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MIGHTON, John David (Jack)

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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Condolence Messages
  • Apr 05, 2017
    How very sad the passing of a fine gentleman. Jack knew of my passion for Egypt and very kindly gave me a picture he had purchased many years ago in that country. I will cherish it and the memory. Our many discussions on Thomas Hardy were always enlightening and reminded me I had much to learn on the subject.
    Rest in peace Jack and know that all your friends at SLR will miss you.
    Marnie Turnell
  • Mar 30, 2017
    Dear Grace and Jason,
    Jack will be so very missed. What a wonderful teacher and gentle, gentleman he was. His many contributions to SLR were really appreciated; his classes were interesting and inviting. He had the gift for engaging discussion and encouraging thoughtful consideration of literature and Greek and Roman History. What a man! I loved the way he would accept all comments and seem to consider them worthy. His prize comment to some contributions was a supportive "I've never thought of it like that before." How encouraging he was! Because of Jack I have deepened my love and appreciation for the written word. Oh my, I will miss him.
    I hope there is some comfort in knowing so many are thinking of you at this time.
    Elo Fox
  • Mar 23, 2017
    Dear Grace and Family,
    All of our memories of Jack are fun ones. Our hearts go out to you in your sorrow.
    Midge (Len) Pasychny - Canmore, Alberta
  • Mar 23, 2017
    Dear Grace,
    My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. I enjoyed golf with Jack and we had had many pleasant times playing bridge with you and Jack.
    Bob Fowler
  • Mar 23, 2017
    Condolences to the family. The contributions Jack made to SLR will be remembered . He was always there doing his very best for those wanting to hear him at class.
    Larry Babcock
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Grace and Family,
    So sorry to hear the news of Jack's passing. I fondly remember our golf matches - and Jack - although not playing his best - would always come alive on a 5 hole carry-over - and knock in a 25 foot putt !!! With a wry wee smile he would look up and say - "Thanks boys."
    He will be truly missed. Hugs to you Grace.
    Ian and Bev Robertson
  • Mar 22, 2017
    This is very sad news to hear of Jack's passing. Kelowna Springs and the golfing community in Kelowna has lost a dear friend. A gentle soul who was a dignified person and well liked by all who knew him. A classic golf swing I was privileged to watch many times when playing together with Ray, Andy and Jack.
    My condolences to Grace and family.
    Howard Lawless
  • Mar 21, 2017
    So sorry to hear about your husband's passing, Grace. My sincere condolences. Elli Moos
  • Mar 21, 2017
    Thinking of you, dear Grace and the many happy memories you must have that will soon, I hope, mitigate your sorrow.
    Brenda Gilbert
  • Mar 20, 2017
    Dear Grace, just heard of Jack's passing. So very sorry to hear about your loss and will be in touch shortly. Thinking of you and your family in sincere sympathy.
    Dixie and Peter Ellison
  • Mar 20, 2017
    Hi Grace, just found out that Jack passed away last Thursday. I was hoping to go see him while he was in the hospital but was putting it off. As one of his golfing buddies from Kelowna Springs I always enjoyed all the fun times we had together. My thoughts are with you and family.
    Andy McDonald
  • Mar 20, 2017
    Dear Grace,
    Bruce and I were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. We enjoyed our times with Jack at the Harvest and the Springs. You will be in our thoughts during this difficult time.
    Val and Bruce Moore
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