July 16, 1942 – April 12, 2019
Our Michael departed this world at the Vancouver General Hospital on his own terms after a very long and difficult struggle with debilitating COPD. Mike was brave and adventurous – to the end. As a young man, Mike saw and experienced much of the world; for many years travelling, working and learning in a variety of interesting cultures. Eventually, he pursued a successful and rewarding life as an apiarist of note in the Grand Forks area. Every Fall Mike returned temporarily to the city to sell his award-winning “Flower Power” honey. Mike’s trademark brought smiles to all when he raised the sign on his well-known white truck announcing that “10,003 Bears Can’t Be Wrong”. His customers knew Mike was back in town.
Michael’s warm and kind sense of humor plus his gentle and generous nature touched all who knew him. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all his family and friends.
He is survived by his brothers, Bob McLennan (Delda) and Jim McLennan (Fran), and his sister-in-law, Jane McLennan (Hume – deceased) and his sister, Liz McLennan Meekison. Mike was predeceased by his elder sister, Dorothy McLelan, many years ago. Michael was the youngest son of Purves and Betty McLennan of Vancouver. He was also the youngest grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Purves McLennan, pioneers of BC – Robert being the founder of Mc & Mc Hardware Company in 1885.
In memory of Michael, donations could be sent to: The Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust Fund (a registered charity for honey bee research and education), c/o Ms. Brenda Jager, 948 Harrison Way, Gabriola Island, BC VOR 1X2.
Our family gives thanks to all those who have helped Michael in the past years, especially the caring professionals at Seton Villa Retirement Centre, Saint Paul’s Hospital and the Vancouver General Hospital.