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.