The River East Royal Knights mourn the sudden loss of Mike Urias --
MMJHL championship-winning player & assistant coach
and Royal Knights Life Member, who passed away December 21, 2022.
Mike's many years spent on and with the team are something we will never forget.
We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Carole.
(posted at the request of Carole Urias)
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 6, 2022 at
Cooks Creek Community Center (30026 Zora Road, Cooks Creek, Manitoba) in his honour.
The event will convene at 4:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.
All friends and family are most welcome and encouraged to come and pay their respects
to a dear man who has left our lives far too soon.
Please bring your stories of Mike.
We look forward to hearing more about how he made a difference in all our lives.
We will be compiling a memory book which will give you a chance to write down
your favorite thoughts of him.
Friends and family are invited to visit Michael's memorial page (see below)
where memories and condolences may be shared.
Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services
Suddenly, on December 21, 2022, we lost a good man.
Mike leaves to mourn his loving wife of fourteen years, Carole, his sisters Julie Dendwick
and Mary Horbaty, and his brother Steve Urias. He also leaves behind his father
and mother-in-law Tom and Joyce Stoyka and his sister in-law Sheryl and husband
Derek Chalmers. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Urias,
his sister Jean Urias, his brother-in-law John Horbaty, and his sister-in-law
Barbara Urias and brother-in-law Christopher Dendwick.
He will be missed by all his nieces and nephews: Michael (Anne), Kimberley (Gerry),
Stephen (Mindy), Lisa (Lance), Adam (Mandy), Laurie, Lauren, Sean and (honorary niece)
Chantell. His newfound Ukrainian family, Andrii Lukasevych, his wife Luidmyla, and their
children Diana and Danylo, will miss him as well. They will surely feel a void in their
lives without Michael. The little ones, Diana and Danylo always brought a smile to
Mike's face and he came to love them as part of his family. He welcomed them into his
and Carole's home with open arms and have helped them to establish their new life here in
Mike enthusiastically participated in a great number of activities and had a zest for
getting things done. In 2017, Mike and Carole moved to East Selkirk so Mike could enjoy
more of the outdoors. His favorite activities were snowmobiling, hockey, design &
construction, quadding, boating, water skiing fishing and ice fishing. Mike became an avid
snowmobiler and ice fisherman. In 2021 he went ice fishing 18 times often bringing home
a catch for supper. He enjoyed his favorite post ice fishing/sledding snack "haddags"
When the Jets returned to Winnipeg Mike was ecstatic. He was a huge fan of the Winnipeg Jets
and immediately began preparing to become a season ticket holder. Leading up to securing
their tickets, Mike and his friends spent a week practicing signing up for tickets with maps
of the arena and credit cards strewn about on tables set up in the garage. When they were
successful that Saturday afternoon, there wasn't a dry eye among them.
He loved hockey and never missed a game whether in person or on TV. He did however take
a pass on the Toronto Maple Leafs, teasing his friends Mike MacGean, Ken and Ethan Dunn
relentlessly about the Leafs. He relished Poker nights with his buddies as well as playing
the card game King and the A**hole at house parties -- He usually took control early on and
was always "The King". No one else stood a chance!
Mike and Carole loved to go on tropical vacations. Mike meticulously researched the
location, amenities and pricing of the various resorts before making his final decision.
He always ensured that he had selected the facility with the most bang for the buck and it
had to be a high end resort. His most cherished vacations were in Cuba including Varadero
and Cayo Santa Maria. He loved the beaches, the hotels, our butlers and all the amenities.
Mike also liked to vacation closer to home and he enjoyed cabin rentals in Manitoba and
Ontario. Friends Mickey and Lisa were the go-to people for renting a cabin -- the two couples
enjoyed Nestor Falls, ON, Big Whiteshell, Erica Lake and Belair. Friends Grant and
Aprille frequently had Carole and Mike at their family cabin in Ingolf, ON. Mike helped
Grant achieve his renovation dreams at the lake by taking charge of the projects and getting
them done. He was very appreciative of their hospitality and wanted to contribute his time
and effort in a constructive way. He was always a very useful person to have around! Carole
later purchased a "fixer-upper" tiny trailer, and Mike was the fixer upper, no detail was
left unfinished. They hauled their little camper to many festivals and events including
Summer Winds, camping in Jill and Colins horse corral, Folk Festival, Bolerama and countless
trips to the beautiful parks in our province including Birds Hill and Buffalo Point.
Mike liked to be creative in the kitchen and was quite an accomplished chef. He is most
remembered for his delicious, petite meatballs that left people wondering how such a big
hands could create such a delicate meatball. He was famous for appetizers that could be
consumed during a game or served at a house party. He liked his Crown Royal and often
ventured into the creation of exotic cocktails.
He was always more than willing to pitch in and help anyone in need or to take the lead on a
project. No job was too big or too small to pique his interest. There isn't a deck or cabana
from Netley Creek to Winnipeg Beach that did not benefit from Mike's talents.
He never stopped learning. He embraced volunteerism and helped at the Folk Festival's Tavern
Finance and was a crucial member of the team. Amidst Covid, Mike planned and created a new
event "Folk Fest at Home" complete with banners, camping, giant games, music and carnival
style food. Whenever he had an idea, he gathered recruits to help him get it done.
Mike was an extremely dedicated assistant coach to Barry Bonni, Head Coach, for the River
East Royal Knights, volunteering for over fifteen years. Mike took this job very seriously
and he truly cared very deeply for his team and their well- being. He was a mentor to the
players and was always in their corner when they needed him. His team was dear to his heart.
In July 2011, Mike experienced a serious health scare and both Carole and Mike realized that
life is short. There was no time like the present to experience all that life has to offer.
They made the decision to live their lives to the fullest and did their best to do so.
A decision was made in 2020 that it was time for Mike to retire and to spend time doing the
things that he loved the most. Carole is grateful that they made this decision, so Mike at
least got to enjoy a couple of years of retirement without the stress of his very demanding
In lieu of flowers, Carole is putting together a bursary in Mike's name for The River East
Royal Knights. This will ensure his team receives ongoing support. If anyone should desire a
donation to the fund for the bursary would be greatly appreciated and will help to keep
Mike's memory alive. He would have been proud to still be supporting his team.
Carole wishes to extend her heartfelt gratitude to the First Responders for doing all they
could for Mike. East Selkirk EMT, Dr.Terry Babick, Medical Examiner Marco Pena, District
First Call, Roland, Constable Scott Brauer and his colleague, and Rick Kotaska from
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services. Your professionalism and compassion will never be
forgotten. Thank you for everything you have done for Mike and I.
A Celebration of Mike's Life will be held on Friday, January 6, 2022 at Cooks Creek
Community Center (30026 Zora Road, Cooks Creek Manitoba). The event will convene at
4:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. All friends and family are most welcome and encouraged to
come and pay their final respects to a dear man who has left our lives far too soon.
Please bring your stories about how Mike touched your life.
Rest well my love. You have earned it.
We will be compiling a memory book which will give you a chance to write down your
favorite thoughts of him.
ROYAL KNIGHTS NEXT HOME GAME
Friday, February 3 -- 7:30 PM @ Terry Sawchuk Arena
vs. CHARLESWOOD HAWKS