July 31, 1957 – October 9, 2015
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mike, an incredible husband, father, son, brother,
uncle, and friend. Our sweet man passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, October 9th, 2015 at Ty Watson House in
Port Alberni. He left us too soon after a courageous ten-year struggle against cancer.
He lived a loving, colourful and musical life, bringing joy and encouragement to all who knew him. How blessed we are to
have had him in our lives. We will miss his strong, warm hugs and his gorgeous smile. He was the definition of patience,
kindness and love, and we will all carry that love with us in our hearts forever.
Mike was born July 31st, 1957 in Nanaimo, B.C. to Mabel Eileen Pearson and Clifford Albert Pearson. He graduated from NDSS in 1975, and in 1979 he moved to Port Alberni with his soulmate and soon-to-be wife Louise. Here he began to work for Canada Safeway and was an invaluable support to Louise
and Carolyn as they established Finishing Touches together in the Alberni Valley.
An avid artist, Mike played guitar and sang in many bands throughout his youth and early adult life, including Nullis
Secundus, Sassy, Main Street and Rekless. Since then he played guitar with Harbour City Big Band and also sang in Timbre! for several years which he absolutely adored. Attending the Hornby Island Blues Workshop every May was the highlight of Mike’s year. He was also well known for his photography,
design and drawing skills including his Caricatures, highly-sought in the Valley and beyond for years.
On August 21st,1982, Mike married the love of his life, Louise.
Together they shared a radiant love that will never cease. They went on to have three beautiful daughters who were his
Mike is survived by wife, Louise; daughters, Larissa (Peter) Richards, Bryanna and Diana; parents, Mabel and Cliff; siblings, Neale (Denise), and Heather (Don); brothers-in-law Bob (Cora) and Chris (Janet) and sister-in-law June; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and devoted friends, all of whom have been a tremendous help and comfort in his last months of life.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at Jericho Road Church, 5100 Tebo Ave, Port Alberni, with Pastor John Cox officiating.
Everyone is welcome. Mike has requested a tie dye dress code, so please wear it if you have it (or something bright
as an alternative).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ty Watson House
Wish List at 2649 2nd Ave., Port Alberni, V9Y 1Z8.
Many thanks to oncologist Dr. Jason Hart without whom Mike may not have had ten extra years of health with his family. Also to Royal Jubilee Hospital and West Coast General Hospital. A heartfelt thank you goes also to the staff and volunteers of Ty Watson House, including Dr. Wendy Johnson, for their support and loving care of Mike and family in his final weeks.
Condolences may be offered at www.chapelofmemories.ca