July 23, 2014

Local man loses only son, grandson in Canadian avalanche

(Alberta, Canada) — The chairman of the local Heard County Republican party, Mr. Donald Mironov lost his only son Gabriel, 36, and his only grandson Oliver, 11, over the weekend during a tragic avalanche as the two were tobogganing near Lake Louise in Canada.

The following is an article from the Calgary Herald newspaper courtesy of reporter Michael Wright:

photoMontreal man killed alongside only child in avalanche a world traveller

by Michael Wright (March 16, 2014)

Gabriel Mironov always wanted to know more. He was a smart kid who grew into a successful designer and businessman. It was his enterprising spirit that likely drew him to Lake Louise last week and to take his 11-year-old son, Oliver, tobogganing on a slope near the water’s edge.

His father, Don Mironov, confirmed Sunday that his only son and grandson were killed by an avalanche near the shore of the mountain lake.

Rescue crews found the pair late Saturday afternoon, but believed they may have been buried in the snow for up to a week. They had last been seen on March 9.

“I don’t know what to say,” the elder Mironov said from his home in the southern United States. “It changes my entire life. He was the focus of my life. I loved him dearly and he loved me dearly and so did the boy.”

His son read Mark Twain novels in the first grade and started his first business at 13. He devised a way to better transport wood pulp from the local mill, earning a commission from the transport company for his efforts.

“He was a remarkable human being,” Mironov said of his son, who was born in the U.S. but spent most of his life in Canada.

Gabriel Mironov lived in Montreal with his wife, Mia, and their son, but was rarely in one place for long. His business interests took him to China, Germany, Switzerland and most recently Paraguay, where he ran a company that used wood chips to generate electricity.

He was intelligent — making his way through high school on scholarships and gaining an engineering degree from McGill University — but knew hard work as well. He worked in an equestrian yard as a teenager and spent a year in Minneapolis as an apprentice riveter before heading to college.

“He said he didn’t want to do engineering unless he knew with his own hands what goes on,” Mironov said.

“Growing up I never felt that I had to worry about him. He was a very hard worker, he set his goals and he worked really hard to achieve them.”

Having settled in Montreal recently, there was more time for family. Grandfather, son and grandson took a trip at Christmas to Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and California. It was the last time they were together.

Oliver took after his father, learning to ride a horse and play an instrument. He loved legos too, his grandfather said.

“He was a wonderful young man.”

Mironov and his wife, Sandra, will join his son’s widow in Montreal this week.

“It’s really hard. She’s having to make arrangements. It’s got to be overwhelming to be in a house with your two dearest people not there. You almost don’t want to imagine.”

For now, Mironov takes solace in the belief his son and grandson are with him in spirit at every moment. Gabriel’s love, drive and curiosity always there.

“That’s the way life is. Our human minds have a form of reason which does not match the higher way of looking at things.

“He loved what he did (and) he did the best he could do. He went out in a flash, that’s all I can say. I am very proud of being his father.”

Comments

  1. Mart Hyatt says:

    This is one of the most tragic and rare accidents I’ve heard. I suppose that when something like this happens it makes us feel like the world is much smaller than we realize. Prayers for Donald and the Mironov family. This lost of a child and grandchild has to be the worst.

  2. Sheila Morton says:

    My family is so sorry for your loss,we will pray for you and yours.your son and grandson will be missed greatly by all who knew them.

  3. What a great loss! I’m still in shock by this news. Gabriel was one of the people I admired most not only because I was his employee at the company he founded in China but the guy was just too brilliant. My special prayers for his parents and Gabriel’s wife. Only God can heal a wounded heart.

  4. Ian MacKinnon says:

    I was a friend and classmate of Gabriel’s back when he lived in Prince Edward Island in the late 80′s. I always knew he would go on to achieve great things. He was by far the smartest person I knew, even though it’s been 24 years since I last heard of him. This is been definetly shocking for myself and my former classmates

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