Michael Harold (Mike) Balak

was born on October 1st, 1934 in Grandview, Manitoba and it is with deepest sadness that we announce his sudden passing on May 27th, 2011 at his residence in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 76 years.

Mike is survived by his children, Cheryle (Don) Baum, Dale (Debbie) Balak, Cindy Tanner and Perry Balak; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Margaret Stadnicki, Betty (John) Wesley, Marty Balak and Ellen (Tom) Scott; two brothers, John (Lil) Balak and Fred (Kay) Balak; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hazel in 1994; and eight siblings, Ann Alexander, Mary Derhousoff, Matt Balak, Nicholas Balak, Peter Balak, Lois Black-Hill, Vernice Taylor and Paul Balak.

Mike attended school in Grandview, Manitoba where he met his childhood sweetheart, Hazel Violet Pokotylo. After their marriage they soon started a family and moved to Winnipeg where Mike became the head manager of one of the largest Shell stations (on Portage and Main). He later moved to Vernon where he became a salesman for Peters Tirecraft but then decided to move back to Manitoba where he then worked as a head chef for Air Canada. He ended up coming back to Vernon to enjoy his retirement and resided at the Ukrainian Village where he spent his last days enjoying time with his family and friends and watching hockey. His ambition for life and outgoing personality brought in many friends who he will be greatly missed by. Not a day will go by that Mike (Grandpa) will be deeply missed.

Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Mike’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mike to the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9.

Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5


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