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BEREZOWSKI, Michael P. Eng

September 2, 1937 – December 10, 2012

Mike Berezowski passed away suddenly at his Calgary home on the morning of December 10, 2012 at the age of 75 years.

Mike was born on September 2, 1937 on the farm near Sheho, SK to Peter and Mary (nee Struss). He was the oldest of seven children – Eunice Petrow, Ed (Gloria), Laudie (Linda), Angie (Gordon) Remus, Sylvia and Marlene (Billy) Hoffman. He attended school in both Sheho and Foam Lake. Mike worked and borrowed money to fund his university education, graduating from the College of Engineering at the University of SK in 1962. He married Jessie Velma Hunt on April 28, 1962.

A civil engineer, he began his career in BC. A car ride in 1965 with Dr. Hardy, led him joining R.M. Hardy and Associates in Edmonton. The company went through various name changes and mergers; when Mike retired in 2007 he was working for AMEC. He moved to Calgary in 1973 and later spent five years (83-88) in Saskatoon before a final move back to Calgary. During the last two years, Mike also did some part time consulting work for Mobile Augers & Research Ltd. During his long career he worked on many major construction projects, including oil sands sites in Fort McMurray and other jobs throughout Canada and the U.S. In the later years of his career, his outgoing personality and conversational skills allowed him to specialize in business development, cultivating new clients for his employer.

Mike coached his sons in both hockey and baseball and was the president of the Kilkenny Community Association in Edmonton. After moving to Calgary, he volunteered with the newly formed Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament. An athlete himself, he surprised younger engineers by playing softball well past the age of 40. He also curled for many years in various leagues, enjoyed downhill skiing and was an avid golfer throughout his adult life. In the late 1970s he also umpired many organized youth baseball games. At home he loved watching sports on television. In the pre-remote control era, he wore out at least one manual channel dial. He enjoyed Stage West performances and attending Calgary Folk Club shows. Mike loved co-hosting, with Jessie, barbecues for relatives and friends at his Calgary home and their cabin at Lake Windermere. The Christmas Season included, with Jessie’s help, annual parties for their Calgary friends.

With friends and relatives, he loved to talk about the issues of the day. He always had an opinion and enjoyed listening to others’ viewpoints. At home, he was meticulous about his diagonally cut lawn and well tended garden. In August of 2012 Mike and Jessie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with 80 friends and relatives in Calgary. While his sons were growing up, Mike drove long miles so the family could visit places from Saskatchewan to Victoria to California. Mike and Jessie expanded their horizons, taking trips to Europe, the Panama Canal and Mexico. Some of those trips were taken with two of Mike’s siblings, Ed and Angie and their spouses. They also traveled internationally with Jim and Diane Beck, Ed and Josie Demchuk and Elliott and Geri Urquhart.

Mike is survived by his wife Jessie; son David (Heather) of Calgary; Robert (Marrion) and their two children Alexis and Patricia, all of Regina, SK; and Richard (Paula) and their four children Andrew of Calgary, Evan, Brett and Chantal of Rosetown, SK.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. or to a charity of your choice in Mike’s name.

In living memory of Michael Berezowski, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Bev Shatosky (Berezowski) :

    Jessie, we have not met but I offer you my deepest sympathies. I am Mike’s cousin (born to Matt and Kay Berezowski). My condolences to your whole family.

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  2. Mike and I were colleagues years ago at Hardy Associates. We always kept in touch and fortunately we were able to share a luncheon together in September with a number of friends from our “Hardy” days. I have fond memories of working with Mike and my condolences are extended to Jessie and family.

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  3. Pete Wheeler and family :

    I have known Mike for several years since the old Hardy days back in the seventies. Everybody will remember Mike. I was saddened to hear of his passing. Please accept condolences from my family and I.

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  4. Murray Mitchell :

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Always the happy one in the office – I can still hear that laugh.
    Regards, Murray

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  5. Garry and Marilyn Wostradowski :

    Saddened to hear of Mike’s passing, our thoughts are with you.

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  6. Kent Gillingwater :

    Jessie,as you know Mike and I were business colleagues/friends for a number of years with Hardy Assoc. ,Agra E&E and recently AMEC. He was certainly a avid sportsman, very dedicated employee and always enjoyed our many social functions, over the years. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Best Regards, Kent

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  7. Leslie and Jeannine Baikie :

    We both have good memories of Mike and Jessie in Calgary in the seventies. Leslie was a colleague of Mike at Hardy and Associates. Very sorry to hear of Mike’s sudden death, please accept our sincere sympathies.
    Leslie and Jeannine Baikie

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  8. Don and Linda Snow :

    Our sympathies and best wishes. I knew Mike at Hardy & Associates when I was designing their Calgary buildings. Linda and I also knew Mike and his wife when we were in Canadian Mens Club. Mike was 1 year older than Don.

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  9. Hari and Anne Mittal :

    We send our deepest sympathy to Jessie and family. Hari enjoyed working with Mike and we both remember him fondly.
    Anne and Hari Mittal

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  10. Jessie and family, Very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I had known Mike from the late 80’s, always ready with a smile and good conversation about what was going on in the business. He was always plugged in and willing to share his own thoughts on events of the day. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  11. Don and Marcy Bobyn :

    We’ve known Mike for over 50 years, since he taught us surveying at UofS Engineering College. His sudden passing is rude reminder of how fragile life can be. We will miss his ever smiling face and light spirit at upcoming socials. Veechnaya Pamyat!
    Don and Marcy Bobyn

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  12. Marge and Bill Dumanski :

    We are very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Marge is a first cousin and Bill a former teacher. We were always very fond of him. May he rest in pease and may God grant you all power to live through this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Marge and Bill

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  13. Bob and Sharon Antoniuk :

    To Jessie and family we offer you our sincere condolences with the passing of Mike. We were certainly taken aback when we got the news. Mike was one of the good guys and had a great disposion, we will miss him.

    Sincerely, Bob and Sharon

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  14. Rick, Paula;

    Sincere condolences on the passing of your father.
    A death in the family is always a sorrowful and difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ron Walsh

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  15. Shirley and Iain MacLennan :

    To Jessie and Family,
    We are saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. He is remembered for all the practical help given to us, for his kindness to our children, and for the warm hospitality you both showed to your neighbours in Costigan Bay. Sincere condolences, Iain and Shirley MacLennan, Saskatoon.

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  16. Roger and Anne Jinks :

    Dear Jessie, We were so very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. We have many fond memories of our times together in Calgary. We will never forget his smile! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Roger and Anne Jinks

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