RANTIS, Michael (Miguel)
In his 57th year… Michael passed away Oct. 16, 2005 after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
He was born on Aug. 31, 1949 in Lachine, Quebec and returned to Ottawa shortly after with his parents, Marjorie (O’Connell) and Michael Rantis Sr. He was a cadet in the Ottawa Police Force for 2 years and moved to British Columbia in the early 1970’s where he worked in the construction industry for 20 years. He spent all his winters in Barra de Navidad, Mexico – a country he loved and adopted. Michael had a passion for deep-sea fishing and was particularly proud of placing third in a Mexican fishing tournament in 2003 with a 425 lb marlin.
Michael is survived by Valerie, his wife of 14 years, their beloved dogs Cody and Woody, sister, Marlieta Mallany (Peter) of Chilliwack,
treasured nieces, Kelly and Allicia Mallany of Victoria, cousin Rosemary Cullain of Denver, CO, his favourite mother-in-law Violet Harpham of Burnaby, Aunt Olag Rantis of Chilliwack and many, many friends across Canada, the USA and Mexico.
Michael filled a room with his presence and created a party wherever he went. He will be hugely missed by us all.
Michael’s family and friends would like to thank the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo General Hospital, Dr. Calvin, Dr.
Love and Dr. N. Schulson for their genuine warmth and care during his illness.
A celebration of Michael’s life was held at the Arlington Inn in Nanoose Bay at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA.
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.