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Michael Fahey

Mike G. Fahey

Friday, June 17th, 1949 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Obituary

Mr. Michael Gerard Fahey passed peacefully away in Riverhead Harbour Grace, on Friday, September 18, 2020 at the age of 71 years.

Growing up in Riverhead, Newfoundland, Mike was always active in the community and loved sports. Soccer, softball and especially hockey. For a time he was a Boy Scout leader and started the Riverhead Minor Hockey Association. As a successful manager of the KFC’s it was common to see him driving the boys around to get to various sporting events in the back of the KFC van. They knew his as “Flakey”.

Mike was always quick with a joke and had a positive attitude toward life. At one point he was part of a comedy team - Fellers from “Ome” that did comedy acts at the local clubs. He will be remembered for his ever popular Newfoundland Joke and Recipe Books “Jokes from the Rock”. Always quick to help anyone in need, he didn’t like to see anyone go without and was willing to share what he had.

Mike worked at various jobs all across Canada. From as far north as the Yukon, from St. John’s, NL to Haidi Gwaii, BC and many provinces in between. His main area of expertise was that as a Scrap Metal Manager. He was always on the move and enjoyed seeing the diversity and splendor that Canada offers. Along the way he never forgot his roots and his love for Riverhead. Newfoundland was always with him and when he was ready to retire he came “ome”.

He leaves to mourn his loving:
Wife: Sylvia J. Wilson
Sylvia’s Children: Natasha (Aaron), Angela (Curtis) & Curtis (Kerrie)
Sylvia’s Grandchildren
Devoted Niece: Shirley (Scott) Burden
Daughters: Sharon Anne Brake & Sharlene (Andrew) Winsor
Son: Michael and his family
Grandchildren: Julia, Nicholas, Sarah & Katie
Nieces & Nephews: Colleen (Terrance) White, Annette Peddle, John (Andrea) Peddle, Joan Peddle, Michelle (Jason) King & Michael (Suzanne) Peddle
Sister-in-law: Margaret Fahey
Brother-in-law: Andrew Peddle

And a large number of relatives & friends

Pre-deceased by:
Parents: Michael & Mary C. Fahey
Brother: Ignatius Joseph Fahey
Sister: Jeanne Marie Peddle

The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, September 21st from the Edward Slade Memorial Chapel. Carbonear. Interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception R.C, Cemetery, Harbour Grace.

The family will be receiving relatives and friends at Slade’s Funeral Home, Powell Drive, Carbonear on Sunday:11 A.M.-12 Noon & 2-5 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, as expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Mike G. Fahey Memorial Fund. (Donations can be email transferred to sladesfuneralhomenl@gmail.com password: Michael)

For further information please call Slade’s Funeral Home, Carbonear at 596-1212.

During these exceptionally difficult times, we at Slade's Funeral Home are exercising ways to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our trusted staff will be following regulations in conjunction with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador in co-ordination with the Embalmers & Funeral Directors Board of Newfoundland & Labrador. For more details please visit our COVID-19 section of our website.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Slade’s Funeral Home, serving Carbonear, Upper Island Cove, Bay Roberts and surrounding areas.
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Kiana Wilson

Posted at 10:20pm
As a kid, I remember always walking by the claw game machines when we were out. Without fail, Mike would begin playing. It did not matter what we were doing - he always had a way of brightening the room with his humour! I am so thankful to have these memories of someone so kind hearted.
 
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Sylvia J. Wilson Posted at 10:58pm

Thank you so much for sharing your memories. He often talked about the many times we all had with you in Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. He was always telling funny stories and jokes and yes, you're right, he most certainly did brighten the room with his humour. He'd be pleased to know that you hold those memories close to your heart. No one is really gone unless they are forgotten and Mike will not be forgotten any time soon.
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diane scott

Posted at 02:28pm
I was so sorry to hear about Mike losing his battle to cancer. He fought so hard & bravely for 2 long hard years.
The 1st time I knew about Mike, was when Sylvia was renovating her home and she was staying with me when she still lived in SK.
Mike called my house looking for her and as I knew Sylvia normally wanted nothing to do with men, I gave him the 3rd degree and run around to the point he wasn't sure if he should ever call back again. When I told Sylvia, it was to my surprise to find out he was a guy she actually wanted to talk to. The 3 of us laughed about it for many years after.
As soon as I saw them together, I could see why he turned her head. Mike was kind, funny, gentle, strong and would give you the shirt off his back, his warm & loving personality shone through. Sylvia & Mike were Soulmates from the very first day. He was the best friend and Brother-in-Law I could have ever had in my life.
I am so thankful that Mike was able to be 'ome with Sylvia & Shirley, his wonderful niece by his side when he left for heaven.
Rest in Peace Mike you will be missed, always loved & never forgotten.
I'll be your Big sister forever Mike,
Love always,
Diane Scott
Glaslyn, SK
 
