Mike Linski

Mike Linski

Friday, October 8th, 1926 - Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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LINSKI: Mike passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Mike was born in a small house in the village of Weeden, Manitoba (north of Dauphin) on October 8, 1926. He was the second eldest of Dora and Peter Linski and the family moved to Brandon when he was three years old. Mike attended David Livingstone School in Brandon only for early years then was put to work in the market gardens. He drove a truck for Butcher and Sons delivering items throughout the city and then worked at McKenzie Seeds where he met the love of his life. He got his break when he was hired as a machinist at Modern Machine where he stayed for over 40 years. Everyone said he was the best machinist in the province! After retiring, he ran his own business on his acreage for over 25 years. He fixed cars, engines, you name it, and he could build pretty much anything that was asked of him.

Mike married Elsie Joyce Ekins in July of 1949. Mike loved the outdoors and they spent many weekends camping at Ninette and at lakes in Riding Mountain National Park with their tent and motorcycle. Once Brenda was born in 1951, they needed more space, so Mike built a tent camper and off they went. Later he built a trailer and they parked it at Sandy Lake, where he enjoyed many years of waterskiing, trick skiing and pulling kids on skis and boards until all hours. They eventually moved the cabin to Thomas Lake, where he continued to water-ski (until age 80), swim and enjoy the water. Mike spent many hours fishing on the lake and in the winter snowmobiling. He always had a dog and at least one cat on his acreage. Mike loved to dance and bowl and did so until the age of 93 years.

For those that knew him, Mike will always be remembered for his unique sense of humour, his kindness, his love of life and helping others. He is survived by his daughter Brenda (Neill Koensgen), granddaughter Tracey (Lorne Hunt), brother Steve Linski, sister-in-law Gwen Linski and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce in 2008, his partner Gladys Snyder in 2016, sisters Anne Lavallie and her husband Ben and Pat Beath, brother-in-law Mack, brother Bill, nephews Brent Leganchuk and Robbie Linski and niece Angela Linski.

The ceremony to celebrate Mike's life will be held Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, to accommodate social distancing, you will be directed to an outside gathering area. A webcasting link will be available on his memorial page at Eulogy by Brenda Linski, candle lighting by Tracey Linski and Lorne Hunt as Urn Bearer. Interment will follow at Humesville Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Mike may be made to an animal rescue charity of your choice or the Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch, PO Box 20077, Bdn South PO, Brandon, MB R7A 6Y8.
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 10:30am
    Memories Chapel
    330-18th Street North
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    To accommodate social distancing, you will be directed to an outside gathering area.

    A webcasting link will be available just prior to the service.
  • Interment

    Humesville Cemetery
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Dayle kristalovich

Posted at 06:04pm
I think I was around the age of 5 yrs. when I meet as we all kids called Him Uncle Mike. There was always cookies smells when you walked by and yes he was in the water as much as Us kids. His laugh I still hear it today. He was and will always be in my heart. once a brat to you one time or another. But loved all the memories I have of you and your Lovely wife....Dayle . Nee Conley

Kathleen MacFarlane

Posted at 01:40pm
Brenda and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.

Kathy MacFarlane

Gloria Lamb davis

Posted at 09:41am
Brenda: I have a wonderful memory of your dad. He taught me how to skate (on boys skates) at NE community center. Thinking of you and family at this sad time..Gloria Lamb-Davis

Sig Eiriksson

Posted at 10:42pm
Mike was my second Dad. Our family and Mike’s lived two blocks apart on Maple Avenue in the north end. My memories of Mike, Joyce and Brenda go back into my early years ; the 50’s , 60’s and 70’s. Our two families were very close together. My mother and Joyce would coffee back and forth every other week. Our north end group of kids always played together. Both Mike and my Dad were builders. I was particularly interested in Mike’s boat building and would follow his progress carefully as he showed them to me downstairs. Mike got me my first summer job at Modern Machine after my grade 12 year. At Modern Machine they called me , “ the professor “ because we teased each other back and forth. I will give Brenda a longer write up of all the things and great times we had together including fishing trips to northern Manitoba where I was teaching during the 70’s. Memories of Mike and Family will always be remembered and cherished. Love to you all.
Sig Eiriksson

Judy Orchard

Posted at 03:19pm
Brenda we are sorry to hear about your dad ,had a lot of good times with him. Sending our condolences to you and your family. Grant and Judy

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