On January 11, 2018, I lost the love of my life: Mike Orman, aged 82 years, loving husband of over 62 years to Betty; father of Hayley (Leo) and Delese (Dan); Poppa to Cayley, Megan, and Liam; uncle to Kim (Martin). Predeceased by parents Arch and Kathleen Orman and brother John (Brenda, Adrian & Andrew).
Born in Southampton, England, Mike worked as a Marine Engineer on the Queen Mary before embarking to Canada where he was certified as a Millwright, taking part in projects such as putting the top on the CN tower, and eventually becoming Project Manager of various multi-million dollar projects.
He was creative and meticulous in everything he did: professionally; in the community, where he took annual ice shows to the next level with sets, lighting, and elaborate props; and at home with his family, where he gardened, built a pool where he loved to take a dive after work, while remaining on-call as an all-around problem-solving handyman.
He had a special relationship with the family’s dogs, and also the duck that adopted him. Mike enjoyed an active life sailing on the family boat the Luvaduck, camping, and travelling abroad with Betty. The two are also known to tear up a dance floor.
As requested, cremation has taken place. We will miss his sense of humour, endless positivity, bottomless patience, and the twinkle in his eye which is now a twinkle in the sky - a star named “Milo Loves Bisto” dedicated to celebrate Mike & Betty's golden wedding anniversary in 2005.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Kressview Springs, 237 King Street West, Cambridge.