Michael Anthony (Captain Tony) Mortimer died tragically on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2009 in Chilliwack Hospital following a motor vehicle accident on the Coquihalla Highway in the early afternoon. He was driving the empty SilverBacks team bus at the time of the accident.
Born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England on March 25, 1941, Captain Tony spent several years in Kenya with the Royal Air Force followed by years of service in the Middle East as a peacekeeper. He recently received two certificates of appreciation, including one signed by Prime Minister Steven Harper.
Tony had been involved with transportation for many years, driving bus in Edmonton and was Control Supervisor with the Sky Train in Vancouver prior to moving to Sicamous in 1998. Last year he moved to Lee Creek. He drove for Universal Coach Lines which looked after the SilverBacks hockey team in Salmon Arm. Enjoying work and being active included the Air Cadets and the Volunteer Fire Department at Scotch Creek/Lee Creek on the North Shuswap.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Leggett of Lee Creek; daughter, Nicole Casimel (Wade Osmond) of Malakwa; son, Sam Leggett of Sicamous; two sisters, Valerie of Edmonton and Sylvia in the U.K.
A celebration of life service will be held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. with Jack Bowers officiating. He will be honoured with tributes from various groups he shared his work and talents with.
A reception will follow in the Mountainside Room at Bowers, allowing the family and friends to continue sharing memories.
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Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.