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Michael Drebit

October 26, 1968 - November 4, 2014


On the evening of November 4, 2014, Mike passed away suddenly but peacefully in his home in Abbotsford, B.C.  in the presence of his loving wife of 15 years, Beverley Kendall.

Mike was predeceased by his mother, Brenda, on October 17, 2012.  He is survived by his father, William, of Abbotsford; his sister, Beverley (Roy) Arthur of Aldergrove;  two nephews, Ryan (Nicole) Arthur and Roy Arthur Jr., and his niece, Danica (Geoff) Taron.   He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Lydia Kendall and brother-in-law, Larry (Suzy) Kendall of Billings, Montana as well as many other extended family members and numerous friends.  

Mike was born to Bill and Brenda Drebit on October 26, 1968 in Surrey, B.C.  where he spent the greater part of his formative years.  Following high school, he decided on a life path which took him to Kwantlen College where he graduated in 1988 with his diploma in Criminology.  After working as a Correctional Officer for 2 years, he went on to complete his police training at the Justice Institute of B.C., having been hired by the Matsqui Police Dept. (now Abbotsford Police Dept.).   In 1998 he met the love of his life and best friend, Bev, at the gym. After 3 years of spending almost every day together, they married on a beach in Maui on February 1, 2001.  Recently he completed his mediation training and certification, with the intention of joining his wife in her practice after retirement. 

Mike was characterized by his laugh, his positive disposition and his unique sense of humor.  He had an unmatched zest for life and was noted for his ethics, honesty and dependability.  He had a profound love for animals, a passion for good food and wine, and a keen interest in sports, physical activity and travel.  Mike touched the lives of everyone who knew him and the world is a better place because of him. 

The family wishes to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and kindness at this most difficult time. 


In lieu of flowers/gifts, please consider a donation in Mike's name to the Abbotsford SPCA. 



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From: Eddie Gilmartin
Relation: Former colleague

I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mike, he was one of my NCO’s for a short time on Shift 1. I am glad to have had the privilege of knowing and working with Mike and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. RIP.

From: Beverley Arthur
Relation: Sister

Words cannot express the sudden loss of my brother Michael. There are some things in life that make no sense to the people that are left behind as this has left an emptiness within our family. It does comfort us to know that he lived each day to the fullest, never afraid to try a new adventure or opportunity that came his way, he did it his way. He found unconditional love and happiness with his wife and friend, and that in itself is comforting to know. Roy and I miss him dearly, his sense of humor, his laughter, we could go on and on of the so many things that we will miss each and every day. Our lives have changed forever without you in it , and I will forever hold you close to my heart, you’re my guardian angel. You were there in times of need and I will always be grateful for that. If only we had more time, but God had another plan for you. May you rest in peace beside mom and nana, I love you xxxx

From: James Crawford
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

I am sad to hear the passing of Mike Drebit. Mike and I were on Corrections Training Core 302 back in April of 1990. Mike was a true professional and cared alot about his job and the work he performed. I had not seen Mike in a few years but will remember him for his quick wit and great sense of humour. I saw Mike a few years back in Abbotsford,he took time out of his busy schedule to stop and say hi and chat for a few minutes before heading back to work. I can only imagine the loss that is felt by his family during this difficult time. I am glad I was able to know Mike for the amount of time that I did. RIP my friend.

From: Dale Cresswell
Relation: Friend / APD Bike Partner

Mike, a year has gone by already. It seems just like yesterday when we rode together & tried our best to keep the drunks, spilling out of the bars at closing time, from fighting or stabbing each other on our night shift. We had a lot talks on those long nights and especially a lot of laughs.

I enjoyed working with you and will never forget that when you really got laughing you could not stop, tears would come down your face as we laughed so hard and thus we had to get off our bikes. Thanks for the great memories and for being such a good partner and an even a better friend.

Lurch doesn’t know what to do without you bugging him. He is a lost puppy. We both miss you big time. Oh ya it’s Holy Sock Day today also!


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