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Michel Cabana passed away peacefully at the age of 58 on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024. He leaves behind his cherished husband, Ronald Comtois. Michel was the loving son of the late Madeleine Labrie and Michel Cabana. He was a caring brother to Serge Cabana (Gisela Deeke), Sylvie Langlois, and Charles Langlois (Julie Marlot).

Michel was also a beloved uncle to Melissa Cabana (Daniel), Amanda Cabana, Catrina Cabana (Jean-Phillipe), and Sergianne Cabana (Michaël). He will be remembered fondly as a great uncle by many. His extended family included his loving in-laws, Suzanne Brooks (Ronald), Michael Comtois (Carol), and Richard Comtois.

Michel’s career was enriched by his role at The Privy Council Office, where his dedication was evident. His passion for dancing and choreography brought him countless lifelong friends, especially within his extended line dancing family, The Crazy Soles. Their connections spanned across Montreal, Cornwall, Belleville, Toronto, and Wasaga Beach. Michel’s warm heart and generous spirit made a lasting impact on all of us.

A celebration of Michel’s life will take place on Tuesday, May 14th, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Road, Ottawa. Beverages and a light lunch will be served to honor his memory. Michel will always be remembered for his joy of dancing, his kindness, and the wonderful way he touched the lives of those around him.


Michel Cabana est décédé paisiblement à l’âge de 58 ans, le mardi 7 mai 2024. Il laisse dans le deuil son époux bien-aimé Ronald Comtois. Il était le fils de feu Madeleine Labrie et de feu Michel Cabana. Il était le cher frère de Serge Cabana (Gisela Deeke), Sylvie Langlois et Charles Langlois (Julie Marlot).

Il laisse également dans le deuil ses nièces Melissa Cabana (Daniel), Amanda Cabana, Catrina Cabana (Jean-Phillipe) et Sergianne Cabana (Michaël). Il restera gravé dans les mémoires de tous comme un grand oncle bien-aimé. Sa famille élargie comprend sa belle-famille, Suzanne Brooks (Ronald), Michael Comtois (Carol) et Richard Comtois.

La carrière de Michel a été enrichie par son rôle au Bureau du Conseil privé, où son dévouement était évident. Sa passion pour la danse et la chorégraphie lui a valu d’innombrables amis pour la vie, en particulier au sein de sa famille élargie de danse en ligne, les Crazy Soles. Leurs relations s’étendaient à Montréal, Cornwall, Belleville, Toronto et Wasaga Beach. Le cœur chaleureux et l’esprit généreux de Michel ont eu un impact durable sur nous tous.

Une célébration de la vie de Michel aura lieu le mardi 14 mai 2024, de 11h à 16h, au Complexe funéraire Héritage, 1250, ch. Trim, Ottawa. Des rafreshisements seront servis en son honneur pour honorer sa mémoire. On se souviendra toujours de Michel pour sa joie de danser, sa gentillesse et la façon merveilleuse dont il a touché la vie de ceux qui l’entouraient.

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We will miss you Michel. Loved your smile and the warmth you brought to the room. Line dance instructions was always fun. I still remember the last dance you showed us in Wassaga. You will be missed. Fly high over the rainbow my friend!

So very sorry to hear of Michel’s sudden passing. I have such fond memories of dancing with him in Ottawa and Wasaga and have taught many of his choreographies. He had a quiet demeanour but often surprised me with his quick sense of humor. His dance family will miss him so much. Sincerest sympathies to Ron, family and friends.

Puissent ces quelques mots vous réconforter, car le départ d’un être cher est toujours un moment très particulier de la vie, et de plus il nous est difficile aussi de le voir autrement dans cette autre vie. Il sera toujours présent à vous sa famille et ce dans vos cœurs et vos pensées….car il n’est que passé dans la pièce d’à coté…. Mais il y a aussi quelque chose de plus fort que la mort, c’est la présence des Absents dans la mémoire des vivants…. Acceptez Ron et ta famille, mes Sincères Condoléances….Bon Courage et prenez tous soins…. RENE BOULANGER

