October 11, 1981 ~ May 21, 2023
Mike was raised by amazing parents, Steve and Louise, in a community that embraced him over his 41 years. Alongside him, his brother Russ was a huge part of his life and Mike thought the world of him. Later in life he was able to connect with his other brother, Mike, and they built a strong bond despite their physical distance.
His passion for helping kids find a love for the game of hockey (and other sports) allowed him to connect not only with his own children, but with so many others. Kids really looked up to him and listened. Racing was brought into his life at an early age and continued throughout the years. Being a part of a crew was always like a second family to him. These people will forever be family. His bond with friends was untouchable.
And his own family – Kristen, Drew, and Desmond – lost a father and a husband way too soon. He loved beyond words. You could see it in everything that he did and the way that he looked at them and supported them. Many memories were made doing the things he loved – hockey, the cabin life, fishing, skiing, and so many more – but the greatest of all of these was doing everything with them and for them. For this we are grateful.
Some things won’t be able to be erased from our memories – his genuineness, his love, and his infectious laugh.
His life was a blessing. His memory a treasure. He is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
Memorial Services for Mike will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 2:00pm at the Northridge Centennial Community Centre, 901 3rd St N, Martensville, SK.
For anyone unable to attend the service, a livestream link has been set up at https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/74615
So sorry to hear of Michaels passing.
Everything we could think of saying about all of the smith family would be good.
We moved to Martensville in 1986 and have had the pleasure of knowing them since then.
Our thoughts are with the entire family during this tough time.
I moved to Martensville when I was 4 and met both Russell and Michael in Kindergarten.
My mom worked most weekends so every Saturday without fail my father would go to the hardware store to buy supplies for his next ‘project’ Steve would always joke ‘don’t scribble the cheque’ (my dad had the worst handwriting). I think because both Steve and my Dad were English they got on like a house on fire, this was also the case with me and Mike – we became best friends.
Mike had video games – Sega ! and some computer game called ‘Ally Cat’ cable (in the country we only had 3 channels unless you got satellite – back then it required a NASA sized dish pointed at the sky – we were poor so that was a hard no) And his mom had all the best snacks!
Mike had a huge heart and it was so clear he got it from his mother she always looked after me when I was at their house. As I write this more memories are coming back, we went to the same church, were confirmed together and at school because our surnames were so close ended up sitting next to each other and normally partners for group work.
Our family moved to Saskatoon when I was 12 (and then to Ontario a few years later) and now I live in London (UK). I have a 3 year old and am planning to take him to Martensville when he is older, it breaks my heart he won’t be able to meet Mike, I am sure I still remember the house he grew up in.
Even though its been almost 25 years when I saw the news on FB it shocked me, Mike and the Smith’s were a huge part of my childhood and will be dearly missed by me and my family.
To the Smith Family,
There are no words, just an enormous sense of disbelief and loss that we can only imagine your family must be experiencing.
Mike was an Incredible young man who had so much love and goodness in his heart. He will be dearly missed and respectfully remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
The Cossette Family
I was shocked to hear the news that Mike was seriously ill and that fundraisers were being organized to help him and his family. I intended to donate ….. and I will certainly do so! My wife and I almost lost our home to a grass fire October 8, 2020. Eight fire departments attended or were on call over the five days of the fire. Michael may have been one of those tireless firefighters. We owe them so much!
As well I thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s banter when I shopped at the hardware store. His easy demeanour was a tribute to his parents, Louise and Steve who raised a fine young man then had to say ‘goodbye’ too soon!
Condolences to Mike’s wife and children and all who were affected by this tragic loss!
Our sincere sympathies to you and your families!
Doug,Penny MacDonald and family