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John Mansbridge

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On February 14, 2019 @ 3:49 pm In Obituaries | 16 Comments

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John was born in Oxford, England and moved to Canada to escape the Second World War. He grew up on the Key Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan with his parents, brothers Chris and Francis, and sister Anne. He later came to Castlegar in the 70’s to help start up a new college that was forming there, one that was named after his favorite mountain range, The Selkirks.

It’s here, along with his wife Joan, he raised his two children Celia and Chris and with them explored the outdoors on skis, bikes, and by foot.

At 83, John still spent almost every day walking the Waterline Trails where he regularly did trail maintenance and constructed new pathways. He left us quietly in the bedroom of the home he raised his children in and lived in the last 38 years.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11:00 am at the St. David’s Anglican Church, 614 Christina Place, Castlegar BC.

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Condolence from Karen & Arthur Lane on February 14th, 2019 8:03 pm

So saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful father to Cecilia and Chris and husband to Joan. He will be missed.

Condolence from Sue Heaton on February 15th, 2019 12:19 pm

So sorry to hear John passed away. I have fond memories of him assisting me in the Selkirk College library. Condolences to the entire family.

Condolence from Len and Mary Dunsford on February 15th, 2019 1:50 pm

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great person,librarian and outdoors person.
An original member of the Selkirk College faculty. He will be missed.

Condolence from Donna Dunn on February 15th, 2019 3:41 pm

I’m sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I remember his good humour as Head of Selkirk’s library – a true gentleman.

Condolence from Annie B. Barnes on February 15th, 2019 6:23 pm

The Barnes family – Ken, Annie, Dan, Carol and their families are so very sorry to hear our friend for many many years has passed on. We met John, the Selkirk College Librarian, when both John and the College were very young; then were overjoyed to attend the wedding of John and Joan in Regina, with John’s father, the Rev. Gilbert Mansbridge officiating. Every ski trip, white water rafting trip we took was an adventure. We welcomed Celia, then Chris and followed their adventures too. Although our family left Castlegar in 1980, our friendships remained strong throughout the years. Only a few months ago, Ken and John joked on the telephone, about their recent operations, as only John could turn any event into something positive. We are grateful for the book he gave us, ” 71 Delafield Road”, his story. We are grateful to have had John and the family as our friends, our love and sympathy to Cecilia, Chris and your families. Annie & Ken Barnes

Condolence from Myra Duff on February 16th, 2019 7:42 am

My condolences to your family. I knew John from coming to the gym to a program we called Health and Recovery I was the personal trainer(teacher). He came with a big smile and always with a great attitude! He will be missed!!

Condolence from Don Parks on February 17th, 2019 9:39 am

I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a kind and respectful man. I enjoyed his sense of humor. He was a great colleague at the college, and I remember all the great runs we had back in the day.

My condolences to Chris, Cecilia, and family.

Condolence from Fred Wah & Pauline Butling on February 18th, 2019 11:39 am

So sad about John’s passing. He was always a bright light for us at Selkirk and we’ve admired his contributions to the community. Condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Stefanie Zaytsoff on February 19th, 2019 10:11 am

Was so sorry to learn of John’s passing. His friendly, respectful manner, with its touch of humour, will be fondly remembered. Sincere condolences to Chris, Celia and families.

Condolence from Deb & Terry Basran on February 19th, 2019 9:37 pm

In 2011 we built our house on Meadowbrook Drive; John welcomed us to the neighbourhood. Whether he was driving, walking or riding his bike by our place he stopped to let us know we were doing a good job, shovelling the driveway, mowing the lawn, offering advice. We had many conversations trying to solve the problems of the world; standing in the street or having a beer in the front yard. We were honoured the day John brought over a personally autographed copy of his book. What an interesting childhood.
We are thankful to have had John as a neighbour and friend. He will not be forgotten. We will treasure all the moments that we shared with him.
With heartfelt condolences,
Deb and Terry Basran

Condolence from Debbie Ursulak on February 20th, 2019 2:03 am

John was truly an inspiration. I will miss him dearly. Wishing family and friends my deepest condolences.

Condolence from Stephen Hindmarsh on February 20th, 2019 1:07 pm

I was one of the original students at Selkirk College in 1966.
I’ve known your father for that long and have always thought him to be a kind, humorous, wonderful man.
I’m so sorry for your loss. He will indeed be missed.

Condolence from Norm Wolfe on February 20th, 2019 10:24 pm

I am so sorry for your loss! John was a kind and great man who will be sorely missed by family, friends, the college community, and the community at large.

Condolence from Duncan Dawson Rand on February 21st, 2019 8:15 am

Chris and family… Sad it is that John has passed, great memories of a good man. Personal good memories of McGill and later. Duncan and Nancy Rand

Condolence from Carroll McKenzie on February 21st, 2019 9:28 am

To Johns family. I was saddened to learn of your fathers death. Chris, I talked to you a couple of years ago when I couldn’t get an answer at his home. So I called you and your dad was in Trail hospital. He and I had a great visit. Thank you for helping me to see him. I was his secretary in The Library, 1967 to 1969. I loved working for him. We were small, we were all friends who skied together and partied together. I left the college for UBC where my husband finished his studies. Actually returning to work at the college in 1978 where we picked up our friendship again. The Barnes are my good friends who had many reunions in Sundre. It was always a joy to unite with John again and share our memories. All our children grew up and made us grandparents. John was very proud of his family. It was great fun to read his book and to be blessed with his friendship. I am sorry I was unable to attend the service in Castlegar. He was one of my favourite people. May he rest in peace. Blessings to his family.

Condolence from Terry Baugh on April 12th, 2019 8:45 pm

Deeply saddened to hear of Johns passing.
A great friend from work, and after we retired, he often showed up for tea.
First on my birthday bicycling with Poul.
Later, whenever in Nelson, sometimes with Annabelle who enjoyed my little parrot.
John loved his family, was a Scholar, a Gentleman, and a Decent Human Being.
Certainly, I’m better for having known him.

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