FRANEY, Michael 'Mike' - July 1, 1930, to July 21, 2021 - After a short illness Michael peacefully passed away on July 21, 2021, at Michael Garron Hospital.
He is predeceased by his first wife Phoebe (1971) and his second wife Gabrielle (2020)
Mike was born on July 1, 1930, to Denis Franey and Mary Thompson in Rathnew, County Wicklow Ireland. He was one of six children. Always a proud Irishman.
In his early teens, Mike left Ireland and his family to work in England as part of the postwar reconstruction. On November 24, 1953, he then left Liverpool England and travelled to Canada by ship. After arriving in St John, New Brunswick, he made his way to Toronto to work in the heavy construction industry. It is here he met his wife Alfreda (Phoebe) Boone. Their home on Browning was an open door to anyone looking to start a new life in Toronto; as well as the Hub for family and friends from Bell Island Newfoundland
Together they raised their four children until her untimely death in 1971 at the young age of 40.
After many years working in the heavy construction industry as a proud member of LiUNA Local 183, Mike retired at the age of 55 to start a new venture in the east end of Toronto. He and a fellow Irishman opened a working man’s bar on the Danforth called “The Pride of Erin”. It was here he met Gabrielle Healy from Cork City Ireland whom he married and spent many happy years enjoying the cottage at Curtis Point, Rice Lake.
Left to miss him are his children and their spouses: Michael (JoAnne), Joan (Brian Everingham), Sean (Theresa), Dennis (Connie), his loving grandchildren Brandon, Tyler, Patrick (Andrea Belshaw), Catherine (James Spencer), Michael, Valerie and Kyle. His step grandchildren Jeff (Emmy), Zach (Jenna) and great grandson Zach Jr Everingham and all his many nieces and nephews in Ireland, Newfoundland, Ontario and Alberta.
Visitation will be held at the Heritage Funeral Centre, Toronto, on Friday July 23rd. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday July 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow.
If desired, donations may be made to St. Clare Inn, 1300 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON M3C 2K9.