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Michael Patrick Blake Heron

June 26, 1940 - April 11, 2018


Michael Patrick Blake Heron June 26, 1940 – April 11, 2018


It is with great sadness the Heron family announces the passing of their husband, father and grandfather Michael Heron.  Born in Victoria, BC to Nancy and Arthur Heron he was the youngest of three boys.  Predeceased by his mother and father, older brother Peter, sisters-in-law Iris and Maureen, and son Johnathan, he is survived by his brother, David, wife, Laurie, children Joanne (Scott), Angela (Brent), Sarah (Dan) and Dean (Therese), and 8 grandchildren. Michael grew up in Meadow Lake, Winnipeg, Wilkie, Lethbridge and Saskatoon. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology, and received his Masters of Education at UBC.  He taught high school for three years in Saskatoon and then moved to Mbala, Zambia, to teach with CUSO.  It was there he met his wife, Laurie Heron. Their three daughters were born in Zambia.  After a short stint in London, Michael and the family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon, where he had an opportunity to gain administrative experience as the President of the Yukon Teachers’ Association. Michael and Laurie’s son, Dean, joined the family when they moved to Whitehorse.  It was at that time, Michael started with the Canadian Teachers Federation where he became president and then moved the family to Ottawa.  After his term as president of CTF  he moved back to BC, to Kitimat, where he was Vice Principal, Principal and Superintendent of schools.   Moving to Powell River in 1986 he continued as Superintendent of schools and was elected President of the BC Superintendents Association. Michael was passionate about music and thoroughly enjoyed many years singing with Chor Musica, even to recent days.  Michael endured his long illness in the same manner in which he lived his entire life: with courage, strength, the utmost dignity, and perhaps a generous dose of stubbornness. With his children at his side and the gentle farewell kiss of his devoted wife, he took his last peaceful breath surrounded by immense love. Laurie and children wish to express their heartfelt gratitude for the support and love of extended family, friends and church community for walking this journey with them now and always.


A service is to take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 1pm at the Powell River Academy of Music. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Powell River Academy of Music or the Powell River Hospital Foundation



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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Eva Eleanor Ingram
Relation: Friend of the family

You have my sincerest sympathy.

From: Alandra Corrigan

My sincerest condolences to your family during this difficult time.

I hope that you find comfort in each other as you grieve the loss of your husband, father, brother, and grandfather.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Helen L. Tyson
Relation: Michael was my first cousin

Dear Laurie, Rod and I were so sorry to hear about Michael. We’ve sent a donation to the hospital foundation, in his name. Please give Joanne, Angela, Sarah and Dean our warm condolences. Love, Helen

From: Barbara Arychuk

Dearest Laurie and families please accept our sincere sympathy. We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Michael. A dear husband, father, grandfather , educator and musician. Remembering the good times in Kitimat. Michael was a man of grace, strength and faith. He made a great difference in so many people’s lives. Sending virtual hugs to all. Barb/Gerry/Stevan

From: John and Doreen Berg
Relation: Friend

We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. God be with you at this time of grief.

From: Pia Vallee
Relation: School district 47 employee

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
April 17, 2018
Beginning at 1:00pm

Powell River Academy of Music
7280 Kemano St.
Powell River, BC Canada

7280 Kemano St.
Powell River, BC Canada

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