Mike passed away peacefully in the Campbell River Hospital March 29, 2018. At 91 he was proud to be the oldest male Bewza. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeannine, three sons George, Lorrie (Sharon), and Richard, Granddaughter Karli and two sisters Jean and Helene. Predeceased by his brother Frank.
Mike was born at Section 20-19-23 Manitoba. A true farm boy, he could take apart and fix anything. Growing up on a farm near a small town during the depression taught Mike the importance of perseverance, hard work and ingenuity which served him well as an adult. Mike had several jobs during his life, starting as a teacher after graduating from school, then driving logging trucks and buses. Mike was also an engineer at heart and created two successful small businesses; first building and repairing T.V.s and then repairing and installing radars on fishing boats all over Vancouver Island.
He built one of the first TV’s in Campbell River and installed the first Decca Radar on the West Coast. Both business grew to the point where they had to be sold as he was still driving bus full time. When he and the drivers purchased Vancouver Island Coach Lines Mike was elected to the Board of Directors. The Provincial Government later purchased the bus line and he finished his career as the District Supervisor Northern Vancouver Island of Pacific Coach Lines.
Mike was also giving back to the community as a member of the local Lions Club and during his year as President completed Campbell Rivers first seniors housing project which is still operating on the corner of Ironwood Street and 16th Avenue. He was part of the Lions Club team that built McIvor Lake swimming beach and boat ramp.
Special thank you to the Doctors and Nurses at the Campbell River Hospital for their kindness and compassion.
A Celebration of Life will be held this summer. Contact second son Lorrie at LDB@shaw.ca or by phone.