Messages for the Family of HOHM, Michael
From: Bernard and Georgette St. john
Dear Christine and families,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family in the loss of a dear husband and stepfather.
May God keep you safe and may Michael rest in peace.
Uncle Bernie and Auntie Georgette
From: Ruby Menasce
My deepest condolences. Michael was a truly charismatic man with an immense abundance of genuine generosity and passion for life. Your warmth fierce loyalty and kindness is your gift ... which you gave so lovingly to Micheal and everyone who knows you. Sending you much peace and love
A good friend is gone but he will always be in my heart. My condolences.
From: Ross Bowie
My sincere condolences to Christine and family. I had the pleasure of working with Mike in Transport Canada and NAV CANADA. I was always impressed with his dedication and professionalism.
From: Mervyn Fernando
Michael was a man driven by love. His love for aviation infused every cell of his being. I remember how thrilled he was when two of his former flying trainees spent quite a while reminiscing with him, their days as his students. He later told me how proud he was of their successes as commercial pilots. I remember working closely with Michael on Information Management Systems and listening to the thrill he had talking about "...ixms". He immersed himself enthusiastically in his work as IBAC's representative on the ANC. He did them proud. Michael loved his watches and once gave me an hour long lecture, over beer, on how to keep automatic watches optimally wound. He loved his family. My wife and I were with him last July in Peru and Colombia where he would give us daily updates on the arrival of your grandchild. He was thrilled that he would be a grandfather. Most of all, he loved you. He spoke often and with immeasurable tenderness when your name came up.
I wish I had known Michael longer than the brief nine years.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Mervyn and Tina Fernando
From: Miguel & Claudia
A friend has left us to fly higher, we will miss Mike dearly. May he rest in peace.
From: Heinz Fruehwirth
Dear Christine and family members of Mike,
I had the pleasure of working with Mike in ICAO groups and enjoyed his professionalism and friendship. It is with deep regret that I learned that he passed away and will sincerely miss him. Please accept my condolences.
From: Claude H.
Dear Christine and Family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. Michael will be missed by all of us.
To quote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: " He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
Rest in peace.
From: Kabbs Twijuke
I have with deepest sadness the news of the passing of beloved husband and my friend Mike. Our hearts and feelings are with and my family in this difficult and painful moment.
May his soul rest in peace
From: Colleen Kevins
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know Michael well, we did see how happy you were together. We hope the memories you made together, will give you some comfort now, and that you can cherish them always.
Colleen and Frank
From: Jim Dow
When we stood under my umbrella, you and Mike and I, in the cold November rain outside the Auberge du Vieux-Port, we talked about the road ahead, hoping, believing, the road would be much longer than it came to be. He spoke that night of gratitude. My thoughts turn now to him, grateful that our paths crossed many years ago, and to you and all those in the near circle of his life, now left to carry on, holding him tightly in your memories.
From: Capt Don Van Dyke FRAeS
We will miss this respected advocate for aviation safety, viability and integrity. His welcoming ways sought to bridge differences and to secure bonds which promote harmonization and understanding of industry best practice. We salute his life and his memory.
From: Donna Gallup
My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Your uplifting voice the last time we spoke gave me hope that Mike would fight this with you by his side. I am so sorry and hope that you can find some comfort in the the words and prayers from all of his colleagues, your friends and family in the coming days.
From: Carole Couchman
I am writing on behalf of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations IFALPA to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Mike Hohm.
Many of our staff and representatives have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Mike on several aviation projects especially within the ICAO network. He was a highly valued and respected member of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and his representation on the many ICAO Panels was also highly valued and respected.
Our deepest sympathies go to his wife and family at this difficult time as well as with IBAC, he will be sorely missed.
From: Jeff Cochrane
I had the pleasure of working with Mike in various contexts at both Transport Canada and NAV CANADA. I appreciated his dedication to his work, his depth of knowledge and his professionalism. I'll miss Mike as a colleague and a friend. My sincere condolences.
