Michelangelo Provenzano, LLB’49

provenzano-michaelFollowing a long and healthy life well lived, Mike died in his hometown of Cranbrook, BC, at the age of 93. The third of Lucia and Francesco Provenzano’s four children, he was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte; brothers Angelo, BASc’40, and Giuseppe, and sister Julia. He is survived by his sons, Michael, BASc’78, LLB’81, and Philip, BA’84, daughter‑in‑law Christie, and grandchildren David, BA’11 Katarina, Sophia and Maya. Raised in Cranbrook, Mike enrolled at the University of Alberta but joined the Canadian Air Force after one year, serving as a flight instructor during WWII. Following the war, he attended UBC law school and married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Wilks. He graduated in 1949 and returned to Cranbrook to practice law and raise his family. Mike was appointed a judge of the County Court in 1963, became a justice of the Supreme Court of BC when the courts merged in 1990, and retired in 1992. He was quietly pleased that few of his judgements were overturned. Mike loved life, including golf, skiing, summers at his Monroe Lake cabin and especially desserts. He enjoyed skiing and golf until his 80s, but enjoyed desserts into his 90s. He also loved being a part of Cranbrook family dinners hosted by his nieces, Marian, Joan and Jerri‑Pat and grand‑niece Lisa. He lived independently and drove a car until he was 92. His was a long and full life.

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