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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mike Baydala died today.

Michael Baydala
(October 16, 1919 - April 24, 2007)
Michael Baydala, age 87, passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital on April 24, 2007. " Mike " was a veteran of World War 2 and spent most of his adult life living in the Lower Mainland area. Mike read extensively and was very knowledgeable in matters concerning politics and history, and readily shared his strong views. He was a fisherman and sailed extensively throughout the B.C. coast. He was also President of the Army and Navy Club in Steveston, B. C. Mike was very fond of horse racing and spent every weekend at Hastings Race Track. He lost both of his legs to diabetes but this loss did not stop him from attending the races; he found a way to get there. Mike was also very generous with his racetrack winnings and was eager to share the profits. In his final days he could be found reading at Children’s Hospital where he lived nearby. He wanted to be close to children to hear their voices. Mike is survived by his daughter Connie (Walter) and a son, Carl; three grandchildren, Thomas (Paula), Shannon (Rob), and Skye (Dave); great grandchildren, Jerrod, Brandon, Matthew, Jake, and Cody.
Donations in Mike’s memory to Children’s Hospital would be appreciated

Published in the 'Vancouver Province' newspaper, May 4, 2007

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