1942 – 2013
Mike died at Toronto East General Hospital on January 17, 2013 at age 70, of complications from Parkinson’s. He grew up in Rossland, the youngest child of Mike and Muriel Butorac, and only brother to big sisters Ormi Joy Gebhardt (deceased) and Anne Bruce. With a Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia, Mike headed east. His inventiveness and creativity served him well in a number of Toronto ad agencies, and for many years in his own business. He will be especially remembered by all the women business associates he treated as equals, believing that women could do as good a job as a man. Colleagues and friends cherished his thoughtfulness. Nieces and nephews, both family and honorary, will remember him for the loonies and toonies he hid on every visit. Together he and Bonnie, his wife of 43 years, explored the world looking for birds and wildlife and following competitive figure skating. A service to celebrate his life has been held in Toronto.