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LASSASOMBATH-ERB: Michael Allen of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On August 23, 2020 @ 4:55 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 55 Comments

LASSASOMBATH-ERB: Michael Allen of Exeter

Unexpectedly at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Saturday, August 22, 2020 of  Exeter, at the age of 15. Adored son of Sombath Lassasombath-Erb and Phonsavanh Phongsavath. Proud brother of Thomas, Anna, and Angelina Lassasombath-Erb. Cherished grandson of Al and Laurie Erb of Goderich and Mr. and Mrs. Phongsavath of Laos. Michael will be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Friday evening from 6 – 9 PM. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, each person must RSVP with a time to attend the visitation. Please click “Register Now” below to register. Each person coming into the funeral home must wear a mask.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 10 AM. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your own home. Stream the service live by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh. A private funeral mass will be held at a later date.

Donations to Muscular Dystrophy Canada or March of Dimes Canada would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “LASSASOMBATH-ERB: Michael Allen of Exeter”

Condolence from Dan Gracey on August 23rd, 2020 7:05 PM

I am truly sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. It was a privilege to be at Precious Blood CES with him. He brought so much joy to the school community. Michael’s enthusiasm for home time and saying ‘bye!’ to us all is a memory I will always cherish. God bless Michael, his family, and all his friends, caregivers, and educators at Precious Blood CES and South Huron DHS.

Condolence from Mary Brown on August 23rd, 2020 7:21 PM

I am so very sad to hear of Michael’s passing. Much love to all his family.

Condolence from Cecelia and Don Denomme on August 23rd, 2020 8:53 PM

Dear Sombath’s family – So sad – to know of your sadness – Please know – each of you are on our minds and in our hearts 💞 – Don and I are blest that – each of you are special in our lives.
Sincerely Cecelia and Don

Condolence from Jim Bissett on August 23rd, 2020 9:05 PM

Sorry for your loss Al and Family

Condolence from Chansamone family on August 23rd, 2020 9:26 PM

Our deepest condolences to the family 🙏 so sorry for the loss of your son . May he always rest in peace 🙏

Condolence from Shawn and Lynn Watson on August 23rd, 2020 9:35 PM

So very sorry for the loss to your family, sending you all of our love

Condolence from Shirley Erb on August 23rd, 2020 10:00 PM

Al Laurie and family My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Brenda Hill on August 23rd, 2020 10:24 PM

I had the pleasure of teaching Michael twice at South Huron. He very quickly worked his way right into a special place in my heart, as he managed to do with everyone who knew him. His infectious smile, his celebratory high fives, and his love for puzzles and stickers will never be forgotten. My heart is heavy tonight. Sending my sincere condolences to you all at this incredibly sad time. Peace be with you.

Condolence from Liam Caissie on August 23rd, 2020 10:26 PM

Michael was a classmate of mine. He was such a happy person, with a smile that brightened up my day. I looked forward to seeing him in computers class. I’ll miss his high fives and stickers.
I’m so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Laura Allan on August 23rd, 2020 10:44 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Michael was a bright light in our grade 9 business class. He was so well liked by his classmates and educators. I will miss Michael’s sparkly eyes.

Condolence from Aleaha Reymer on August 23rd, 2020 11:54 PM

So sorry to hear about Michael. He had the kindest heart, sweetest smile and friendliest high fives. Growing up with him, he was always the brightest light in the room. Even on bad days he could make everyone’s day so much better by just being there. He was always so happy and loved to laugh with everyone. He made an amazing classmate and an even better friend. He touched so many hearts with those tiny and gentle hands of his. He was the best of us all. He will be missed greatly. So deeply sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Debbie McCann on August 24th, 2020 12:11 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I got to see him this summer at Julia’s and he had that wonderful smile he has had since the day I met him in kindetgarden. He was a wonderful little boy who loved his books and music and stickers. He so enjoyed the kids at PBS.
I am so sorry I wont be able to come to his visitation, I am away but you will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will be thinking of that beautiful smile we all got every day we saw him. Fly hi in heaven Michael and know you will be miss.
Mrs. Debbie

Condolence from Rochelle Gibbings on August 24th, 2020 1:58 AM

My favourite memories are of when Michael would blow kisses to myself and his classmates throughout the day. He was always so happy and loved to engage with everyone around him. I am extremely blessed to have been a part of his journey and to watch him grow through the years he spent at Precious Blood, especially for the 2 years I was able to teach him. He will always hold a special spot in my heart and I will miss him deeply.
My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Sombath, Phon, Thomas, Anna and Angelina. May your memories of Michael brighten these dark times of sadness.

