MITCHELL, Bruce May 11, 1952 - November 9, 2012 With profound sadness in our hearts, we mourn the passing of a loving and devoted father, brother and friend. Bruce was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, a vibrant, mischievous kid with a love for collecting and exploring. His adventurous spirit eventually brought him west, where he settled, first in Prince George, then in Victoria. In Victoria, he and his wife Valerie had two daughters, who loved to swim, hike, play tennis and talk with their dad. He always loved his adopted city on the wild west coast. Bruce's entire family eventually followed him to Victoria, and he was always keenly aware of how fortunate he was to live close to the family he loved so much. In 1979, after graduating from UVic with a Bachelor of Child Care degree, Bruce founded Nisika Community Services. "Nisika" is a word from the Chinook language that means "working together." Working together with a wonderful group of colleagues, who he also called friends, and the community at large, he created an organization that served the diverse needs of many people in Greater Victoria. Bruce always wore his heart on his sleeve and demonstrated a deep and tender concern for all people. He loved animals, and had a certain gentle way with them. He took great joy in the small gestures of friendship, and those who became his friends were friends for life. More than anything else, Bruce wanted to make the lives of those around him better. We will remember him for his generous spirit, quick wit, unyielding loyalty, and kind, sensitive heart. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Jack and Anne Mitchell. He is survived by his two daughters, Lindsay (Bianca) and Ali, his ex-wife (Valerie), his brother John (Janet) Mitchell, and sister Joanne (Mike) Nusbaum, and his nieces and nephews, whom he adored. A service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, November 17th at the UVic Interfaith Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to: Victoria Dandelion Society, PO Box 8648 Stn Central, Victoria BC, V8W 9Z9; or at hopeliveshere.ca
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Nov. 14, 2012