From: Helen Birbilas
My heart-felt condolences during this difficult time.
From: Erwin Lassooij
Dear Christine and family,
With sadness, my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I will miss Michael as a good colleague and friend. May he rest in peace.
From: Marinus Heijl
Dear Christine and family,
Mike made his mark in aviation and beyond. My sincere condolences on your loss. May the good memories always comfort you.
From: Susan Paul
I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a special guy and I am so happy that he had found you and had the many wonderful years with you. He had an interesting past and I know the years he had with you were by far the best of them. The friendship that Mike formed with Jim (James) was incredible and I am so glad I introduced them all those years ago at Transport. Much love and prays are sent your way through the difficult road ahead. Know you are not alone and many are here for you.
From: Deb and Jeff MacDonald
Dear Christine and family
We send our love and sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Mike was a special person, a very courageous and compassionate man who we all admired. He was such a romantic and his love for you was so strong and evident to all of us.
Many words describe Mike, but what I remember most was his professionalism, his dedication to aviation and to doing what was right. I am proud to have had the opportunity to be a colleague of his, to work with him and to be able to call him a loyal and true friend.
Take solace in knowing that he will always be remembered.
"So when these things are asked of me,
And I can reach no higher
My prayer this day - His hand extends
To welcome home a flyer."
- The Flyer Prayer (J Phillips)
You both are in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb and Jeff MacDonald
From: Andrew Tiede
Tiede Family - Although Andrew had met Michael a few years earlier, the Tiede family first met 'Mike' in January 2010. This big, friendly man quickly formed a great social relationship with Andrew and Sharon and their twins Raymond and Tatiana. Through him we met Christine. This friendship continued over the years and took another step forward with our return to Montreal in January 2018. We were privileged to travel as a family, along with Mike and others, on the July 2018 Air Navigation Commission study trip to Peru and Colombia. Mike's enthusiasm for anything to do with aviation was evident as was his tremendous general knowledge. He was always generous with his time and willing to share his knowledge.
The twins describe Mike as 'nice' which, translated from Australian, means - open, friendly, willing to interact with them and always ready to share his opinion and stories. Mike was not a person to make a scene or cause a fuss or require special attention. This was evident in the dignified manner in which he stoically fought his final illness. We will miss his easy going smile and laughter.
Our condolences to Christine and his family
From: Paul Bosman
Mike and I met in 2009 and for many years cooperated together as chair/secretary-tandem in ICAO AIS-AIMSG meetings as well as AIM conferences around the globe. Working with Mike never had its dull moments. He was an aviation enthusiastic, a strong believer in bringing the business into the 21st century but also did not shy away from bringing his views to the table. We shared evening meals & drinks in many places around the world and his love for the good life was certainly addictive. I will never forget Buenos Aires; The steaks and bottles of Malbec at the large dinner tables with the international community were in many ways Mike at its best.
We spoke last during the AN Conference last year and despite his endurances he remained positive and full of humour. This is how I will remember him.
Christine: His love for you was omnipresent. There was never a discussion where he would not mention you. The last words he mentioned to me was how grateful he was that you were driving him to/from the ICAO building to attend the event.
I wish you and the family all the best in these very difficult times.
From: Roland Baumann
I am deeply pained to hear that Mike passed away after having worked with him for many years. At least he was able to pass away peacefully with his wife at his side but words are of no help in expressing the sorrow I feel at this moment. Many interesting moments of discussion come to my mind looking back. My sincere condolences! May his soul rest in peace.
From: Pilar Cumming
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We will miss Michael
Pilar and Robert Cumming
From: Kirsten Riensema
I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing from my colleagues, and my heart goes out to you and yours at this difficult time. Michael was very hard working and passionate about aviation safety and always a good sounding board. His scope of knowledge was very wide and I am sure he will be greatly missed in the Chamber and outside as well. A great colleague and friend.
All the best to you at this difficult time.
