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Mike Seminoff

Mike Seminoff passed away March 6, 2012; in the very same home he was born in, his loving family by his side. Born at Willow Point, BC on August 4, 1942; Mike spent much of his childhood exploring the same mountains that he continued to enjoy all through his life. Mike was always happiest snowmobiling on Meadow Mountain. Mike learned to ride in 1969 and continued until his last ride on Boxing Day 2011, spent with his family.

A love of all things with engines lead to both a career and a lifestyle for Mike. Mike competed in snowmobile racing, stock car racing and drag racing. An automotive mechanic by trade, he began by working at Downtown Texaco and Acklands Machine Shop before owning a number of businesses of his own. A natural entrepreneur, Mike owned Kokanee Chevron and was a partner in Lakeview Motors until his love of snowmobiling led him to open his own motorsports dealership. Mike opened Kootenay Sleds and Wheels in 1978 where he worked until he sold the business and retired in 2004. Mike also enjoyed hot rods; after he retired he worked endlessly at restoring a 1957 Chevy Wagon, which he entered in various car shows.

Mike is survived by his wife Sandra (McDonald), sons Aaron (Jen) and Shawn (Michelle). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lauren (Aaron); Chelsea (Dan); Ryan; and Jared (Sam) Seminoff; brothers Bill (Jean) of Vancouver; Nick (Darlene) of Sayward BC; sisters Vera of Lethbridge and Elly of Pass Creek. Mike was predeceased by his parents Nick and Mary Seminoff; brothers Nick and Sam and his in-laws Alec and Betty McDonald.

As per Mike’s wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Mike’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC V1L 9Z9

Grandpa: You were the reason I got to ride and race dirt bikes and snowmobiles all through my life. Your passion for motorsports paved the way for all of us to grow up riding and racing, and for my dad to eventually follow in your footsteps. You were my first boss, teaching me to work hard, leading by example. You were respected by all who knew you and will be missed by your friends and family. You lived a good life, accomplishing your goals all the way until the end. Ride on, Grandpa.

 

Written by LS

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