Andrew Smith Mitchell
1947 - 2020
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MITCHELL, Andrew Smith July 28, 1947 - November 6, 2020 Andrew is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Janet and three daughters, Jennifer (Kaarlo) Hinkkala, Laura, and Heather Mitchell. He is also survived by his brother William (Courtney) Mitchell and sister Mary (Bill) Cant. Andrew was beloved by his family and community. He was dedicated to helping his daughter Laura. Andrew was born in the manse at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His father, Andrew, was a Presbyterian minister and his mother, Jane (nee Sutherland) was a nurse. He climbed many mountains with his father and older brother including Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At the University of Aberdeen, Andrew was awarded a heavyweight lifting metal at the Scottish Universities' Championships. He completed his degree in forestry and immigrated to Canada soon after, finally settling on Vancouver Island. He worked for private forestry companies, then at UBC, and then for thirty years with the BC government as a forestry engineer. He, with Laura, was a long-time regular hiker at John Dean Park and was beloved by all the other regulars. He took pride in doing restoration work on the park's trails and sharing his informative views on sustainable forest practices and restoration. Andrew also built the timber-frame kiosk at Dominion Brook Park. He was an avid gardener, carpenter, and homebuilder. Andrew built three homes. His first was a prefab up island. He then designed and built two homes in North Saanich. His wife, Janet, worked with him to build the second home. The third house was a timber frame that Andrew built over several years. Andrew was dedicated to his family and stood up for social justice and ecological conservation. He enjoyed reading and Scottish country dancing. Andrew lived simply in the example of Jesus throughout his life. He was intelligent, caring, and had outstanding character. He will be dearly missed. May his trails be a lasting legacy to all. A private outdoor green burial service in Royal Oak was held on November 13.

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2020.
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December 7, 2020
Andrew and I worked at Franklin River in the Engineering Department together in the late 70s. He was very good in the woods, a lot of fun and very strong. For a stunt at a party, he would pick me up and lift me up over his head. He lived in the bunkhouse in Franklin Camp B in those days and spent many nights splitting shakes for a house he was building in Qualicum Beach. Many years later we both ended up working for the Forest Service in Victoria. Andrew was a nice man and a credit to his profession.
Maarten Prinsze
December 6, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing - I worked with him for several years in Forest Practices Branch - he was one of the most talented and passionate foresters that I worked with in my 34 years in the industry - his contributions to the profession were highly under-rated
Larry Sluggett
December 6, 2020
RIP Andrew. Such a nice, kind man. It's been years, but I can still hear the Scottish accent.
Michael J Connor
December 6, 2020
I was sorry to hear today of Andrew’s passing. I worked with Andrew at the Ministry of Forests, and will always remember the pride he took in being a forester, and in passionately advocating for better management of BC’s forests than was being done at the time....he truly was ahead of his time. His passing is a real loss for our profession, and I know he’ll long be remembered by his colleagues.
Ian Miller
December 6, 2020
The news of Andrew’s death comes as a shock. He was by far one of the most intelligent, gifted and insightful members of the B.C. Forest Service. If more foresters had Andrew's talent, out forests and park trails would be in a far better state than they are today. I remember Andrew as kind, considerate and compassionate.
Anthony Britneff
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