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Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2019

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terrence Paul Mitchell of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Terry passed away suddenly, at home, on September 15, 2019 at the age of 71 years.
Terry leaves behind his wife Inez; children, Cynthia (Ronald) MacEachern and Lowell Miller; and his great pride and joy, his two grandchildren, Megan MacEachern (Bradley) and Erin (Pavel) MacEachern. He was preceded by his parents, Paul and Elsie Mitchell; and his sister Dale Murray.
Terry was a fine man, and we will not see his like again. He had many passions, but his greatest was his long involvement as an organizer and judge of the annual Manitoba First Nations Fire Fighting Competition. He was so honoured to be a part of these events and together with Inez, to have been presented in ceremony a Star Blanket by the Tribal Council this summer. As well, Terry was a President of Manitoba's Great White North Beer Club, was active in the Canadian and American Beer community, and curated a magnificent collection of beer mugs and steins. In past, and for many years, Terry dressed as Santa to visit family and friends on Christmas Eve and share the joy of the season with children, bringing presents and wonder. Terry was a family man, a leader in the community, an educator, a committed volunteer and constant donor to many charities. He lived a rich and full life and he made the most of every day. We will all miss him.
According to his wishes, Terry will be cremated without fanfare, attended only by a small gathering of his family.
His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I just heard of Bro Terry's passing this evening and was totally shocked. Terry and I went back a few years both working in emergency services. Terry was instrumental in getting me involved in the Fire Services Rodeo as well as the rodeo in Casselton, ND. We shared a lot of fun times over the years, however over the last few years we went different paths. I will always remember Terry for his friendship, his laughter, his assistance, sharing a few cold ones and the hugs he gave everyone over the years we travelled in the same circles. He truly was a great friend and my sincerest condolences go out to Inez and the family. - Posted by: Don Thomson (Friend and colligue ) on: Oct 03, 2019

  • I just heard of Terry’s passing. Terry and I first worked and trained together back in HazWaste Corp days when I was just a kid in the workforce. Terry would come in and make sure we stayed out of trouble when we got called out on spill cleanups or took on special jobs. Terry was a fantastic human being. Every time we’d meet at an AIHA meeting or anywhere, he’d great me with a big hug. Terry was a mentor and a friend. While we didn’t see each other often, I will definitely miss him. My condolences to the family that I know he loved deeply. - Posted by: Paul Houle (Colleague ) on: Oct 02, 2019

  • Terry was such a kind hearted and helpful neighbour. Whenever we saw him in the alley he always had a smile and a wave. He was always willing to help if needed especially if we needed to borrow a ladder. Condolences to Inez and family. Terry was a wonderful person who will be missed. - Posted by: Lorena & Allan Elman (Friends & Neighbours) on: Sep 24, 2019

  • My husband and I had the pleasure of competing/working with Terry at a number of Firefighting competitions. Terry had such a great sense of humour, a postive outlook on life and one of the best laughs. Deepest condolences to Inez and the family. - Posted by: Carole Lupkowski (friend) on: Sep 23, 2019

  • I had the privilege of working with Terry at Manitoba Housing, albeit only for a brief time before his retirement. I found Terry to be a knowledgeable mentor, and a man with a good sense of humor. I wish his family Peace in this time of mourning. The measure of ones life is not in what they receive, but in that they have given. Great is the man who gives all that he has, and yet still finds something more to give. From my brief experiences of Terry, I hold firm in the belief that he was such a man. - Posted by: Brent Early (colleague) on: Sep 23, 2019

  • Although we haven't had contact with Terry for many years we remember him as a generous and kind individual. Our Alaska road trip with him brings back many fond memories and humorous incidents. Our sympathies to his family, Jim and Eleanor - Posted by: Jim and Eleanor Griffithhs (Friend) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • I worked with Terry at Manitoba Government Services for many years. Sometimes he entered the building with a gruff look but by the time he left, many people were laughing and smiling. His smile was so infectious. He also was Santa for my children for many years and was busted when our dog Ralf outed him to the kids. Very sorry for your loss Inez and family. He will surely be missed. - Posted by: Marguerite Toogood (Manitoba Government Air) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Terry was our across-the street neighbour 40 years ago and we still remember him fondly. One day Jim and I were out in the driveway, car hood lifted, Cdn Tire catalogue in hand and out came Terry with a spare car battery to our rescue--that is just the kind of guy he was. Although our contact was limited over the years we were thrilled to hear how happy he was with Inez and family. He will be missed greatly. Our most sincere condolences from Spruce Grove, Alberta - Posted by: Margaret & Jim Jones (old neighbours) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • We were only neighbours for 4 years, but we grew rather attached to each other. Rick and him exchanged tools, advice and jokes over those 4 years. We were the recipients of 'stuff' that he couldn't sell at garage sales but thought I could use in my crafts. He sold Rick the table saw, which proceeded to try to remove his thumbs. Terry always had a soft spot and a treat for our pug, Maggie Mae. She looks at the garage every time we go for a walk. Can't explain it to her. We will miss him. - Posted by: Shelly & Rick Zillman (old friends) on: Sep 21, 2019

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