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Michael Broadley

Michael Broadley (Petty Officer 1st Class, Retired)







Memorial Service

Friday, March 8, 2024
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Broad View United Church
3703 St Aidans Street, Victoria, BC V8P 2V7
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a photo of young Michael Broadley


Obituary for Michael Broadley (Petty Officer 1st Class, Retired)

August 12, 1959 - October 16, 2023


Michael Broadley (age 64) passed away in Ottawa, Ontario on October 16, 2023, surrounded by his wife Marie Pearl, family members and in the hearts of many more around the world. Michael, a bright star in a world where there is not enough music, will be sadly missed by his many family members, by those he worked with over his 40 years in the Canadian Armed forces and by all who share with him a love for song and music.

Michael was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Ruby and Eric Broadley (both predeceased him) on August 12, 1959. He is survived by an extensive family spanning the world over. He is survived by:

Wife: Marie Pearl Broadley

Children:

Michael James Broadley
Laura Jo-Ann Broadley
(Mother: Jo-Ann Hannaway)

Lochlain York Broadley
Alec Jerome Broadley
(Mother: Shannon McFarlane)

Sydney Atkin
Ethan Atkins
(Mother: Marie Pearl Broadley)

Siblings:

Sisters: Lynn (Peter) Mitchell and family (England), Jayne Broadley and family (Australia), Lesley Broadley (deceased) and family, Sally Broadley and family and brother James (Angela) Broadley and family.

Michael, a dynamic and talented musician whose love of family and friend, music, soccer and most recently culinary cuisine, proved himself to be a man of many passions, talents and interests.

Sand in the shoes has never been foreign to the Broadley family. As a young man, Michael and his family travelled many places in the world before settling back down in Canada. Michael had lived in Canada, England, Australia, and back to Canada again, all before the age of 18 (the passion to travel and to experience the world had never left Michael throughout his entire life). After graduating from high school in Belleville Ontario, Michael soon embarked on a career that would define him and his next 40 years. He joined the Canadian Armed forces, attended the school of music and went on to build a fruitful career both as a band member and a leader in the Naden band of the Maritime forces in Victoria and the Princess Patricia Light, Calgary. He picked up the baton as the band conductor at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria (94-97) and back to Naden until his retirement.

Michael spent his life entertaining thousands at countless venues around the world. Whether he was high overlooking Vimy Ridge or sitting in a tiny pub in England, Michael was never as happy as he was playing his horn and sharing the love of music to anyone who wanted to listen. His abilities and his love of performing in Jazz, Blues or Dixie lead him in to performing in numerous bands. Stereo Mikes, Dixie Boppers, CanUs and the Smokin Jackets, his own band in Calgary Cannery Row for 9 years, all had given him such joy and pleasure while building many lifelong friendships along the way.

Music ran so deep in Michael and the Broadley family for generations. Michael was only 3 years-old when he picked the trumpet under his dad’s instruction and Michael had since continued to play and master many musical instruments for the rest of his life. Trumpet, bass and the drums - he could play them all. He shared his gift and inspired others including his own children to play and perform. Life always needs balance, and sports was Michael’s other passion. Whether kicking a ball around with his brother Jim, or more recently his sons, Michael gained much pleasure in playing and in the later years coaching a sport that he felt so strongly about. Most recently, Michael embarked on one final challenge, and that was attending Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa. He created delicious and stunning dishes and once again masterfully demonstrating both his versatility and passion.

While distance at times separated family members and music over the years, family still remained the most important part of Michael’s life. He had melded a modern family that included 6 children, brother and sisters living abroad and countless friends wherever he would go. Michael was never as happy as when he was reminiscing with his family and times gone by.

Although Michael is now gone, his music and all the beautiful memories he created and left behind will live on in our hearts for many years to come. Farewell to a great musician, a fantastic showman, a true friend and most importantly, a loving dad, who left too soon.

May he continue to play and perform in heaven… and in time, we all will hear his wonderful horn again.







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