H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

← View All Tributes

Mike Padjen

Tribute Notifications

Click below if you would like to be notified when a new tribute is posted.

Sign Up

← View All Tributes

Mike Padjen

September 30, 1927 - April 16, 2015


It’s with sadness we announce his passing, April 16, 2015 at Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, at the age of 87.  He was born in Gospici, former Yugoslavia, September 30, 1927 and immigrated to Canada in 1939.  He is predeceased by his wife Vera (2008) brother John and parents Peter and Slavka, and many lifelong friends.  He is survived by his daughter Joan Nellestyn(Dean) and twin grandchildren Alyssa and Justin, sisters Annie, Mary, Kay, Rosie and many nieces and nephews.  He first started work piling lumber at 15 in Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay mills and over the years worked at various sawmills in the area doing an assortment of sawmill jobs, even pulling logs out of the forest with horse teams.  He also tried his hand with commercial fishing.  The mid to late 60’s were a busy time as he helped build a new mill CIPA in Nanaimo where he became a Barker Operator until his retirement.  He also met and married his wife Vera, and made their home on 7 acres on Gibbins Road and purchased a summer property on Protection Island.  A celebration of life will be on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at H. W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre at 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donation to a charity of your choice.


Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Cecil Ashley
Relation: Workers at Hillcrest mill, Mesachie Lake

On behalf of myself and the Hillcrest Lumber Company Employees Reunion i am sadly distressed to hear of Mike’s passing. I looked forward to seeing him every year at the Hillcrest reunion in Mesachie Lake. I remember Mike’s dad Pete and brother John as I worked with them and travelled on the work bus every day to work and back. My sincere condolences in your time of grief.

Cecil Ashley
Hillcrest Lumber Company Employees reunion.

From: Audrey & Don Bailey
Relation: Mike was my uncle Johnny's brother

So sorry to hear of “Uncle” Mike’s passing. I grew up calling him “Uncle” just like Rocky & Tom. I remember visiting the farm as a kid with my parents, enjoying Mke’s hospitality and Vera’s wonderful cooking. My Mom, Sylvia and Dad, Mike loved your parents! Your Dad & Grandfather touched many lives and will be fondly remembered.

From: Kim Woike
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

So sorry to hear about your dad Joan, thinking of you 🙂

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 25, 2015
Beginning at 1:00pm

H W Wallace cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

Floral Tributes may be ordered at:

Blooms at 49th Parallel – 778-422-0262
Floral Bar at Party Mood – www.floralbar.ca  or 250-701-3151
Floral Department at Thrifty Foods –  http://floral.thriftyfoods.com/ or 250-715-2630

When ordering please have the name of the deceased, the date of the funeral service and the Funeral Home information.

Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Mike Padjen

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes