Henry Thomas Mihalech

Henry Thomas Mihalech

October 24th, 1923 – February 21st, 2015

Henry Mihalech, 91, passed away peacefully in his home on February 21, 2015 with his daughter at his side. He was born in Extension on Vancouver Island where he attended school. At the age of 13 he went to work in the coal mines in Extension. As a family they spent many summers fishing at Cape Mudge on Quadra Island. At age 18 the family moved to Nanaimo. He then began his logging career. Here he met the love of his life and fishing partner, Ethel and they were married December 27,1950. They moved to Sandspit in the Queen Charlottes in 1950, finally settling in Courtenay in 1959. He continued to work for the Comox Logging Company operating the grapple yarder until his retirement April 1st, 1985.

Henry was a passionate man who enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life. In his retirement years he looked forward to spending the summers at China Creek fishing with his dear friends and dog, Susie. Henry lived life to the fullest and on his own terms. He loved reading and had a wealth of knowledge on all subjects related to local history and current affairs.

Henry is predeceased by his wife Ethel in 2003, six brothers and one sister. He is survived by his only daughter, Denise (Rusty) from Burns Lake, one sister Emily Stirling of Nanoose, sister-in-law Margaret Mihalech of Nanaimo and many special friends in Courtenay and Nanaimo. By request there will be no service.

Happy fishing, Dad!

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