With sadness we announce the passing of Michael (Mike) Winter on Monday, June 3, 2019.
Mike will be missed & remembered by his children, Shane, Chris & Chynna; grandchildren, Dominic, Damian, Anastacia, Dakota, Jackson, Ayden & Masha; brothers Bill, Tim & Scott, sisters Pat, Donna & Laurie; half-siblings Shirley, Maureen, Neil, Valerie, Crystal, Peter, & Star, and a large extended family and many friends. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Ken & Irene Winter (nee Gibson) & half-brother Danny.
Mike was a sweet soul, kind and gentle and full of laughter, and generous to a fault. He had a big heart, and he’d give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He was a friend to stray cats, birds with a broken wing or anyone down on their luck. Car broken down and no cash? No problem; Mike would make a trip to the auto wreckers for spare parts and spend a couple hours under the hood in trade for good company and a few bucks.
Mike had a strong and tenacious spirit and a desire to do things his own way. From his starting point driving a tractor on the farm, he went on to work at Northwood Esso in Saskatoon as a kid, to Courier driver in Southey, SK, obtain his Journeyman’s Ticket in Motor Vehicle Mechanics Repair, and became a volunteer firefighter & Trainer with Tarry’s Volunteer Fire Department . He and wife Sandy bought a beautiful piece of land which they cleared with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and there they built a family home. He was as proud of his kids as he was anything in his life.
Mike owned and ran his own garage (Mike’s Service) in Thrums for many years, working on large trucks as well as passenger vehicles. Later he worked in a rock quarry, repairing and operating equipment. He loved to point out the buildings in Salmo clad with rock from the quarry.
Mike chose to live a life filled with fun and a bit of reckless adventure; he was always a kid at heart. Somehow he figured out something most of us could learn from: how to keep his heart young and carefree and live in the moment. His kids and his brothers and sisters all have stories about going tubing down the river with him; it was always a wild ride and his best advice was « Hang on to the tube for dear life and whatever you do, don’t spill your beer!”
Mike may have started out as a quiet kid on the farm but inherited the gift of the gab. If we are to really pay tribute, we should tell a long, circuitous tale with more embellishments than the Queen’s crown. He was a story-teller and master of what he called the Blatantly Winter Story, which meant, sit down, grab a beer, and put your feet up because you’re in for a hilarious ride, with a lot of detours along the way. He appreciated a funny story and surrounded himself with good natured friends who don’t take life too seriously.
Special thanks to Sandy, who loved Mike first and helped to keep his wayward shoes pointed in the right direction. Thanks also to his roommate and friend Kevin, and Lisa, his long-time companion, who both kept an eye on Mike and always had his best interest at heart.
An informal Celebration of Life will be held at Pass Creek Regional Park & Campground (kitchen & shelter area) on Saturday July 6, 2019, 3:00-6:00pm. All welcome. Visit our Facebook page Celebration of Life for Mike on Facebook for more information: www.facebook.com/events/2718723624865647/
Farewell and safe journey Mike. You were loved a lot.
“We’re going to sit in this tree until the sun goes down.”
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Michael Mike Winter June 3rd 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Trail, Province: Colombie britanique