Kirsten Riensema (ex UK ANC Member)
From: Leo Knaapen
You shall always be in the Hearts and Minds of the industry gang in Montreal. And shall miss you, my friend.
From: David Gamper
I am so sorry for your heavy loss. Mike sat next to me in the ANC and we had many great conversations in which his passion for aviation always came through. I enjoyed our chats about other subjects too. His experience was important to the whole ANC community, and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and love are with you and all his family. I wish you strength.
From: Christian Schulthess
Mike will be remembered by all of us as a very friendly colleague and a very knowledgable one in every respect. He was even explaining to me in detail all the special gadgets and functions of my Swiss Watch from the sixties. In fact, therefore I did and will also in future be remembered to him everytime I look on my old watch.
I wish you all best, Christine!
Michael was passionate about aviation and I was one of many individuals around the whole world who had the opportunity to meet him. We met in many places on this little planet and exchanged our views on domains well beyond aviation only ! I have fond memories of the time spent together in Bordeaux, including in the vineyards and around a good glass of wine... Mike will be missed. My sincere condolences.
From: Henk Hof
I will miss Michael, a colleague/friend with dedication and enthusiasm.
My sincere condolances to his family
From: Mike & Leonie Barton
We are devastated to hear of Mikes passing. He and you were great friends to us when we were living in Canada.
As the founding member of the three Mikes we had some great times together.
We will miss him greatly and our love and thoughts are with you and his wider family during this sad time.
Our thoughts are with you.
Mike and Leonie
From: Diana Thibeault
My deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
From: Samuli and Iitu Vuokila
Dear Christine and family,
Our warmest condolences in your times of sorrow. Wish you strength in this difficult time.
From: Glyn Owen, CGH Technologies, Inc.
Dear Christine and family,
Michael will be missed. His dedication, spirit and positive outlook shall be remembered. He was a fair, honest and above all showed respect to others and their views. I hope during this time your family can pull through and remember Michael as a loving husband, caring friend, and good person to all.
May he rest in peace.
From: Robert Nimz
Michael was a mentor to me not only as the person who first introduced the "AIS to AIM" concept to me but also in our discussions regarding life in general. He was a wealth of knowledge as every point he made had an associated story that illustrated in practical terms why the abstract improvement was required. His passion for "doing the right thing" rather than the "seeking an expedient solution" spoke to who he was as a person and that was reflected in both his professional and social interactions. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.
From: Michael Standar
My deepest condolences, a dear friend with a very good and open heart, full of enthusiasm to life and aviation has left us. Rest in peace Michael, I will always remember you.
From: Luginbuehl Markus
Michael - I almost can't believe, you passed away so quickly - I'm missing you!
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to all familiy, to all closed friends on the loss of Michael. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss.
May the Lord give you peace and comfort!
From: Vince and Natasha Galotti
Natasha and I are heartbroken. We remember how happy Mike was when he first told us about you and we have seen how happy you continued to be together. I first met Mike at the start of the ATM Operational Concept Panel. He was my best friend and I have worked closely with him and I know first hand how great his contribution was to ICAO, aviation and safety. Natasha and I hope and pray that you may find peace and comfort through the memories that you have of your wonderful years together.
From: John Lawson & Danielle Viau
We knew Michael for just a few short years but were charmed by his affability and good conversation. We shall miss his fun-loving outlook on life and were devastated to hear of his illness. He never gave up but sadly he lost his fight. We offer our condolences to his loving wife Christine and his family.
From: Gord and Karen(Derer)Smith
We are deeply saddened by the news of Michael's passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Christine and the Hohm Family.
From: Isabelle Monnier
Michael was a very pleasant collegue, ready to help.
It is a great loss for the ICAO community.
I wish Chritine and the whole family a lot of strength to overcome this terrible time.
My deepest thoughts
From: Jeff & Cheryl Bollard
Our sincere condolences to you and Michael's family. I remember Michael as a friend always ready for a chat and as a colleague for discussion on the finer points of aviation.
