March 7th, 1921 - July 16th, 2012
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Mickey Comar passed away quickly and peacefully on July 16, 2012.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Ellen in 2009. Left to mourn are his children Bev, Lynne, Janice, Ken, Gerry, Lolli, "adopted" son Roger, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mickey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Ukrainian immigrant parents. A WW2 veteran, he joined the RCAF in his early twenties where he trained as an aero-engine mechanic. Shortly after joining the military, he met his future wife Ellen at a dance event chaperoned by Catholic Nuns! As he tells it, it was love at first sight from across the room. He must have been charming and sweet because after a three month whirlwind romance they were married in June of 1943. Five of their six children were born in Winnipeg.
In 1957 he and his family left Winnipeg for a posting to CFB Comox, 409th squadron. Mickey, Ellen, and their passel of five unruly kids packed themselves into the (pre-seat belt era) station wagon to take the road trip from Winnipeg to Comox through miles of wide open prairie and twisting mountain passes.
Two years after arriving in Comox, Mickey and Ellen had their 6th child who was thereafter fondly referred to as "the foreigner" of the family.
It was love at first sight again when Mickey first laid eyes on the natural beauty of the Comox Valley. He spent many hours exploring the shoreline from Point Holmes to Kye Bay, communing with nature at Marriotts' bird sanctuary, enjoying dips in the cool waters of the many hidden swimming holes along the rivers, and, of course, getting his daily dose of exercise on his treasured bicycle.
After achieving the rank of Sergeant and upon being posted to another air base in 1967, Mickey chose to take an early retirement from the Air Force rather than leave his beloved Comox Valley. His crew was sad to lose him as they enjoyed his kind-hearted warmth, as well as his strong sense of responsibility.
For the remainder of his working life, Mickey was employed as a custodian with School District 71, where he also represented CUPE for his area. He worked happily for many years at Courtenay Elementary School where his playful, generous, good- natured manner made him a favorite among both the teachers and students.
After retirement Mickey had more time to enjoy all things aviation, bike riding, exercise classes and dancing. In recent years he returned to Winnipeg twice and thoroughly enjoyed reminiscence tours of his childhood haunts and early marriage days. In his final years Mickey was blessed to be able to spend a lot of quality time with all of his children on a regular basis.
Amazingly healthy and fit for age 91, Mickey passed after a sudden and brief illness. Up until five days prior, he could be found riding his bicycle along his favourite routes, stopping to watch the river flow or chatting with people he met along the way.
Mickey was a sincere and benevolent man with a youthful spirit that belied his age. He will be missed.
An open house style memorial/celebration of life will be held at his home on Saturday, August 18th from 1:00- 6:00. For more information, contact Gerry Comar at 250-339-0157