Mikhail grew up in a family of six in the country side of Russia, surrounded by farm animals and beautiful scenery. His love for learning drew him to the city to study mechanical engineering first at college and then on to University.
He married the love of his life Tamara, and remained happily together for over 50 years. Mikhail and Tamara were blessed with only one child, their daughter Marina and two grandchildren Jaime and James, whom they adored dearly.
Mikhail began his career as a mechanical engineer at the West Siberian plant in Russia and moved up the ladder over his 40 years to become the Vice-Chief Mechanical Engineer of the plant that employed over 50,000 people.
Mikhail was a serious and disciplined man, but he could never resist the opportunity to have a laugh with friends and loved ones. He saw a lot during his lifetime: his country ravaged after World War II, an uncertain world with the Cold War, the financial crisis in Russia and then the big move to relocate to the opposite side of the world in Canada with an entirely different culture and traditions to learn in the 70th year of his life.
Mikhail and Tamara moved to Canada in 2017. Mikhail loved spending time with their daughter, son-in-law Jeff, their beautiful grandchildren and Jeff’s Canadian family. Also Mikhail loved taking his English As A Second language lessons and meeting his new friends at George Perry school.
As a happy husband, father and grandfather, he was often happiest when left to his own toys—whether it was building his country house, tending to the garden, or watching his favourite sports on TV such as basketball, cross country skiing, running , soccer and so many more. Mikhail was a notorious athlete growing up himself and really enjoyed teaching his beloved grandson few basketball tricks.
He loved all kind of sports as he was a good athlete growing up himself. He played basketball like a pro, was a good runner, long jump, cross country skiing and more. He was teaching his grandson, James a few basketball tricks whenever he had the chance.
Mikhail was always busy – a man in constant motion – but never too busy to share his love of life with those around him. He taught his family to love the outdoors. He loved taking his dogs for a bike ride. And he loved landing the elusive pike.
Mikhail knew how to be a true and loyal friend. He maintained close friendships with a few of his old friends from Russia and the new friends he has made in Canada.
He loved to laugh. He placed great value on a good joke. Mikhail was sharing the latest Internet jokes with his family and his friends.
We’re going to miss you, Mikhail, Dad and Deda. Your decency, kind soul and your great sense of humour will stay with us forever. So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great man, husband, father and grandfather a family could ever have.
Saturday June 29, 2019
McCormack Funeral Home
Visitation 1 hour prior.
Donations can be made online by using the link.
Cheques will be received at the funeral home.