Michael Alan Heathfield

In Memorial

January 7, 1958-November 13, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of a modern day legend. Mike was an unforgettable character who touched many people in a profound way. His incredible and unique life and all his experiences extended across Canada, starting in Montreal, where he was born,to his final resting place in Maple Ridge, B.C. Mike was leader, a visionary, an adventure seeker, a champion, a teacher, a volunteer, just to name a few of his traits, but most importantly, a devoted father to his children, Zachary and Shannon and his side-kick dog Sarge. Mike will be greatly missed by his mother Rita Tougas, and father, the late George Heathfield. Loving brother of Lily Deckelbaum (Donny), Laura Capaldi (Felice), Patrick Heathfield (Robin) and brother Tony Doherty. Michael was a very proud uncle to his nieces and nephews; Melanie and David Deckelbaum, Joey, George and Rita Capaldi, Ryan and Makena Heathfield. Many uncles, aunts and his extended family at Labour Unlimited will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th at the Maple Ridge Alliance Church on 20399 DEWDNEY TRUNK ROAD in Maple Ridge. If you wish, donations in his memory may be sent BC Special Olympics or to the Kyle Demsey Gionco foundation.

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  1. Micheal, in the short time we came to know one another, I knew you as a man of strength and softness. You truly loved your Zach and Shannon, and the time we spent with you and your kids was priceless Micheal. I am truly going to miss you. R.I.P. Micheal.

  2. Big Mike. Your great humor, intense character and incredible life-time of accomplishments will be forever enshrined in our memories. From the moment we met your positive personality, incredible generosity and ” wall to wall ” god given physical assets were always omnipresent. Thanks for being an unconditional friend and,as well,for the many unforgettable memories. My condolences go out to the Heathfield family. Mike, you will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  3. Mike, you were always larger than life itself. From working concerts at the forum in Montreal to playing
    football in Verdun. You made everyone around you
    laugh and I am proud to say I knew you. You had a huge
    heart. My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to
    your family. I am so sorry. You will be dearly missed.
    We will meet again on the other side

  4. “champ” mike so many memories in the 14 plus years we drove maple ridge crazy , going back to the very first chin kick you gave me ! you gave me the privilage of being the first man to see you babies born just hours later , Zack and Shannon both are the greatest children I know and you were the greatest dad ! I promise to one day let your children know just how much you loved them , I know you did as I heard it daily , and as a father of 5 girls I understood every thing you said and tried to help you in every way I will look out for your kids and protect them if need be . Thats what uncles do even if we were not blood related I loved you as a friend and respected you as a man. I remember when you brought zack and shannon home we were having a drink at the local pub and just happened to see a toy machine filled with cute lovable stuffed animals I watched you spend so much money trying to win those stuffed creatures , then I decided to show you a easier way , you agreed so we grabbed the machine by its sides and tipped it over onto its belly all thou the staff was not to happy we walked out of there with over thirrty stuffed animals lol lol , we did that so often they had put a out of order sign on it remember buddy , “Mike” I will never meet another man like you in my life time” never , and that makes me as sad as your passing , our stories and memories all of them will be treasured , and from time to time i think i will stop in at timmy”s and laugh and share memories with those who loved you and respected you , I promise to keep to you the promises we had with each other.

    “The Coach” 🙁

  5. Accomplished in so many ways, Mike was truly a great man and a very loyal friend. Beneath that tough exterior was one of the kindest individuals I’ve ever known. He helped me through many difficult times, including a painful breakup and the loss of my dogs.

    My heart goes out to Mike’s family and children, whom he loved more than anything.

    Rest in peace, my dear friend. You’ll be missed tremendously. Thanks for making me a better person in many ways. I love you, buddy. Until we meet again.

  6. Will miss you dearly, will miss seeing you and Sarge go for walks-You were a good neighbour to me and I will never forget your protectiveness-May your soul rest in Peace and may the Almighty give your children the strength to bear the heavy loss

  7. ‘Big Mike’…thank-you for being like a big brother and protecting me and my little sister in Montreal, which made up for all pranks you pulled on all us girls….lol I so regret not coming out to see you a couple of months ago as we were planning. You were and will always be an inspiration to me in all your accomplishments. You worked so hard to make all your dreams come true and I feel grateful to have been a part of your life. R.I.P. cousin and see you on the other side when my time comes.

  8. Peter F. Dewein

    Your bigger than life itself !
    I was hoping you would cheat death.
    But Death took you to the life you knew was waiting for you.
    Now I can say you can greet me another day.

    Rest well my friend till the Creator calls your name . זֶרַע לְאָחִיךָ (Rise up) Michael

  9. I met Mike in 1988. We became very good friends but I moved away out of the country in 1990 or so. I really love the guy and it just so happens today after a long desired reunion I finally looked him up and found out about his passing. When I met him he was a salesman for a food processing machine company . The last time I seen him was at my wedding in 1990. He was a Gentle but powerful boy in a mans body. Sweet memories my Freind .. Dave hygaard

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