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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: Raymond Windecker
Relation: patient

Mrs. Bale & family:

I have been a patient of Dr. Bale since 1974 when my wife first went in to see him with burns to her hand. He delivered both of our
children, Danielle & Jeffrey, and was a source of inspiration to us when he put us on to the War Amputations of Canada after our
daughter was born without a right hand.

In 1997, Dr. Bale arranged specialists and surgeons for a serious neck cancer operation. I was very upset, of course, and will never
forget him telling me that I would live for many more years. Almost two years ago my cancer returned and once again Dr. Bale
made further arrangements for surgery and eased my mind with his gentle and reassuring manner.

I was totally unaware of his own personal struggles which speaks volumes for his unselfish kindness and dignity. He was a man
I shall never forget, a scholar and a true gentleman. The medical community, his patients, friends and acquaintances will miss
him immeasurably.

I can only imagine the sense of loss your family must feel. Please take some degree of comfort in knowing that he will not be
forgotten. It would be impossible to forget a man with such admirable qualities.

Please accept my family’s condolences.

Raymond, Deborah, Danielle & Jeffrey Windecker

From: Kevin Plastow
Relation: Patient

Sincere condolences to Dr. Bale’s family during this difficult time. Dr. Bale cared for me for over 25 years and his professional care and friendly demeanor spoke volumes. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and please take comfort in knowing that he touched, helped and improved many lives throughout his distinguished career. Michael, I will wait for a warm, sunny spring day for a wonderful garden walk and promise I will to enjoy a fine pint in your honour.

Rest well my friend.

From: Charlotte George
Relation: a longtime patient

My sincere sympathy to Dr. Bale’s Family. He was such a wonderful Doctor to us over the many years.I especially remember the extra care and comradery that he shared with my late husband , Art, .I know he will be missed my many. with love, Charlotte George

From: Joan Penner and family
Relation: Family Doctor and friend

Words cannot express the sadness I have in my heart for the loss of a great Doctor and friend. He was my Doctor and friend ever since Dr. Woods passed away. I have many memories of him and the helping of my family in our time of need. RIP Mike you will be missed

From: Lois Duke
Relation: Worked with Patty at MSA

Hello Patty,
Sheila called me this morning with the news that Mike had died ( I think she was just talking to Amanda). I’m so sorry. Hoping you have a good support system. Hugs, Lois

From: Ingrid Reiner
Relation: Patient and friend

35 years of consistent care. Always helpful and reassuring. An intelligent, caring man. Absolutely irreplaceable. We spoke of life and its meaning…deciding perhaps it was to make a difference….michael certainly did. He will be missed.

From: Glenn Flyman
Relation: Patient

My sincere condolences to the family.I will miss his humor and insight.I trusted Michael with my health and well being and he never let me down.I always felt I was confiding in a friend when I came to see him.A true professional and outstanding individual whom I shall truly miss.

From: Dale McGregor
Relation: Family Doctor

Please accept my sincere condolences at Dr. Bale’s passing. Dr Bale was my physician since 1990 and I never met a more dedicated, sincere, committed, caring health professional in my life. He was always there for me when I needed him and would take time to have a short visit whenever I had a medical appointment to empathize and share his philosophy on the topic at hand. He was a great family man and so very proud of his family and hobbies. I will greatly miss my great doctor…..and my friend. God bless and keep you all.

From: Pharmacist
Relation: As a Colleague

Dear Family,
Dr. Bale did an outstanding job and he will be missed dearly.
Did a great contribution to the society.

RIP Dr. Bale.

From: walt and pat harms
Relation: patient

Our condolences to Dr. Bales family and staff. He was our Doctor for over 30 years and in that time also became a friend. He was very caring and always straight forward. We will miss our visits with him.

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