May 28, 1953 – October 6, 2019
Hood, Michael Duncan. “Mitch” 66 of Crofton, B.C. passed away peacefully at home Oct. 6th, 2019. Born May 28th, 1953, in Vancouver to Robin and Phyllis Hood, Mike was predeceased by his father in 2010 but is survived by his mother Phyllis. He is also survived by his daughter Sharon (Rob),
son Jay (Samantha), daughter Samantha (Liam), daughter Sydney (Maurice), and their mother Kathy. He leaves his grandchildren Taylor, James, Scarlett and Jacob, also nieces Keshia, Jenna, and nephew Jessie. Mike is survived by his sister Cathy (Mike), nephew Jason (Suzanne), nieces Robyn (Jean) and Angela (Myles), great nephews Jordan, Stephen, Nick, Ethan and great niece Hayley. Mitch will be fondly remembered by the extended Francis and Vaux families as well as many friends and relatives.
Mike attended school in the Cowichan Valley and received a BSc from UVic in the 70’s. His varied career included work as a lighthouse keeper, at the sawmill in Houston, BC, at the pulp mill in Prince Rupert, as a forklift operator in Nanaimo, building shelving units, commercial fishing, concrete form rentals, a stint in Fort McMurray and ended with a series of coffee shops – retiring from Mike’s Cafe at the end of June this year. He enjoyed coffee, books, and good conversation, though he, himself, was often a man of few words… Intelligent, tolerant and empathetic, Mike was a gifted listener who would encourage and motivate all ages with a kind word, whether you were a young ball player or an inexperienced employee. Mitch was an incredible cook with an intuitive sense of seasoning and ‘comfort food’. He loved music and could converse equally about up and coming musicians, guitar riffs, and the technology of a new amplifier. And then there were the cars … especially the Chevy 2 Nova! In recent years, Mike had become very interested in his Icelandic heritage and encouraged family members in their travels.
As his children were growing up, Mitch took them camping at Tofino – often with a crew of cousins and friends along. No one involved will forget those yearly trips! They remained a significant part of Mitch’s life untill recently; the last trip occurred in 2016.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation at www.bcdiabetes.ca or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and the Yukon.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, Oct. 27th, at the Crofton Community Centre, 8104 Musgrave St., Crofton, B.C.
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