Michael Edward Cline
December 7, 1944 – September 23, 2020
It is with sadness that we announce Michael’s passing on September 23rd, 2020.
Michael is survived by his wife of 31 years, Suzanne Milino; his children, Dawn Smith (Kerry) and David Cline; Suzanne's children, Suzanne Watkin, Aaron Watkin (Ondra); grandchildren, Ivan, Riley, Parker, Montana, Brooklyn, Carson, Jack, Angus; great-grandchildren, Sikena and Vienna. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Nina.
Michael was born on December 7, 1944 in Vancouver, BC. His family lived in Vancouver until Michael was 14, when they moved to Tiberon, California. He attended Redwood High and was part of the Redwood High football team. The family then moved to Huntington Beach, California (close to L.A). He lived there until his early twenties when he moved back to Vancouver. He was married to Sharon for 25 years and they lived in Burnaby with their children David and Dawn. Michael met Suzanne in 1989 and they have been together since that time, living in Vancouver, South Surrey and White Rock. Most of Michael’s life revolved around his work as an engine builder, machinist and mechanic. He started working on cars in California and in 1966, when he moved back to Vancouver, he started his own business, California Speed Center, in Burnaby. He operated that business for 26 years, where he specialized in building engines for high-performance street cars. When he closed his business, he continued to pursue his passion with cars working in his home-based shops. He fully stopped working in 2017.
Throughout his life, Michael enjoyed sports and fitness - football, swimming, scuba diving, snow skiing and boxing. He participated in recreational boxing in California. He raced cars and motorcycles and was an active runner for many years. And, he too pleasure in going on motorcycle rides with his friends. In the last few years, he was an active walker and worked out with a personal trainer twice a week. He has always been a very strong and active person. In Suzanne's years with Michael, they travelled to the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Malta, California and Hawaii. He loved the old buildings in the European cities and the trains, boats and canals.
Michael was a loving, kind, and supportive person with a positive attitude. He enjoyed a good life with lots of fun and adventure. He was independent, in control of his life, and able to achieve the things he wanted. He was also very gentle in many ways. He loved animals and would go out of his way to keep them safe. He rescued worms from roads and put them in gardens, and he would remove spiders from the house and put them outside where they belonged. And, he loved the family of raccoons that made their home under the deck of the house for a few years.
Michael was diagnosed with alzheimers disease in 2014 and was able to live with a good quality of life until recently. He went into long-term care in June 2020 and could not adjust to the change. He had never wanted to be in care and had always planned to access Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) when he felt that he could no longer enjoy the quality of life that he wanted. Unfortunately, he missed his window of opportunity in accessing MAID. He then decided to do the only thing that he could control, and he refused to eat or drink. He declined quickly and passed away peacefully with Suzanne and Dawn at his side. His last days were spent in the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, where they provided a peaceful environment with the best of care.
Thanks to all who kept Michael in their lives and took the time to visit and socialize with him through this disease.
Thanks also to Dr. Angus McDonald (GP), Dr. Grace Park (MAID), Dr. Robin Hsiung (UBC Centre for Brain Health), doctors, nurses and caregivers at Peach Arch Hospital, Oceanside Tertiary Care, Irene Thomas Hospice, Fraser Health Home Care Support, Gene Yan (physical trainer), Elva Ledesma (caregiver), for all their care and support.
No public service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to UBC Centre for Brain Health and Dying with Dignity Canada would be appreciated.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Michael Edward Cline
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October 24, 2020
I am sad to have lost a friend. I knew Michael from the the late 70's when I worked at an engine shop in Prince George BC. Our shop would purchase parts from California Speed, I was 17 and put one of his Erson camshafts in my first wild mustang. I got the chance to really get to know him when I moved to Langley BC in 1987 and also had a shop at home. I had built lots of engines, Michael tutored me on the right mathematical way to build engines and of coarse tuning with his recurved distributors. We had a lot of lunches together while talking about old times, what we were building and what we would like to build. I will miss you Michael. My heart goes out to you, Suzie, and family, take care.
October 2, 2020
I have known Michael since January 2019 and my initial impression was of an enthusiastic and positive person. Throughout the past 16 months my relationship with Michael deepened as we met twice a week for our training sessions.
Michael and I shared the same belief: we can get better at anything by investing time and effort. This shared belief fueled our training time together and our friendship grew quickly!
I treasured Michael's generous spirit and the times we spent walking around the neighborhood and going to the movie theater. Michael can be very funny and we shared many moments of levity!
I regret that I had not known Michael when he was younger as I am certain we would have become great friends with more time. At the same time, I am grateful for the 16 months!
Good bye dear friend!
September 26, 2020
It has been close to 30 years since I last saw Michael but it has not been that long since I have thought of him and the inspiring life he chose to live. Although I was never able to get a drivers license I shared Michael's love of fast cars and independent living. I remember helping him and Sharon move into one of there first homes when they moved back to Vancouver in the early 60's. There was an engine sitting in the middle of their living room floor and a 38 ford pick-up truck sitting out back. It went 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and boy was I impresses! In my role as a Rehabilitation Consultant I often used Michael as an example of what was possible if you were willing to work hard and follow your dreams. It made me happy reading about how Michael spent the past 30 years or so of his life and I am sure I will never forget him.
My sincere condolences to Suzanne, Tim and the rest of Michael's family.
September 25, 2020
My deepest condolences Suzy to you and your family . It’s so hard to watch someone you love suffer like that . May you find comfort knowing he is at peace now . Hold onto your happy memories together . You are in my thoughts ❤️ Love from Jacky
September 25, 2020
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September 25, 2020
Michael, I will remember you as a gentle, kind soul, with a twinkle in your blue eyes. You had a streak of rebelliousness and a shyness that I could always relate to. Rest In Peace. My heartfelt condolences to all your family💗
September 25, 2020
I met Michael in 1967 when I discovered California Speed Center.
From our first conversation, I felt in my heart he was a man I wanted to get to know. He was very caring, spoke straight and to the point with accuracy. This first visit to the Speed Center, was the start of a life long friendship, I am certain we will reunite in heaven one day in the future. Michael could describe experiences like none other, he often had a humorous one to share. I remember 2 signs he had posted on the wall in the shop. "If your check bounces so will you" and "The right parts the first time"
Michael's word was his bond, until we meet again, Gordon
September 24, 2020
Our deepest condolences to you Suzie, Dawn, and all family members. A very difficult time now especially and in recent years, as this illness had taken a toll on Michael and his caregivers. We will miss Michaels cheery demeanour and that wonderful smile. So glad we had a recent visit with you in your home to enjoy his company. We hope Michael is at peace and that the family will find peace also. Our hearts are with you. John, Maria and Owen. XO