Jeff and Cheryl Bollard, Canberra Australia
From: Johnston Simon
Dear Christine, and the Hohm and St John family
The loss of Mike leaves a large emptiness with many of us. He was a friend, an instructor and a mentor to many, and I will be forever grateful of the efforts he went to, to enable a number of us to succeed in the aviation careers we have today. He will be sorely missed.
I am glad for the opportunity to have known Mike all these years since those days in the early 80s' when he made such an impact on me and others.
I am truly sorry for your loss Christine.
Godspeed dear friend.
You departed too soon.
From: Terry Yeomans
So sorry to hear of Michaels sudden passing, he was a positive influence to anyone he was around and will be missed by us all at IBAC. Stay strong.
From: Daniel Vaca
To the Hohm Family,
I was very saddened to hear of Michael's passing. He was an extremely knowledgeable and informative person, who only added to the many conversations that we had. He was more importantly, an extremely nice and friendly man to be around. He enjoyed life, which is what we should all endeavor to do.
My sincere condolences,
From: Mike Jackson
Dear Christine and family,
My sincere condolences for your tragic loss. Mike was a dear colleague and true aviation safety professional. He will be sorely missed in the halls of ICAO.
From: Ruth Poapst
My girls, Serge and I are so sorry for your loss. Although we never met, Michael told me that he had ‘met the girl of his dreams’, so I was so very happy for you both. We hope the memories you made together, will give you comfort now and forever.
Crystal, Chantel, Candace, Charlene, Ruth and Serge
From: Swaminathan Subramanian
My heartfelt condolences.
I have known Mike briefly, two short years. However, the impact is huge. We came so close that he was like an older brother to me. He is as rare a person as he is a professional. One of the few pilots to design airspace and air routes as a professional. One of the few human beings who can be so simple loving and endearing despite being a very knowledgeable person. Since mid 2018, he was my best support and I am crestfallen at his early departure. He promised to comeback stronger, only to flatter to deceive and leave us weaker. Can anyone be as positive, I doubt, and in that vein believe strongly that his ethereal presence will continue to influence me.
From: Grant Wilson
Extremely sorry for your loss.
I had the good fortune to work with Mike on a number of files through the years, first when he was Transport & then Nav Canada while I was with Air Canada. Then later on while he was with ICAO & I was working with IATA Middle East/North Africa.
Always a good guy, straight-ahead & trying to move the files forward.
And more lately chatting about work & life during the Friday Kiwi lunches. I will miss his camaraderie and good humour.
My deepest sympathies.
From: Paul Adamson
Very sad to hear of Michael's passing. Although I did not know him for long, I had come to respect his knowledge and appreciate his company.
From: Doug Mein
Dear Christine and family members,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your tragic loss. I knew Mike for many years while working as a member of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and later when I was Director of Transport Canada’s Air Navigation Services & Airspace Branch in Ottawa (1996-2005). Mike also served as a member of the Canadian delegation at a pivotal ICAO AIS-MAP Divisional Meeting in Montreal in May 1998 which had the privilege of chairing.
Throughout my association with Mike I always found him to be a very affable, enthusiastic and professionally minded person who had a genuine passion for the betterment of civil aviation safety, supported by deep-rooted professional knowledge. But above all, I found that Mike had great, fun loving sense of humour with a zest for life. He was also a bit of a romantic with many interesting philosophical views about life that we shared together sometimes over a glass of wine.
Mike will be very conspicuous by his absence at ICAO but he will always be remembered! May the good memories with Michael as a son, brother, husband and a grandfather be a perpetual comfort to all who knew him. As we say in aviation, he departed the fix too soon but he is now flying higher and may his soul eternally rest in peace!
From: Eddy Porosnicu
I will always remember Michael as a voice of reason in the ICAO AIS meetings. Trying to keep the balance between our sometimes wild ideas and the need to follow the established rules and traditions was not always an easy task. His wide aviation experience was obviously of great help. He was also a wonderful companion for the “group dinners”, in Montreal and in many other places around the World.
