Mitch passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on March 19, 2012, after a long illness.
He was born on May 4, 1961 in Hawthorne, Nevada, USA.
He was pre-deceased by his father, Richard Lee Boyle, in 2006, and his oldest daughter, Melisa Boyle, in 2010.
He is survived by his mother, Nelly Boyle and Al Balch, daughter Tracy Moore, grandchildren Tamieka Mazur, Destiny Mazur, Camilla Moore and Logan Moore. Also, brothers Eric and Nathan(Angela) Boyle, nephews Nick Boyle, Demetri Boyle, niece Mercedes Boyle and step-nieces Stephanie and Melissa Peterkin. He also leaves many caring aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mitch was always a hard-working person. He worked in a variety of fields over his lifetime, including logging, heavy equipment, truck driving, cab driving, and construction. He drafted and built/re-built several houses. Mitch highly valued working and found ways to keep busy even when injured or ill.
Mitch’s favorite pastime was fishing. He loved taking his daughter, niece, and nephews out on the boat for a half-day, just to relax and enjoy the sport. He also enjoyed cooking, especially when others were at the table.
In a sense, Mitch led two lives–his earlier days were darkened by numerous mistakes and character defects that surely have lead many to dislike him. But those of us fortunate enough to spend time with Mitch in his later life got to know a wonderful man, with a warm heart, respectful demeanour, and wholesome values. In his later days, Mitch held a boundless optimism that carried him through the hard times and led him to always try and try again. His greatest desire was to help and serve others, though, tragically, as this desire increased his body’s abilities decreased.
His daughter hopes that as people remember Mitch’s life they will forgive his errors and celebrate his passion for life, for family, that kept him up when pain wanted to keep him down. May he now rest in peace.
By request there will be no service.
Online condolences can be sent through Mitch’s obituary at www.bowesfuneralservice.com.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC.