1923 – 2015
It is with sadness that the family of Mike Bilinski announces his passing at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on May 30th, 2015 at the age of 91.
Mike was born on August 2nd, 1923 in Fisher Branch, Manitoba, the son of Joseph and Mary Bilinski. Mike worked on the family farm and spent winters working in a gold mine and logging camps in Ontario in his youth. In 1946, the family moved to Fauquier, B.C., where he worked on the tunnel from Whatshan Lake to the Arrow Lakes and in a sawmill. He established a logging company, Barnes Creek Contracting, was a partner in Green Mountain Trucking, and the Aqua View Motel. He employed many local people and was a respected member of the community. After his retirement, he loved to hunt, fish, golf and travel. With failing health, he and his wife moved to Vernon where he enjoyed the last eight years, particularly playing cards and going to the casino. He always had a sense of humour and a story for all throughout his life.
Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rose; his children: David (Lorraine), Gordon (Jasmine), Steve, Russell (Kathy); his son-in-law Richard; his stepchildren: Phyllis (Barry), Flori (Robin), Tom (Patti), and Jamie (Sandy); one brother, Pete (Leona); 29 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary; his sister Jean; his brother Frank; his first wife, Lucy; his daughter Karen; and his grandson Michael.
In his words: “I don’t like good-bye — See you”
Prayers and the Funeral Mass will be held in Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church, 10102 Middleton Drive, Coldstream, BC. Prayers will be recited on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dale Normandeau, Celebrant. Cremation. A memorial service will be held in Fauquier, B. C. at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Mike may do so to a charity of personal choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com