– It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Linklater on March 23rd, 2019 at Health Sciences North in his 65th year. Mike fought with undeniable courage and tenacity after a complicated double lung transplant in May of 2018 for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was surrounded by loved ones as he watched his final sunset over the familiar Sudbury skyline after a day that would have been perfect for flying. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Theresa, his daughter, Laura, his sons Neil (Mallory) and David, his parents Tom and Marilyn, his brothers Ted (Huguette) and Rick (Wendy), his sister Sherry (Joe) and his two adoring grandchildren, Alex and Bella. Mike will also be greatly missed by a large extended family including many dear brother and sister-in-laws, cherished nieces and nephews, and friends. Starting out as a young aircraft maintenance engineer, he spent some time in Calgary, Alberta, and Kelowna, British Columbia enjoying the Rockies. With his family growing he moved back to Capreol, Ontario in 1983 to be closer to home. He first took a job with the Ministry of Natural Resources for a number of years, then with the Ontario Provincial Police where he earned an award for bravery. The OPP Helicopter Unit is where he spent the majority of his esteemed career, often joking that with such extraordinary co-workers it was sometimes hard to think of it as work. Mike was passionate about aviation and the outdoors and had a great aptitude for working with his hands. After his retirement in 2015 he undertook home renovations which began with the biggest project; building his garage. Family, neighbours, and friends all lent a hand and it was completed to Mike’s very precise, aircraft maintenance engineer standards. When he set his mind to it, there was nothing he couldn't do. Mike enjoyed solving all the worlds problems over a fine scotch or rye with good company. However, nothing brought him more joy than being outdoors with family and friends in nature or on his favourite lake, Wahnapitae. Many glorious days were enjoyed on the water with grandchildren playing and a live well full for supper. Be it golfing, fishing, hunting, picking blueberries, biking, swimming/snorkelling, boating, camping, or making campfires, there was always a smile on Mike’s face when he was spending quality time with his loved ones. We will think of him fondly whenever the sun shines on a day spent outdoors and hold him in our hearts forever. His wonderful sense of humour, his compassion, his wealth of knowledge and experience will be forever missed. Should you wish to honour his memory please consider donations to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the Trillium Gift of Life Network, or a charity of your choosing. A celebration of his life is being planned for the summer.