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WILLIAM GEORGE MITCHELL (published on April 01, 2010)

WILLIAM GEORGE MITCHELL 1928 - 2010 It is with great sadness and fond memories that we announce the passing of William Mitchell on March 30, 2010 at 81 years of age. Bill was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather. His family is grateful for the longevity he experienced in spite of a gradual decline in his health over the last few decades. Fortunately, Bill was able to see his children and grandchildren grow and thrive. He will be greatly missed. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Shirley and daughters Dawn Mitchell (Garth Vickers), Penni Mitchell and Kelli Wagner (Allan Wagner). He is survived by his granddaughters Kaitlyn Mitchell, Samantha Wagner and Rachel Wagner; his brother Bob Mitchell (Eileen Marvin) and sisters Shirley Clay and Joan McDearmid; and many nieces and nephews. Bill will also be remembered as a generous friend and neighbour. Bill was born in Winnipeg and grew up a proud North End boy. His parents Nellie (Henry Alvestad) and Bob (Etta Mitchell) predeceased him. While he was based in Victoria serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, Bill met Shirley Vogler. In 1953, they married and a few years later they moved to Winnipeg, where Bill's family resided. Bill joined the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1956 and was a dedicated firefighter for 31 years. Before his retirement in 1987 he achieved the rank of captain. The camaraderie Bill enjoyed through his work was a source of joy throughout his life. Many of his co-workers remained life-long friends. Following his retirement, Bill became a director of the Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg, where he volunteered until recently. His cremation has taken place and at Bill's request, no service will be held. His ashes will be interred at Elmwood cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg, 56 Maple St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0Y8. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the thoughtful staff at St. Boniface Hospital.

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