After catching a final game in his favourite recliner, Mike went to join his beloved parents Peggy and Roy. He will be missed by his daughters Alexandria (Dennis) and Stephanie (Cameron), grandchildren Matthew & Sophie, and cousins, Lynn, Sandy & families.
Anyone who knew Mike in his youth remembers him as a talented hockey and ball player, and later in life he loved nothing more than spending his time watching hockey (or any other available sport) with a nice cold beer (or 3). He could also throw a mean dart back in his day.
He will be remembered as a sharp dresser with well coiffed hair, and a wide smile. Despite many years of ill health, he was always cheerful and upbeat. He had friendly words for everyone he met and made people around him feel at ease.
Mike lived a quiet life and enjoyed simple things like his daily PB & banana sandwiches, books by Bryce Courtney, and friendly chats with anyone whose path he crossed.
A series of small, private celebrations will take place to honour Mike. The family invites donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, and encourages anyone who knew Mike to share their own fond memories of him.
February 23rd, 2023
I grew up with Mike in the old hood He had a great berbie bat it was from Toronto Maple Leaf bat day I am so sorry to hear this Sending my condolences to his family RIP my friend Jim and Irene Janke
February 19th, 2023
Whenever I visited Uncle Mike, he used to greet me with an enthusiastic "Nat" and he would give me a big hug.
One visit I remember, they lived in a house with large trees in the back and Uncle Mike had raked on the leaves into big piles. When we got their we jumped in the leaves and wrecked the piles but he kept raking them up for us to play in.
I have not seen Uncle Mike for sometime, Steph kept me informed. I have fond memories of Uncle Mike and he will be missed.
February 5th, 2023
Alex and family. I didn’t know your dad but Alex I have always admired you and feel so blessed to call you my girlfriend so my heart breaks for you and your family during this difficult time.
Sending you much love and strength
February 4th, 2023
Dear Stephanie, Alexandria and extended family members, my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad.
Mike had a gentle soul and not a mean bone in his body. He had a way of gently flicking his fingers on your arm, it was a gesture of affection, or caring, or understanding. Know what I mean jelly bean.
Mike enjoyed having a few beers at the local pub and when I met him it was the mid ninetys at Colonel Mustards in Markham. We played darts and Euchre there and had so many good times. Mike introduced me to golf for which I am eternally grateful....I think.
Mike always enjoyed meeting people old friends and new ones and the great conversations that would follow, he loved to talk and was a really good listener.
I have so many great memories of Mike , the times we shared too numerous to mention.
I am thankful to have met Mike and grateful that he came into my life.
Gone but not forgotten, rest now my dear friend.
February 1st, 2023
I enjoyed a few beers with Mike at the Monday night football dinner at the pub. He introduced me to his group, they were a great bunch and Mike was well liked. I also helped him make a couple of u-brew wine batches and he managed to make a pretty good Merlot.
We will miss his cheerful greeting and good conversations.
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