Turf & Rec

Celebration of life for late golf superintendent

March 4, 2019  By  Mike Jiggens

March 5, 2019 – A celebration of life will be held March 10 for the late Mike Warriner, former superintendent at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course in Invermere, B.C.

Warriner, who had battled esophagael cancer, finally succumbed to the disease on Feb. 15. He was 43. The celebration of life at the Eagle Ranch clubhouse will feature a street hockey game. Those attending are encouraged to bring their hockey sticks and wear a hockey jersey.

The Western Canada Turfgrass Association sent the following notice to its members regarding Warriner:

“If you ever got to be Mike’s partner in a golf tournament, chances are you won. If you ever played golf against Mike, chances are you lost. If you ever played hockey against Mike, chances are you got beat in a couple ways. If you played hockey with Mike, you understood what it meant to be a team. If you every worked for Mike, you were treated with respect and dignity. If you didn’t work hard, you were coached back in and, after many chances, politely shown the door.


“Mike had many friends. You knew it from the handsome smile he would occasionally give off. Mike was a man of few words, but a gentleman with many fine qualities. People asked if Mike was married to Eagle Ranch until we met the love of his life, Shawnna who is heartbroken by his departure, but comforted by his forever presence. Mike’s son Lane will continue to foster the legacy of scoring goals, hitting hard and despising a loss, but will be the best son, teammate and friend to many as his father was. Mya will always be the princess of her dad’s kingdom. Mike was the star of many tea parties and royal dress-up pageants that always brought out the biggest smile.

“Mike Warriner passed away quietly and peacefully at 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2019 after an awful battle with esophagael cancer. A message to all from Mike is to never wait if something feels off with your body. Get regular checkups. Also, Mike wanted to remind everyone about personal balance and to ensure your family comes first.”


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