Mike was born in the village of Smari, on the Greek Island of Crete, on 28 October 1944. He was the second oldest of 4 children.
He immigrated to Canada in 1965, married in Vancouver and had three loving children (John, Dino, and Barbara). In 1976, the Spanakis family moved from Vancouver to Nanaimo, where Mike opened and ran five successful restaurants over the next 37 years. His commitment, charm, and business savvy made him successful in all his business endeavors.
Mike was an avid fisherman, hunter, poet, cook, and lover of Greek music and dance. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and family, and very well respected in the communities in which he lived.
He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Prayer's and visitation will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Telford's Burial and Cremation Centre, 112 French Street, Ladysmith, BC.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1135 - 4th Avenue, Ladysmith, BC.
Reception at the family residence.
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