May 18, 1944 – November 23, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness that the family of Michael Brian Rossiter announces his passing on November 23 2022, at the age of 78, in Saint John’s Hospice, Vancouver, BC.
Mike will be lovingly remembered by his family: his wife, Mary Lou; his children, Wendy and Blake Rossiter and their mother, Lori; Shane (Aileen) Mortimer and Sean (Francesca) Mortimer; his grandchildren Miriam (Michael), Marielle (Kieran), Cooper, and Ronin; as well as his cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families. He will also be dearly missed by his many friends.
In lieu of flowers, we request a donation be made in Mike’s honour to the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses, through traumaticlifelosses.com.
Mike was born May 18 1944. After growing up in Vancouver Heights, he moved to Terrace with Lori and their young family and ran Totem Press with Nelson and Pat McGinlay. Mike was always a community man: he was involved with Terrace City Council, on the board for Terraceview Lodge and a part of many other local community groups. The Rossiters later moved back to Vancouver, where he started Michael Rossiter Graphic Design, served on the board of the BC Brain Injury Association, and founded Headline Magazine to serve the brain injury community and their families.
Mike eventually settled in Steveston, where he spent the remainder of his wonderful life with his beloved wife, Mary Lou, and discovered his passion for watercolour painting. Thanks to his dear friend Mark Glavina, Mike became an integral part of the Steveston art scene and joined the painting group, Men in Hats, and the Richmond Artists Guild. Painting brought him much joy in life.
Mike’s friends and family will remember him most for his ability to make people laugh. Fittingly, Mary Lou’s nickname for Mike was “The Happy Fellow.” If Mike has touched your life as he has ours, we once again request that in lieu of flowers, make a donation to the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses at traumaticlifelosses.com.
Michael is predeceased by his sister, Gay Sheehan, and his best friend, Jim Mortimer.
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