PICTOU – It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of my beloved husband, our good hearted father, grandfather, uncle, and brother, Michael Steven Babinec, 86, on November 14, 2012 at home.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Berta; his two sons, Mish (June), Roland (Chris); and daughter-in-law, Elaine (Bill); Pictou; grandchildren: Michelle (Scott), Michael, Pictou, Inge (Rob), Calgary; Erika (Simon), Lower Sackville; Roland, Jr., Crow’s Nest Pass, Alberta; and Gina, France; brothers, Ondrej, Imrich, Josef, Bela, Janko, and sister, Anna Lukyova, all of Slovakia; sister-in-law, Anna and nephew, Michael (Leona) Sachs, Halifax; great nephew, Chris (Lana), Fall River; great nieces, Monica (Scott), Toronto; Melissa (George), Toronto.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Norman in 2003 and sister, Maria in 2001.
Mike worked at the Pictou Cutlery, Trenton Steelworks, Fairy Aviation, Dartmouth and Pictou Shipyard. In 1957 he started making knives with his father-in-law, Rudolph Grohmann in their backyard until 1961, when Grohmann Knives Ltd. was founded. Mike was president of Grohmann Knives from 1973 until his retirement. He continued doing sharpening clinics for the company until June 2012. Mike was a beautiful singer, a member of the Stella Maris Choir, and the Pictou and Stellarton Men’s Chorus. He was a member of the Pictou Rotary Club since 1967 and the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Mike’s greatest passions were golfing and singing.
A special thank you to Dr. Farrell for his excellent care and concern at the hospital and at home. Also we thank Dr. Young and all the nurses at the ICU and Palliative Care Unit for their excellent care, and a ‘Thank You’ to all, for your visits, gifts and cards.
Visitation will be held 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral Mass will take place 10 a.m. Monday from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou, with Father Gerald Campbell and Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Interment will follow in Seaview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Aberdeen Hospital, or a charity of your choice.