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Mort Ransen

August 16, 1933 - September 4, 2021


With sorrow, pride and gratitude we share the news that our beloved Mort Ransen died at the Lady Minto Hospital on Saturday Sept.4, 19 days after his 88th birthday, which he had celebrated joyfully with close family. He had suffered with many ailments in the past year and decided to ease his suffering and hasten his departure with MAID. This enabled him to have wonderful visits with family and friends in the days and hours up to his departure. He left us lucidly, peacefully and humorously. Four children and their partners, four grandchildren, family members, two ex-wives, one partner and many friends are left with their fond and funny memories.

Salt Springers will remember Mort as a South End resident and active community member for 30 years, and as a great and prolific film-maker, most notably and recently with Margaret’s Museum and “Ah … The Money, The Money, The Money”, The Battle for Saltspring.

Gratitude goes out to staff and residents of Meadowbrook, where he spent his last 11 months, his tireless support worker, the Lady Minto staff, and the physicians who helped ease his suffering.

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From: Maxine Macgillivray
Relation: dear old friend

Just by chance I googled Mort today and saw that he had died recently. I guess I must have felt his loss some where inside me. I wish I had been able to say goodbye to him in person but with Covid that may not have been possible anyway. He was an important person in my life as meeting him when I was 22 determined the rest of my life because I ended up meeting the father of my child through him and thus most of my friends in Montreal were through him. I lived with him and his family on a commune in Hemmingford and on the same street in the Plateau after that. It was because he moved out to Saltspring that my son and later I moved to Vancouver Island. Many, many memories. I extend my deepest condolences to his children Josh, Yoshi and Chaya. I know they will miss him deeply. He never looked back and kept moving forward. Now his life has ended, I hope for you that you can all move forward with only the best memories.

From: Felicity Fanjoy
Relation: I knew him many years ago through numerous mutual friends, in particular at the National Film Board.

So sorry to hear of Mort’s passing. I remember him as a man who exuded joy and good humour and lifted the spirits of everyone around him. I know he will be dearly missed.

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