Charles Michael Kingzett


Charles Michael (Mike)

Completed his long Alzheimer’s journey on July 18, 2015 in the presence of his family at The Village by the Station in Penticton. Survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Beth; children Brian (Jenny), Kyle (Donna), and Alynda; grandchildren Cole, Spencer, Marissa and Tiernan; half-brothers Leon and Marvin Zweegman, and cherished nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Una Kingzett; sister Judy Middleton, and cousin/brother Tony Morris. Born in Vancouver on October 21, 1934, Mike immediately moved home to the orchard on Valleyview Road in Penticton. After his father’s passing in 1936, Mike moved with his mother and baby sister to Vancouver to be closer to his mother’s family. Later the family moved to Vancouver Island, first living at Fanny Bay, then Ladysmith, and finally Campbell River. Always a hard worker, starting from a first job providing janitorial services to his elementary school, Mike had a long career with the province providing surveying services for the Ministry of Highways, and then many years in crop insurance with the Ministry of Agriculture. It was while surveying in the Kootenay’s that he met Beth on her 15th birthday, and they were married just over 2 years later. Mike & Beth returned to Penticton with their oldest child Brian, in 1964 to take over the family orchard. After his retirement in 1993 he spent many happy hours working in his amazing gardens, and also especially enjoyed travelling with Beth, including three train journeys in the United States, motor-homing to Arizona in the winter, and cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. A memorial service will be held at Linden Gardens at 2:00 PM on August 17, 2015. Special thanks to loving staff at The Village by the Station for their friendship and care. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or The Village by the Station are gratefully accepted. Condolences may be shared by visiting

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