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Miklos Zalai

January 30, 1943 - November 18, 2012


Miki, as he was known to his family, was born in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, Miki and his parents escaped to the “West”. After spending several months in England they were accepted into Canada as refugees and they then settled in Grand Center, AB. It was there, that Miki met and married ‘the love of his life’ Donna Lucas. They lived for a short while in Cold Lake, AB where son Spencer was born and Miki worked as a hairdresser. 

A career change relocated the family to Edmonton, AB, Langley and Prince George, BC where Miki worked as a mechanic. In 1967, he bought a beauty salon in Fort McMurray, AB where daughters, Monica, Melissa and Jessica were born. In the early seventies, he sold the salon and became a millwright.  1979 saw the family relocate to Grand Center and in 1981 they moved to Morinville. In 1994, Miki and Donna retired to the North Shore of Nelson, BC where they built their dream home. Miki gave up power boating  to become a sailor and spent his happiest times on Kootenay Lake. The sailboat became his passion and he spent countless hours restoring it to better than original condition. Miki had a love/hate relationship with the Catspaw, he hated to work on it, but he loved to sail on it.

Although, Nelson was his little piece of paradise, in the last few years Miki also enjoyed spending his winters down south, in particular,  Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Miki  was pre-deceased by his father, Josef in 1979, and his mother, Zsofia in 1992. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Donna , son Spencer(Michelle)Zalai ,granddaughter Ashly , step-granddaughter Jaja, daughter Monica  (Dale) Scaber, grandchildren Josef, Tomas , Sara, daughter Melissa (Justin) Ritter grandson Nathan and youngest daughter Jessica (Andre Sawka) Zalai.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Joanne and Jim Reaburn
Relation: Friends

Dear Donna and family.
We are very sorry to hear of Mik’s passing
This summer at the Gray Creek Regatta we so enjoyed sitting with you both and listening to Mik tell about his years growing up in Hungary. I hadn’t laughed that hard for such a long time, it was especially during the story about his Aunty and her pig . An evening I shall remember.
Jim learned a great deal from him about boat repair , fixing hulls , and they shared their love of sailing. He often said when faced with a repair question, ‘Jo ,I bet Mik would know how’
Mik you will be missed .
Our hearts are with you all.

Jo and Jim

From: Ryan & Audrey Ritter
Relation: Relatives of Melissa Ritter

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that God will wrap you in His comfort and strength during this time of such great loss. It was wonderful having the chance to spend time chatting and playing games with Mik during Christmas at Justin and Melissa’s a few years ago. Our prayers are with you all.
Ryan, Audrey, Hope & Olivia Ritter

From: Margaret Ritter
Relation: Melissa's Mother-in-law

Melissa, Donna, and all the family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all at this difficult time. I have enjoyed hearing Melissa’s stories about her Dad and so enjoyed visiting with him and all the family when Justin and Melissa were married and a few years ago when they came to Mo. for Christmas. My love and prayers are with you now and always. Love, Margaret Ritter

From: Susan Faye & Rhaud Macdonald
Relation: friends

Dear Donna and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Miki’s sudden passing. Our thoughts go out to you. May your wonderful memories help sustain you in this difficult time.

From: Maureen (Milaney) McLeod
Relation: Cousin-in-law

Dear Donna and family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Miki’s sudden death. I will miss seeing him at family gatherings. All my love, Maureen

From: Judy and Warren Garner
Relation: Friends

Dear Donna and Family:
We are so sorry to hear of Miki’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so happy to have been able to visit with you both at the park this past summer. We have fond memories of Miki, he was such a knowledgeable and very interesting man to visit with. We will always remember your visits on the “Catspaw” to Sawmill Bay. Thinking of you.
Judy & Warren Garner

From: Lucienne Lefebvre Birn
Relation: Went to school with him.

So sorry to hear of Mickey passing away. I always had a soft spot for Mickey. He had such a rough time getting to Canada. He had a struggle when he first arrived in Grand Centre. He accepted the challenge and met it. He will always be thought of with great fondness.

From: Irén Bartók
Relation: Friend

Dear Monica…I am thinking of you today because my mom has just sold her house in LaCorey and I came across a small note with your parents names and address and their address in Nelson. Though your Father passed away some time ago, I wanted to reach out and say how sorry I am for your loss. It was bittersweet to learn that your mom and dad visited my parents shortly before your Father passed. Finding this note brought back many happy memories of being in your Grand Father’s barber shop in Mc Murray and of the time many decades later when we met at a gymnastics class here in Edmonton and I made the connection as to who’s Grand Daughter you were! This was such a happy day for me😊 We have lost contact now but if you ever get this message and wish to reach out, you can find me on FB. I hope you and your family are safe, well, and happy during this crazy time.
Irén Bartók,

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 27, 2012
Beginning at 1:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3


Date & Time:
November 26, 2012
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Okanagan/Kootenay Area Office

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