1932 – 2012
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Meakin, 79, after a long and courageous battle with his health at the Elk Valley Hospital on May, 16, 2012.
Mike is survived by his sister Rita (Bill) Shukin, children Brian (Joanne) Meakin and Richard (Judy) Meakin, grandchildren Cara Sagert (Tim), Michael (Janelle) Sagert, Stacey Meakin, Derek Meakin, Malorie (Shawn) Earl and Nicholas Meakin ( Natasha ), his great grandson Zackery Meakin, AND close friends that he considered family. He is predeceased by his brother Bill Meakin, wife Olga Meakin, & daughter Sandi Sagert.
Mike was born is Saskatoon, Sask., on November 19, 1932 to Alvin & Mary Meakin. Growing up he worked on the family farm and the family owned service station in Langham. On June 27, 1951, Mike married Olga. They ran their own farm around Blaine Lake and created their family. For a brief time, they left Saskatchewan and moved to Thompson, MB, only to return to the farm.
In 1970 they decided to leave the farming life behind and moved to the small mining town of Sparwood, BC. Mike would reside here up until the last few years. He was employed with Kaiser Resources as a welder in the underground mining machine shop, eventually moving to the cat bay when the underground mine was closed. In his later years he worked in the sampling plant until his retirement under Balmer/Westar Mining.
Mike had many hobbies and interests throughout his life. There was rarely a day that he wasn’t busy doing something. He spent much time in the Flathead and surrounding area either hunting, fishing, or “working out at the cabin”. He was a very resourceful and knowledgeable man. He butchered his own meat, made his own sausage, built a smoker and smoked his own fish for awhile. He always found the beauty in someone else’s trash, and became a collector and “recycler” before anyone knew the concept of recycling. He tried his hand at woodwork, and went through a phase where he built nothing but tables and shelves.
Mike was always happy to have a visitor, and you couldn’t ever leave his residence without him giving you something. He had a passion for food, and an incredible sweet tooth. His favorite store was the grocery store, He was always excited to see what goodies he could find.
He was a warm man with a big heart and quit witted with his humor. He will be missed greatly by those whose lives he touched. There will be no service at Mike’s request. Internment will take place in Sparwood at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.