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Mike Casselman

Messages of Remembrance

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Mike was a gentle giant, his outlook on life was always so optimistic, a trait that no doubt came in handy as he lived his life as a geologist. We only met with Caroline and Mike once a year in recent years but always looked forward to it. I know he is sorely missed by his family and by his large circle of friends and colleagues.

Elaine & Paul Blythe, Friend and Mining Industry Colleague
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We first met Mike in 1985 in Goderich Ontario when he came to take our lovely Caroline to BC. It was the beginning of a fun and rewarding relationship with him. Mike exhibited wisdom and optimism beyond what the ordinary person shows. He balanced a busy career while proudly parenting his beloved daughters, playing hockey and spending time with Caroline. Mike was positive, encouraging and never complained. Mike and Caroline were complimentary spirits and best friends. We are so grateful that you have taken the time and made the effort to build this very positive memorial to a truly special guy. We loved him dearly and are so glad that his name will remain known in geological circles.

Clarence and Peggy Denomme, Long time friends
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I feel very fortunate to have known Mike Casselman. Mike was my first boss and hired me as a summer student in 1987. I couldn't have wished for a better mentor as I began my professional career. Mike was so willing to share his wisdom, knowledge, skills and expertise. I worked for Mike for a number of years and I came to realize what a great geologist he was, besides continuing as a great mentor for me through the years he became a great friend. I learned so much in not just the geology world but life values in general that have helped me through the years and the decisions I have made in my career, I would often call up Mike and ask for advice and he would always give me not just advice but ask me questions that would help me realize the best path forward. I am attaching 2 photos of Mike that I was able to take while working with him in 1988 near Tulsaquah BC. The first is Mike as he is getting ready for a day of mapping just after getting out of the helicopter. The second is Mike and Ian Paterson going over a geology map in the field.

Scott Smith, Long time Mentee and friend
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Mike was an exceptional person who always had the time to share his experience, wisdom and laughter whether as a mentor, friend or team mate. I was extremely fortunate to work with Mike during the first several years of my career and his mentorship was key to my future in the mining industry. He dealt with everyone with respect and professionalism. His passion for geology was evident but nothing brought a bigger smile to his face the last few years than discussing his family. Was a pleasure and an honour to know him, work with him and occasionally steal a hockey puck from him

Darin Wagner, Student, Friend and Teammate
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Mike was a classmate at UBC, a colleague at Cominco and a friend for over 40 years. Over this time I witnessed a enthusiastic, amiable, friendly cohort grow into a exceptional geologist and mentor to many young geologists. He embodied the best of human traits and qualities. I am honoured to have been his friend. Jim McLeod

James McLeod, Friend

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