It is with unspeakable sadness we had to say goodbye to Mike, dear husband, dad, father-in-law, grandpa, brother and uncle. Mike passed after a short and painful battle with cancer in Leduc, AB at the age of 82 years. His wife Louise, his brother Ron and sister-in-law Lucille sang “Amazing Grace” at his bedside as Mike ascended to heaven.
Mike, along with his twin sister Mary, was born at his family home in Wakaw, SK. He was raised with his three brothers and two sisters on the family farm by his parents Metro “Mike” and Dolly Kushneryk.
First and foremost Mike was a husband, father, beloved father-in-law and grandfather. He enjoyed playing his accordion for his life-long dance partner and wife of 59 years, Louise. He was extremely proud of his children and all their successes. He dearly loved his grandchildren and was always pleased to hear of their accomplishments.
Mike was a successful musician and band member, playing accordion with the “Happy Roamin’ Rangers” and later “The Western Senators” along with his brother John .
Mike’s career as a respected Electronic Flight Engineer with Esso took him to many places in Canada including Tuktoyaktuk. He had a strong intellect which was especially prominent when it came to aviation. Mike continued to stay active in retirement with his continued love of aviation. He built several RC planes and flew them whenever the weather permitted. Mike’s intellectual curiosity gave him the ability to master any challenge he took on.
Mike leaves behind to remember him with love and great memories, his loving wife Louise; his daughter Cori, husband Norm and son Jordan; his son Darryl, wife Tanya and sons Jesse and Dylan; his son Ron, wife Debbie and their daughter Sarah; along with Mike’s brothers Ron, wife Lucile; Roman, wife Elaine; John, wife Simone; brother-in-law Ed and many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Mike.
Mike was sadly predeceased by his parents Metro and Dolly, his sisters Mary and Anne and sister-in-law Sue.
We can hear Mike say, “It’s OK”, as we sadly and painfully write this, trying to put feeling into the words expressing how greatly he was loved and how tremendously we all miss him.
A Memorial in Mike’s honour will be held at a later date to celebrate his life and share his often hysterically funny stories. You may make a donation in Mike’s honour to the charity of your choice.
Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688