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Champion of Kincardine hospital for many years, Ian Mitchell, dies at the age of 93

By: Liz Dadson
September 12, 2017

Ian Lockhart Mitchell, 93, formerly of Kincardine, died at his residence in Toronto, Aug. 16, 2017, after a brief illness.

Predeceased by his wife, Eileen (Morris), mother of his children, Lisa Ann (Dan) of Lethbridge, Alberta; Michael H. (Cheryl) and Margot Lynn (Steve) of Toronto; and later wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor (Kincaid).

Also left to mourn are Betty's children, Kathleen Kincaid of Kincardine, James of Barrie, and Sheila Kincaid Fry of Manotick.

Survived by his sisters, Isobel Clermont of Port Perry and Nan Baker of St. Thomas.

Predeceased by his brothers Robert, William, James, Colin, Archie and Stanley; and sisters, Mary Ash, Wilma Hanton, Jean Jackman, Marion Ley and Margaret Lawrence.

He leaves behind his much-loved grandchildren, Jennifer of Calgary and Randi Burton of Edmonton, Nicholas Mitchell (Chelsea) and Shawna (Justin), and Daniel Lehman of Toronto, Matheson Kincaid of Nelson, British Columbia; Stephanie (Steve) Earle of London, England; Shawn Kincaid of Barrie, and Cameron (Lauren) and Emily Fry of Toronto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Ian was born in Arbroath, Scotland. The Mitchell family immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1930 and settled in Toronto.

He entered the hospital field in 1951 at the Toronto General Hospital. After obtaining his diploma in hospital administration in 1967 at the University of Manitoba, and serving as chief accountant and office manager at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto for many years, he went on to a career in hospital administration in Kincardine, Sault Ste. Marie and Hanover.

Ian was an elder at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton, an active member of the Bruce Shrine Club - Mocha Temple (right) and a member of the Masonic Lodges in Tiverton and Hanover. He was also an active member of the Kincardine and Area Seniors Action Advisory Committee, a member of the Kincardine Probus Club, and a member of the Kincardine Legion.

He was proud to have been a founding member and first chairman of the Kincardine Community Services Association. He was also a founding member of the Friends of the Kincardine Hospital.

Ian was an avid, if not skilled, golfer and except for being away in other municipalities, was a member of the Kincardine Golf and Country Club from 1968 onward.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton at 1 p.m.

For those who wish to make charitable donations, please consider the Salvation Army and Covenant House which were heartfelt causes, or a charity of your choice.

Ian Mitchell (left) and Ken Goldspink of the Friends of the Kincardine Hospital, receive the Daniel Benedict award from Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition, in 2011

Ian Mitchell (second from left in the front row) serves on the executive of the Kincardine Probus Club, 2012

Ian Mitchell (second from left) is honoured with a 40-year service pin at the Kincardine Legion, in 2013


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