MITCHELL, John Franklin “Jack”, MBE of Cobourg, Ontario
Peacefully at Extendicare Cobourg in his 98th year. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Robinson (1992) and of Jacqueline Bowers. Brother of the late Grace E. King and George A. Mitchell. Much loved uncle of Carol and her husband Desmond Quirk of Sydney, Australia; Victor Robinson of Cobourg; Craig Robinson of Colborne and the late Bill Robinson.
Jack was born in Cobourg, the youngest child of George and Ruby Mitchell. He grew up in a loving family, spending his summers in Port Hope with his grandparents David and Mary Grace Haskill. At about age 19 he went to Vance’s Baseball School and from there played for the Boston Braves, then the Toronto Maple Leafs for several years. He enlisted in 1940, rising to Battery Sergeant Major Royal Canadian Artillery in the 3rd-47th battery and serving in Belgium, Holland and France. He was granted the Member of the Order of the British Empire Medal on December 15, 1945 for rescuing the officer commanding the 3rd Canadian anti-tank battery at Falaise near Trun, Normandy in August of 1944, who was pinned down by small arms fire. He returned to Cobourg in 1945, subsequently owning Holidae Holm at Harwood for some years, then working at the Ordinance Depot in Cobourg before joining Customs Canada in Kingston. He was a member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge from 1945, and a member of the Shriners for over 50 years. He subsequently returned to Cobourg upon his retirement from the Customs Service. Jack was a long time member of Trinity United Church, and an avid bridge player.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. with visiting one hour prior. Spring interment at Cobourg Union Cemetery. If desired, donations can be made to either the C. Gordon King Centre at the Cobourg Public Library or Trinity United Church through the funeral home (905-372-5132). Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.