Mike was born November 7, 1939 in Cumberland, B.C. and was raised in Courtenay and Campbell River. Although Nelson became his home, he kept Vancouver Island close to his heart. His father emigrated from Poland and was tremendously proud of his son, Michael and his achievements. Mike graduated from the School of Pharmacy at UBC in 1964, where he met his first wife, Theresa. In 1968, Mike and Theresa purchased Western Drug Mart which later became Pharmasave. Many customers would often just stop in to visit with Mike as he was kind, gentle and caring; perfect characteristics for a perfect pharmacist.
Athletics and the outdoors were always an important and passionate part of Mike’s life. He competed in track and field, basketball, fastball, and curling. He also enjoyed ocean and creek fishing, playing tennis, and golfing. He was a supportive and patient coach of junior baseball, soccer, basketball and curling teams. He was a strong supporter of Whitewater Ski Hill and its development. Mike also loved gardening, reading, creating stained glass sun catchers, traveling, and watching his favourite sports teams. As a member of the Nelson Gyro Club, he enjoyed many friendships. Mike was a thoughtful, honourable, gentle man full of kindness and integrity. He was a proud father, and in 1997, upon his marriage to Marlene, became a proud step-father and a loving grandad.
Mike was predeceased by his father Peter Pozin, and his wife Theresa Pozin (July 15, 1994). He is survived by his three children: Michelle, (son Jordan); Jeff, (son Mikhail); Brad (Kirsty, sons Fletcher and Rupert); wife Marlene and her children: Kelli (Lonny, son Gavin, daughter Marlee); Jill (David, daughters Claire, Fiona, Madeline); Patrick (Andrea); his extended families the Kozaletskis and Ragas, and his many, many friends.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. J. Noiles, Dr. K. Mieske, Cathy Jo Wright and the Kootenay Lake Hospital staff for their compassionate care provided to Mike and his family. We also thank Jane McComb, our wonderful friends and our families for their love and support. As you loved Mike, he loved you.
Mike was a much loved man, husband, father, grandad, uncle and friend. In the eye of Mike’s family, he was the most selfless man to have lived. He is at peace.
Donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation and would be truly appreciated.
A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the Prestige Inn on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm.