I am deeply saddened to learn of Michael Miceli’s passing on December 22, 2020. Only 40 years old, Michael was a valued leader in the city and member of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) for over two and a half years. As Chair of this committee, I had the privilege of learning from Michael and working with him on a number of key issues to improve the livability of Toronto for people living with disabilities.
Michael graduated summa cum laude with a B.A, honours degree in Psychology and Certificate in Practical Ethics from the Department of Philosophy in 2005 at York University. Additionally, he earned a M.A degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University, and had been working towards his PhD. Michael was known for not only his profound intelligence, but deep humility as well.
Michael’s passion, thoroughness and dedication will be fondly remembered alongside his kindness and open hearted nature. Through his work at TAAC, Michael worked with his colleagues to provide clear and effective advice to the City of Toronto on removing and preventing barriers for people living with disabilities and advancing accessibility. He had an active hand in broadly improving the lives of many Torontonians by increasing their access to municipal services from housing to recreation to transportation.
It is always hard to lose those we care about, and even harder when we lose someone so young. While 2020 has given us innumerable challenges, I hope you are able to find comfort at this time in each other and in remembering Michael. Many have shared memories and kind words through Kane-Jarrett Funeral Homes. Please continue to share them as these memories will keep him in our hearts. Michael will be sorely missed by myself and all who knew him.