The Obit For Mike Dayne

Michael Dayne

Published in the Edmonton Journal from 5/12/2011 - 5/13/2011

DAYNE, Michael It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Michael Paul Dayne (Dzingielowski) on May 9, 2011 at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta.

He is predeceased by his parents; Joseph and Sophia Dzingielowski; sisters Josepha (in infancy), Rose Dayne, Josephine Dayne, Ann (Jake) Braun, Julie (Lloyd) Nichols, Caroline (Sigmunt) Tejszerski; brothers, Carl Dzingielowski, Frank (Helen) Dayne, John Dayne; sister-in-law Leona Dayne; nephews Gerald, Gregory, Timothy and Johnny Dayne.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Rita Dayne; stepchildren Kirsty MacInnes, Rhona (Andy) Saltis, Aileen (Jeff) Williams and Ian MacInnes; grandchildren Drake MacInnes and Brodie Williams; brothers Joe and Leo (Jean) Dayne; sister-in-law Rita Dayne; many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mike was born on the family farm near Kelstern, Saskatchewan on January 25, 1931. Farming was in his blood and his heart and remained his life-long passion, along with baseball.

A talented athlete all his life, Mike pitched minor league baseball in the Southern United States from 1951 to 1955, when an injury at the farm at the age of 24 sidelined his major league dreams.

Mike returned to the farm where he spent the bulk of his working career, with side trips as a salesman, franchise owner and sports broadcaster. Mike married the love of his life, Rita, on February 14, 1991 and together they retired to a snowbird's life, splitting time between Edmonton and Mesa, Arizona.

A brilliant athlete to the last, Mike was a popular partner for tennis and a coveted "ringer" for senior league softball games. Always quick with a joke and a smile, Mike enjoyed playing cards with the family, keeping up with current events and being Mr. Fixit around the house and yard.

Mike's generous and loving spirit will be sorely missed by family and friends. A Celebration of Mike's Life will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium, 9810 - 34 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 6L1.

Expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to the family via the website,

Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium, 780-440-2999. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.