May these few words comfort you, because the departure of a loved one is always a very special moment in life, and what’s more, it is also difficult for us to see them differently in this other life. He will always be present to you, his family, in your hearts and your thoughts… because he only passed into the next room…. But there is also something stronger than the death, it is the presence of the Absent in the memory of the living…. Accept Ron and your family, my Sincere Condolences…. Good Courage and take all care…. RENE BOULANGER

I was so sad to hear about Michel’s passing…he has always been a special person to me…I always enjoyed his quirky remarks…he made me laugh. An all around great man. Memories are going around in my head of him and I smile as I see his smile. My deepest condolences to you and yours…

I have had the immense pleasure of working with Michel at PCO for over 15 years. I fondly remember him showing me pictures of his Alaskan Cruise and speaking so highly of this trip, as well as sharing his favourite birthday cake with colleagues and always being there when you needed assistance no matter how big or small.. Michel will be greatly missed and I am happy to have spent a large part of my career working along side such a wonderful employee and colleague. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Michel’s presence will forever echo in our hearts and his memory will continue to inspire us.
His departure has left an irreplaceable void in our lives. His absence will be deeply felt at PCO altering its very essence.
We will deeply miss him and it won’t be the same without him.
In this time of sorrow, were sharing the weight of your loss, extending our heartfelt wishes for tranquility and serenity.

Diane Larocque

I worked for Michel at the beginning of my career, he was the kindest boss who helped me fit into strange world of PCO with patience, grace and a lot of humour. Even 15 yrs later and several provinces away, I still think of him often and the impact he had on my career (and my life). I am so sadden to read of his passing. Ron my thoughts are with you and all of Michel’s family and friends in this difficult time. Peace and light in this dark time.

Not a hour , not a day will go by that I will not be thinking of my best friend. I miss you so much. You touched my heart and so many peoples. We had great talks and laughs . You always was checking on how I was doing , caring so much. Ron I know you knew how much Michel loved you and he often told me he was very lucky to have you . Ron my heart goes out to you and your family at this very sad time. Rest in peace my friend. Love Sue.

Together we mourn not just a colleague but a one of a kind true friend and an integral part of our work family at PCO. He was always a constant presence in our life, always ready to help, provide advise and most importantly just make you laugh. Michel’s memory will live forever in our hearts and I’m very fortunate to get to know him over the years. I share in your grief and offer my heartfelt condolences to Ron, Serge, Michel’s team at Accommodation and to all his family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.

Mes sincères condoléances à la famille, aux amis et aux collègues de Michel. Quand on pense aux gens qui travaillent au BCP, seule une poignée de noms viennent en tête. Michel était l’un d’entre eux. Il nous manquera beaucoup.

My sincere condolences to Ron and his and Michel’s family and friends. Michel will be greatly missed by many. He was a wonderful dancer, teacher, choreographer and person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Michel over the last 5 years, where he made a strong impression for his personality and professionalism. He was an exceptional and fantastic man, and we are so very sorry for his loss.

We are saddened to know there will no more Tuesday dance evenings with Michel. He was an excellent dancer, teacher and choreographer. He was also a person who cared a great deal for and helped others in many ways. The community is a poorer place for his passing.

To Ron, Ron’s family and Michel’s family, we are sorry for your loss and hope there will be comfort in knowing how important Michel was to so many.

Toutes mes condoléances à la famille, particulièrement à Ronald. Mes pensées sont avec vous. J’ai été bouleversé par ce départ. Michel nous enseignait toujours de belles danses lorsqu’il venait à Montréal Il va nous manquer. Bon courage dans cette épreuve.

Michel, rest in peace you have accomplished your mission my friend. Thank you for the time we spent together…..each and every memory of my PCO days have you in it. During that same time, was also privileged too spend many many hours with you in the car morning/evening during the oc transpo strike. Those were good times and chats. Many stories to tell about the adventures we had out there, but for another day. 🙂 to Ron please know that Michel spoke fondly of you on a daily basis. Deepest sympathies and thank you for taking good care of him.

