Ray Carson Mitchell died peacefully in Salmon Arm, B.C. on May 16, 2008, born Aug. 19, 1928 in Grande Prairie Alta. He is survived by his sister Ruth Shewchuk, Peggy Mitchell, his wife of 60 years and their six children, Mary Wicks, Ryan Mitchell, Randall Mitchell, William Mitchell, Geraldine Gordon, and Lawrence Mitchell, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Many nephews and nieces will miss him.
A patriotic Canadian he served in the Engineer Corp and also was a paratrooper and the Bren gunner of his platoon. He lived in Prince Rupert for 30 years where he raised his family and worked as a Longshoreman First Aid Attendant and he also taught Industrial First Aid. He was a past president and business agent of ILWU Local 505. He loved to fish and hunt and missed the ocean when he moved to Salmon Arm in 1989. The pheasants that came daily into his yard gave him hours of entertainment and were frequently photographed. He retired because of health at age 52 and over the years many relatives and friends came to visit him and Peggy . While his health had been poor for many years it declined rapidly in the last months.
The Family requests that donations be made to the Gideons and Women’s Safe House.