With heavy hearts and great sadness we announce the death of Michael Raymond Bridgeman on December 20, 2020. He passed quietly in his sleep.Mike was born on St. Brendan’s Island, Newfoundland on August 12, 1923, son to William and Mary Anne, brother to Jack, Martin, Bernard, Alice, Margaret (all predeceased). Beloved husband of 64 years to Mary. Dear father to Linda (Glen), Eileen (Chris), Doreen, Michael (Fawn), Bill (Fiona) and John (Catherine). Loved by his grandchildren Chris (Angela), Justin (Courtney), Ashley, Liam, Delaney, Sadie, Jack, Billy, Kaitlyn and Jacob, as well as great grandchildren Felicity, Isabelle, Madison, Charlotte and Peter. He was a much loved uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Mike grew up building and sailing schooners to fish cod and salmon on the Grand Banks and the Labrador, joining the crew when just 12 years old. He was very proud of his time at the splitting table. Like many a Newfoundlander before and since, he saw opportunity and a future for his family in Toronto, moving there in the 50s. After a few years in Scarborough, Mike and Mary moved to Pickering in 1967. Being the father of three boys, he was always happy to help with coaching duties in both WestShore and Holy Redeemer leagues, mostly hockey but baseball too. A devoutly religious man, he was very active in the Holy Redeemer church community, where he became involved in the Manresa Retreat House, captaining retreats for over 40 years. Mike was an active member with the Knights of Columbus, a charter member of the Holy Redeemer Council for over 60 yrs. Mike was also a proud member of Ironworkers Local 721, and only when his health stopped him did he cease marching with them in the Labour Day parade, some 50 years.
A celebration of Mike's wonderful life will be held when it is safe to do so. The family would like to thank the staff at LakeRidge Health Ajax 4 West, as well as the Palliative Care Unit in LakeRidge Health Oshawa for making his final days comfortable. Mike also had homecare over the past 2 years, with many wonderful PSWs. We are grateful to them all for their kind and thoughtful assistance when it was most needed.
Please read the following instructions regarding Covid-19.Provincial directives require our funeral home to follow the guidelines for the current COVID restriction category for Durham Region. Presently our state is “RED”. We are permitted to accept a maximum of 50 guests for our entire facility at any one time. Those in attendance are required to wear a mask or face covering for any indoor events and must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres between each other.
FUNERAL MASS and REGISTRATION with EVENTBRITE The Funeral Mass will take place at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (796 Eyer Dr., Pickering) on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. If you wish to attend, first read the Provincial Directives and then you must register on EVENTBRITE. Please click on the following link to register on EVENTBRITE https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/funeral-mass-for-michael-raymond-bridgeman-tickets-133866047953Thank you. If you are not attending in person, please join the family through the LIVESTREAM. Please click on the link below:
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Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Louise Demunda | 08-Jan-2021
Dear Mary and your family,
Just today I became aware of the passing of Mike. I am so very sorry for your loss. I always remember you both from manresa when I worked in the office. You always both had a kind word and a smile whenever I saw you both.
Mike, yourself Mary, and all your family are in my prayers.
May perpetual light shine upon him.
Uncle Mike was one of the the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I use to be so excited when I knew uncle Mike and Aunt Mary was coming home. Always remember when mom would invite them over for what was called by the family Aunt Jose’s chicken. I was so excited to see them and you’ll never met a family more friendlier or kinder than the Bridgeman family. Uncle Mike you will be dearly missed. Love you and Rest In Peace