October 24, 1950 - April 26, 2023
Michael passed away in Sechelt Hospital on April 26, 2023 after a short battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 42 years Cathy, his brother Gerald, his nieces and nephews, his beloved Aunt Mary, and his many friends who will miss his company, his generosity, and his helpfulness. His beloved dog Molly will also be missing her Daddy Mike.
Michael was born October 24, 1950 in Vancouver. Because his father was in the armed forces the family lived in many different places including Calgary, Comox and Whitehorse. Michael worked at BC Rail for 33 years where he started as a carman and worked his way up to supervisor. During his years there he was never afraid to take on new responsibilities which included being part of the Emergency Response team. After retiring from the railway, Michael moved on to a new challenge -- working as a dangerous goods inspector for Transport Canada for 8 years before retiring for a second time.
Michael and Cathy spent many years travelling the globe, having adventures in Australia, Africa, India, China, Japan, observing Komodo dragons in Indonesia, and sailing to Antarctica which was the trip of a lifetime. They also enjoyed a trips to Italy and Costa Rica as well as several ski trips with friends John and Brenda. When they weren't travelling to faraway places, Michael enjoyed summers on his Harley Davidson travelling across the USA with his friends. He also loved his annual fishing trips and crabbing in the bay.
Michael and Cathy moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 where they made many wonderful new friends. Of course being Michael, he wasn't finished adding new experiences to his life. Until 2020, he was a volunteer with Search and Rescue in Sechelt.
We would like to thank the wonderful palliative care nurses who helped him through his difficult last journey.
Please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in honour of Michael.
Rest in peace Michael. You will be missed.
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