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MIGHTON, John David (Jack)

In loving memory of John David (Jack) Mighton, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 16, 2017 in Kelowna, British Columbia. Jack is survived by his wife of 50 years, Grace (Kelowna), son Jason (Halifax), and brother Don (Edmonton); predeceased by his sisters Jeanette Kellermen (Vancouver) and Corinne (Edmonton).

Jack was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on September 19, 1938, where he was raised and educated before relocating to Edmonton in 1967 to pursue a Masters Degree in English literature at the University of Alberta. There he met Grace (Brown) and they were married on May 6, 1967.  On December 16, 1970, they had a son, Jason.  Jack obtained his PhD in English literature in 1975 and obtained a teaching position at Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  He retired to Kelowna with Grace in 1995.

Jack enjoyed a lifelong passion for travel, golf, photography and literature. With his wife and son, he travelled to 27 countries, including Mexico, where he and Grace enjoyed their honeymoon and he later composed his doctoral thesis, and England, where he enjoyed two sabbatical leaves as professor.

Jack was always involved in his community, serving on the Board of Governors at the Grande Prairie Regional College, as president of the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club, and as a study group leader at the Society for Learning in Retirement in Kelowna. Jack was respected and cherished by his students, golf-partners and colleagues, and loved dearly by his family and friends.

The family will be celebrating Jack’s life privately. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Society for Learning in Retirement, 1434 Graham Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3A8. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com


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  • Dale & Ray Kardas says:

    Grace & Jason – So sad to hear the news of Jack. We have so many fond memories of our visits together. If you are every up to GP, please look us up.

  • Douglas Schmit says:

    My condolences to Grace and family. My wife and I first met Grace and Jack when we were both newcomers to Kelowna. Very early in our relationship we started to play bridge on a regular schedule.My wife and I often sought information on travel plans since many of the countries we were planning to visit, the Mightons had already traveled to.Needless to say the information they provided
    was invaluable.

  • TC Williams says:

    I met Jack about 8 years ago at Kelowna Springs Golf Course. Over the intervening years I came to appreciate what a special person Jack was, He was kind, caring individual who truly enjoyed the companionship found on the golf course. I will miss his dry humour and thoughtfulness both on and off the course. Please accept my sincere condolences in your loss of a very unique and loving person.

  • Phil and Judy Barber says:

    We are thinking of you and your family Grace. We have good memories from the golf course in GP. Sending you big hugs. Phil and Judy Barber

  • Don and Kathy Harper says:

    Sending our condolences to you. Angie sent us the obituary which was shared at GPRC. So many memories of
    you both over the years at the College and in Grande Prairie. Jack was very special – such a gentleman and such
    a lovely sense of humour. Thinking of you with fondness.

  • James Peirson says:

    I am sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. Jack and I sat together often for lunch and a chat in the student union at the university of Alberta in 1971 – 73. I was from Ontario and was about ten years younger than jack I think. He was doing his PhD in English literature and so was I. Jack was a very companionable friend. He had an unassuming manner and a shy smile. Among many stories, jack told me about the accident he had on the river valley in Edmonton when he was hit by a muscle car. Jack said, “all I saw was a blue flash” and the fiberglass body of the corvette practically exploded. Jack was ok after the incident. I never forgot his “blue flash” story. I an see by his obituary that he was a beautiful person, loved by everyone. Just playing around on google I found jack. I have a sweet memory of jack. Best wishes to you all. W. James Peirson

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