Les mots me manquent pour vous témoigner ma profonde sympathie face à ce moment difficile. Michel était pour moi un merveilleux collègue de travail, sincère, travailleur comme pas un et avec une connaissance du BCP qui était immence. En ces moments douloureux, toutes mes pensées vous accompagnent, mes sincères condoléances à toutes la famille.

I was very sad to hear of Michel’s passing. He was a dedicated public servant who excelled at his job but also took the time to get to know his colleagues. Michel- I will miss your efficient way of solving our problems and our chats in hallway or on Sparks St. PCO will not be the same without you, Mes sincères sympathies à ton conjoint et ta famille.


Cher Michel , je suis dans un état de choc de ton soudain départ. Cela fait même pas un an que je te connais et ça semble comme toujours. Merci pour ton aide à Crazy Soles en menvoyant la danse avant le mardi. Tu laisses dans mon coeur un très grand trou . Toutes mes sympathies Ron et a ta famille . Il restera toujours gravé dans nos coeurs et sa présence sera toujours sentie.. xo

J’ai appris la terrible nouvelle du décès de notre ami MICHEL. Depuis, toutes mes pensées sont pour toi et la famille. Je n’imagine pas la peine qui est la tienne, mais je partage ta douleur. Reçois mes plus sincères condoléances et mes pensées les plus chaleureuses.

tout mes sympathies a Ron et la famille. Michel m’a laisse des souvenirs merveilleux de danses et d’amitié. il manquera à tellement de personnes ne serait-ce que pour sa générosité et sa gentillesse.

Ron et la famille de Serge, cette triste nouvelle du décès de Michel est un choc pour moi.
Trop jeune pour un départ si précipité sans nous dire au revoir et à plus tard.
Tu auras encore la chance de revoir de vieux amis et famille là-haut et continuer tes cours de danse mon grand.
Amuse-toi et veille sur nous car avec mes 80 ans, je suis certaine que je te revois bientôt.
Recevez toutes nos plus chaleueuses et sincères condoléances.
La famille Cabana

Cher Michel, je suis sure que tu laisse un très grand trou dans l’équipe du BCP/BPM; tu as été un collègue de travail exceptionnel et don’t j’ai apprécié la
gentillesse et la
Avec mon meilleur souvenir,
Geneviève J.

Deeply saddened to learn of Michel’s sudden passing. My heartfelt condolences both to you Ron and your families.. Our line dance family has lost a very special member. 🙏

To express my feelings at this time, especially after reading so many heartfelt thoughts, leaves me reeling. Truly a special man who touched so many, never to be forgotten but memories will be cherished. Sincerest sympathy to Ron, family and friends, until we meet again Michel…

i still can’t believe that Michel is gone. I enjoyed our chats at PCO. He was kind, funny and very efficient at his job. Taken way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time. RIP Michel

Michel was a special person, always trying to make the world a better place. I was lucky enough to work with him and call him my friend. He leaves a big hole in the world and in our hearts. Rest in peace my friend. Ron you have my deepest sympathies.

To Ron and family. My deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of a real presence…Michel. Reading through the shared memories I realize that he was many things to many, a line dance friend and teacher (me), an excellent work colleague, a husband, a beloved brother and uncle. I am sorry for your loss.

My sincere condolences to Ron and Family.

I recall how much time Ron and Michel spent together. You two were virtually inseparable. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this heartbreaking time. I cannot imagine the pain and heartache you’re feeling. I am praying for your peace and comfort.

I am heartbroken to lose such a great friend and colleague. Michel you were one of a kind. So willing to help anyone who asked, kind hearted with your charity work, constantly showing me your travel adventures and always there with a joke and a smile. I am so fortunate to have taken the chance to come to PCO and even more fortunate to have spent our time with adjoining cubicles – although everyone knows you did your best work along Sparks and Metcalfe. I had hoped we would spend the rest of careers together but the universe had other plans.

I grieve for Ron, Serge and your extended network of family and friends. Rest well my friend. Xoxo

Notre rencontre avec Michel fut brève mais inoubliable. Nous l’avons rencontré grâce à notre amie commune Françoise qui nous a quitté l’an dernier. Nous les imaginons danser ensemble maintenant. Puissent les souvenirs des beaux moments partagés ensemble déposent un baume réconfortant sur vos coeurs attristés par son départ. Bon courage ! De la part des Filles d’Isabelle, Cercle Sainte-Marie.

