Mitch Owens, RCMP arctic explorer, dies at 95

Mitch Owens, whose RCMP career spanned 21 years, including serving on the St. Roch on its historic
voyage through the Northwest Passage, died on November 17 at the Orchard View Living Centre in Greely, ON.

At a special presentation in 2015 to honor his 50-year support of the RCMP Veterans’ Association, and his more than 20 years of service in the RCMP, Mitch’s family commented that the RCMP was always at the centre of their home.

Born in Hazelridge, MB, in 1921, Mitch joined the RCMP in 1942 and, after serving in the Arctic, including on the St. Roch, moved to the Ottawa area. In 1949 he married Stella Futa who predeceased him in 2005. He retired from the RCMP in 1963 but continued his RCMP association, and his public service.

As well as owning, and running, a trailer park, Mitch was a city councillor and interim mayor of Gloucester. In 1990, Gloucester city council, after a petition by residents, voted to rename Regional Road 8, where Mitch lived, Mitch Owens Road.

Mitch had been awarded the Polar Medal, had received his Long Service Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2003, received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for his 18 months of service in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War.