OBITUARY

Mitch Owens

March 25, 1921November 17, 2016

Mitch Owens 1921-2016 It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of Mitch Owens – father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many during his ninety-five years with us. Mitchell George Owens was born on March 25, 1921 in Cook’s Creek, Manitoba near Winnipeg. As a teenager during the Great Depression, Mitch left the family farm, riding the rails and holding a succession of odd (sometimes, very odd) jobs in Winnipeg, Toronto and the lumber camps of Northern Ontario before enlisting in the RCMP in 1943. Among his many postings over his 21-years in the Force, Mitch served in war-time Halifax and in England as an Immigration Officer. He treasured most his three very tough years stationed in Pond Inlet on the northern tip of Baffin Island where he developed a life-long affection for the land and for the Inuit people. Retiring from the Force in 1963, he became a self-taught businessman, building and operating a mobile homes park near his home in South Gloucester, near Ottawa. In 1966 he entered municipal politics where, for the next 25 years, he served the Township and later City of Gloucester in a number of positions including Councillor, Deputy Reeve and Mayor. Leaving politics at the age of 70 in 1991, Mitch finally and truly retired, splitting time between his 150-year old stone house in Gloucester located, coincidentally enough, on Mitch Owens Road (by order of city council in 1991) and his Florida vacation home. In both places, until recently, he was able to indulge in his passion for fishing. Although officially retired from the RCMP for 47 years, Owens never really left the Force. He became involved in the Veterans Association, was elected its National President in 1988 and, into his 90s, attended as many divisional and regimental events as possible. Mitch was pre-deceased by his sisters Anne and Lillian, his brother John and his wife Stella (Futa) and daughter Marianne (Crowder). He is survived by his sons Martin and John, his granddaughters Cassandra, Natasha, Shannon and Sara, his grandsons Judd and Tyler, and his great grandchildren Katarina and Nadia and Owen and Cole. Both his immediate and very large extended families deeply miss him and are proud to have known him. His sharp mind, incredible storytelling, irreverent sense of humour, and easy laugh stayed with us to the end. “Stop me if you’ve heard this one.” A big thanks to the wonderful people at Orchard View for their care. Friends and family may pay their respects at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home 1411 Hunt Club Road at Albion Road on Monday November 21 from 2 till 4 and 7 till 9 P.M. Funeral Mass Tuesday at 11 A. M. in Our Lady of Visitation Church, South Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the RCMP Veterans Benefit Trust Fund

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Visitaion Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 22, 2016
REMEMBERING

Mitch Owens

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November 25, 2016

To the Owens Family, my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of a great man, one who made me laugh every time I met him. Stella and Mitch were always so kind and could relate so many stories from their past ,with ease and interest. Thinking of you...Diane Spenard-Bruce

Lily Cohen

November 23, 2016

I was just thinking of Mitch the other day as my Mother Mary Swaffield, was very fond of him, and until her death was in touch with him on a regular basis. I was born in Pond Inlet, over 70 years ago and Mitch typed up and signed my unique birth certificate. He lived a full life and I'm s sad to hear of his passing

Marilyn Beckstead

November 23, 2016

Mitch and Stella were special people. My condolences to their extended family on Mitch's death. My thoughts are especially with Cassandra and Natasha.

stephane Duval

November 22, 2016

My most sincere condolences to the Owens family,

I was too young to know your father. My Dad did know him. My father passed away 20 years ago, more importantly, growing up my father kept telling me this story over and over, and I thought I would share it with you.

"With 2 kids and a third on the way, my father, a construction labourer living in a sixty-foot trailer got his foot crushed by heavy machinery. Things looked bleak. Mitch Owens, your father, helped my dad through the tough times| Your father is a generous and great man and will never be forgotten.

Duval family.

Bob & Anja Armstrong

November 22, 2016

Dear Owens Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time. Your Dad was a longtime friend of the Armstrong family and spent many hours on the Gloucester council with our Dad , Earl. We all enjoyed many fun times together.

Dale Lively

November 22, 2016

Sorry he has left us. We were all enriched by his presence and leadership through the many years in the Force and the Veterans Association. Condolences to all. Dale Lively, RCMP Veterans

November 22, 2016

So sorry to hear of Mitch's passing. May God grant you his peace. A life well lived.
Betty Stewart

Mary Bryden

November 21, 2016

Dear Marty and your family. Those were great years , those Gloucester years. So many fond memories. Betty Stewary and I had a wonderful visit a few years ago He will be missed. My thoughts and praters go out to all.

Gayle Wheeler

November 21, 2016

John, Judd and Shannon,
My sincere condolences to you and the Owens family. Mitch certainly lived one long, amazing and adventurous life, and lived it to the fullest. For all his stories he recounted, may they live on in your hearts and in your sharing of them. Sending thoughts and prayers,sincerely,
Gayle

November 21, 2016

Marty, John and to all the family,

Our sincere sympathies to you at this sad time. Cherish all of the happy memories you have. He was a gentle and wise man. I have so many happy memories of both your Dad and Mom ( Stella) (our school secretary). From our family to yours,

Sheila (Cahill) and Terry Kehoe