Charles John Mitchell 1932-2017
John died on Aug 5, 2017 in Middlebury Vermont surrounded by his wife, Nancy (Kretzer) and his beloved children Kim of Maine and Sean of California.
John was born Christmas Day 1932 to James Stuart Mitchell and Francis (Saddington) Mitchell. John was a graduate of Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton Ontario and the University of Western Ontario's School of Business (1956). His career in Marketing took him from Montreal to London England and then to New York City where he enjoyed success as an Executive with Clairol followed by many years as an independent and successful Marketing Consultant.
He met Nancy at a pool party on Long Island in 1962 and they married in May 1963. They raised their family in Stamford, CT amid a myriad of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, geese, peacocks, 2 memorable parrots, a horse and even a goat! John loved all animals but his dogs were special. Several of John’s friends commented over the years that if they were to be reincarnated, they would like to come back as one of John’s dogs.
In 2000, he and Nancy retired to Alder Meadow Farm in central Vermont.
He was the proud Gan-Pop/Papa to granddaughters Kristina (Maine) and Sydney and Addison (California) and caring father-in-law to Sean's wife, Terry (Roth) Mitchell.
John was predeceased by his parents James Stuart Mitchell (1953) , Frances (Saddington) Mitchell (1997), his older brother, David (2013), his brother in law Frederick Kretzer (2006) and sister in law Carolyn Kretzer (2011).
In addition to his wife Nancy and children, Kim and Sean, John is survived by David's widow, Audrey (Nelson) Mitchell (Mississauga, ON), and brother Peter (Beverley) Mitchell (Ancaster, ON), five nieces, four nephews and their spouses and children.
John was a complicated, intelligent, and deeply caring man with a quick intellect, dry sense of humor, and on occasion, sharp temper. He held himself and others to a very high standard. He cared deeply about his family and community and saw hard work, good table manners, and giving back as requirements of a worthy and respectable life. He passed all of these qualities to his children along with his square jaw and fierce sense of determination and independence. While reserved most of the time, he loved a good joke, evenings with small groups of friends, and long walks through fields or woods with his dogs.
John loved his life in the U.S. even becoming a citizen in 2002, but never forgot his Canadian roots. Spending time on Lake Muskoka in Ontario with the family was among his greatest joys.
The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at the Residence at Otter Creek for the care and compassion they showed John in his last months. He found true friends and a community of support at the end of his life affording him moments of joy and laughter as his mind and body slowed.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of John's life will be held at a later date.
Any contribution of either time or money in his memory to an animal shelter would put a (small) smile on his face.