Michael Olexa

‘Mike’ passed away at Penticton Regional Hospital on May 11, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Mike was born in Juskova Vola, Slovakia in 1927. At 11 years old he and his mother (Maria) left home for Canada arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax. From there they both travelled across Canada to Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island to meet up with his father; Michael Senior, whom he had never met. His school years were in Ladysmith; where besides getting an education worked a variety of jobs to help support the family which now included his kid brother, David. Opting for a commercial education he became the Valedictorian for his graduating class. The majority of his working life was in the forest industry. He married the love of his life Barbara in 1961. Mike was a devoted father. In his leisure time he coached soccer and was happiest when he was working in his fruit and vegetable garden. The talent Mike had in relating memories of his youth in Slovakia will be remembered by family and friends. Along with his loving soul mate Barbara, he leaves two sons Andrew (Jacquie) and Bill (Tina), two granddaughters, Sammie and Francais. The mass for Mike will be held at Saints Cyril and Methodious Church, officiated by Fr Juraj Kopanicky, in New Westminster BC, on Friday May 16, 2014 at 11am. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca.

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