Michael Neelak Van Rooy

Michael Van Rooy

It is with great shock and sadness that we mourn the sudden death of Michael Van Rooy.  Michael was an incredibly gifted writer, a gracious colleague, and a generous person.  In addition to his career as an acclaimed author, Michael was a dedicated and active member of the literary community and a supporter of fellow Manitoban writers. As the Literary Arts Ambassador for the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada program, Michael developed a legacy project aimed at getting people to read books, and write reviews.  He believed that everyone could enjoy reading and that everyone had a point of view to share. He used his appointment as the literary arts community representative to encourage people to read and to express themselves.

Our deepest condolences go out to Michael’s family, the literary community and the larger arts community. We have truly lost a talent and a friend.


Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada
Winnipeg Arts Council
Winnipeg's Arts Ambassadors



Michael and his wife Laura at the River Barge Festival

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