Michael was born on January 6 1924 in Winnipeg as the son of Stephen and Katharine Howanyk, of Winnipeg. His brothers were: Paul (RCAF overseas), Daniel, Andrew, Steven and Peter Howanyk (deceased May 17 1941). His sisters were: Mrs. Anne Mandock, Mrs. Jean Seledyck, Mrs. Estelle Rouchal, Mrs. A. Lalonde (deceased September 30 1944) and Doris Howanyk.
His profession was a sheet metal worker and he was member of the United Church. His sports were: hockey, football and baseball and he played a mouth organ and did not read much and liked to go to parties and dancing now and then.
He enlisted on January 15 1943 in Winnipeg and he went overseas to the UK on September 1 1943.
Michael took part of the D-Day in Normandy on June 6 1944 and he was thereafter killed in action in the SP Coy on Friday August 12 1944 age 20 near Falaise. And he was temporarily buried in Mondeville and on April 17 1945 reburied in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: LORD, LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF PEACE” HE LIES IN PEACEFUL SLEEP, HIS MEMORY WE WILL KEEP
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.