October 24, 1938 – August 7, 2019
Edward William Michayluk, RCMP Sgt (RtD) 1938-2019.
Ed passed away peacefully August 7th, 2019 at Glacier View Lodge, Courtenay. Lovingly remembered by Gloria, wife of 57 years; son Ian, Qualicum Beach, grandchildren Kaelyn and Aidan; son David and wife Sylvie Hamel, Whitehorse; sisters Vicky Balon (d. Ed) Saskatoon, Gloria Silcox (d. E Lynn) Regina, sisters-in-law Anne and Janice, Saskatoon, nieces, nephews, and extended family. Predeceased by parents Alex and Katherine, sister Lesia, brothers Ernie (d. Mildred), Wally and Ron.
Born October 24th, 1938 in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Ed grew up as a farm kid. His youth was full of fun and capers, farm chores, family gatherings, 4H activities, summer camps, and sports.
Ed was accepted into the RCMP October 1959. There are many “Big Ed” stories and friends in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Atlin, Mission, Port Alice, and Merritt where he retired in 1986. He then served as Coroner for 16 years. After residing in the Nicola Valley for over 40 years, Ed and Gloria relocated to the Island to be closer to family.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, Ed had a warm smile, sense of humour, kind-hearted disposition, and was a good listener who engaged easily with people. He valued service to his community and was honoured to receive the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2003. Ed was also privileged to be a torch bearer for the opening of the Vancouver Olympic Games. He was an active member of the United Church, Masonic Order, and Gizeh Shriners.
A long-time cancer survivor, Ed faced many ongoing health challenges with determination, courage, and trust in his health care providers. The generous gift of a heart in 2007 gave him a new lease on life thanks to the thoughtfulness of an unknown donor. Ed wanted everyone to know the importance of organ donation, and encouraged registering as an organ donor.
Since 2017, life in the familial atmosphere at Glacier View Lodge gave Ed and our family many unexpected joys in the journey with dementia. Our special thanks to the fantastic staff at the lodge who truly walk the talk of “tender loving care”. We would also like to thank Dr. Dan Wainberg for his personalized and comforting care of Ed. Merci beaucoup to Ed’s Gran Buddies from EÌcole Robb Road Elementary whose visits brightened his eyes, smile, and memory.
A Chapel and Last Walk Across the Square Ceremony at RCMP Depot, Regina will take place on October 9th at 2 pm. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life at Merritt Civic Centre October 12th at 2 pm with Rev. Elaine Diggle of Trinity United Church officiating.
Donations to Glacier View Lodge (Courtenay BC), BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, Gizeh Shriners of B.C. and Yukon (Transportation Fund), or a charity of choice are kindly appreciated. Thank you to Comox Valley FuneralHome. Condolencesmaybesentto”email@example.com”.
Ed’s smile and character stood tall.
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