April 29, 1951 – August 27, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Victor John Mack. He was born April 29, 1951 and lost his battle with blood cancer on August 27, 2022. Victor was the eldest son of Emma and Maxine Mack and will be dearly missed by his surviving siblings Terri, Barb, Linville, Juliette, George, Sherman, Geni, Connie, their partners and all his nieces and nephews whom he loved and adored so dearly.
Victor was a proud Tsilhqot’in and Dakelh cowboy who was always up for an adventure. His passion for life and excitement took him all over Indian country. He worked as a diamond driller across North America and even Africa, he was a ranch hand, rodeo cowboy, and most recently he was the bus driver for the Tl’etinqox (Anaham) school to which he loved. He ensured the kids always made it safely to the school, he would laugh with them to get them excited for the day and the kids loved him so much they even called him “Grandpa.”
Victor lived life robustly and engaged with many hobbies, he was a hockey player and Canucks fan, he loved traveling to Rodeo’s with friends, hunting and he especially loved fishing. He would say to his family that he felt the most at peace throwing out a line at the family spot, near the homestead, on the Chilcotin river.
Though Victor’s greatest passion and love was for his family. He was an incredibly supportive brother and Uncle who was a Godfather to all the nieces and nephews and all his great nieces and nephews. He was at every graduation, soccer game, birthday party and always said yes to a trip to Lee’s Corner to get the kids a treat. With all his doting he was even given VIP status at the Kamloops Chuck E. Cheese!
We have lost a mighty Tsilhqot’in knowledge keeper, language speaker, residential school survivor, land steward and deeply loving family member. Victor John Mack was an extraordinary example of what it means to be a Tsilhqot’in community member, generous, kind, selfless, happy, determined and unconditionally loving of his peoples and family. We send him love and peace on this cowboy’s last ride as he travels on to his next adventure.
Nanosce’ene Victor. We love you.
Victor’s funeral will be held on Saturday September 3. The procession will leave Cariboo Chilcotin Funeral home at 11am and the memorial service will be at approx 1pm at the family homestead (6724 Fishtrap Road), followed by the cowboys last ride to and then lunch at the Anaham school at 3pm.
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