October 23, 1947 – July 24, 2010
It is with sadness and a deep sense of loss that our family announces the passing of our Mike Love on Saturday, July 24, 2010 after a two year battle with cancer.
Mike is survived by his brothers Jim (Bernice) and Peter (Carol), step mother Betty Love, aunts Rochelle Evans and Una Evans, nephews Jonathan (Kate) Love, David Love, Christopher (Marie) Love, Andrew Love, Russell Love, Chas Love, Neil Love, nieces Lara Tierney and Lisa Tierney, great nephews Thomas Love and Grayson Love as well as numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Ernie and Gwyneth Love.
Following completion of his education in Calgary, Mike earned a BA(Econ) from the U of C. While finishing his degree, he was hired to oversee the construction of McEwen Hall on the University campus, a major project at that time. Mike’s first job after graduating was selling life insurance for New York Life. He then joined the family business, Love Feeds Ltd where he enjoyed a long and varied career in agriculture from 1971 to the present. In addition to being a manager/owner, Mike focused on livestock nutrition (primarily cattle and hogs). His entrepreneurial spirit led him to industry related speaking engagements, specialized research projects and the development of a joint venture hog growing operation south of High River.
Being self employed meant that most of his time was involved with his work and his investment portfolio. But he had a keen interest in down hill skiing, playing tennis and a real passion for music. Mike’s musical enthusiasm was infectious as he was an accomplished guitar and banjo player. His musical career encompassed performances with various ensembles over several decades and countless jams with family and friends at his favourite place to be, Totem Pole Resort on Shuswap Lake where he owned a cabin.
Known universally as “Uncle Mike” to all, Mike truly had a gift of establishing and maintaining a unique and meaningful relationship with others – in particular, with his nieces and nephews. He was an inspiring Uncle and valued mentor.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Camp Chief Hector, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign (101 – 3 St. S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 4G6 Telephone (403) 313 – 3153 http://www.ymcastrongkids.ca
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Michael Love, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences