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In Loving Memory of

Michael "Mike" Bech Nielsen

1952 - 2020

Obituary of Michael "Mike" Bech Nielsen

Nielsen, Michael “Mike” Bech
Passed away surrounded by his family at Douglas Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 17, 2020 at the age of 68. Michael is predeceased by his parents, Werner and Else Nielsen, and his older sister Judy O’Kane. Loving brother to Bente Nielsen, Henrik (Patricia) Nielsen and Kim (Allen) Bantten, and cherished “Uncle Mike” to; Tim, Rebecca (Steve), Glenn (Bernice) and Vivian (John), Harris (Kelly), Vernon (France) and Kristina, Jennifer (Josh), Jacob and Hannah (Matt). He will be remembered by his great nieces and nephews; Jayce, Vincent, Emma, Sara (John), Laura (Vlad), Zachary, Mattias, Solayah, Zachary, Jordan and great great niece and nephew Isabelle and Dominique. Michael will be missed by all who knew him.

Michael was a brilliant artist and in general, a creative soul. His favourite pastimes included; drawing in his many sketchbooks, puzzles (which he would always finish well before his sisters could get far), Matchbox Cars, and Lego. He would build cities, cars, structures, and anything else his imagination would create. Though he disliked water, we are left with a favourite memory of him testing the waters in the Ottawa River, up to his knees to the surprise of his sister Bente. Mike loved his family and lived with them his entire life. Mike would be frequently seen walking down the road every morning with his coffee and bag in hand making his rounds of his favourite stores and restaurants. In his down time, sitcoms like McHales Navy, Dick VanDyke, Mr Bean movies, or Beatles music would be heard playing in his room. His drawings, glued puzzles and Lego will always be a reminder of his artistic outlets.

Our family would like to give a big thank you to Dr. Scher for the overwhelming compassion he showed to Michael during the last 6 months, even taking the time to stop by the home to visit and check in. Dr. Scher cared for Michael, along with the palliative care nurses, over the last 5 weeks during his stay at Douglas Memorial. Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army’s toy drive or Community Living in St. Catharines would be appreciated by the family. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Fort Erie Optimist Club, 1555 Gilmore Rd, Fort Erie, Ontario, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Online condolences may be shared on Mike’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: August 29, 2020
Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Fort Erie Optimist Club, 1555 Gilmore Rd, Fort Erie, Ontario.

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Diana& Gilles Albert
3 years ago

Sending ou condolence to the family .
My husband and I mention not long ago to each other.
“Have you seen Mike lately ” ? Every day he would walk down the Garrison and we would toot the horn, There were a few times in walmart he would show me the cars he had bought.I remember when we moved to Fort Erie he and I got out Passports at the same time .
God Bless you Mike you were a special person. You will sure be missed

Crystal Cline
3 years ago

We are sorry for your loss. Mike was always super friendly and an amazing adopted **great uncle** to Noah, Matthew, Emma and Liz. We will never forget his kind and generous nature, always playing with them, making hilarious little jokes, giving them his special toy cars from his collection, etc. He’s always been patient, kind, and loving and is now in a special place. We will miss you Mike. **We are praying for the family… *hugs. Love The Clines.

Last edited 3 years ago by Crystal Cline
Belinda Mackenzie
3 years ago

Kim, Allen and family. My heart goes out to all of you. All of your love for Mike was so moving. Your entire family speaks volumes of warmth, giving and love to Mike. I witnessed it first hand and it is a true testimony how you all loved him so deeply. Mike was funny, telling me stories of his day and his adventures, he was giving, never letting me leave without a gift for me or my children. He was artistic and I behold some of his sweet drawings. He loved his sweets from pies to cheesecake and his beloved ice cream. He shared his affection to many and who ever Mike met they always left with a smile. I will miss you Mike but we will meet again ❤️
Sincerely Belinda Mackenzie

Kim and Allen Bantten
3 years ago

Sent to Kim and Allen Bantten from Allan and Beverly Topolinsky…

Kim and Allen Bantten
3 years ago

Our deepest sympathy and condolences To the family ❤️ in our thoughts and prayers 🙏 always be remembered by all the memories he has left behind …loved by many…we are blessed to have shared many special family moments with.Mike…

Sheila Pirson
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss Kim and Alan and family, Strength and prayer for the loss of a dear brother. God Bless!

Rick and Eileen Corbit
3 years ago

Our sincere condolences to your whole Family in the loss of such a pure sweet soul as your dear Brother❤️ Sincerely Rick and Eileen Corbit


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