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Michael Bale

September 23, 1941 - January 24, 2014


In loving memory of Dr. MICHAEL STANLEY BALE, who died peacefully the evening of January 24, 2014. He had been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and remained resilient throughout. Mike touched the lives of numerous individuals through his profession, hobbies, and personal life—and will be greatly missed by all. His legacy is held by a devoted wife, Patricia (nee. Hansen); five children, Chris (Claire), Tanya (Jason), Geoffrey (Brittany), Gregory, and Natasha; and three grandchildren, Oliver, Joe, and Evan. He is also survived by four sisters, Heather, Jane, Jill, and Sue; extended family, and many close friends. Mike was overwhelmed by the outpouring of care for him during these past few weeks from family, friends, and patients. As was his nature, he left a note specifically requesting: “no service, no memorial … no fuss!!” Kindly forward any gestures to the Abbotsford Community Foundation Fund. His family is thankful for your support. As there is to be no service, please have a pint in Mike's memory and go for a walk in a beautiful spring garden.


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From: Pam Kimball and Brent Webster
Relation: He was our doctor

Patti and Family,
Please accept our condolences at this very sad time. Mike was an awesome Doctor and a friend, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

From: Duncan Palmer
Relation: Patient

Dr. Bale was the best family doctor I have ever had. He was a straight shooter and told you exactly the way it was. He had a sense of humour and was very approachable and appointments were timely and not rushed. He often provided me gardening advice at the end of my appointment. I will miss him, they don’t make many doctors like him!!!!. My condolences to his family.

From: Dana & Helen Mosher
Relation: Patients

Michael Bale had not only been our physician for over 25 years but we also considered him a friend. His positive and honest opinion as well as a friendly attitude always made us feel good after a visit. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

From: Debbie Blaschek
Relation: Friend

So sorry to here of your loss Patty, it’s been along time since I’ve you but I think of you and your family often. Take care Debbie

From: Douglas & Mae Buller
Relation: Tanya's Father and Mother in Law

Lived a full life and left many fond memories.

From: Jennifer Oey and Nan Bone
Relation: Friend

Please accept our condolences for your loss. I have known Mike since I was four years old. I knew him to be exceptionally kind and thoughtful. He was patient enough to listen to anything I had to say even when I was a young child and probably making little sense. He had an excellent sense of humour and I shall always remember the beautiful plants he surrounded himself with and the comical doctors’ calendars he used to save for me. Because my Mum, Nan Bone, worked with him, I knew him as our friend, Mike, but he was also my doctor for 15 years. He looked out for us both when it mattered most and for this I will always be grateful. I went for a run through a somewhat wintery and soggy park this morning — spring was, sadly, no where to be found — and thought of him. He will be missed. Apologies, Mike, for making a fuss.

From: Linda and Doug Margison
Relation: Our family Dr. for over 33 years

So sad to hear about Dr. Bale’s passing. He was our family doctor for over 33 years. When we had need to visit him he always had the time to sit down and talk with us about our personal lives such as sailing and boating. Truly a wonderful person and Dr. He will be greatly missed.

From: bob and jenny hodgson
Relation: patient

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Bale. He was our family doctor for over 20 years Not only was he our doctor but we also felt that he was our friend. He was a straight shooter and always gave his honest opinion, we will never again find a doctor as special as Dr Bale. Our condolences to his family and his staff he will be greatly missed. Bob and Shaun say they will be thinking of him during the superbowl on Sunday and will have a pint in his honor. Rest in peace Dr Bale

From: Barbara Vitaly
Relation: patient

I will dearly miss Dr. Bale. He was caring and thoughtful even during his own illness. He and Mary showed much kindness when my son suffered a stroke this month. I am forever grateful to Dr. Bale for giving attention when he himself was gravely ill. I will have a pint in Dr. Bale’s memory; albeit O’Doul’s and take many walks in spring gardens – a good prescription! Sincere condolences to his family and relations as well as Mary and Frieda.

From: Sue & Rick Knudsen
Relation: Patient

Rest in Peace Dr. Bale. You were the best doctor that anyone could ever have. Never sugar coated anything, always straight to the point, but honestly cared about all of his patients. He has been our entire family’s doctor for many years, and it will be hard to replace him. My deepest sympathy to his family, heaven just received one of the best.

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