My sincere condolences to the family.
From: Dawne & Larry Williams
As extended family members, we've known Michael since he was a young boy and are heartbroken at his passing. His love of planes and aviation was evident very early in his childhood, and it was gratifying to witness him pursue his passion and follow his dreams to build a career that he clearly loved. He was a special person who possessed a contagious joie de vivre and enthusiasm not only for aviation, but for many varied interests, topics and hobbies, and he loved sharing that enthusiasm with his colleagues, friends and family. His family meant so much to him and he loved coming back home to B.C. for special occasions and celebrations. He was so happy when he met Christine, the love of his life, and the years he spent together with her were his happiest and most content. Christine, we hope your cherished memories of your time together will help you over the road ahead. Michael will be dearly missed and remembered by so many.
Dawne and Larry
Dear family and friends of michael
Hello my name is Lina , and I would first like to start off by sending everyone my condolences. When we lose a loved one it’s never easy . We may ask ourselves will suffering ever end? Something that gives us hope is what the Bible says in revelation 21:3,4 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
As we read in the Bible it gives us hope that one day there will not be death. Suffering crying, or pain. What a wonderful hope that God gives us. I hope this message finds you well.
Best Lina Dubon
From: Mark Reeves
Dear Christine and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I worked with him last year at ICAO and was deeply touched by his friendship and warm soul.
I was new to the organization and Mike was quick to welcome me and my family to Montreal. He also was one of the first to engage me and make me feel a part of the team.
I know there are no words sufficient to ease the pain of the terrible loss that comes with the untimely passing of such a wonderful person so let me just say I smile every time I think of him even though I grieve. What a wonderful gift to leave us that knew him.
I'm grateful for every interaction I had with him and regret there weren't more. Mike was so proud of the work he did and of his family and was happy to share those feelings with anyone willing to listen.
I, and many others, will miss him and certainly none more than you just know all of us cared for him and at this difficult time, for you.
I close my eyes and send you all hugs for comfort, tears of grief and smiles from all the beautiful memories of his time with us.
From: Dr Mona Karazivan
Dear Christine, and family,
I am so sorry to just find out about Your tremendous loss!
I am so so so sad!
Michael was one of my all time favorite patients! What a fantastic speaker and a great guy! He spoke highly of you.
I am sending you my deepest sympathies and wish you courage during this very difficult time.
Dr Mona Karazivan
From: Robert Bourgaize
I met Mike Holmes at Skyway Air Services in Langley, B.C. The year was 1981 and his memory never faded from my mind over all these years. I remember him as a fun loving, intelligent fellow, who made friends easily and was committed to aviation. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to know him, if ever so briefly.
From: Debb Bomback
My very deepest condolences to you Dear Christine,
I first met Michael when he was my flight instructor at Skyway in Langley BC in 1982. That was when he became my Pal.
But I really got to know who he was when he moved to Toronto. I ended up moving there for work months later and Michael was instrumental in helping me settle in. We killed many bottles of fine wine discussing our various failed relationships, expectations and facial characteristics. My face and body type said I was a Big Momma and his said he was a Big Daddy with Jungle Warrior tendencies. And he was! He was such a fighter, especially for what was right! And he always wanted to take care of people.
He always referred to you as The Lovely Christine and I am so grateful that he had you in his life.
Michael had said many years ago that he was not a religious person and I think we discussed that at length too. I pray that God takes care of my Pal.
From: John Pappas
My condolences to Michael's family and friends. I have only learned of Michael's passing this evening and I am stunned and shocked in disbelief.
I met with Michael last in Nov 2017 in Montreal while there on business, life was good.
I will always have many many fond memories of Michael especially around the years he lived in Toronto. We spent many late nights together enjoying the fine taste of Greek brandy and discussing everything under the sun.
Michael, I have missed your friendship for some time and will miss you even more now.
Rest in peace my friend.