January 30, 2024 — It is with heavy hearts that we advise on the unexpected passing of Michael “Mike” Davidson, Chief Operating Officer with Nanaimo Port Authority, on January 17, 2024.
At the recent APP 2024 Winter Conference, Director and Vice-Chair of the NPA Board Fred Denning provided a short eulogy, noting that Mike had served the Port for over 38 years, beginning his career as a summer student and rising through the ranks to COO in 2018. He was a highly respected representative of the Port as he worked with Industry First Nations, government community leaders and port users. “Mike’s historical and operational knowledge of the port was vast. He was often called upon as a resource to contribute that knowledge to others,” said Denning.
Mike is survived by his wife, Kathy, his sons Ryan and Trevor, and grandson Beau as well as brothers Rob and Joe, in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Brett last year.
From Mike’s obituary: It is clear Mike lived a rich and fulfilling life, leaving a positive impact on his family, friends, and community. His passion for sports, particularly basketball and later golf, highlights his dedication to both physical activity and building lasting connections with others. The connections made both locally and internationally, demonstrated the lasting impact of his friendly personality and charisma. His commitment to volunteering and coaching further underscores his selflessness and desire to contribute to the well-being of those around him.
Mike will be missed by all who knew him. May his family find comfort in the cherished memories and the positive influence he had on those around him during this difficult time.