Michael Gaines passed away on the morning of September 16, 2015 at Overlander Care Facility, Kamloops, BC. Mike was born on September 8, 1937 in Trail, British Columbia. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maureen; son Tim from Edmonton, Alberta; daughter Michelle of Swindon, England; and grandchildren Kaylee, Taryn, Rhys, Liam and Lara. Michael was predeceased by his sister Mary of Trail, British Columbia; brothers Bill of Sacramento, California, and Tom of Trail, British Columbia.
Mike was a carpenter. He enjoyed darts, curling and watching a good sporting event. There was also nothing like going for a good walk with family or friends. Mike will be remembered for his gentle nature, kind heart and bright smile. He always had time for a chat (and a beer).
Staff at Overlander and the people who knew him found he was always a gentleman and ready to help others. In his working life as a carpenter, it was difficult to find another who worked harder than he did. In his home life, he was a caring and devoted husband to Maureen, a gentle and supportive father to Tim and Michelle and a loving and warm grandfather to his five grandchildren.
Mike has had to face more than his fair share of adversities in his life and those that knew him admired him for his inner strength to cope and work through them. This stubborn strength was seen right to the very end. He has touched many lives deeply with his endearing spirit. He will forever live in our hearts. Rest in peace my husband, my father, my brother and my friend.
There will be a service to remember Mike on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Catholic Church of Saint George in Barriere, British Columbia at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of British Columbia. Services entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services in Barriere, British Columbia, telephone 250-672-1999