OBITUARY

Glenn Lloyd Mitchell

March 31, 1960December 17, 2020

It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of Glenn Lloyd Mitchell on December 17th in Vernon. Glenn leaves to mourn his loving wife of 27 years, Rhoda, sons Justin and Lucas, his adoring parents Lloyd and Marion, brothers Kevin (Stacy), Murray (Coralee), and Craig. Also left behind are nieces and nephews; Kristi (Sean Zubick), Max, Nick, Brandon, Andrew, Alex, Jesse, Kylie and great niece Lola.

Glenn was born in New Westminster and moved to Vernon’s East Hill at three years old, starting elementary school at Silver Star. He later attended Fulton Secondary and Vernon Senior Secondary Schools, graduating in 1978. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University. Glenn finished his education by studying journalism at Cariboo College in Kamloops. He began his newspaper career at the Hope Standard before coming home to Vernon, joining the brand-new Morning Star as sports editor in 1988. For a spell he was editor of the Salmon Arm Observer before returning to the Morning Star as managing editor where he remained until his retirement in 2018. Glenn’s column, Mitchell’s Musings, was treasured by many for its entertaining and thought-provoking content. All who worked with Glenn loved his kindness, smirks, smiles and gentle ways.

Glenn, who played broomball, flag football, baseball, soccer, and golf throughout his life, met Rhoda at the Vernon Lodge. Three months later, supported by his brother Craig, he strode into Rhoda’s office on the pretext of purchasing auto insurance. A courtship ensued and they were married at Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Glenn loved travel and conversation. A recent adventure highlight was a trip to New York City in 2019 where they celebrated their 25th anniversary and were joined by their eldest son Justin. Glenn was community minded. He coached minor hockey and baseball and volunteered with high school football, rarely missing his sons’ games. Glenn served on the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation board of directors and the BC- Yukon Community Newspaper Association (Press Council).

Glenn was blessed with countless loyal friends, many still from high school, and ran a close-knit group of 12 reporters at the tri-weekly publication for 15 of his 30 years. He was well-known throughout Vernon, as evident by the 1200+ likes and comments on a Facebook post announcing his death. Arrangements are in the care of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home in Vernon. A small family service will take place at All Saints Anglican Church on Saturday, January 2 at 1:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on YouTube. The YouTube link for the service is https://youtu.be/fWIHKXmKS6g. Please contact Pleasant Valley Funeral Home or All Saints for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 3100 – 28th Ave. Vernon, BC V1T 1W3. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Glenn’s life will be held in the future when larger gatherings are permitted.

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Jeff & Valerie Brewis

January 18, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we send our love to the entire Mitchell family. We hope that in time, you may find some peace in your many wonderful memories of Glenn, and may the support of loved ones give you the strength you need in this very difficult time. We are thinking of you all,
Jeff & Valerie

Laura-Lee Locheed

January 8, 2021

Our Home Town of Vernon has had the good fortune of having its' newspaper character positively shaped, over the years, by the very unique character of Glenn Mitchell. That the Morning Star is a staple in the reading diet of so many people of the North Okanagan is due much in part to Glenn's keen Newspaperman skills, and his wise , witty, and caring character. God be with you, Rhoda, the Boys, and Lloyd and Marion, and Family

Tammy Stelmachowich

January 4, 2021

To Glenn's family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts during this devastating time. I was lucky enough to call Glenn my friend and I was very blessed that he touched my life in the sweet, kind way that was "Glenn". He was a wonderful person that I will never forget. All my love Tammy Stelmachowich

Warren and Donna Eley

January 2, 2021

Rhoda, Lucas and Justin we are so sorry for your loss. We have been thinking of you daily. Thank you for allowing us to witness this beautiful memorial for a wonderful man. We feel like we now know him and what a loss he is to you.

Chris Brown

January 2, 2021

It is difficult to think of Glenn Mitchell and do justice to showing the type of person and friend he was to me.

It is funny, but looking back now I cannot remember exactly how we met. I know we met in high school, but it is difficult to remember a time when I did not call Glenn my friend.

The friendship that we started in high school lasted for over 40 years, and while there would be gaps when we did not see each other, when we did connect again it was as if no time at all had gone by. There would be a couple of minutes catching up on family, jobs, etc. and then it would be back to the easy conversation and joking of lifelong friends. Glenn was very much the proud parent and you always got to hear what his sons Justin and Lucas were up to and it was obvious to all how much Rhoda and his family meant to him.

Glenn was not a loud, obnoxious or showy guy, he always seemed happy to sit back and let others try to be the center of attention. Sometimes he egged you on and sometimes he just shook his head or laughed at your antics. Glenn was a quiet, thoughtful type of friend who everyone seemed to gravitate to for deeper discussions and advice on dealing with life’s problems.

Everyone liked Glenn, and for good reason, he was kind, considerate and always thoughtful of other people’s feelings. You could count on Glenn to call you out if he thought you were wrong on something, but he was always a big supporter of his friends and truly did wish the best for all of them.

Glenn will be missed by all who knew him and while my world will be missing something going forward, I take pleasure in remembering the good times we had and knowing firsthand the comfort, security and joy of having Glenn as my friend.

Dave and Mary Rolston

January 2, 2021

Marion and Lloyd

We were so very sorry to learn of Glenn's passing. Our sincere sympathy, prayers and love are with you at this time.

Vivian Cloutier

January 1, 2021

Our sincere “McDonald Family” condolences , virtual hugs and prayers of comfort to all the Mitchell Family. Such sadness and shock envelopes us all. Glenn will be treasured and missed. Sincerely, Vivian, Adair and Bernadette

Fran Stecyk

December 26, 2020

Rhoda I'm so sorry to have read of Glenn's passing. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.......Fran

Marvin McNeil

December 25, 2020

Marion and Lloyd. So sorry to hear of your loss of Glenn. Calvin e-mailed me today about his passing. I am so glad that I had a chance to meet him and Rhoda and his two boys at the reunion we had. It is so hard to have any kind of service at this time with this Covid thing but hopefully it will be over soon. Keep me informed if and when you can have a celebration of his life. Again so sorry for your loss and my deepest condolences to you and your family. Marvin

David Morrice

December 25, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Rhoda, Justin, Lucas, Marion, Lloyd, Kevin, Murray, and Craig, and all the Mitchell family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I met Glenn some 55 years ago. I knew I wanted to be his friend when he showed up to kindergarten class with a cowboy hat and 6 shooters. We walked home together that day. We grew up in the same neighborhood, and my memories of Glenn are more like my memories of a brother. I will always remember Glenn as a reliable friend, one who being around was always completely comfortable. I trusted Glenn and he was worthy of that trust. I'll remember the Saturday football games down at the highschool, the endless road hockey games on the street or at the peanut pool at Lakeview park, the years of minor baseball spent together on some great teams. For me Glenn was the rock of friendship growing up in Vernon and the Mitchell household was like a second home to me, always open and always welcoming. I'll remember Glenn's steadiness as the voice of reason, his genuine concern for others and his inclusive nature making sure none were left out. I am proud to have had Glenn in my life so intimately and to have had our friendship endure the test of time. Rest my friend, I'll see you again sometime....

FROM THE FAMILY