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Friday April 30, 2010

MITCHELL, Robert James Gordon
Bob Mitchell, a long time federal public servant and in recent years a resident of Nanaimo, BC, died peacefully on April 24, 2010 in Nanaimo Hospital, just two months short of his 85th birthday. He is survived by his sister Jeanne Irwin of Winnipeg, his two sons, Jim (Margaret) of Ottawa and Gordon (Pamela) of Powell River, his daughter Catherine of Toronto and their mother, Mary Lamont of Powell River. He was very proud of his five grandchildren - Jack, David, Tom, Mike and Mary. He always said that each was his favourite.

Born in Winnipeg in 1925, Bob was educated at United College (B.A.) and the University of British Columbia, where he obtained his Master's degree in Social Work. He began his career with the province of B.C. as a social worker and then spent most of his time as a federal public servant in Regina, working first as Regional Director in Saskatchewan with National Health and Welfare and later with Multiculturalism and Citizenship, where he was known as one of the most effective and respected liaison officers with ethno-cultural communities in that city.

During a long life, Bob did what was important to him and lived his social-democratic values to the end. He was a fine amateur cook, proud of having launched the Sunflower Café in Regina. He was a keen collector of Canadian art. Even as he became more frail, he remained deeply interested in public affairs and was a faithful watcher of Newsworld and the Jim Lehrer Report.

Funeral arrangements are care of First Memorial Funeral Services in Nanaimo. A private interment will be held in Cedar, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada, in memory of his niece Bonnie-Jean.

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