Passed away peacefully at?Nanaimo Hospital on the 21 April 2006, after a long and hard fought struggle against spinal cancer.
His stoic endurance to the pain he suffered over many years was an inspiration to us all.
Mike was born on the 13 February 1938 in London, England, a first son to Stanley and Winifred Candey who raised him in a loving family along with younger brother Jeff.
During his formative years Mike attended Greenwich Central School and thereafter was employed and trained by Mitchell Engineering and subsequently G.N.IIaden as a mechanical and heating design engineer.
At this time Mike also began to demonstrate exceptional sporting ability especially at soccer and from 1958 to 1965 played for top senior amateur teams Harwich, Hendon, Kingstonian, and Maidstone. This culminated in him receiving his greatest honour in being selected to play for England on 7 occasions and for Great Britain the Olympics of 1964.
In Canada Mike’s love for soccer was replaced by his other abiding sporting passion that of golf. Here he honed his game down to a 7 handicap and formed many long lasting friendships at Peace Portal, Point Grey, and Fairwinds golf clubs.
Mike will always be remembered for his keen sporting manner, his sharp sense of humour even at times of great personal distress, his sense of fair play and style, his friendly disposition to everybody that he met, and for his great love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife Jean, son Tim, daughter Krista, son-in-law Mark Thodus, and beloved grandchildren Cole and Luke Thodus. Brother Jeff and sister-in-law Christine.
The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful and compassionate care given to Mike by all of the staff at the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo Hospital whose care made Mikes last days so comfortable and pain free. Special thanks should also be given to the doctors and staff at Vancouver General Hospital and to all of the many friends and neighbours who have supported Mike and Jean throughout this sad and distressing time.
There will be a Memorial Service at St. Mary’s Church, Powder Point Road, Nanoose Bay at 11am Saturday, April 29 followed by a reception?at the Fairwinds Golf Clubhouse?to which all friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oceanside Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Road W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1J9
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM?(248-5859) in care of arrangements.