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Denis Samuel Mitchell

Denis Samuel Mitchell


a Photo of Denis Samuel Mitchell

Obituary for Denis Samuel Mitchell

February 22, 1932 – February 2, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Denis on February 2, 2023 at Richmond Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Denis is survived by his wife Shirley, son Richard (Penny Allen), daughter Debra, granddaughters Nicole (Kyle) and Rachel and great granddaughter Ember.

Growing up in Ladner Denis went to Delta Secondary School. His interest in motorcycles began early on. He had a motorcycle and a small sailboat. He and friends found explosives on the beach in Ladner resulting in his thumb being mostly blown off. He was the first civilian on the west coast to receive penicillin.

Joining the Navy took him to Halifax where he met the lady he married, Shirley. He crossed Canada 3 times via motorcycle. During his 5 years in the Navy he became an aircraft mechanic working on Sea Furies and Avengers aboard the HMS Magnificent Aircraft carrier in the Royal Navy. He was on board during the famous Exercise Mariner which later became known as the Miracle at Sea. His ship went to Britain for the Coronation.

One weekend Stadacona challenged Shearwater to a lacrosse game. Shearwater won with Denis contributing 7 goals. He was also part of a Harmonica band who entertained occasionally. After the Navy, he became a mechanic for CP Air and became a well-known competitor in moto cross races. He was part of Team Canada in the Motocross des Nations in the UK in 1964.

He left the airline to open his own motorcycle shop, D Mitchell Sales and Service, in Richmond and began collecting and restoring vintage motorcycles while continuing to race in hill climbs, moto cross, road racing and cross-country events.

Denis had searched for his birth mother and he successfully found her. But sadly, she was in final stages of Alzheimer’s. However, he did discover his two half-brothers: Alex and Bob Hood.

Denis was ever a physically active man. Even in his final years, Denis bicycled almost daily all year round. He was an excellent problem solver. He was our ‘go-to’ guy who fixed almost anything.

Love you and miss you.

Young Denis Mitchell on a Motorcycle

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