Evans, James Michael “Mike Running Horse”
Of Kitchener passed away at the age of 31 in the presence of his family and comfort of his home on June 20, 2017 from congestive heart failure. He was the oldest child born to Dakota Evans-Rompen and Dave Bailey (2016) on February 2, 1986. He was predeceased by his father, infant brother Connor (1993) and his uncle and godfather Todd Shuttleworth (2010)
Mike is survived by his mother Dakota (DJ), step father Ron (Rompen), his devoted and loving sister Katherine, sister Angela Ouellette (Jon) and his best friend Brett McCarthy. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother Marlyn Irving, his uncle Roland Two Hawks (Bublitz), his aunt and uncle Thom and Lee (Gray) all of Kitchener, his godmother Barbara Mitchell (Steve), his adopted parents by choice Brian and Deborah Lalonde of Peterborough as well as a host of friends, aunts, uncles, and the best cousins of all. He also leaves behind many friends in the Metis and motorcycle community that supported him (Sam and Deb Cross) and his riding family at International Brotherhood of Deaf Bikers. Also left to mourn is his faithful companion Levi.
Mike loved to a fault, always wanting to help others. He was born with beautiful brown eyes and a huge smile, blessed with a caring heart for the underdog, and his desire to follow the good Red Road. Mike never met a stranger that he didn’t find the ability to strike up a conversation with. Although Mike strongly and courageously fought every battle sent his way, he never seemed to get a break; suffering a brain stem stroke in 2009 and complicating his chances for heart transplantation. Even with all of that he managed to laugh and smile and cheer others on every day. He lived well and relied on Creator to excel well beyond the scenarios given to him by the medical profession.
We will all miss him terribly and our one solace is that his care free spirit has now been released from his body to return to the Creator. We loved Mike with every fiber of our being, but none of that love could protect him from his congenital heart defects or the ravages of his stroke. Run free and proud Running Horse!
Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life has been planned, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Donations in Mike’s name may be made to the Hospital For Sick Children Toronto.EVANS, James Michael “Mike” of Lucan, formerly of Kitchener