Ron I am so sorry for your loss. l worked with Michel and found him to be a caring and funny person.
I remember him fondly.

Diane Wistaff
retired from PCO Printing and Graphics

Ron, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Although my time with Michel was brief, it was a pleasure to have met him and to have had him support me during a difficult time. I can imagine the joy he and my mom must be experiencing now, line dancing together for eternity. I will hold onto the memories and photographs shared by my mom Fran, and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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J’ai eu le privilège de travailler quotidiennement sous la supervision directe de Michel pendant quelques mois en 2021 et l’annonce de son départ me choque et m’attriste beaucoup. Michel était une personne d’une rare authenticité, généreuse, intègre, passionnée et qui avait visiblement à cœur son travail et ses proches. Il laisse certainement un grand vide à combler, mais aussi de très beaux souvenirs aux nombreuses personnes dont il a touché la vie tant au travail que dans sa vie personnelle et son engagement envers la danse.
J’offre mes pensées et condoléances les plus sincères à ses proches, et tout particulièrement à Ron, pour qui les mots me manquent.

Michel you touched my life in so many ways. You made me feel special. Your generosity will never be forgotten. I loved dancing with our Crazy Sole family. It was what I looked forward to every week. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. Line dancing will never be the same without you there.
My deepest condolences to Ron and all of Michel’s family for this terrible loss of your loved one. Keep your treasured memories of good times shared close. Hopefully they will bring you comfort.

My sincerest condolences to family and close friends. Michel was a dedicated friend and colleague at PCO for the past 10 years. His smile, dedication and candor will be missed but remembered forever.

Mes synceres condoleences a la famille, amis et collegues de Michel. J’ai eu le privillege de cotoyer et travailler conjointement avec Michel durant les 16 dernieres annees. Michel restera a mes yeux un exemple de devouement, integrite et de gentillesse. C’est non seulement un collegue exemplaire que nous perdons mais aussi un amis. Il nous manquera a tous

Cher Michel…Tu nous manques énormément. Tu étais non seulement un collègue, mais aussi un ami que j’appréciait beaucoup. Ton grand cœur et ta générosité sont inégalés! Tu étais toujours prêts à aider, que ce soit tes collègues, tes amis ou les gens dans la communauté. Il y avait rien de trop beau ou de geste trop grand pour les gens en besoins et les gens qui étaient chers pour toi. Tes histoires personnelles à travers les années m’ont permis de mieux te connaitre et je me considère tellement choyée d’avoir eu cette chance. Merci d’avoir agrémenté nos vies avec ton rire et ta présence. J’ai une grande tristesse, mais je me réconforte avec tous les beaux souvenirs que nous avons de toi. Mes sympathies les plus profondes pour la famille, les amis et pour tous les gens qui ont eu la chance de connaitre Michel.

Working with Michel was a pleasure. He was always a ray of sunshine.
He always had time to say hi, even if it was just walking past each other on the sidewalk.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss, and he will be missed as he made the world a bit better around him.
My symptoms condolences to his family and their loss during these times.

Mes sincères sympathies à la famille et ami(e)s. Je côtoyais Michel au travail depuis une quinzaine d’années. Il était reconnu pour son dévouement et son intégrité. Je vais m’ennuyer de croiser Michel ici et là tout le temps, car oui, Michel était partout ! Il va nous manquer.

I knew Michel professionally for a very long time and it was always a pleasure doing business with him.
I had last seen him upon his return from his trip in February – looked like he had a great time!
My condolences to Michel’s family, friends and colleagues.

I worked many years with Michel at PCO. Michel was dedicated to his work and gained a lot of respect because of his devotion and work ethics. He was always there to help. I learned a lot working with him. All my sympathies to his family and friends. You will be missed my friend.

Michel asked me to join The Crazy Soles at a time when I needed someone to care. He’s looked after me ever since. He was dedicated to his family and friends, the people he worked with, and to helping people who need help. I’ll miss him forever.

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