In Loving Memory of Michael Channer
"Living the dream"
by Joe Lattuca
12 Sep 2005
A year has come and gone, and still I miss my friend Mike. On one of my visits back home to Canada I met up with Mike at the airport. I given him some money to buy me a ticket for the Cadet ball (which i wasnt' able to make but he never bought the ticket anyways). So in exchange for my measley 50$ he took Gus and myself up in the ol' cessna 172 at Carp Airport. It was a great time, for once i was with two good friends enjoying the freedom of the skies. He gave me a quick lesson in the air asking if i could turn the aircraft i did, in a slight slow 12degree bank when i completed the turn. He turned and said "that's not how you turn a plane, this is how you make a turn..." He then proceeded to dip the wing almost 70 degrees down and pulled on the yoke. We must have spent 2 hours up in that plane, finally after tossed us around a bit in his 'roller coaster' we were ready to land. Mike turned to me and said 'you ever landed before?' i shook my head and he said 'well you can line it up if you want..' after a few careful moves i managed to line it up pretty well, and we were ready to land. it was perfect so smooth, not even a hop. That was his style smooth like silk. Later that day he drove me to the airport so i could fly back to Mass, I miss my friend but everytime i look up i see us laughing and bouncing around above Ottawa in that small orange cessna with the airport yelling over the radio 'foxtrot yankee zulu, where are you going?!?!'
"A bookish way to honour and remember Mike!"
by Helen Palmer
One of Zurich's Teddies looking after a book for Mike!
9 Sep 2005
As it came closer to today, I wanted to do something positive and active to honour Mike and to remember his life. I decided to buy and collect books that had some relevance to Mike, and leave them for other people to find!
This is called bookcrossing - www.bookcrossing.com! Each book gets a label inside with a unique Bookcrossing ID. When someone finds the book, if they enter this number into the website, you can track the book's journey. It's a great excercise in serendipity, and a wonderful way for other people to find out about Mike and his life! Click here to find out more about bookcrossing.
It's been a beautiful day here in Zurich, and I took an hour to wander around town and leave the right books in the right places. I spent time yesterday in a charity bookshop in Zurich, buying the right books to honour Michael and remember his life. I was really happy with my choices - i got travel guides for Africa, Sri Lanka, London and Canada, plus a novel about flying in Africa. I had 2 books here at home to release, one about 2 friends who go travelling and remember a friend of theirs who has just died, and a wonderful book called "The 5 people you meet in Heaven."
If you want to find out more, here's the information about my bookcrossing challenge
"Capt." Mike Channer Bookcrossing Challenge (Click on each book title in turn to find out more about why I chose that book, and where I left it!)
There's more photos here
My thoughts today are with all of Mike's friends, family, collegues, but especially with Gerry and Sharon, and Melissa.
"Miss you Mike"
9 Sep 2005
Miss you so damn much Mike - today more than ever. Though usually it's with the happiest of memories and thoughts that make us all smile - today it just feels so hard to smile.
I just feel so incredibly blessed to have even met you - I don't know if I have ever met somebody who in such a short while affected our lives so much! Miss you every day.
9 Sep 2005
For the first time in 25 yrs I am lost for words. I wish you were here to finish my sentences and stop my tears.
I miss you
"We Miss you Michael"
by Paul vd Meer
31 July 2005
As a flat-mate and one of Michaelís colleagues in Zambia last year, I would like to say a few words about Michael. It has been a while since 9/9/2004, but I have found it difficult to express words.
In great respect for Michael, Gerry and Sharon, I wish to remember our friend, colleague, Brother Michael by commenting on Mike.
Michael was indeed a reserved well-mannered polite young man, an officer and Gentleman. He always had time to help others and nothing was ever too much trouble for Michael. It was the little things he did like he would drive me to the airport at 04h00 in the morning in the Icebox (the land-rover we drove in Lusaka) and pick me up late at night. Michael was a thinker; he would often sit and think about ways and means of going about tasks diligently and effectively. Michael spoke a lot about his Canadian friends; his parents and how it was back home in Canada. Michael was a leader and an influencer, not afraid to stand up and do what was right. He was not afraid to stand up and speak if nonsense was being spoken. Michael was also a man of integrity and would shine when it came to honesty and doing it right first time, quietly getting on with the task at hand. He flew the aircraft he was tasked to fly with precision, accuracy and was fantastic with his passengers. Michael was never afraid to ask for advice and often we would exchange ideas about how it could work, or why it wonít work.
Michael struck me as he having a deep respect for the local Zambians and always had the time to stop and chat to them. He always had time for others.
To Gerry and Sharon, you are two fine people who raised a fine son. You can be very proud of Michael. I would also like to commend Gerry and Sharon for their leadership and courage in the face of such adversity. One of the finest moments I will never forget is having dinner with you in memory of Michael.
Leanne, my wife, and I have since had a son, born in October 2004. I have named him after a brave young aviatorÖÖ Michael Channer
Oh! IO have slipped the surly bounds of earth and danced the skies
on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirthof sun-split clouds Ė
and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of-
Wheeled and soared and swung, high in the sunlit silence.
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung, the eager KOX
through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, here never lark,
nor even eagle flew-
And, while with silent lifting mind Iíve trod the high un-trespassed sanctity of spaceí
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
We miss you Michael
Paul vd Meer
"On wings of Eagles"
by Paul van der Meer
29 July 2005
Mr & Mrs Channer.
Today last year, Mike and I met at Royal Airstrip in Zambia I remember it like yesterday. I miss Michael and often think about the good times we had. He was a brave young man, a narural pilot and will allways be remembered.
Paul van der Meer