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Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher (Chris) Shawn Mitton on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in Ottawa, 35 years old.
Chris will be deeply missed by his parents, Suzanne and Marshall, wife Rachel, daughter Ivy, brother Stephane (Lindsay), nephews, Austin and Dylan, half-sister Cynthia (Terry) Rogers, nephew Cole and niece Kirsten, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Chris was known for his big smile, deep voice, crystal blue eyes and huge eager heart. His daughter Ivy will carry on his blue eyes that have always demanded a second glance. He excelled at working with his hands and could build something beautiful from scratch as he worked in construction most of his life.
Chris played many sports while growing up including baseball, golf and curling. As he got older, he loved his annual Father's Day round of golf with his dad and brother followed with lunch and laughs.
Chris loved to make his mom laugh and feel special. During a visit to Ottawa, he surprised her at the airport with balloons and a huge Yoda figurine, which actually proved not so difficult to get home.
Chris loved fishing. Being one with nature, near the water and fresh air was where he was most at peace. Stephane and Chris created memories together in Kenora one summer seeing who could catch the biggest fish. Chris by no surprise, won that challenge. That was a great day.
Chris created many memories with his family playing crib - laughing and swearing with his "me-mere" who always managed to beat him. He loved to eat and was known for his favourite holiday tradition of claiming the turkey legs, the bigger the better!
Chris had a special connection with animals, always finding time to help dogs who were in need. He quickly gained trust that can only be done by the purest of intentions.
Chris loved to keep his family and friends guessing; he had an ever-ending supply of ideas. Doing the same old thing was never in his DNA.
In the end, we lost Chris to his ongoing battle with addiction.
The special memories of you will always bring a smile. You are forever in our hearts.

"The same thing that makes you live can kill you in the end."

- Neil Young

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a recovery centre of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 21, 2023

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • In Ottawa, I (and my family) spent some time with Chris. Seeing how he was living his highs and lows, I reached out to him to offer a helping hand. Sometimes he accepted willingly, as when we picked up his new puppy last fall and when he joined us for Christmas celebrations; at other times, he would distance himself. We came to know when he was in pain and felt helpless in easing that pain. To my sister Suzanne and to Marshall, I share your loss; and I also understand the joy and the grief you may have felt watching him over the years. All loss of life is tragic, and this one saddens me a lot. He was an innocent soul in a world he had such a hard time to understand. - Posted by: Denis Deschênes (Uncle) on: Mar 28, 2023

  • Marshall, Suzanne and family - My deepest condolences. Chris was known to me as the person who walked into a room and put us all at ease. He gave freely of himself, and made a difference in so many lives - with his honesty, hope and love. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Patty Medd (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • I met Chris a few years back in the fellowship .I remember first meeting him outside chicken chef after a mtg and his big beard and smile with his deep voice. He had a very charismatic personality. I am so sorry this happened. Your struggle is over. You will be missed . My sincere condolences and prayers 🙏 to his family. - Posted by: Dana (Friend ) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • Suzanne and Marshall, Words cannot describe how sorry we are for you all. We will never forget Chris and the heart and love he had for his family and friends. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Chris and to get to know him through our conversations. Wishing you all the best, knowing that Chris is at peace. Your friends Christian, Gillian and Liam - Posted by: Christian Tardi (Family Friend) on: Mar 23, 2023

  • God bless. My thoughts are with the family. - Posted by: Kevin waltham (Friendship) on: Mar 22, 2023

  • Chris was my grad date. He was always making everyone laugh. We had many bonfire nights, hanging out with friends and listening to good music. Condolences to his family, daughter, and friends. He will be missed. Rest easy Chris with all your furry pals. - Posted by: Coral (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • I’m so shocked and so sad to hear about Chris’ passing. He was my roommate in 2017, and my friend. He had a magnetic energy that made everyone he met feel like an old buddy and he was always had an ear to ear grin. I remember how excited and proud he was when he got a job at St. Boniface Street Links - his biggest goal was to help those struggling with addiction and to show them that there is a better life, a better way. He gave that job his all - I could always expect a text on the weekends asking if it would be okay to bring one of the guys with us to the dog park with Pryncess and Tonks to get the guys out of the house, get them to laugh and smile. I will light a candle for Chris tonight and remember the good times. Rest easy, my friend…💜 - Posted by: Meaghan (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Sending heartfelt love and hugs at this time … Love for our children is endless and timeless. We are never ready. Jo-Anne - Posted by: JoAnne Lowenberger (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Dear Marshall: My heart absolutely breaks for you, your wife and family. I cannot imagine the pain of loosing a child. Sending my heartfelt condolences to all of you and prayers for healing. Sharon Romanoff, friend and colleague at The Marlborough Hotel - Posted by: Sharon (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • I met Chris in the fellowship. He was on fire for recovery when he was there. There are simply no words to describe the tragedy of losing another person to this. My sincerest condolences to Chris family. I am praying for you. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Judi M (friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Marshall and Suzanne, I am beyond words on what to say to you. Nobody should ever lose a child. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I had actually thought of calling Marshall lately to discuss some of the problems with my own sons. I owe my sobriety to AA, God and my sponsor Marshall. I will never forget what you gave me Marshall and would not be alive if it wasn’t for you. I hope my words of gratitude offer a tiny bit of comfort. Marshall If you ever want to talk to me I will be there. I will pray for both of you. Russell Jonson, (204)250-5404 - Posted by: Russell Jonson (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Suzanne, Marshall and Family, My sincere condolences on your loss, truly tragic at such a young age. I hope you find strength in each other. Best regards, Patrick LaMonica - Posted by: Patrick LaMonica (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2023

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