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David Michael Dixon


Mike died November 4, 2022 at Wind River Hospice House, to whose fine staff Mike’s family will ever be grateful for their professional care.

A longtime resident of Whitehorse, Mike was an RN at its Copper Ridge Place for twelve years and, on his retirement, became a public advocate for improvements to the lives of his fellow Yukoners, employing in their behalf his hard-won experience (and nine years of higher education).

Mike leaves behind his loving wife Elena Giango Dixon, his sister and brother, Pam (Ian) and John (Terri), nieces Alice and Mary (Luc), and nephews, Graham and Brendan, all of whom will miss him more than they can say. Requiescat in pace, our dearly beloved Michael.

Comments (13)

Paul Beatty on Dec 22, 2022 at 6:41 am

Listening to Bobby Curtola in the basement at Oakridge Dr. in ‘62.
Glad I knew you.


Andrew Bland on Dec 14, 2022 at 9:17 am


I am saddened having just learned of Mike's premature passing from Gord. He was someone I instantly liked every time I spoke to him. My condolences to his wife Elena.

Andrew Bland

Alice Dixon on Dec 6, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Dear Uncle Mike,

I have been feeling the loss of your passing deeply, you were such a gentle soul and that makes it all the harder it seems.

I’m sorry we did not know each other more. But I’m glad for and will always remember the times we have had together. Like swimming at the cottage, and sitting out on the deck. I even remember that you gave me my most favourite doll I ever had when I was probably around 5 years old. Wilma, I named her, my mom knit her this sweet little sweater, and all these decades later, I still have her!

I’m so grateful we got to talk on the phone a week before you passed away. I understood from that conversation what we had in common in our care for the suffering of others and doing what we could to help. I commended you for advocating for the rights to affordable housing for your fellow citizens in Whitehorse. We talked a bit about climate change and my work on that front, and you sweetly said at the end of our call that you thought you had missed out on something in not having had to opportunity to talk to me more about climate change, which you expressed great concern about. There was both a sadness and comfort for me in that statement, sadness that we didn't get a chance to exchange more on matters dear to both our hearts, and comfort in feeling seen for who I am as an adult by my uncle and hoping that you felt seen by me too for your good heart and commitment to helping others.

So rest in peace Uncle Mike that the love and joy you brought to this world has helped change it for the better.

Love always

Sue Craig on Nov 28, 2022 at 5:12 pm

Elena John Terri and families
I met Michael a few times as I knew John and Terri since Terri and I attended university together to study nursing. I also knew his cousin Judy Dixon
So hard to say ‘Adieu’ to such a caring
husband, younger brother, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle and friend
Michael will always be in your heart.
Hopefully the memories and stories of time with Michael and the love and care you all gave him will comfort you
My sincere condolences and big hugs to You All
Sue Craig

Terri Dixon on Nov 23, 2022 at 9:21 am

I knew Mike, my brother-in-law as a sweet, jovial man. I remember him standing by my younger, nervously distracted brother, Frank, in the minister’s office where his brother, John and I were registering our marriage, gently chuckling and cajoling Frank into relaxing.
When our girls were small, he visited and brought gifts, the most memorable, a doll for Alice she named Wilma. When he decided a change in profession was in order, I was delighted, admiring and happy to discuss his acquiring a degree in nursing, my profession, also.
I’m sorry I never made it to Whitehorse to see the success he’d made in establishing himself as the caring professional he became. He did this alone and with family far away. I am so glad he found a loving companion in dear Elena who helped him to end his life contentedly and happily. Rest In Peace, dear Mike.

Mary on Nov 20, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Rest in peace Uncle Mike.
You were a staunch advocate for housing rights for the people in the North. Something the rest of the country can so easily forget about.

I'm glad I got to send you photos of my kids before your passing and saw pics of you watching Gran, looking Majestic, in your room.
Thank you for your caring role in nursing others, You were gone too soon and will be missed.

Love Mary, Luc, Noah and Elora Bourque

David Strens on Nov 14, 2022 at 8:41 am

Mike, who was a dear friend of mine for the past 18 years, was very much appreciated by the residents of Copper Ridge Place were he worked for many years. Many would miss him a lot and would have many great things to say about Mike if they were still here. Though Mike has passed on, our long friendship will continue to inspire me long into the future. Mike is dearly missed.

stuart kinmond on Nov 11, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Although I haven't seen Mike in decades, I remember him well from our high school days as John's younger brother. Mike was a gentle fellow, kind and with a ready sense of humour.
How sad to lose a younger sibling. Condolences to you John and your family.

Judy Dixon Riddell on Nov 9, 2022 at 5:21 am

Elena, John, Pam and families, Mike was the quietest of our family cousins, as we shared many family traditions in our youth. I am so proud that Mike’s path was caring for others. He was always so gentle. We send our love, Judy and Alex Riddell

Julie Ann Bulala on Nov 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Even though I don't see you personally,I'm pretty sure that you have a good heart uncle mike😢.May you rest in peace uncle mike🥺

Jeff Gregory on Nov 8, 2022 at 10:12 am

Sad news indeed. Although I never really got to know Mike that well I do remember him as a gentle if somewhat shy man who was always friendly to me. From the reports I received from his older brother he led a caring life and was well thought of by all. The type of man the world needs more of. My condolences to all his family.

Gordon Simpson on Nov 8, 2022 at 5:12 am

Bev and I send our sincere sympathies to you, Pam, Terri, Mary and Alice.
You were sure a loving Brother to Mike right through to the final day of Mike’s life…and there’s no doubt he’s smiling down on you, John.

Trevor Dixon on Nov 7, 2022 at 10:15 am

Will miss you. You left many fond memories with us. Your kind thoughts when my Mother passed were very much appreciated,

Connie & Trev Dixon

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