Mike Giroux

Obituary of Mike Giroux

Mike was a kind, hard-working, family man who dedicated his life to his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He lived each day to the fullest and took every opportunity to make memories with those he loved, always making sure they knew how important they were to him.

Mike was born on the family farm in Weyburn, SK to Phillip and Joan Giroux (nee Bowditch). His farming background developed many of the attributes central to the person Mike was throughout his life. Mike was an incredibly hard-worker, dedicating 35 years of his life to SaskPower. He was willing to tackle any task around the house, even if his methods were at times unconventional. His motto was “Look at a way to get things done, instead of making an excuse not to do it”. He was willing to share his time with family, friends, neighbours and anyone who needed a helping hand. He was kind, responsible, and welcoming, always making the time to chat with everyone and taking a genuine interest in their lives. He wanted to know you and know about your life, often offering some advice along the way.

Mike was a humble man, who did not often speak of his accomplishments, but he was an exceptional athlete. Mike excelled on the baseball diamond, football field and the hockey rink. Some highlights include spending two years playing for his hometown Weyburn Redwings of the SJHL, serving as captain in his final season, and being named Regina Football League Player of the Year. He continued to share his talents, patiently teaching his children & grandchildren to throw a ball, swing a bat, shoot a puck, and ride a bike. He also selflessly lent his time to groom the cross-country ski trails and help out the tennis club.

Mike was a family man through and through. He married the love of his life, Heather Fawcett, on May 7, 1983. Together, they made the most of each and every day of their almost 41 years together. Their love continues to grow through their 3 daughters – Ashley (Andy), Bret (Benson) and Kacey (Evan). His favourite role was as Grandpa to his seven grandchildren – Kailyn, Jordyn, Carter, Mason, Avery, Rowyn and Holden. Grandpa Mike was the most dedicated fan for each of his grandchildren and became a fixture at hockey rinks, ball diamonds, and cheer competitions throughout the province. Grandpa was the best playmate, always making the time to read books to his grandchildren, swim in the pool, or take them to the park. Each visit to Grandpa’s house began with a boisterous “Who’s here?” followed immediately by a huge hug.

Even his battle with cancer did not stop Mike from being an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He took every opportunity to attend any event he could and continue to support his family. He never once complained about how he was feeling and didn’t let his diagnosis stop him from showing up for those he loved most.

Mike will be lovingly remembered and missed every day by his wife Heather, his daughters Ashley, Bret, and Kacey, his sons-in-law Andy, Benson, and Evan, and his seven grandchildren Kailyn, Jordyn, Carter, Mason, Avery, Rowyn and Holden. He will also be missed by his siblings Deb, Val (Bob), Don (Julie), Rhonda (Ted) and Doug (Nan) as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

The Memorial Service was held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant officiating. Janice Gallagher read The Dash. Tributes to grandpa were given by Mike's grandchildren. The eulogy was delivered by Mike's daughters, Ashley, Bret and Kacey. The urn bearers were grandchildren; Kailyn, Jordyn, Carter, Mason, Avery, Rowyn and Holden.

Memorial donations may be made to KidSport or to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre as gifts of remembrance.

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Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Thursday, May 2, 2024
Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
Highway 10 East
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
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