Michael passed away following a valiant battle with cancer.
He was born in Fernie, BC and with his family they moved to Vancouver in 1953. He worked
with his father on the construction of the Granville St. bridge, and made umbrellas at
Vancouver Umbrella Factory before attending Vancouver Vocational School to complete
his journeyman machinist certificate in 1959.
In 1966 he received his B.Ed (Secondary) from UBC. His greatest joy was seeing the
success of his students as they progressed through their lives and careers.
As a resident of River shore Estates and Golf Links, Michael took on the job of Volunteer
Fire Chief for twelve years..
Music was a huge passion of Michael’s. He learned the violin at age 9 and then went on
to play the clarinet. He was a member of the Kamloops Rube Band for 48 years. The last
15 winters have been spent playing with various music groups in Mesa, Arizona.
Michael is survived by his wife of 58 years Carole, son Leslie of Whitehorse, son Gary
(Kim) of Maple Ridge, grandson Michael of Vancouver, granddaughter Krystal (Clayton
Baker) and great granddaughter Alexandra Maria of Whitehorse, sister Pauline (Bill
McNeney) of Squamish and many cousins and friends who will miss him.
Special thanks to the paramedics, emergency and ICU staff of Royal Inland Hospital for
their tender loving care. The support of friends and neighbours has been much
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.