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Obituary of Patrick James Mannell
Patrick James Mannell 1939-2020 The world looks different today because it has one less truly interesting and very unique man, since Patrick James Mannell died in the comfort of his home on June 22, 2020. We are so grateful to have had Pat in our lives, and the many who called him a friend surely feel the same. Pat was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He proved to be ahead of his time when as a young dad he changed diapers, fed babies and provided tender care to his 3 kids, while other dads golfed or went to the pub with the guys. He was exactly the same with his 8 cherished grandkids. He was so proud of his family. Not only did Pat and Mary Ann travel as a couple everywhere in their motor home for 15 years (1,874 total days living in the RV at 300,000+ kms travelled), their grandkids grew up accompanying them on many adventures. He was a wise man who never had any qualms about sharing his opinion and sage advice. Pat thrived on good, intellectual debate and conversation and truly enjoyed meeting new people with whom he would gladly share what was on his mind. But, being a modern man he was also an amazing listener and would give others the time needed to be heard. Pat was one of a kind: an avid sailer, professional RVer and traveller, a long-time car enthusiast and popsicle-styled skier. In fact, he skied at over 100 different ski resorts throughout North America during his life time. How do ya like them apples? His interests number far too many to list exhaustively here, but include: a major art enthusiast, beer maker, wine connoisseur, architecture lover, self-proclaimed expert in politics, and consummate know-it-all, but in a good way. He was a confident man who excelled at everything he did. He loved nature and hiking was a major past time. He spent a lot of his life enjoying the Bruce Trail. Pat was an HR professional for 31 years and when others retired fully, he went on to have second and third careers as a University/College Instructor and HR Consultant. He was known for his gentle demeanour and friendly smile and always showed his positive strength of character in mind, body and soul. Pat did whatever he set his mind to do. Pat will be most missed by Mary Ann, his wife of 53 years and 8 months, his children Andrea, Craig and Paul, his children-in-law Tim, Suzanne and Cathy, and his grandchildren Bailey, Taylor, Mackenzie, Rileigh, Hannah, Brendan, Liam and Clare. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome at: Bruce Trail Conservancy - https://brucetrail.org/donations/donate Canadian Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CNETS) - https://cnets.ca/support-us/donations/ A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the future.