Michael passed away on 10 July 2015. His daughter Roberta provided the following obituary.
Michael Robert Wheeler was born on 6 September 1939 to Gladys and Fitzpatrick Wheeler in Kent. He was later joined by his sister Gillian. His father was in the military, so they were in transit often. Whenever they settled, it was always on a farm. He and his sister enjoyed many adventures with his cousins Geoff and Lorna. He attended Magdalen College School and then Exeter College, a Teacher Training College.
Michael was a passionate teacher who was concerned about his students excelling. He taught in Moss Side, Manchester, in the late 1960s. While pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Miami he was offered an opportunity to teach in the Bahamas, which he eagerly accepted.
When he arrived in the Bahamas in 1970, he was in awe of its beauty. He called it ‘my paradise’. The Ministry of Education first posted him to Central Andros, where he met Salomie Anderson. Michael and Salomie got married on 18 August 1971. They were blessed with three children: Jason, Roberta and Magheo. Michael also assisted in the rearing of Salomie’s younger siblings and other family members.
Michael had the pleasure of teaching on islands such as Andros, Inagua, Eleuthera, Crooked Island, New Providence and Abaco. As an educator, he was one of the first teachers to introduce the agricultural programme at H O Nash Junior High School. He made a tremendous contribution to the educational system in the Bahamas.
Michael enjoyed tending to his garden of fruits and vegetables. He was multi-talented in making crafts and furniture out of driftwood. He delighted in combing the beaches and fishing, always smiling when he brought home fish he caught off the beach.
In spite of the health challenges of living with diabetes for over 30 years, he never complained. Michael lived a full, happy life and after 75 years his journey was completed. He was a wonderful father, husband, brother, uncle, counsellor, teacher, mentor and friend. He was loved and will be sorely missed.