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Obituary: Michael John Blake Lansdown '49

LANSDOWN, Michael John Blake 1933-2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael "Mike" John Blake Lansdown on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the age of 85. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Elizabeth, his children Sarah (Harold) Lansdown and Christopher (Kristin) Lansdown, his beloved grandchildren, Michael Hasko, Ben Hasko and Amelia Lansdown, and his dear sister, Alison (late Charles) Copeman. Michael was born in England in 1933, and then immigrated at age 11 to Montreal in 1944, where he later graduated from McGill University in 1955. While at University, Mike joined the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve), and served a year at sea after receiving his commission. Michael enjoyed a successful 40-year career as Marketing Manager at Dupont of Canada, which took him, Elizabeth and family from Montreal, to postings abroad in Melbourne, Australia and Wilmington, Delaware. In 1988, he was posted back to Canada, where he and Elizabeth settled in Oakville, Ontario. After Michael retired from Dupont in 1996, he campaigned for, and was elected, Regional Councillor for the Town of Oakville Ward 1 from 2004-2007. Michael pursued his many interests and was active in a dizzying number of community organizations. Prior to becoming a councilman, Mike was politically active as a founding member and director of Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc. A proud achievement occurred in the early 2000's when Oakvillegreen successfully petitioned the Town of Oakville to nearly double the lands designated for ecological preservation, an impact that will be felt by generations of Oakville residents to come. Michael was additionally a Founding Director and Chair of the Friends of Bronte Creek, a citizen member of the Region's Elder Services Advisory Committee, and an active member of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners. An activity that gave Mike special joy was his work at the Halton Multi-Cultural Council. For several years, Michael led weekly meetings for new Canadians that included conversational English classes, as well as an introduction to Canadian culture and institutions. As a result of Michael's many contributions through his volunteer work, he was honoured to receive the Oakville Community Spirit Award and the Senior Volunteer of the Year for the Province of Ontario Award. Michael Lansdown will be remembered with great admiration and affection by his family, and many in the community, whose lives he has touched over the years. A memorial service will be held at the CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY on April 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome: 141 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3C3 In the lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Friends of Bronte Creek or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/friends-of-bronte-creek-park/Foundation https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donat