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Sylvia J. Wilson Posted at 05:40pm

Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Mike. Yes, it's true, I certainly wasn't "looking for a man" and I made sure everyone knew that. However, Mike was special. I loved his funny stories, jokes and positive attitude. He was kind, gentle man and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with him. We weren't together for very long and he asked me if I'd ever consider moving to Newfoundland with him and I said "Yes"! It took a few seven more years of working on the mainland, but we finally arrived in 2012. The more I got to know about the province he loved the more I loved it too!
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Patrick McCarthy

Posted at 06:58am
I only met Mike and Sylvia once in person. They planned on stopping at my place in Lévis for lunch, gave Sylvia all the right directions so they would not have any trouble. I received a call, they were in Lévis but could not tell me where exactly, the best Sylvia could do was that they were in a parking lot under a hill. A hill in the center part of Lévis! WOW, leave it to Sylvia to find a hill in the center of Lévis. OH MY, where were they? The only place I could think of was that they took the first exit to Lévis about 10 minutes from here. So. went off to find them. Sure enough, spotted Mike in his pick-up and walked over to him, they were in a garage parking lot just under a very small slope in the road. They followed me to my place where we got to shake hands and give Sylvia a hug. My lunch was ready and I could see right away that Mike was not enjoying it, so, I asked him if he would prefer I warm up some leftover beef and cabbage, my interpretation of a Jiggs dinner, can't get salt meat here, Do you have any? Warmed it up and Mike was a happy man. The stay was too short but I quickly realized that Mike was a down to earth person with a good sense of humor. As, for Sylvia, a very opinionated person, I knew her from Facebook, never get into any discussions with her because she will drive you crazy and sometimes her opinions are right. LOL. I follow her postings on Facebook always and we remain friends. The story was not over, Slyvia left her coat or sweater at a garage on the way to NL, I had to make calls to find it, think they finally sent it to her. lol. A really good memory of two nice people.
Always said I would visit then someday in Riverhead but never got the chance as so often happens in life. My deepest sympathies go out to Sylvia and their families. Take care my friend and stay safe.
 
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Sylvia J. Wilson Posted at 08:19am

Thank you so much Patrick for sharing your memories of us. You have to remember that I'm from Saskatchewan where the land is "flat" and you can see for miles and miles and miles. Hills are a rare thing to see so I assumed there weren't very many around and they'd stick out like sore thumb. Telling someone they're on a hill should let them know exactly where you are. lol You were so accommodating making Mike a special lunch that day. Salt beef everywhere here in Newfoundland. He made himself lots of Jigg's dinner and I was hooked on Pease pudding. Yes, he was a happy man. Always ready to tell a funny story or tell a joke. He always said that "A day without laughter is a day wasted". Opinionated? Who me? lol What do you mean by "sometimes" my opinions are right? Let's put it this way, "I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken". lol I never did get that coat or sweater back and I made several phone calls as well. If my mother was alive she'd say, "I guess someone needed it more than you did". Stay in touch, stay safe and feel free to comment on my Facebook postings anytime!
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Pat Cullen

Posted at 12:50pm
I didn't know Mike, but I know his wife Sylvia very well. She is one of the most insightful, perceptive women I have ever met, so Mike must have been a superb person to gain the love of this intelligent lady. Pat Cullen
 
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Sylvia J. Wilson Posted at 01:42pm

Oh my, I'm overwhelmed by your kind words. Mike most certainly was a superb, kind, giving, funny and caring person. I wouldn't have accepted anything less. I have over 15 years of memories with him to hold dear to my heart. Thanks Pat, I'm so glad we connected as friends.
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Elizabeth

Posted at 10:53am
Hi Sylvia and HG. Mike was such a wonderful man. I was so surprised to hear how close he was to Colonel Saunders. He came in the room and told us all about it. Sylvia has the details. He always supported us and our work w the SSKyle. A true honorable, trustworthy gentleman. He will be missed.
Libby Earle and Brian Depiero of SS Kyle!!
 
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Sylvia J. Wilson Posted at 11:04am

Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, he was quite close to Colonel Saunders actually. He knew him personally and he did at one time have pictures of himself with the Colonel that sadly got lost along the way in his many travels across Canada. He was always on the lookout for me of any parts/pictures etc. that had anything to do with the Kyle and watched over her for me whenever he was out and about. Thanks Libby and Brian for sharing your thoughts. He will be forever in our hearts.
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