John S. Mitchell, "Mitch," age 84, of Fall River, died Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was married to Lillian (Kuzniar) Mitchell for 60 years.
Born in Fall River, a son of the late John S. and Helen (O'Brien) Mitchell, he was a lifelong resident of the city. A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1947 he also attended Bradford Durfee Tech, now UMASS Dartmouth, and served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors.
Mr. Mitchell worked for the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, now Verizon, as an engineer, retiring in 1992. He then worked as a contractor for the phone company and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
He was on the Board of Directors of the Southern Mass Credit Union and the Fall River Affordable Housing Corporation, and was a member of the Patrick Brennan Club, the Fall River Clover Club and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Men's Club. An avid sports enthusiast, he coached baseball for Bayside Little League. For many years he was the Treasurer of the Patrick Brennan Pitch League. His hobbies included stamp collecting, history, reading, and making stained glass.
Surviving in addition to his wife: two sons: Atty. John R. Mitchell, former Mayor of the City of Fall River and Bristol County Commissioner and his wife Judith, and Jeffrey E. Mitchell and his wife Mary Ellen, all of Fall River, two daughters: Judith A. Mitchell and her husband Richard Slavinski of Norton and June M. Palmer and her husband Keith of Fall River, one sister: Helen Sullivan of Somerset, four grandchildren: Jeffrey, James, Justin, and Courtney Mitchell, two great-grandchildren: Jaryn and Jolieana Mitchell, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert Mitchell.
The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Southpointe Nursing Home and Sarah Brayton Nursing Home for the wonderful care they provided.
His Funeral will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 10 AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter St., Fall River, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 AM in Good Shepherd Parish, 1598 South Main St., Fall River. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 506 Prospect Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River. Tributes, directions: www.waring-sullivan.com