Margaret Mann, nee Artin, passed away peacefully in Victoria, B.C. on November 23, 2022, at age 83.
Margaret was born on January 31st, 1939, the second of three daughters, to Armenian Genocide refugees in Hove, on the south coast of England. She attended school and college there, subsequently working as a secretary to a real-estate agent. Friday and Saturday nights Margaret and her friends went to a Brighton dance hall, where there were many sailors on leave from Portsmouth. She met and married one of them, Antoni Mann, on April 4, 1961. In 1970, Margaret, Toni, and their daughter Karen, immigrated to Canada. They first lived in Quesnel, then Salmon Arm and then Victoria.
Margaret had an outstanding career working in the Courts, becoming the first female Justice of the Peace in the North, and Court Manager in Victoria. After thirty years of service, she retired.
Margaret treasured extensive international travel visiting much of Europe, Russia, India, and North America. She also enjoyed a full and happy retirement in Victoria; her flower garden, walks along the ocean, concerts and ice cream, her volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Victoria-Harbourside, the Crime Stoppers Board and the costume museum in Government House.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband Toni in February 1992. She is survived by her daughter Karen Sarkissian and her grandson Armand Sarkissian (of London, UK), her sisters Katherine Covell (Vancouver, BC) and Ruth Ekhsigian (London UK). No service by request. Donations in Margaret’s memory can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s charities of your choice.
James Lee says
I am so sorry for your loss. I throughly enjoyed working with Margaret over the years. RIP
Kevin Worth says
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Margaret Mann. I enjoyed many pleasant interactions with Margaret when she was running the court registry in Victoria. After retirement, I enjoyed meeting Margaret and her friend Cynthia on their Sunday morning walks along Beach Drive. I would pause my run, glad for the chance to catch my breath and say hello. Always pleasant and upbeat, I have continued to look for her on Sunday mornings, hoping for another chat. A lovely lady, already missed.
Rod Fisher says
I am so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. I reported to Margaret for several years and really enjoyed working with her. She was a big supporter of my career and helped develop me as a manager, and gave me lots of opportunities. I remember many occasions laughing uproariously together, including one time when we were disruptive in the front row of a large training session. She was such a lady, with very refined manners and always impeccably dressed, but also with great warmth and humour.