MICHAEL WAYNE FISH
MICHAEL WAYNE FISH
Michael Wayne Fish, 65, of Carlton, Minn., passed away peacefully at his home, next to his loving wife, on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Mike was born in Superior in 1949 to Charlotte and Jack Brookshaw.
He graduated from Cloquet High School in 1967.
After high school Mike was drafted into the Army, but received a deferment after his step-father passed away so he could care for his mother and family. Mike and Bonnie McGinnis fell in love and they were married on July 17, 1971. They have lived together in their Carlton homestead, which Mike built from the ground up, starting back in 1977.
Mike worked as an employee for the Potlatch/Sappi Paper Mill in Cloquet from the age of 18 until he retired at the age of 58. "Fishbone" had a reputation for playing practical jokes, designating nicknames, and bringing laughter wherever he worked, yet also had a sharp mind as a skilled senior instrumentation technician.
Playing golf was a passion of his. Mike hit a hole-in-one at the Cloquet Country Club, and another at the Big Lake Golf Course. "Bubba", as Mike was known to his grandchildren, even had them out on the putting green before any of them could stand alone. Mike enjoyed reading books, studying the bible, watching science fiction films and listening to 80's music. He was elected as Deacon at Bethany Covenant Church in his 30s, taught many years of Sunday school to grade-schoolers, attended a bible study with his brothers-in-law, and embraced his church family at the Sawyer Chapel. Mike would help anyone in time of need. His laughter; contagious. His stories; unforgettable. His jokes; legendary. His love; steadfast.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte; his father, Jack; his sister, Gale DuVall, and his brother, Allen Fish.
Mike is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Bonnie; his daughter, Aimee (Sean) Anderson of Cloquet; his son, Jeremy "Jey" Fish of Duluth; seven grandchildren, Connor, Sammy, Peter, Jonah, Javan, Jainah and Juno; sisters, Linda (Joe) Isaacson of Carlton and Renee Poisson of Duluth; brothers, Patrick (Sue) Brookshaw of White Bear Lake and John Savela (Julia Offutt) of Rome, Georgia; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless others that have been impacted by his life.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. Visitation will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service, Monday, July 14, 2014 in Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet. To leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.