone here, would be impossible, however there are some notables. The Hammer Head care team of Dee, Cindy, Sandra, Rougie, Jennie and Caughy were absolutely incredible as they selflessly stepped up to help Mishe in her time of need while allowing Caz to stay laser focused on her battle. A huge shoutout to Payzant, Trace, Dux, Vargs and Sammy for the overwhelming amount of funds raised and Gerv throwing the entire team’s real estate work on her shoulders without hesitation that gave Caz the freedom to remain beside Mishe all the way through the battle. And a big thank you to Tarv and Stefano whose crews were continually retrofitting the house on a moment’s notice so Mishe was always comfortable as her needs continued to change. Of course, there are so many more with donations of food and liquids for the care team, helping Mishe get her “Badass tribe” and “Thank You” gifts out the door and all the random flower, art and gift drops that just made her days so much brighter. I don’t know if she ever realized that Mishe herself was a great gift to all of us.
On the medical side of things, although there are so many doctors, nurses and PSW’s that made the journey so much easier for Mishe, rockstar nurse Cory always and PSW “Vee” were beyond special, always put a twinkle in her eye, were loved deeply by Mishe and will forever be part of our family. Dr. Noble made the journey far easier with some early moves upon diagnosis that we’ll forever be grateful for, and Dr. Singh and Erin in Symptom Management were always on top of making Mishe as comfy as possible. And our awesome friend and teammate, Mully, who had scripts in our hands within minutes.
A Celebration of Mishe’s life is being organized and more info will be available soon. Although Mishe loved receiving and giving everyone flowers, she would prefer donations be made to help the incredible people at the Northeast Cancer Center or her furry friends at the SPCA. If you still want to buy flowers,
she would want you to give them to someone you love that could use their day brightened for no specific reason.
Mishe was bigger than life itself. The only thing greater than her stunning beauty was her kind, selfless and compassionate spirit. She now leaves us to find her final peace where she’ll be surrounded by unlimited pugs, pickleball and pints. After packing in an entire lifetime in a short window, she reminds us to treat every day like Christmas, cherish even the smallest of joys in life, to smile and to love deeply.
Thank you to everyone for being part of her life.
Arrangements entrusted to the Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home.
Provided by: Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home