With sad hearts we announce the death of Mike Skubiak, on October 7, 2015. He left peacefully, with his family at his side. He leaves memories of love and laughter. He will be remembered and missed by his loving wife, Janet of 50 years, sons Mike (Cappi) of Salmon Arm, and their children, Jasmine and Sam; son, Steve, of Kelowna and his children Ben and Emily, and their mother, Leslie Berg, of Kelowna; his sisters, Irene (Jim) Hallisey of Kelowna, Anne (Ray) Ferguson of Invermere, Marika Kirchpfennig of Vernon; sisters-in-law, Rona (Dave) Hamilton of Kelowna, Jennifer Clarke of Kelowna; brother-in-law, Bruce Clarke of Kelowna; beloved nieces and nephews, and many great friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his two brothers, Joseph and John.Mike was born on April 17, 1943 in Rivercourse, Alberta, where he lived for nine years before moving to the family farm in Rutland, B.C. Mike was an owner/operator dump truck driver for 40 years before he retired in 2006. Mike married the love of his life, Janet Clarke, at the age of 22. They raised their two boys in Kelowna, and taught the value of family, commitment and living life to the fullest. Mike lived for his family and his grandchildren. His grandchildren will have an incredible amount of memories and an extraordinary role model. He loved his motorhome and he looked forward to his annual camping trips with all four of his grandchildren.They shared many adventures. He was a source of inspiration and encouragement for his family and he always put family first. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, an incredible grandpa and a family man. We would like to thank Dr. Finch, Dr. Kim and Dr. Crook, and all of his health care providers at the Cancer Agency, the Kelowna Hospital, and the Hospice Palliative Care Team.A Celebration of Life will be held for Mike at the East Kelowna Hall on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Palliative Care Program or the B.C. Cancer Agency for the Southern Interior.
Online condolences may be sent through Mike’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, B.C.