PINKNEY, John Michael (Mike)
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November 8, 1942 - December 18, 2013
With deep sadness we announce Michael's departure to a better life after a brief illness.
Michael was born in Blairmore, Alberta to John Frederick Roland Pinkney and Madeleine Chardon Pinkney. He joins his beloved wife, Ruth Mortenson Pinkney, who predeceased him in July, 2013.
With his marriage to Ruth on April 8, 1972, he became the father of four girls and two boys, whose love and respect he quickly earned. He entered the University of Alberta as a mature student and achieved a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1978.
Mike joined the Canadian Army Reserve at the age of 17 and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers branch in Edmonton. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, the highest non-commissioned rank, in 1981. In 1985 he was Commissioned and promoted to Captain, then Major. Major Pinkney served mostly with 15 Edmonton Service Battalion during his military career. He occupied a number of command positions, including Officer Commanding the Administration Company, Deputy Commanding Officer of the 15 Edmonton Service Battalion, and was Officer Commanding the Maintenance Company for many years. He was recipient of the Canada Decoration Medal and the Queen's Jubilee Medal for exemplary military service. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1995. He was a member of the Oil Capital Kiwanis Club, member of the Royal Surrey Legion, member of the White Rock Rotary Club, and a former long-standing member of the Edmonton United Services Institute.
Michael was the first president of the High School Student Union of the newly opened Isabelle Sellon High School in Blairmore - 1960-61. He was an eager member of the chorus in many of the operas produced by Edmonton Opera, having grown up in a music-filled home. With his lifelong ties to the Crowsnest Pass, he was an enthusiastic participant in the Crowsnest Pass Mountain Climbing, Caving and Cavorting Expedition and was inducted as a Member of the Order of the Cavorter in 2001. He was employed by the Employment Standards Branch, Department of Labour, Government of Alberta, from 1978 to 1997 until moving to British Columbia.
Michael is survived by children Patricia (Allan) Bronsch, Deborah (Larry) Newton, Carolyn Pinkney, and Donald Pinkney; grandchildren Nicole, Stacey, David, Kara, Leigh, Ryder, Wyatt, Michael and Maya; and brother Bruce Pinkney. He was predeceased by children David and Penny.
He is being welcomed home by those who have gone before and is free from the inadequacies of the body he has left behind. His only pain now is the sorrow of the loved ones who remain, but he knows that they will all one day join him.
Thanks to the staff of the Royale Peninsula retirement home in Surrey, BC for giving him the best possible qualify of life, and for the staff of the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, BC for easing his final days. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the The Rotary Foundation in memory of Michael Pinkney, The Rotary Club of White Rock, PO Box 75005, Surrey BC V4A 6G3.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 4, 2014