Wabush pioneer Mike Coady mourned by community
‘The only thing bigger than his smile was his heart’
Mike Coady was a young man when he left Marystown on the Burin Peninsula, in 1962 to head to Wabush.
Born in 1943, he was a young, energetic man who would adopt his new community of Wabush with open arms.
Those open arms continued to embrace the community and its residents; over his years he made a positive difference in many lives.
Mike Coady passed away earlier this month, his passing mourned by many, who shared with The Aurora stories of how this man impacted others.
Mike had “personality, charm, style, compassion, a desire to help” recalled one, while another posted on Facebook, “The only thing bigger than his smile was his heart.”
Many people have different memories of this man.
He was first and foremost remembered as a boxer; Mike “the bull” Coady, as he was affectionately known. His prowess as a boxer made him a legend in Labrador West.
Others remember seeing him run, from Wabush towards Fermont, with weights on his legs and arms.
He could do push ups, and never stop ...clapping his hands between pushes.
But those were just a few things that people remember.
“Mike was known as one of the best dressed men in Labrador West,” John McGregor told the Aurora.
His trademark style was white suits lots of classy jewelry, recalls McGregor, who was a close friend of Coady.
McGregor, who was the first baby born in Wabush, says when he was younger he decided to join the local boxing club.
“Mike was my mentor. I learned so much from him and we remained friends for life.”
McGregor delivered the eulogy at Mike’s funeral. One of the things he noted was Mike’s commitment to family and community.
Coady’s family remembers him as one who praised them and “had their back”, said McGregor, adding Mike cared for the community as well.
Mike was a volunteer extraordinaire, says McGregor, from the Peggy Lewis walk, ALS, and the Ride for Sight, to the Cancer Foundation, the Legion and many others.
“When he decided to volunteer and go door to door, he did that, door to every door in the community.”
McGregor noted Mike was awarded the Lolly McGregor volunteer of the year award for his efforts, which meant a lot to not just Mike but to McGregor as well. Lolly was McGregor’s mother who was, herself, a dedicated local volunteer.
Of course, anybody who knew Mike Coady knew of his passion for motorcycles.
He could be seen on his bike, cruising the highways, as always dressed in the best of leather bike gear.
It was fitting then that for his funeral his bike was parked outside the church and his so, Mike, rode his father’s bike leading a motorcycle cortege from the church to the cemetery to honour his father.
Oh, and by the way, Mike was also a guitar player and
Mike Coady on his bike, wearing his infamous smile.
Mike’s friends paid tribute to him with a motorcycle motorcade on the day of his funeral.
Mike’s bike sits outside the church where his funeral service was held
Mike Coady’s boxing gloves from 1968
Mike Coady (left) throws a punch in this archival photo.