Stella, John & Deanna
I never met Michael, I feel as though I know a little of who
he was from the stories I have been told by you and others.
He sounds as though he was a shining light and a very special
person and I am sure he is brightening other lives somewhere
I feel that his spirit lives on very strongly in all of you.
The kindness, joy, zest for life, enthusiasm, and smile that
I have been told of I see in all of you as well.
I feel blessed to have met all of you and deeply regret not
meeting Michael in person.
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss
and that my thoughts are with you.
I met Michael
when I first arrived in Oak Bay a year and a half ago. He was
truly one of the most amazing human beings that I have ever
encountered, in every way. He ran our Discovery Princess charter
boat for many years, and practically grew up on the docks here
at the Marina. He had a way of talking to people that made you
feel like there was no one else in the world at the moment -
and he was the same with everyone. The Oak Bay Marine Group
"family" is still struggling with the loss, and we
all went to the service. It was one of those things that just
seemed so unfair - he was the epitome of life and generous spirit.
(I didn't even know him really well) The women adored him and
the men admired him. My heart goes out to his family - there
is no compensation for losing such a special person. We can
only believe that he was needed somewhere else - and he honoured
by the time he spent here with us. I hope his Mom is doing okay.
John! You probably don't remember me but I sang at a school
dance that you were working at with Mark Leno. My name is Diane
Pancel and my boyfriend is Sean Blacquiere and he was a very
close friend of Michaels. I just wanted to take the time out
to say thanks for putting together such a great webpage in memory
of your brother. I got the opportunity to meet Michael in the
Summer of 99 at the Marina. Sean insisted that I meet him and
I'm so glad that I did. Michael left such a lasting impression
on me that I'll never forget him. When Michael passed away,
Sean took it very hard and it bothered him that he didn't have
a picture to remember him by. He just happen to stumble across
your page and he was ecstatic. There isn't a day that goes by
that Sean doesn't mention or talk about "Captain Mike"
in such a memorable and positive way. My heart goes out to you,
your parents and your sister. I hope to hear back from you but
if not, take care.
Thank you. His bench is in the perfect spot. It's beauty and
purity serves as a pleasant reminder of a time and place that
was so dear to Michael, and will remind us of who he really
was; deep in thought as the sea, powerful as the strongest storm,
free as the fish swimming by, witty like the seals who's sound
can be thought of as boisterous laughter, resourceful as the
birds who never miss a meal, playful as a puppy who pees nearby
(hopefully not on the bench) and finally as caring as Mother
Nature herself, watching over us day by day.
memories, the bench will remain timeless, stand throughout the
ages, and provide each and every one of us the opportunity to
physically and spiritually visit with Michael. It's perfect.
garden is beautiful too.