April 18, 2024

July 4, 1932 – April 18, 2024

Lionel Anthony Mitchell was born in Grenada on July 4th, 1932, to Olive Ferguson and Rupert Mitchell. Lionel was educated at the Grenada Boys Secondary School, where he also excelled in football (soccer), and became a member of the national team. Upon graduation, he joined the Grenada Civil Service, rising through the ranks to Senior Civil Servant. He left Grenada in 1958 to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He continued his love of soccer and was co-captain of the university’s varsity team while pursuing his Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Commerce. He later obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Alberta, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Business Management from England’s Cranfield Institute of Technology.

Lionel began teaching at Acadia University in Nova Scotia in 1969 and remained at that institution as a tenured Professor for almost 30 years. He was notable for his teaching, challenging and enlightening his students, many of whom stayed in touch with him over the years. His involvement with the Acadia community extended beyond the classroom, holding positions of Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the Faculty Association, and of course, being actively involved in his beloved soccer where he led the faculty team. After retiring from Acadia, Dr. Mitchell taught business students in China for one year where he was instrumental in helping to establish the school’s MBA program.

Besides his teaching, he was the author of several books, including a textbook on Canadian business and two poetry books. His last book, Poetic Portraits, Messages and Observations, contained a poem (see below) that reflected his feelings about death, entitled “However I Die”. Lionel also enjoyed traveling and meeting other people. He was a religious person, and a music lover. His favorite song was “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

While battling two significant health challenges, Lionel succumbed peacefully on April 18th, 2024 to an acute illness with both his children present. He leaves to mourn his son Dave and daughter Heather. Also left to mourn is his ex-wife, Josi as well as his siblings: Editha, Bertie, Carl, Ermine, Joni, Monica, and Kathleen, his daughter-in-law, Dorian, and many nephews, nieces, other family, colleagues and friends.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the care and thoughtfulness shown by the staff of Lakeshore General Hospital, for all the expressions of sympathy and especially all the prayers offered by friends and colleagues of our dearly beloved. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with his wishes, in lieu of a funeral, a celebration of his life will be planned and announced at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.


However I Die by Lionel A. Mitchell

However I die, it is meant to be

Instead of weeping, I ask everyone to be happy for me

I die of the flesh and sent to eternal heavenly rest

If I was a good person I live on in the spirit in God’s nest

It has always been God’s forgiving kindness and His promise too

To give me to you, who love me always in spirit and in truth!

In good times and in bad you’ll see my light shining through

I shall never be far away living in your heart forever and a day.



Celebration of life

Location to be confirmed

Date and time to be confirmed

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