Mike was born in Winnipeg into an Air Force family and by the time he was 4, had lived in Moncton, N.B., the Queen Charlottes, B. C. and a number of places between. After settling in Vancouver, he joined Air Cadets, followed by 3 years in the Air Force.
He loved the outdoors and his occupation of logger allowed him to enjoy it to the full. However, one fateful day he was hit by a log and sent to Esperanza, a mission hospital on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, for medical attention. He insisted that God pushed the log because it was there that he met the Lord, and his wife of 47 years, both of whom he loved for the rest of his life.
Chronic back pain and numerous medical issues did not daunt his spirit or dampen his joy. He often swapped stories with his buddies at the marina, did daily walk-abouts, briefly sitting on his camp stool to rest, and rowed his canoe, equipped with oarlocks, in the Comox Bay.
Though his war with pain is now over and he is enjoying eternal life with Jesus, he will be dearly missed by his family: Wife, Rhea – Daughter, Janet (Craig) & children, Claire & Kate – Daughter Jodi (Chris) & children Brandon, Ethan & Caleb – son Jim & children, Richard, Kimmie & Cherisse – son John (Jana).