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MITCHELL – John Litchfield

April 24, 1924 – May 30, 2011

John passed away peacefully at Sarcee Hospice on Monday, May 30, 2011 at the age of 87.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, June; his children: Barbara, Robin (Judy), and James (Wendy); grandchildren: Zoe, Maya, Blake and Victoria. In addition John is survived by his sister Mary.

John served in the Navy during WWII on HMCS Arnprior. After the war, he attended UBC, graduating BEng. and worked for the Dominion Bridge Company in Calgary as a PEng. from 1951 until retirement. John was also a life long member of APEGGA.

John loved the mountains and spent hours hiking and skiing with the Skrastins Outdoor Club. In later years he was passionate about his tufa rock gardens and woodworking around the home. Poetic, artistic, athletic and intelligent to the end, John will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Calgary Public Library or a charity of your choice.

In living memory of John Mitchell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Chris Vanderzee :

    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. Chris and Greta

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  2. Mikhail Kudienko :

    Barb and family,
    Sorry to hear about your loss…
    My deepest condolences.

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  3. Sherry West :

    Barb, so sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing. I am sure you have a wonderful lifetime of memories to hold on to during this difficult time. Know that your Dad will live forever in your heart.

    Sherry West

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  4. Pat Keppler :

    Barb I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You father may be gone from this earth but remember and keep the thought with you, “he will always be in your heart”.

    Pat Keppler

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  5. Barb,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Verla Wong

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  6. Loraine Sulima :

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. Dad’s are pretty special folks. Always remember the good times…..and always know that your many, many friends are thinking of you.

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  7. Ruth & Fergus Hill :

    We were both saddened to hear of John’s passing. With his love of the outdoors and Nature, he was a great inspiration to all who knew him. We extend our heartfelt condolences to June and all the family.

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  8. Betti & Geoff Weiss :

    Dear June and family,
    I was sad to read the news of John’s passing and want to send our condolences and let you know I am thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Kelly and Donna Baltimore :

    Barb, our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and your family.

    Donna and Kelly

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  10. Annemarie Mayer :

    Dear June
    I am saddened to hear of the passing of your dear John. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    I always enjoyed John’s participation on Skrastins hikes – he was a class act!!
    Please take care.
    Annemarie

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  11. Dear June and family–so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We remember you and John and all your dedication to the Lakeview Community over the years. He was a wonderful, likable man. Joyce and Jim Patten.

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  12. deb vermunt :

    Dear June and John’s family,
    I was saddened to read of the loss of John. I fell in love with model ships when a friend of mine built one and I was moving along with it when unfortunately, he died. Being a total novice at shipbuilding, I was completely stuck until i saw John’s wonderful model at the stampede. He oh-so-kindly agreed to help me out. I really enjoyed the time spent with him. He was a wonderful, patient teacher and mentor. The most important thing he taught me was to figure things out myself, that there was no “right way” to do things. That lesson has carried over to many things in my life beyond shipbuilding. I am truly grateful for his gentle guidance. He was a lovely and true gentleman.
    June, thanks for lending him to me for those hours. I know that it was a bit of a risk for both of you welcoming a stranger into your home. Once again, I am so sorry to hear of his passing and wish all of you my condolences. Deb Vermunt

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  13. Val Kendall :

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father Barb. My thoughts and sympathies remain with you and all your family at this new, critical transition in all your lives.
    God bless,
    Val

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  14. Heather (Hamilton) Brenneman :

    Dear June & Family: I have left a condolence message with the Calgary Herald but will leave one here as well. So sorry to hear of John’s passing from Lorne Helland. My mother had so many happy times with John & the Skraskins hiking group. I know she will be with you in spirit today & looking forward to seeing John once again. I have kept John’s poem of my mother with me always. May your good memories keep you going.

    With love,

    Heather (Hamilton) Brenneman & Family

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