In Nanaimo, Mike and Eleanor started a family and settled into island life. He decided a career change was needed and returned to school to specialise in anaesthesia, completing his specialisation in 1975. From there, he went to work at St Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster until he retired in 1994, and then did some locum work in Nanaimo before fully retiring in 1998.
Mike enjoyed travelling, gardening, history, and most of all, wine. He spent much time in retirement sourcing grapes and making wine, which he shared generously. During his working years, he enjoyed golf, tennis, and squash. The family went on summer vacations across Canada and the Western United States as well as Spain to see his parents.
Mike also enjoyed many trips with Eleanor to Mexico, exploring much of the country. Mike and Eleanor, also travelled to Hawaii, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, as well as many other destinations. He enjoyed travelling and indulging his interest in history by visiting the historic sites he had read about. At age 60, he got his basic cruising certificate, bought a small sailboat, the Lung Ta, and enjoyed cruising around the Gulf Islands.
Mike is survived by his loving wife Eleanor, sons Christopher (Debbie) and Ian (Vanessa), grandchildren Connor, Chloe, Annabelle and Mikalya, brother Dougie (Enid), and niece Fiona (James) and family.