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BEREZOWSKI, Michael P. Eng
September 2, 1937 - December 10, 2012
Mike Berezowski passed away suddenly at his Calgary home on the morning of December 10, 2012 at the age of 75 years. Mike was born on September 2, 1937 on the farm near Sheho, SK to Peter and Mary (nee Struss). He was the oldest of seven children - Eunice Petrow, Ed (Gloria), Laudie (Linda), Angie (Gordon) Remus, Sylvia and Marlene (Billy) Hoffman. He attended school in both Sheho and Foam Lake. Mike worked and borrowed money to fund his university education, graduating from the College of Engineering at the University of SK in 1962. He married Jessie Velma Hunt on April 28, 1962. A civil engineer, he began his career in BC. A car ride in 1965 with Dr. Hardy, led him joining R.M. Hardy and Associates in Edmonton. The company went through various name changes and mergers; when Mike retired in 2007 he was working for AMEC. He moved to Calgary in 1973 and later spent five years (1983-1988) in Saskatoon before a final move back to Calgary. During the last two years, Mike also did some part-time consulting work for Mobile Augers & Research Ltd. During his long career he worked on many major construction projects, including oil sands sites in Fort McMurray and other jobs throughout Canada and the U.S. In the later years of his career, his outgoing personality and conversational skills allowed him to specialize in business development, cultivating new clients for his employer. Mike coached his sons in both hockey and baseball and was the president of the Kilkenny Community Association in Edmonton. After moving to Calgary, he volunteered with the newly formed Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament. An athlete himself, he surprised younger engineers by playing softball well past the age of 40. He also curled for many years in various leagues, enjoyed downhill skiing and was an avid golfer throughout his adult life. In the late 1970s he also umpired many organized youth baseball games. At home he loved watching sports on television. In the pre-remote control era, he wore out at least one manual channel dial. He enjoyed Stage West performances and attending Calgary Folk Club shows. Mike loved co- hosting, with Jessie, barbecues for relatives and friends at his Calgary home and their cabin at Lake Windermere. The Christmas Season included, with Jessie's help, annual parties for their Calgary friends. With friends and relatives, he loved to talk about the issues of the day. He always had an opinion and enjoyed listening to others' viewpoints. At home, he was meticulous about his diagonally cut lawn and well tended garden. In August of 2012, Mike and Jessie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with 80 friends and relatives in Calgary. While his sons were growing up, Mike drove long miles so the family could visit places from Saskatchewan to Victoria to California. Mike and Jessie expanded their horizons, taking trips to Europe, the Panama Canal and Mexico. Some of those trips were taken with two of Mike's siblings, Ed and Angie and their spouses. They also traveled internationally with Jim and Diane Beck, Ed and Josie Demchuk and Elliott and Geri Urquhart. Mike is survived by his wife Jessie; son David (Heather) of Calgary; Robert (Marrion) and their two children Alexis and Patricia, all of Regina, SK; and Richard (Paula) and their four children, Andrew of Calgary, Evan, Brett and Chantal of Rosetown, SK. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 (Telephone 403-264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca) or to a charity of your choice in Mike's name. In living memory of Michael Berezowski, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.



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Published in Calgary Herald from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2012.
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24 entries
June 9, 2013
Just found out about Mike passing sorry to hear about you're loss. Mike and me were the only two in class from grade one to eight in school (Fosti school) South of Sheho Sk.
Orest M Fedorchuk
April 29, 2013
My most esteemed colleague and friend at Hardy Associates.
I will never forget him.
Jan (Yan)
Jan Vacek
March 20, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was a wonderful person to work with.
CAROL VAN BESOUW
January 10, 2013
I am so sory to hear of Mike's passing; we worked together in Saskatoon at HBT Agra and then had some contact with him in the past year when he was consulting for Mobile Augers. Mike was a real people person, so easy to talk too. Too soon, but from what I knew of him; he spent his time on this earth well.
Terry Frank
December 21, 2012
Richard and Paula & Family

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carroll and Kevin Dyck & Boys
December 20, 2012
My condolences to Mike's family - he was a fine gentlemen and I always enjoyed meeting him at the numerous engineering functions that we both attended.
Dave Chalcroft
December 19, 2012
My deepest sympathy to you, Jessie, and your family. Mike was a big part of the AGRA "family" when I was working with Roger in Calgary, and I always enjoyed our chats. He was a great guy and we will all miss him.
Terry Mickleborough
December 15, 2012
Mike was a gentleman in every sense, which is evident in the many lives he has touched. I am a better man for having known Mike.

My deepest condolences.
Tod Collard
December 14, 2012
Dear Jessie and Family,

I am very sad for you. Life will be different now, Jessie, but not impossible. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Helen Vik
December 14, 2012
My deepest condolences:
Mike was the most optimistic person/engineer I have ever known - was fortunate enough to work with for decades.
Mark Bunnah
December 14, 2012
Jessie and family
So sorry about your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Mike. Take care and I am thinking about you.
Archie Holowachuk (Prince Albert, Sk)
Archie Holowachuk
December 14, 2012
I'm shocked and deeply sadden by the news of Mike's passing. Mike was in our office in Saskatoon last Wednesday 05 Dec.

Mike was a generous, helpful, interesting person and a great engineer. He was my mentor at RM Hardy in the mid to late 1980's and I'm the Engineer that I am in part due to his mentorship.

He will be missed in the Engineering and Construction community throughout Western Canada.

Condolescences to the family in this difficult time from me and my staff.

Lawrence Pinter, Saskatoon Saskatchewan
December 14, 2012
I worked with Mike at Hardy in the 80s. Mike was a real gentleman. Always upbeat and had time for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jim Howell
December 14, 2012
Our condolences to the Berzowski family. We never met Mike but heard many good things about him from Dave and Heather.

Darlene and Murray McBeth
December 13, 2012
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mike's Passing. His enthusiasm for perfection, for completeness was contagious -- there always one project to do, one more borehole to drill, one more client to see! I will miss him!

Marv Cherniawski, Edmonton
December 13, 2012
Very sad news. Mike was always such a professional and always had a smile and a good word to say. He will be missed.
Peter Wilson
December 13, 2012
I only recently met Mike a few months ago and found him very personable and easy to talk to. I will miss our brief work interactions. My deepest symapthies.
Dennis Fex
December 13, 2012
My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and your Family, Mike was a prince of a man. Take care Jessie
Donna Schafer
December 13, 2012
To Mike's family
My deepest sympathy to you all.
Olga Prebushewski (Chez)
December 13, 2012
I enjoyed my conversations with Mike; he will be sadly missed.

Condolences to the Berezowski family.

Paul Breeze
Paul Breeze
December 13, 2012
Mike was a professional in everything he did. His enthusiasm and involvement in professional societies will be missed by many. One of the good guys.
Wim Veldman
December 13, 2012
I was sad to hear of Mike's passing.

Mike and I worked on many projects together over the years and I had nothing but the highest regard for his personal, technical and ethical qualities. He was a pleasure to work with and you should all be very proud.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Norm Goodrich
December 12, 2012
Dear Jessie and family,

I am so sorry that I cannot be with you at this time as Clay and I are in Arizona.

Mike was a dear friend and a pleasure to work for. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Sincerely,
Georgina Weitz
December 12, 2012
Dear Jessie
Our thoughts are with you and the boys. Mike was a good friend and we treasure the memories of the times we shared.
Love
Don, Julie, Rhonda and Brendon Empey
Julie Empey
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