Condolence from Donna O’Brien on August 24th, 2020 8:42 AM

Dear Allen,Laurie and family

Thinking of you with love at this sad time !!


Condolence from Jennifer Waye, Ian & Ema Brown on August 24th, 2020 8:43 AM

Bud & Family

Sorry to hear of Michaels passing
He was such an adorable boy

Praying for you and your family

Condolence from Sharon Allison on August 24th, 2020 9:32 AM

So sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. He will be missed by all in the Community , his family , and at School.
Wishing the family peace at this difficult time.

Sharon Allison

Condolence from Katelyn Iredale on August 24th, 2020 9:37 AM

I didn’t get eat to work with Michael at SHDHS for very long, but his smile and happy nature left a lasting impression on me. It always brightened my day running into Michael in the hallway and having a quick chat. He will be deeply missed. Thinking of your family as this time.

Condolence from Sherry Wedlake on August 24th, 2020 10:17 AM

I had the pleasure of going all through school with Michael. He was the sweetest, strongest boy and had a smile that brightened the room. Michael had the biggest and kindest heart. My favourite memories of Michael are singing his favourite song, doing puzzles and playing games together. I will dearly miss his gentle hugs, his amazing smile, his love of stickers and how he would blow kisses to his friends and myself. Michael brought me and so many others a great amount of joy. Sending my condolences to Michaels family, friends and loved ones.

Condolence from Lucas Dobson on August 24th, 2020 10:30 AM

I am so sorry for you loss he was a class mate of mine and I always looked forward to seeing him in the halls . I had no idea this would happen he was always so happy when I saw him.

My dearest condolences.

Condolence from Sherry Wedlake on August 24th, 2020 10:32 AM

I had the pleasure of going all through school with Michael. He was the sweetest and strongest boy. He had the biggest and kindest heart. Michael had an amazing smile that would just lighten the room. My favourite memories of Michael are singing his favourite song, playing games, doing puzzles together and how he would blow kisses to all of his friends and myself. I will miss Michaels gentle hugs, his sweet smile and his love of stickers. My condolences go out to Michaels family, friends and loved ones.

Condolence from Joe & Cassidy Chiarella on August 24th, 2020 10:48 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss Michael has left a trully loving memory in all hearts that had the opportunity to meet . I pray that God has taken him in his hands and freed him from all his pain and that he gives the family the strength to carry on.
RIP 🙏 Michael

Condolence from Tess Denomme on August 24th, 2020 11:44 AM

My condolences to all of Michaels friends and family. He is deeply cared for by everyone who knew him. I thank him for teaching me so much and letting me read books, play basketball, do puzzles and just hang out with him everyday. He was such a kind and happy soul. Stay strong during these tough times.

Condolence from Phyllis Scott on August 24th, 2020 12:18 PM

Dear Al and Laurie
Sincere condolences and prayers are with you at this sad time of loss of a grandson . Sincerely Phyllis and Lorne

Condolence from Rose Ducharme on August 24th, 2020 12:49 PM

I helped Michael at school last semester. I’m going to miss his high fives. His love for stickers and puzzles. He loved to read books. He always knew how to make me smile even on my bad days.

I’m sorry for your loss Michael’s parents

Condolence from Alex Morley on August 24th, 2020 1:38 PM

To Michael’s family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Michael was a classmate of mine. He was always so happy and friendly. My condolences to you all.

