April 5, 1934 – April 26, 2021
It is with great sorrow that we announce Michael Leo de Vooght, age 87, of Kamloops, BC, passed away Monday morning, April 26, 2021, with his son and youngest daughter by his side. Born April 5, 1934, in Montreal, Quebec, he was the fifth son of Robert and Antonia de Vooght.
Mike is survived by his three children; Michelle Harrison (Carl Mathiasen), Stephen de Vooght and Madeleine de Vooght (Keith Capostinsky); eight grandchildren, Raymond Harrison (Heather), Keith Harrison (Natalia), Grant Harrison (Janel), Diane Fletcher (Roger), Victoria Nolette (David Botha), Maddy (Rob Ryde) Naomi Allen, and Emma de Vooght.
Thirteen great- grandchildren, Jase, Hadley, Kennedy and Lia Harrison, Brody and Addisyn Fletcher; Lukis and Shylo Ryde, Haiden, Elijah and Nia Allen and Emmaline and Beatrix Botha and many other loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Mike was the fifth of seven brothers, and the first born in Canada. When a small boy, the family moved to Vancouver where he was raised. As a young man, he moved to Vavenby for work, but ended up back in New Westminster where he met his wife, Joyce.
After their marriage, Mike and Joyce moved back to Vavenby where they raised their three children. Mike was a dedicated father, and worked in the local mill, Clearwater Timber Products, as a manager and shipper for 35 years. Mike loved sailing, fishing and music. He was also a very good singer and whistler.
After retirement, never wanting to sit still, Mike and Joyce learned to sail which they did every spare moment that was available. They included all of their family in their adventures by taking everyone sailing whenever they could.
As they grew older, Mike and Joyce changed their focus to travel to see relatives and friends, culminating in a family wedding far away in Colombia. After Joyce passed away in March 2020, Mike spent another year in care at Overlander with his “Orchard Angels”, isolated due to Covid 19.
But in the final year of his life, he was constantly visited through his window by these very same family and friends and all were able to visit in person just before his passing.
Mike and Joyce wish to have a memorial together, so there will be no service at this time. If you wish to remember Mike, in lieu of flowers or wood for the wood shed, donations can be sent to the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada, or your favourite charity.
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