August 17th, 1975 to July 11th, 2015.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael, who lost his life in a boating accident on Sproat Lake, near Port Alberni. He is survived by his four children, Son Jacob, Daughters Rheannon, Reilly, and Abigail, by his Father Wayne, his Mother Christine, Brother Matthew, Brother Richard and wife Charlene, Sister Jennifer and husband Devin, Grandmother Katherine, and a number of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces. Michael is predeceased by his Mother Chrystal, Grand Fathers John and Darwin, Grandmother Jenny, Uncle David, and Auntie Wendy.
He was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, lived in Vernon Camp until age 7, moved to Royston until shortly after the passing of his Mother in 1984, then on to Courtenay. Michael never really got over the loss of his Mother Chrystal, and onward had a troubled life. Recently he had managed to get his life in order, the motivation being the ability to spend quality time with his children, and things were looking better. Unfortunately he never got to fulfill this dream.
Michael will be cremated, and on August 29th at 1:00PM, when all family and close friends have had sufficient time to grieve, a “Celebration of Life” in his name will be held at the Royston Hall, following which his ashes will be spread over Baynes Sound, joining with those of his Mother Chrystal, and his Uncle David. In honour of his memory, and the memory of his Mother Chrystal and Uncle David, a Memorial Viewing Bench will be erected in Royston, overlooking the site of the final resting place of the three. This will allow his children, other family members, and friends, to come to sit and reflect on the wonderful memories his Huge Smile and even Bigger Heart have left behind, and we wish to thank all who have contributed to make this memorial a reality.
Out of Respect for Michael’s struggle, no alcohol will be served, and in lieu of flowers please give to a Charity of your choice in his name. Seating is limited so we request only family and close friends attend.