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VARTY, Mike

February 26, 1955 – February 14, 2013

It’s with great Sadness we announce that Michael (Mike) Frederick Varty of Bragg Creek, loving partner of the late Donna Cushing passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the age of 57.

He will be dearly missed by his mother Daphne Varty, sister Laurie Ott, nephews Chris (Tera), Aaron (Angie) and nieces Lynsey (Brent) and Megan (Caleb) and grand nephews Riley, Connor, Beau and Pierce, along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, Donna’s extended family and very loyal friends. Mike was predeceased by his father Fred Varty, brother Daryl Varty, grandparents Josh & Jenny Varty, Elmer and Mollie Austin.

Mike was born in Wilkie SK, but spent his younger years growing up in Estevan, SK. During his teenage years the family moved to Calgary where Mike lived until moving to Bragg Creek after finishing school. Mike started working in the family business; Comanche Drilling where he worked side by side with his father (Fred) and brother (Daryl). In later years he chose to follow his passion of landscaping where he worked for various people in Bragg Creek and Calgary. In the mid seventies Mike started taking photos of Rodeo events as a hobby. He soon realized this was his true calling and this was the start of his successful photography career taking photos at various rodeo events including the Calgary Stampede. He also enjoyed photographing some of the most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife right out his backdoor in Bragg Creek. Mike loved living in Bragg Creek where he and Donna, his long time partner of 26 years enjoyed their historic cabin on the rivers edge. He loved spending much of his time working around the house on various projects and maintaining their beautiful yard.

Although Mike endured many health struggles over the years he still maintained a great sense of humor and loved to tease and pull pranks on those around him. Mike will be sadly missed by all those who knew him and he will always be remembered for his great spirit, quick wit, and love of photography.

Over the past several months as Mikes health weakened, his friends’ support was deeply valued. The family want to thank his many friends, the staff of the I.C.U. McCaig tower, and unit 36 at the foothills hospital all for the tremendous care and support.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Redwood Meadows Community Hall (1 Manyhorses Drive) on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Canadian Diabetic Association of Calgary Branch or the Kidney Foundation of Southern Alberta.
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  1. Barb and Dave Poulsen :

    We were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We knew Mike through the world of professional rodeo and enjoyed visiting with him at some of the events he covered each year. His ever present smile and enthusiasm for life will be missed.

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  2. Daphne & Lorie
    So very very sorry to read about Mike’s passing. The two of you have lost so much over the last number of years I can relate,although I fully understand that in no way makes your loss any easier at this time. I read a few months ago of Donnas’ passing and tried to get in touch with you to express my condolences at that time but could not find a contact number. If I can do anything for you at this time please contact me. Although it was almost thirty three years ago that Mike and I worked together I have many fond memories of our time together, my thoughts are with you both at this time.

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  3. Condolences on the loss of Michael.

    The service at Redwood Meadows on Saturday was very fitting.

    It wasn’t till Bart spoke at the services that I knew Mike had a web site for his photos. http://www.mikesphoto.ca/
    There are some great photos on the site.

    Hopefully someone keeps that web site up and running for many years to come so that others can see parts of Mike’s portfolio in the future as a bit of a legacy for Mike.

    Gord

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  4. Uncle Mike,
    I will always have great memories of your sense of humor, your love for animals, being outside and your many mechanical skills. You and Donna will be greatly missed our family dinners won’t be the same, we really had some fun & colourful conversations.
    Love, Chris

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