BRIDGEMAN, Michael Raymond - With heavy hearts and great sadness we announce the death of Michael Raymond Bridgeman on December 20, 2020. He passed quietly in his sleep.
Mike was born on St. Brendan's Island, Newfoundland on August 12, 1923, son to William and Mary Anne, brother to Jack, Martin, Bernard, Alice, Margaret (all predeceased).
Beloved husband of 64 years to Mary. Dear father to Linda (Glen), Eileen (Chris), Doreen, Michael (Fawn), Bill (Fiona) and John (Catherine).
Loved by his grandchildren Chris(Angela), Justin (Courtney), Ashley, Liam, Delaney, Sadie, Jack, Billy, Kaitlyn and Jacob, as well as great-grandchildren Felicity, Isabelle, Madison, Charlotte and Peter.
He was a much loved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mike grew up building and sailing schooners.
Like many a Newfoundlander before and since, he saw opportunity and a future for his family in Toronto. After a few years in Scarborough, Mike and Mary moved to Pickering in 1967.
A devoutly religious man, he was active in the Holy Redeemer church community involving himself in the Manresa Retreat House over 40 years. Mike was a charter member with the Knights of Columbus, part of Holy Redeemer Council for over 60 years. Mike was member of Ironworkers Local 721, marching with them in the Labour Day parade, some 50 years.
A celebration of Mike's wonderful life will be held when it is safe to do so.
The family would like to thank the staff at LakeRidge Health Ajax 4 West and the Palliative Care Unit in LakeRidge Health Oshawa for making his final days comfortable.
Mike also had homecare over the past 2 years, with many wonderful PSWs. We are grateful to them all for their kind and thoughtful assistance when it was most needed.
The Funeral Mass has taken place at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Donations can be made to Mike's favourite charities; Shepherds Trust or Manresa Retreat House.