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Favali, Mike

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Mike (Michele Feliciano Mario) Favali died peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on November 13, 2012, at Kelowna General Hospital.  He was 88 years old.  Mike was a loving husband to Marjorie (Marj), nee Thomson, and is survived by his five daughters and their families: Jennifer (Terry), Marion (John), Elaine, Heather, Deena (Gord). He was loved by his 14 grandchildren: Steven (Andrea), Matthew (Bev), Lori (Rob), Kimberly, Rebecca (David), Amanda (Dave), Michael (Carley), Katrina (Darcy), Megan (Bob), Nils, Candice (Luigi), Callum, Allison and Angela and eight great-grandchildren (Aliya, Kaleb, Ryleigh, Damien, Dominic, Sophia, Zachary, Katana).  Mike always put other people’s needs before his own and his kindness and generosity knew no bounds.  Anybody who visited him would not leave his house empty-handed.  He lovingly tended his huge garden at his house on Old Meadows Road, Kelowna, which was filled to the brim with Okanagan produce, including tomatoes, apples, peaches, beans, nuts and berries. He shared everything he grew with his family and friends.  Mike was born in Filicaia, Tuscany, Italy on May 7, 1924. His father moved to North America to find work and Mike and his mother and brother Frank followed him there in 1927, settling in Kelowna. Brother Lawrence and sister Marita were born in Kelowna.  Mike was 14 years old when he came to work at the Thomson Farm on Gordon Drive, which was then called Paret Road. At that time, the farm grew celery which was exported to various parts of the province. There he met his wife-to-be Marj, whose family owned the farm.  Mike and Marj were married on December 27, 1950, in Penticton.  They settled in a house on Old Meadows Road in 1951 and remained there until October 2012.  They enjoyed a happy married life surrounded by friends and family, including their immediate neighbours, Marj’s brothers Gifford (Brenda) and Ken (Dorothy) Thomson.  He worked with his brother Frank in their plaster / stucco business for over 30 years first in Kelowna and then Kamloops.  Mike enjoyed fishing and playing bridge, cribbage and bocci and those around him enjoyed sampling his famous homemade wine, grappa and sausages.  Mike and Marj celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December 2010.  A service will take place on Saturday, November 17, at 2pm at St Charles Garnier Catholic Church on Benvoulin Road.  A reception will follow at 3pm at Springfield Funeral Home on 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.  An interment will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm at St Andrew’s Anglican Church on Lakeshore Road.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Children’s Hospital can be made.

Saturday, November 17, at 2 pm

St Charles Garnier Catholic Church

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The service for Favali, Mike is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, at 2 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St Charles Garnier Catholic Church

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Cindy & Barry Lipscombe & famil says:

    To all of Uncle Mike’s family, especially Aunty Marjorie, please know we value the life and memories,, and will be with you in mind as you acknowledge his life and death….with love and hugs!

  • Linda (White)Danforth says:

    To the Favali family,
    I grew up just down the road from you and remember your husband and father fondly.
    My mother Ellen sends her love your way as well.
    I saw this verse and it reminded me of Mr. Favali:
    “His life ernest, his actions kind.
    A willing hand, an active mind.
    Anxious to please, loath to offend.
    A loving father, and faithful friend.”
    Warmest regards,

  • Shelley Lyon says:

    It has been many, many years but seeing your names brings back so many nice memories of childhood times spent with a lovely family and two great friends, Heather and Elaine.
    May you all heal the loss through those wonderful memories.
    (your mom made the best homemade donuts ever !- bet she still does)

  • Helen Favali says:

    Dear Marg, sorry to hear Mike has past away, my condolences to yourself and the girls.
    From Helen

  • Fred and Bonnie Jarvis says:

    Elaine and family- we are so sorry to hear of Mikes passing and would have loved to have been able to be at his service to pay our respects, but we are out of town but will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Fred and Bonnie Jarvis

  • Marilyn Kirke says:

    Deena: I read with sadness this morning of the loss of your father. I am very sad for you at this very difficult time. You spoke often of all your fun family events especially your father and all the delcious meals you shared so often. I know you will miss him lots, as will MEgan and Amanda and their children. Praying for you all during this difficult, bless your hearts and souls, and God grant you peace and comfort,
    with deepest sympathy
    Marilyn Kirke

  • Debbie Harford (Beger) says:

    Deena, I just read of your Dad’s passing and my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that you will receive comfort this Saturday as your family and friends gather together to celebrate the life of your father.

  • David Mapleton says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. I will miss him at bridge every Monday night.

    Mike was always so kind and gracious to me. I will especially miss his stories at “tea” time following the game. His memory was sharp as a tack and he had so much knowledge about Kelowna and her early days.

    I am not a religious person, but a spiritual one. I do hope that wherever Mike’s soul is, he is holding 4 Aces, 4 Kings, 4 Queens and the Jack of Spades.

  • Glen Favali says:

    To auntie Marj and all. I was very saddened at the news of the passing of my second dad and roommate growing up Uncle Mike. He was always so kind and loved going for an ice cream when I was younger and a beer when I came of age. He was and always will be a special person in my life and I am very upset that I couldn’t attend the funeral. My prayers are with you all as are my condolences.

  • Aliya Cole says:

    Mike(great grandfather to me)
    he was the best person in the world, He put everything and everyone in front of himself. He never gave up, He was !MY! hero, he loved EVERYONE ; god bless u grandpa it’s been tough i love you <3

  • Barry Rowland says:

    Marty & I were always made to feel ‘part of the family’ whenever we visited the Favali home, and we’re sad that we will never enjoy that feeling again. Our condolences to all of the Favali ‘clan’, and to all of the many others who were lucky enough to know Mike and Marj!

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