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WILSON, Michael Lorne

August 15, 1964 – Didsbury, Alberta

May 1, 2018 – High River, Alberta

Mike, beloved husband of Liesel Wilson of Carstairs, passed away on May 1, 2018 at the age of 53 years.

Mike’s position as the only boy in the family began in August of 1964 when he broke Mom’s tailbone on the way into the world.  He came home to two older sisters and was followed by a younger sister.  Though they teased him for being the golden boy and Mom and Dad’s favourite, his sisters always felt he was something special.  Growing up on a farm, Mike had a connection with animals.  There was almost always a dog in his life and on his lap, and though he’d deny it vehemently, he secretly liked cats!   Mike became an indispensable asset to the farm as he grew older with Dad depending on him with greater responsibilities.  The skills required came naturally to him.

Mike attended Hugh Sutherland School in Carstairs from start to graduation.  He then went to SAIT where he became a Power Engineer.  Mike’s career began at the Lone Pine gas plant followed by the Amoco gas plant outside of Crossfield.  His last move was to Amoco at Joffre which eventually became Ineos.

Mike met Liesel when they were set up on a blind date by one of Liesel’s co-workers.  His love of football, the Stampeders in particular, was fully disclosed to Liesel from day one considering their first date was to a game.  She enjoyed it, and Mike had no choice but to consider her a keeper.  Mike suspected early on that they were meant to be.  Their wedding was lovely and had Liesel’s touch, but it was also unconventional enough to reflect Mike with a Casino instead of a dance.

Mike and Liesel lived in Airdrie, Red Deer, and finally settled into the house they built overlooking the coulee on the family farm.  Mike was a talented craftsman and did much of the finishing work himself.  Each year, he’d have another idea about how he could tweak his home, and he’d set forth to make it happen.  Mike enjoyed building and fixing things and had a knack for all of it.

While on the farm, Mike and Liesel suffered the loss of their daughter, Jordin Hope.  The darkness eased a few years later with the arrival of their son, Bode Aaron, and there never was a little boy more desperately wanted and loved.  Mike was an amazing dad and husband.  Bode and Liesel were his world and every decision was made with them in mind.

Mike loved to make decisions.  Nothing thrilled him more than researching and hunting for his next phone, truck, vacation, recipe, project…    He challenged himself in the kitchen and was constantly trying out new dishes, most of which were excellent.    Mike was an avid reader and always had a book in his lunch kit and one on his tablet.  He tackled many genres and was in the midst of a series he thought was the bee’s knees.

Though he wasn’t the biggest talker, people paid attention when he did.  Mike was a great listener with a strong desire to fix the troubles of his loved ones.  He was everyone’s ‘go to’ guy and he was always there to do what needed to be done, whether it was advice, physical labor or simply his time and attention.  He was generous and often put others before himself.

His sense of humor will be sorely missed, especially his ability to subtly sprinkle sarcasm into most conversations.  He was a quick thinker and vastly intelligent.  He could take it just as well as he gave it which made teasing so much more fun.

Mike’s height should have made him easy to spot, but he had amazing ninja skills and could hide behind things half his size.   Unlike many men, he loved to go shopping.  Naturally it was a quest for the niftiest gadget or best deal but he reveled in the process.

How do we adapt to his absence?  Mike would likely answer with something witty, and he would certainly downplay the fuss.  He’d duck and dodge any incoming hugs and chuckle at his success.

Besides his loving wife, Liesel, Mike is survived by his son Bode, father Walter Wilson, his sisters Robinne (Jim) Hurt, Una Wilson, and Marian Wilson (Steve Muir).

Mike was predeceased by his daughter Jordin Wilson, and his mother Lucille Wilson.

A Gathering of Remembrance will be held at Carstairs Community Hall (1100 Lackner Way, Carstairs, AB) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park  N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, Tel; 403-295-181; www.stars.ca, or  to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.

In living memory of Mike Wilson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Carolyn Keith :

    Liesel, Bode, all the Wilson’s and all of Mikes extended family and friends, my heart is shattered for you. You have lost such a wonderful strong and quietly caring man in Mike. I am sending my love and light to you all and a prayer that as time goes on sweet and lovely memories of Mike will be your rock and comfort as you all heal.

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  2. Lorraine and Laurence Johnson :

    Laurence and I send our prayers and were saddened to hear of the passing of your husband Mike. We pray for the grace to go through this time.

