Provenzano, The Honourable Michelangelo
September 22, 1922 – October 19, 2015
Following a long and healthy life well lived, Mike died in his hometown of Cranbrook, BC at the age of 93. The third of Lucia and Francesco Provenzano’s four children, he was predeceased by his wife Charlotte, brothers Angelo and Giuseppe and sister Julia. He is survived by his sons Michael and Philip (Christie) and grandchildren David, Katarina, Sophia and Maya.
Raised in Cranbrook, Mike enrolled in the University of Alberta but joined the Canadian Air Force after one year, serving as a flight instructor during WWII. Following the war, he attended UBC law school and married his high school sweetheart Charlotte Wilks. He graduated in 1949 and returned to Cranbrook to practice law and raise his family. Mike was appointed a Judge of the County Court in 1963, became a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia when the courts merged in 1990 and retired in 1992. He was quietly pleased that few of his judgements were overturned.
Mike loved life, including golf, skiing, summers at his Monroe Lake cabin and especially desserts. He enjoyed skiing and golf until his 80s, but enjoyed desserts into his 90s. He also loved being a part of Cranbrook family dinners hosted by his nieces Marian, Joan and Jerri-Pat and grand-niece Lisa. He lived independently and drove a car until he was 92. His was a long and full life.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 7th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cranbrook, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society (http://bit.ly/1POffGS) in memory of Mike.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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