Michael Atkinson Spence (28 Sep 1935 - 3 Feb 2020)

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Location
Our Lady Of Angels Bexley Road Erith DA8 1DN
Date
17th Feb 2020
Time
11am
Funeral Director
P L Mulligan Funeral Directors, Bexleyheath

Burial Details

Location
Hillview CemeteryWickham StreetWelling KentDA16 3LL
Date
17th Feb 2020
Time
12.30pm

In loving memory of Michael Atkinson Spence who sadly passed away on 3rd February 2020.

Michael (Mick) was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland on 28th September, 1935. Anyone that has made Mick's acquaintance will know that he was quite a character.

Michael made a promising start in life and, (as he regularly reminded us all), he won a gaelic scholarship. His was a traditional and fairly strict catholic upbringing and Michael's working life started early. There are many tales of his early entrepreneurial exploits that were opportunistic, inventive, resourceful and most of all profitable.

Michael left his home at 16 years of age and came to London. He had a role in digging the Dartford tunnel and was soon searching out better ways of earning a living. Eventually he got a job as a bread delivery driver at Motherspride bakery in Northumberland Heath which proved to be his spring board in to self employment. He owned and ran many small businesses over the years and remained self employed until his retirement. His resourcefulness knew no boundaries.

Mick met his wife to be, Pamela Janet Rixon, when he was 22 years of age. Michael had always wanted a big family and so he came to be the proud father of five sons, Mark, Sean, Michael, Nicholas and Christopher.

Michael and Pamela's children all graduated from university and this was a great source of pride for Michael.

Michael loved life. He loved music and socialising. He played a sharp game of pool and sometimes used such skill to very good effect. Michael also loved rugby and to travel. Michael took his family to Majorca in Spain in the 1960s well before package holidays were common place.

Over his life Michael travelled extensively. In San Francisco he got worse for wear on frozen margherita; he lost his spending money in Vegas; he had a marathon confessional session in New Zealand; he tango'd with an American in Scicily; he bantered with French rugby fans in Paris, the list goes on !

In the later stages of his life Michael recovered from some very serious illnesses including prostate cancer and a stroke. Eventually Michael contracted another cancer and that combined with pneumonia was to overwhelm him.

Michael will be missed by all whom came to know him, including five sons, fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many other family members and friends. Michael has lived a very full life and certainly left his mark
on this world. May he rest in peace.

Tony & Mandy Byrne donated £50 in memory of Michael

Sincere condolescenses, rest in peace Mick

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Kim Spence donated £20 in memory of Michael
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Sue & Gary Nicholson donated £20 in memory of Michael

You will be sadly missed Mick but at least your no longer in pain. RIP our friend.

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Steve, Kate, Fred, Sam and Harry Spence donated £50 in memory of Michael
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Chiefs surprise 70th party cake

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Jon Spence donated £50 in memory of Michael
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Mark, Sarah, Imogen, Madeleine, Edward, Jaz, Raeya Spence is attending the funeral
Jane wrangham donated £50 in memory of Michael

With condolences, Nick and Irene

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Hannah Spence donated £20 in memory of Michael
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Pool bar in Kenya with a young Jon Jon

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Betty & Colin Benjamin is attending the funeral
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Joe Spence donated £50 in memory of Michael
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Kim Spence wrote

Sad news the end of an era within the Spence family. Lots of happy memories in Dorset.

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Matheu Spence is attending the funeral
Chris Spence donated £50 in memory of Michael
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Lucy Spence is attending the funeral
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Dan Williams donated £50 in memory of Michael

My thoughts are with you all.

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Barrie Phelan donated £50 in memory of Michael
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Sean Spence donated £50 in memory of Michael
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