Condolence from Mckenna on August 24th, 2020 2:07 PM

Micheal you were an amazing friend and student, you never failed to make me smile, I loved playing games with you, it was an honour being your helper from kindergarten to grade 7 and knowing you for so many years

Condolence from Marion McCarter on August 24th, 2020 4:10 PM

To Michael’s famly
As as in-school mentor for BBBS it was a real joy to see Michael at Precious Blood. He truly was a precious little man and always looked forward to a “high 5” and to speak when he saw you. So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy.
Marion McCarter

Condolence from Calvin on August 24th, 2020 4:34 PM

Sorry about your lost of a big kid at this age Michael was a good kid when I seen them in the school praising go out to you guys Michael’s family

Condolence from Tracy McLennan on August 24th, 2020 4:50 PM

Michael’s heart was bigger than he was. His smile could make anyone melt and his gentle nature was so incredibly endearing. I enjoyed getting to know Michael last year in Grade 9 at SHDHS and I was looking forward to having him in my Grade 10 class this year. His love of books surpassed even mine, and he was always showing off a new sticker he had received. His time with us was so short, but his impact on everyone around him was infinite. My deepest condolences to you all.
Tracy McLennan

Condolence from Yvonne Wilts on August 24th, 2020 6:37 PM

Michael had a special place in my heart. He taught his peers so much and he loved working with his classmates. His smile brightened everyone’s day. It was a privilege to have worked with him at SHDHS. May God strengthen you during this difficult time. Love and prayers!,

Condolence from Steve&Candi McIntyre on August 24th, 2020 7:43 PM

We are so very sorry to hear of Michaels passing. Our thoughts are prayers are with you.

Condolence from Jim and Ruth Gingerich on August 24th, 2020 8:09 PM

Al, Laurie and family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael. Keeping you all on our thoughts and prayers.

Jim and Ruth

Condolence from Mike and Liz Corriveau on August 24th, 2020 8:35 PM

To Al and Laurie and family , our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sorrowful time for the loss of Michael

Condolence from Melissa Ennis on August 24th, 2020 9:02 PM

Sombath, Phonsavanh, Anna, Thomas and Angelina,

My sincere condolences. Michael was an amazing person who I had the pleasure of teaching when he was in his earliest years of school. He was a loving, happy boy who brought joy to all around him. His kind nature and sense of humour shone brightly each day. Michael will be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Melissa Ennis (nee Walker)

Condolence from Barbara Desjardins on August 24th, 2020 10:21 PM

I had the pleasure of teaching Michael in JK at St. Mary’s school in Goderich…..his happy outlook on life made it easy for him to make friends. I was very sorry to hear of his passing, from his grandparents, Al and Laurie, my neighbours. May great memories bring you all comfort and his loving ways be an example of how to live life. Sincerely, Barbara Desjardins

Condolence from Lori Steckle James on August 25th, 2020 11:47 AM

In a time of grief, there are no words that can take away the sting. I hope knowing that others are surrounding you with prayers and love, will let you know that you are not alone. Prayers and peace. Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Condolence from Eric Chisholm on August 25th, 2020 12:26 PM

My sincere condolences to Michael’s family. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael for the last few years at South Huron, both as a teacher, and spec. ed. facilitator. I fear I will need to bring a flashlight with me to school this year, since we won’t have Michael’s smile and personality to light up every room. I can’t help but smile through my sadness as I think of the puzzles, stickers, and drawings we used to do; not to mention the thousand “hi’s” and high fives every day. My family is sending our thoughts and prayers to yours. Michael, you will be greatly missed! High Five!!!!

Condolence from Sandy Watson on August 25th, 2020 3:35 PM

My heart is broken for you all. I just loved Michael and enjoyed seeing him everyday at Precious Blood when I was a volunteer and monitor. He and my son Devon went through school together there. He was such a special boy and brought so much joy to all. Him and I did many puzzles and games together and I will always remember him.
Sincerest condolences
Mrs. Sandy

Condolence from Patti Welsh on August 25th, 2020 10:11 PM

My sincere condolences go out to Sombath, Phon, Thomas, Anna and Angelina. I had the pleasure of teaching this dear little boy. He was loved by all the staff and students of Precious Blood School! Michael was a sweet and precious boy who through his cheerful nature brought out the best in all of us. He always greeted you with a smile. He loved his daily visits to the office to receive his stickers and his high fives. He especially loved his EA Julia and was equally loved in return. His gentle spirit will live on in our memories. He was a gift from God! My prayers are with the family during this most difficult time. God Bless! Much love!

Condolence from Mickie Struyke-Laurin on August 26th, 2020 12:46 PM

Laurie and Al. My deep sympathy for the loss of your grandson. Stay strong. He was always be in your memories and hearts…..Mickie

Condolence from Katie Wydeven on August 26th, 2020 5:52 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Michael. I taught this sweet boy for a very short time in Grade 1 and he amazed me everyday. He was the happiest and funniest little boy. His classmates absolutely adored pushing him around the yard and spending time with him. I am so sorry for your loss and everyone who knew him. Sending all of my love and prayers to his family.

