November 6, 1934-March 2, 2008

My darling husband and dearest friend passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008.

Born in Hardiville, Alberta, he will be dearly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Ettie, his faithful companion Dingo, brother Vincent Toth of Lethbridge, Alberta, and his 5 children; Joan (Jamie) Wood, Theresa Ledger, Deborah, Mark, and Marian (David) Swift, as well as his 11 grandchildren and many close friends.

Mike worked hard all his life-starting work at a very young age-from a counter parts person, to a fireman for 10 years and then venturing off the Picture Butte to be a grocery store owner and rancher.

Wanting to live in a warmer climate the family moved to Campbell River in 1975, where he became a motel owner and car salesman. In 1986 he retired in Comox.

Mike was known for his generous spirit and was always willing to give someone a helping hand. He was an excellent mechanic and a jack of all trades. His wit and charm won the hearts of all who had the pleasure of his company. He was great at making those around him laugh. Though Mike faced many challenges in his life he never complained. His strength and sense of humour will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

The family would like to acknowledge the extraordinary care and compassion of the nurses on the 2nd floor at St. Joseph’s Hospital who attended to Mike through the last week. And a very special thanks to nurse Glen, who went above and beyond his call of duty. We would also like to thank all our friends for their loving support at our time of need.

Please join us to remember the life of this wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Prayers were offered with viewing and visitation on Wednesday, March 5th, at 7:00pm, from Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Paul Murphy on Thursday, March 6th, 11:00am at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, Turner Dive, Courtenay, followed by interment at Courtenay Civic Cemetery.

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