October 24, 2021
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father and grandfather Michael “Mike” Blackburn. Mike passed away on October 24, 2021 at the age of 80, in Nanaimo Hospital, BC. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Mike came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.
Born in St. Bonafice, MB to parents Alexander and Marion (nee Devlin) Blackburn, Mike grew up in Ottawa, ON. As a child, Mike proclaimed that his goal was to own a home on the west coast, marry a dedicated mother and nurse, raise two successful sons and travel the world. This dream was fulfilled.
Mike served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Airplane Technician followed by a 25-year career with BCTEL.
Mike met the love of his life, Gail, while working for BCTEL in Prince Albert, SK in 1965. When a bouquet of red roses from Mike was delivered to Gail’s nursing school residence, the rest was history. Mike and Gail were married on June 29, 1968 in Vancouver, BC. Mike was father to Sean and Joel and grandfather to Shawn and Aiden. Mike will be missed by many extended family members.
Mike will be honored in a celebration of life on November 2, 2021 at the Parksville Legion Hall, 146 Hirst Avenue, Parksville, BC from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
To send condolences to the family please visit www.yatesememorial.ca
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