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  1. Bill Richards
    January 17, 2017 @ 9:35 am

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. As many others have pointed out, I also have fond memories of working with Mike at the Maritimes Weather Centre. Whether you were the rookie starting out, or the manager, Mike treated everyone the same – with respect. Sincere condolences to his family.

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  2. Luella Crosby
    January 17, 2017 @ 7:32 am

    Dear Michael, Although I never met your Dad, reading the lovely tributes here, I see so many of his fine qualities in you. My thoughts & prayers are with you, Elise, Abigail & your Mom, as you grieve your Dad, especially after so recently losing Marlene. Luella Crosby

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  3. Allan Rahill
    January 16, 2017 @ 10:19 pm

    Well my heart stopped beating for a few seconds when I read this news. He is this type of guy we like a lot! I keep only good memories, back in the 80’s, when I worked with him in Bedford. I was than a young meteorologist. Outside of work, we share dinner parties and I always like his British sense of humour.

    Good bye Mike!

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  4. Diane Ouellet
    January 16, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    Oh Mike, I admired so much your ability to describe a complex weather situation in only a few sentences. You were such a pleasure to work with. My sincere condolences to your family.

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  5. Judy and Paul Brodie
    January 14, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Dear Michael and family,

    Paul and I send you our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad.
    I remember the anecdotes you used to share with us at work and how proud you were of him.
    With our love,
    Judy and Paul Brodie

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  6. John C. Pearce, Dartmouth
    January 13, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

    In the many comments made about Mike’s contribution to the life of the Weather Office in Bedford, his easy going and co-operative nature stand out with me as a former shift supervisor. Anyone who can make night shift “fun” and contribute some tuneful whistling at the same time is a great asset.
    Mike’s cheerful demeanor and his experience with marine meteorology around the world over many years were a great resource for the whole weather office. It was a great experience to have worked with Mike for many years in the Halifax area weather office.
    Sincere condolences to his family.

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  7. Ken Kirkwood
    January 13, 2017 @ 10:14 am

    Mike will be remembered and missed by many. I too have many fond memories of working with Mike. He was a calming influence, cheerful and easy to talk to.

    Brenda and I send our sincere condolences to you Denise, Michael, Elise and Abigail.

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  8. Glenda Saulnier
    January 13, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    My sincere condolences to Denise and family. Mike was one of those people who made coming into a night shift fun. He and his whistling will be greatly missed.

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  9. Lynn Campbell
    January 13, 2017 @ 8:11 am

    To Michael and family: I’m so sorry Michael for your loss. I didn’t know him but his obituary and the comments above certainly give a picture of a gentle, kind, and much loved man. Please accept my condolences.

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  10. Cindy Vallis
    January 12, 2017 @ 9:51 pm

    I have many happy memories from my time working with Mike. He always had a smile and an encouraging word. His musical talents were always appreciated, especially on night shift. He whistled his way into many hearts.

    My deepest sympathies to Mike’s family.

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  11. David Grimes
    January 12, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

    On behalf of the Meteorological Service of Canada I extend my deepest sympathies to Denise and all of Mike’s family. I worked with Mike for 2 years in the early days of my career in the 70’s at the Maritimes Weather Centre. I remember him fondly for his easy-going good nature and his unassuming yet very effective way of guiding and mentoring the younger staff, of whom I was one at the time. Mike served his country and profession honourably and with dignity over his lifetime and his family can be proud of his contribution.

    David Grimes,
    Assistant Deputy Minister
    Meteorological Service of Canada

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  12. Val Swail
    January 12, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

    I first met Mike when we were in the B.Sc. Meteorology program at McGill in the late 60’s. We were then roommates during the Meteorologist training course in Toronto. During the course of our careers in EC I often encountered Mike when I was visiting Halifax, and he always remained a constant. I have never met a more genuine person, or one quicker with a wise crack! He was always the smartest person in the room, and ten times smarter than he ever let on. My sincere condolences to Denise, Michael and the family.

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  13. Craig Clarke
    January 12, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

    I’m quite confident that I speak for many when I say so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. One could not find a nicer, friendlier person to work alongside and learn from. My most admirable memory of Mike is his always (repeat always) pleasant demeanor. My fondest memories include: his joyful whistling, his faithful practicing of darts (using a coloured pencil), and his marvelous ability to always solve the entire crossword puzzle! And who didn’t appreciate his practice of showing up 20-30 minutes early (wink, wink), for every shift, day or night? As mentioned by Ken Macdonald, his hands-on chart work was impeccable. Rest in peace Mike and here’s hoping that you meet up with several of your legion buddies for many good games of heavenly darts, followed by a good book to read and enjoy.

    Sincere condolences to his family.

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  14. Jeanne cardinal
    January 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

    à toi Denise, à Michael, à Elise et Abigail ,à la famille Darveau mes plus sincères condoléances pour ce deuil qui vous afflige. jJe suis de tout coeur avec vous et je comprends très bien la perte d’un mari, d’un père et grand-père . Ne pouvant être des vôtres dans ces circonstances sachez que mes pensées sont avec vous tous. Sincèrement

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  15. Ken Macdonald
    January 11, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We worked together during two periods at the Maritimes Weather Centre in the early part of my career and Mike was always one of the nicest, most good-hearted gentleman one could hope to work with and learn the ropes from. He taught me the value of staying calm when everything seemed to be falling apart and he took great pride in his work. I remember his weather charts being a thing of beauty worthy of framing.

    My sincere condolences to Denise, Michael and the granddaughters that I am sure he adored.

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  16. Michael J Newark
    January 11, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He and I were on the same Meteorologist course in 1971. I remember him for his sense of humour and relaxed and friendly style. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  17. Nicole Bois
    January 11, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family. I started my career as a young meteorologist in Bedford 28 years ago, and Mike was a real gentleman and mentor for all of us new comers. He would have lots of confidence in us and even let us be on the ” prog” desk with him. We laughed a lot while working with him, and saw him practice his dart throwing technique with his pen when he had some free time. It was a privilege knowing and working with him. I only have sweet memories of him. May he rest in peace.

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  18. Steve Miller
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

    I have so many good memories of working with Mike at the Maritimes Weather Centre in Bedford. I count myself as very lucky to have worked with him. Mike was always cheerful, and he always left you with a smile on your face.

    That is a great photo you have posted of Mike at work. That’s the way I want to remember him.

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  19. Bjarne Hansen
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

    To Mike’s family: please accept my condolences. He was one of the kindest people I know, anywhere. He is sorely missed. I had the privilege of working with him for ten years and am grateful for that.

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  20. Mary-Anne Klus
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

    Dear Michael and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts.
    Mary-Anne and Brian

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    • Kathy Crane
      January 13, 2017 @ 11:22 pm

      Dear Michael and family,
      I was so sad to hear of your loss. Your father was a wonderful man.
      Kathy Crane

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