Condolence from Heather Schoonderwoerd on August 27th, 2020 8:48 AM

My deepest sympathies to Michael’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Michael when he first started school in Goderich and transferring with him to school in Exeter. He was a joy to be with each school day. The love he had for his friends was amazing and his smile so contagious. I will cherish these memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Heather Schoonderwoerd (Mrs.S)

Condolence from Mary Wolfe on August 27th, 2020 9:36 AM

I taught French at Precious Blood CES when Michael was in Grade 4. The class was doing a French play and Michael agreed to be the Narrator. His EA Julia and I recorded the lines and then Michael would follow along and press play when it was his turn to deliver his lines. He was so excited and engaged! That is such a joyful memory that I will never forget. We all benefited from Michael’s enthusiastic attitude toward life!

Condolence from Betty versteegh on August 27th, 2020 9:47 AM

To Som and your wife and family: We are both so sad to hear of the loss of your dear Son. This is a very private and personal time but we do hope that you knowing we care brings a small amount of comfort to you. Sending our sincere sympathy at this time to all of you. Dave and Betty Versteegh

Condolence from Som pravong on August 27th, 2020 10:28 AM

You and family are in our heart and mind. Our condolences on the passing of your son Michael. Despite the loss of the physical of Michael we know that god has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life.

Condolence from Angie Gower on August 27th, 2020 11:14 AM

Im sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. To Michaels Family and Friend I send my Condolences and prayers.

Condolence from Katherine Miller on August 27th, 2020 9:18 PM

I had the pleasure of getting to know Michael during my time at PBS. His smile always lit up the room. My thoughts are with your entire family during this difficult time.
Ms Katherine Miller

Condolence from Det and Ma Phimmasone on August 27th, 2020 11:12 PM

You will be in our hearts forever my dear nephew. May you rest in peace.
From all of us, grandma Kham A Phanekham, the Phimmasone family uncle, auntie and all your cousins padit, patana and prina.
The moua family, Lynhiavu families.
Love you

Condolence from DEANNA DALRYMPLE on August 28th, 2020 9:42 AM

Sombath, Phon and family,

I was so sad to hear of Michael’s passing. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to work with Michael at Precious Blood School. Michael was a true gift to us all and touched the lives of everyone he met, including mine. I will always remember his gentle hugs, his beautiful smile, the quiet giggles, his pride showing his stickers, high fives, and his mastery with puzzles was simply amazing! Micheal’s soft little voice saying “hi”, “bye” and “thank you” made everyone around him smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Michael, may your little body rest in peace xo
Deanna Dalrymple (Mrs. D)

Condolence from Lesley Papple on August 28th, 2020 2:40 PM

Sombath, Phon and family,

My deepest sympathies on the passing of Michael. He will be missed so dearly by all of us who had the privilege of meeting him. He was always so happy, loved school and loved his puzzles. I will miss his smile the most. It was such a pleasure working with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Condolence from Marianne Keller on August 28th, 2020 4:59 PM

I had the joy and honour of working with Michael at South Huron and riding the bus with him. His bright and happy smile and personality touched a lot of lives of students and adults at South Huron. He was such a bright light with a constant smile and hi for everyone. He will be missed and his memory will live on in our hearts forever.

May your cherished memories give you peace and strength .

My deepest condolences
Hugs and prayers

Condolence from Jim Mungar on August 29th, 2020 5:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences to Michael’s family. I drove Michael to school many times throughout the years.I will miss his happy countenance.

Condolence from Doug & Rini Erb on August 29th, 2020 12:44 PM

Dear Al and Laurie our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Cathy Cowell on September 1st, 2020 2:44 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. My heart goes out to Mom and Dad and siblings. Michael was such a joy to be on my school bus. I am going to miss him and the regular visits with the parents as I picked him up and dropped him off at home everyday. We can rejoice that Michael is free of pain and and be completely happy and whole as a boy can be.
Love from Michael’s bus driver,

Condolence from Courtney Stearns on September 24th, 2020 2:00 PM

On behalf of MDC please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. If there is anything we can assist the family with, we would be honoured to help.

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