Buley, Michael John - known to his many admirers as Mike, died peacefully on November 4, 2023 and happily joined his love Betty who pre-deceased him by five weeks. Born in Godalming, UK – son of the late Winifred Rogers (Buley), and lovingly remembered by his children: Elisabeth (Kevin) and David (Jan); and his grandson, Matthew (Caolinn).
After an education at his much-admired school, Ottershaw, in Surrey, UK, Mike joined the RAF as a pilot officer in 1951. At the time, training programs were offered to British and NATO forces personnel in various locations in Canada. Mike was stationed to RCAF Summerside for part of his training program as an air navigator. Through the kind invitation of Carrie and Gladys Holman he was invited to a dinner party where he met the love of his life, Betty. Mike left the RAF in 1953, then joined the RCAF in 1954 and was stationed in Greenwood, NS. Betty and Mike were married in 1956 and enjoyed subsequent years of a full life of family, work, travel and party hostings of their own. Leaving the RCAF in 1959, Mike attended St. Dunstan’s University in order to qualify to be a teacher in 1963. During his 30 years of teaching mathematics at Summerside High School and then Three Oaks Senior High School Mike is remembered for his tweed jackets and four-way ties. His often eccentric ways of leading math classes are legendary for Mike’s determination to make even the most complex aspects of calculus seem enjoyable and understandable. He loved teaching and also loved learning and it was difficult to be bored in his presence. He relished in regaling any who would listen with stories of travel and cruises and Elderhostel. Mike was delighted to share his passion for travel with students on thoroughly planned trips to such places as New York, London and Paris. He also relished in designing and building sets with a coterie of devoted students for the full-scale musical productions at the high school. Mike’s organizational habits extended as well to community services that included the Summerside Community Concerts Society, the Harbourfront Theatre and the Bridge Club at St. Paul’s.
Mike was a constant ‘fixer-upper’ with various and sometimes odd building projects at the beloved Stone House in Summerside, and also at the family Cottage, Aftermath in Lower Bedeque. Such things as bookcases, tables, desks, and closets were lovingly created although sometimes not quite completed. Other projects were always ready to be taken up. Who can forget the taps that opened windows, or the complexities of drawers for storing various and sundry objects that could not be thrown away? Mike also enjoyed being in a kitchen and producing such things as crown roasts, Yorkshire puddings, Christmas cake and plum puddings and beautiful and delicate chocolate éclair swans among many other dishes. His gardening skills helped adorn the world with flowers and yummy vegetables and yet he still made time to be a great dad and grandfather – with pickup games of soccer (or football as he would call it) and ……
Eccentric and loveable to the end, Marmite Mike will be missed by all who knew and loved him but all can be assured that he is happy now to be resting with his beloved Betty who he has missed enormously since her passing 5 weeks ago.
The Buley family offers special thanks to Mike’s care team that provided a beautiful month of happiness for him. As well, deep gratitude is offered to friends called ‘family’ (you know who you are), for their unending compassion and attention for Mike in his final weeks of life.
There will be a Celebration of the lives of Mike and Betty in June, 2024 at Aftermath and the family hopes all will feel welcome to join them at that time. Interment will occur at the St. John’s Anglican Cemetery in St. Eleanor’s with a small private family ceremony there. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Prince County Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Mike will always be remembered for his wit, his stories, his gardens, his enjoyment of sharing what he had with others, but most of all his love for Betty. Please share a story, a game, a flower, a meal or a moment of joy with someone in his honour so his spirit will continue to live on. Completion of funeral arrangements entrusted to Moase Funeral Home, Summerside.