August 23, 1943 – Vancouver, BC
April 21, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Mike passed away quietly, surrounded by love, after a brief battle with cancer. He courageously faced the challenge to fight, but was at peace when he knew that victory was not possible.
Mike was blessed with a loving wife of 43 years Valerie, and was incredibly proud of his three children Andrea (Dave), Colleen (David), and Mark. He was a doting grandfather to Hudson, Olivia, and Marshall. They were able to spend two weeks in Mexico together in January just after his diagnosis.
Mike was predeceased by his father Patrick, mother Naomi, and sisters Carolyn and Margie. He is survived by his wife, three children, and three grandchildren; his step mother Thelma and step siblings Joanne Chambers and John Scott, their children Meg and Drew Johnson and Danielle and Mike Scott; nephews Sandy and Randy Szep; sister-in-law Marilyn Chapman and nieces Susie Conlin and Marcy Chapman.
Mike lived in Kimberley for 43 years and was a devoted and dedicated community volunteer. He was a founder and ongoing active board member of Summit Community Services Society for 41 years. He served on the boards for the Kimberley Health Centre, Kimberley Library Board and the Sacred Heart Parish Council. His career in Corrections with the Province of British Columbia spanned 45 years.
Mike and Val were grateful to have traveled to many amazing places together, often with their long-time friends Alan and Maureen Burr.
Mike will be remembered as generous, wise, kind, gentle, loyal, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated, and loving.
His family is thankful for the wonderful medical care at Rockyview Hospital and Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s honour can be made to Summit Community Services (125 – 10th Avenue, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2N1; 250-427-2250) or Tom Baker Cancer Centre (1331 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2; 1-866-238-3735).
A service celebrating Mike’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kimberley on Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 am.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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