We are all saddened by the news of Mike Boychuk’s sudden passing on September 1, 2023, while on his bike in Invermere, BC due to a heart attack. What brings us all comfort is that it was one of his favorite places to be and enjoy. Mike was named Myhilo (Michael) after his grandfather.
He is survived by his children, whom he absolutely adored, daughter Brooklyn and son Blake, and their mother Jill Boychuk, Mike’s partner Miranda Galan, his sister Connie-Lee (Raymond) Kemp, and Aunt Rose Brykaliuk,
He is also survived by numerous cousins and other relatives. His extended family and close friends were very special to Mike as he was an only child and spent lots of time with them growing up and into adulthood.
Mike is predeceased by his parents, Olivia Boychuk and William Boychuk, and his grandparents, Nicholas and Anne Melnyk, and Mike and Martha Boychuk, his two close friends Blair Delveaux and Marvin Boyko, as well as many other aunts and uncles and extended family.
Mike loved life and lived it to the fullest. His passions involved most sports. He played football and hockey growing up then as an adult started going to the gym. His true passions were skiing, road, mountain and fat biking, running, hiking, golf and water sports. He loved nature and everything about it. From the vast mountains, to the river valley in Edmonton, the oceans and lakes he always gravitated to these areas to travel and explore.
He spent lots of his time with his kids Brooklyn and Blake on the soccer fields, hockey rinks and loved watching Blake play baseball along the way. Fond memories are Mike as their professional commentator at hockey games with pumped up music and all the supplies needed to make it happen. You knew he was going to bring energy and a party like atmosphere anywhere he went. That’s was Mike. He put the kids in any camp he could to excel in their sports and his support was unwavering for them to succeed at a high level. The kids loved to join him at the gym and do all the outside activities they mutually loved together as it was always an adventure. Just 3 weeks before Mike passed they all went on a hiking trip to Kananaskis, up to a waterfall and then drank red wine and ate cheese together under the stars where there campsite was set up. A precious memory they will all never forget.
Mike’s Environmental Civil Engineering Degree served him well for 30 years, as it was his true passion. He worked on all sorts of land development projects with many Engineering companies along the way. He created Intentional Land Developments and ran his business for many years and ended his career with David Schaeffer Engineering from Toronto. His boss, David said Mike made a huge impact in the short time he was there.
Mike loved his neighborhood and neighbours and improving the community for the lives of others. From landscaping, painting fences, parades, winter carnivals, to light up the neighborhood and fun community themed events to name a few- his intention was to bring everyone closer and for all to belong. He received an award in Nov/22 for the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for those who actively contribute work and dedication to the Province of Alberta and Canada for his efforts.
The physical road has ended for Mike, but his energy and spirit will live on through the stories, memories and photographs shared amongst his family, friends and community.
The last song Mike heard was Photograph by Def Leppard. May these photographs stay in your hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oak Hills Community League, http://www.oakhillsonline.ca
Service is held on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm MST at Southside Memorial Chapel – 8310 104 St NW, and it will be live streamed as well. To join online, copy and paste this link into your web browser: https://funeraweb.tv/diffusions/79650
Following the formal service there will be a Celebration of Life at 6:30 pm MST at The Ridge Community Centre – 2111 Haddow Drive. You may join by zoom for the celebration- Zoom link- meeting ID-767 928 1618, password Sunshine. As some of the celebration may take place outside, (depending on the weather) please bring a jacket.
Mike’s request is to wear colour and/or flowered prints to his services, as he coloured our worlds so much.
Much love, you will be missed .