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  3. sylvia constable :

    Liesel and Bode-
    you are and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers
    love to you both
    Sylvia

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  4. Larry & Marion Watt :

    We are so very, very saddened to hear of your loss. In the coming days, may you find peace and comfort recalling fond memories of the many wonderful moments you had together, and know you can treasure those times forever. Our hearts are with you as you make your way through this difficult time. Larry & Marion

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  5. Kathy MacIntyre :

    My deepest and saddest condolences Liesel and Bode. Overtime, may your memories help to heal your hearts ❤

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  6. Stacy Price :

    Liesel, Bode and family. Our heartfelt love and sympathy goes out to you all. Please know we are thinking of you and are here for you.
    Love Gord, Stacy and family

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  7. Lenore Sage :

    Liesel, Bode, and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t beging to imagine how difficult Mike’s passing must be. I am here for you, whatever you need, period.
    Love and prayers,Lenore

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  8. Tony and Linda Backs :

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s sudden passing. Tony remembers Mike as a great guy when they worked together at Amoco, many years ago. Your tribute to Mike written here is beautifully expressed and truly shares who he was. He will be so very missed.
    Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy,
    Tony and Linda Backs

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  9. Mylene Fox :

    So very sorry for your loss. Mike was always a great guys. Hugs to you all.

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  10. Brenda & Wayne Fenn :

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and Bode. Hugs, Brenda &Wayne Fenn

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  11. Rita Bleiker :

    Dear Liesel, Bode and family
    I do not know how to send you my condolences. I feel deeply sorry for your loss. I will think of you.
    All the best – I love you
    Rita from Switzerland

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  12. Warren Hurt :

    Sadness fills my heart knowing Mike will no longer be here to enjoy the people and things he loved. My condolences to his family and all who knew him. May memories lessen the pain of loss. We will all miss Mike.

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  13. Mike, Marisol and Madison McQuaid :

    Dear Liesel and Bode,
    Our hearts are broken for you and we send our thoughts and prayers. We so enjoyed our time with Mike and were moved at how close you all are. We will be thinking of you and please know that we are here for you.
    Sincerely,
    Mike, Marisol and Madison McQuaid, Jesus Silva and Belen Ceron

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  14. John Mulgrew :

    Liesel and Bode:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike for 18 years and I really appreciated the working relationship I had with Mike. Mike was a very thoughtful, extremely competent operator who was respected by all at our Joffre site. I had the occasion to work on some compensation related issues with Mike for our operators at the site. I always felt like Mike treated me with fairness and respect. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the site.

    John Mulgrew

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  15. Dawn Zimmermann :

    Liesel and Bode we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He will be missed.

    Terry, Dawn, and Nicholas Zimmermann

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  16. Shantel Lajeunesse :

    Liesel and Bode, I’m sending you so much love and hugs no words can fill the hole in your hearts. The beautiful and thoughtful tribute on this page by you gave me a glimmer into Mike and his being. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

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  17. Daria Skibington-Roffel :

    Liesel and Bode, I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family peace, strength and comfort. /|\

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  18. Betty Harrison :

    Liesel, Bode, Uncle Walter, Robinne, Una and Marianne. My thoughts are with you all. Cherish your memories and hold tight to each other. Only time helps. Sorry that I can not attend the service on Saturday, but know that I will be thinking of you all.

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  19. Pat Obreiter :

    What an amazing tribute to a truly incredible man. Although we only talked a few times I knew from our first meeting what a kind and caring father and husband he was and respected him immediately. Dear Liesel and Bode my words can never take the pain away from your broken hearts, but please know that I am sending you positive thoughts and energy everyday and if you ever need anything I am here for you.
    Love to you both, Pat aka Ms O

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  20. Dave and Sherry Levick :

    Liesel and Bode, Sherry and I send our deepest condolences on Mike’s passing. He was a great guy, always ready to help out if you needed something, a kind and gentle soul, we will miss him.

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  21. Garth Blades :

    Sorry to hear of your loss, Mike will be missed by all he touched. Our prayers are with you in this time of trouble, but remember all of the good times and how he touched everyone.

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  22. Ursula (Richard Grover) :

    My prayers and thoughts are with you Liesel and your family. Mike was a special person in my late husband’s life and and he will always have a special place in my family’s heart for all the kindness he had shown us. My deepest heart felt condolences on his passing.

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