Darren Anthony Mann

April 30, 1983 – February 19, 2017

With sadness we announce the sudden passing of Darren Anthony. Darren was loving, joyful, brave, and determined. He was a gentle soul.

Darren’s life has been blessed with strong family, devoted friends, and even miracles.

He loved hiking, healthy foods, building things with his hands, and plenty of dancing.

Remembering Darren with love are Mom and Dad, Doreen and Wes; brother, Ilan; sister-in-law, Kazia; nephews, Christopher and Benjamin; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The family is grateful for all the support. Donations can be made to Our Place in lieu of flowers.

A celebration of Darren’s life will be held at Church of Christ, 3460 Shelbourne Street on Monday, February 27 at 2:00 pm.

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  1. Such a your life to lose. Work with this man (plumbing) hard worker and great sense of humour. Will be missed

  2. Dear Wes and Doreen.
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your son. Nothing can be harder than loosing a child. My love and prayers are with you.

  3. Sandy & Lynne Sinclair :

    With great sadness we say goodby to Darren. We send sympathy and heart felt love to family. We also share in the many great memories of Darren growing up. He will be missed.

  4. So sorry for all of y’all’s loss. Will be making a donation in lieu of flowers and unfortunately attendance. Rest in paradise Darren, so glad to have had your sunny rays shine upon me. Bless

  5. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss Wes and Doreen. I always found Darren to be so warm and friendly towards me in the dozen or so times I have run into him, since the days of Youth Group. Despite us being a few years apart and not growing up as close friends, his kind nature always impressed on me the type character he had and the person he must have been. It always felt genuinely good to run into him. This can be a rare thing. It makes me sad that I didn’t get to know him better than I did, but I will certainly always remember the way he treated me and made me feel. I will miss him.

  6. Ian & Shannon Smale :

    So sorry for your loss Wes and Doreen and family. We are at a loss for words at this time. We all have fond memories of Darren growing up. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time

  7. Wes and Doreen, so sad to hear of your loss. David gittens passed on the info to me. I never had a,chance to know Darren as and adult, but I remember him as a wonderful boy. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time and always.
    –sharon

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember growing up with Darren in church. I was so sad to hear of his passing. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. All of our hearts pour out to all of the family member for this tragic loss of such a young and vibrant man. Darren you will be remembered for being an amazing,kind heart,gently and loving person. You have blessed all of us with your presents in life.Your soul will live on in all of us forever.

  10. Kirk and Lori Ruch :

    Dear Wes and Doreen,
    Although we did not know your son we are terribly sorry to hear of your unthinkable loss. We send our deepest condolences and prayers. May you be surrounded with love and comforted deeply in the days ahead.

  11. John and Carol Harvey :

    Our deepest prayers for comfort.

  12. So sorry to hear of this.

  13. Leonard and Debbie :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Darren. Thinking of you all at this time.

  14. Cheryl Oberkirsch :

    May our loving Father in heaven wrap you in his comforting arms and give you peace. Love in Him, Garth and Cheryl Oberkirsch.

  15. Eleanor, Wayne, Heather & Karen Salisbury :

    Wes and Doreen, we are so saddened to hear of Darren’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  16. God be with you at this time of pain

  17. Whenever I saw Darren at Full Moon Dances I was always so amazed by his incredible spirit. Though we didn’t know each other well, we would share really meaningful conversations and he was always respectful and kind. His was of being was incredibly beautiful. When I saw this I was completely taken aback… It is so incredibly sad. My heart’s with you all.

  18. Dean and Maria Elena :

    Wes and Doreen,
    We didn’t know Darren personally, but as parents, my wife and i grieve with you during this difficult time. By the comments here he will leave a lasting impression on a lot of people. We pray for comfort and God’s peace on your family.
    Dean & Maleh

  19. Wes and Doreen, I was so so sad to hear about Darren. He was such a nice young man. He will be greatly missed by many. I pray for God’s love, peace and comfort to surround you in this difficult time.

  20. Wayne and Gail Gillis :

    Gail and I are saddened to hear of your loss, we have fond memories of Darren, Laura and Steve playing in our back yards years ago when they were kids.

  21. Wes and Doreen, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    Mike and Michelle Muirhead

  22. Michelle Davies :

    Dear Wes & Doreen, my heart is broken for your loss and the world is a little less bright! My heart and soul goes out to you and your family….sending all my love and warm hugs!

  23. Hannah Boutilier :

    I had the pleasure if getting to know Darren the last couple years. While I did not know him well, I do know that Darren was very positively regarded the social circles we both walked in. He was an amazingly warm, kind, and welcoming soul. He took the time to get to know me, and always greeted me with such a genuine care for my wellbeing, despite the fact that we were only acquaintances. His warm smile was absolutely contagious. I hope you are all finding ways be gentle with yourselves at this hard time. Sending love and condolences to all.

  24. Wes and Doreen, We are shocked and saddened to hear of your terrible loss. My sisters and I have wondered how to get in touch since both our mothers passed and we lost contact. We saw this on Facebook on Aunt Shirley’s post, and your family is in our prayers

  25. Pam, Peter, Jared & Jennifer Martin :

    Doreen, Wes and family, please accept our condolences on the extremely sad loss of Darren.
    “When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran

  26. Dear Wes and Doreen, our hearts are filled with sorrow over your profound loss of a kind and gentle young son. Please know that loving thoughts and energy are sent your way

  27. Susan Speight Forrest :

    I was so very saddened to hear of the loss of your son Darren. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Susan (Lewis) Tester :

    Wes and Doreen,
    Praying that God gives you strength to bear the loss of your son and comfort through the grief. My heart is saddened for you. God bless you.

  29. Joyce (Lewis) Sullivan :

    Dearest family, I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s death. I pray that you feel some comfort from God’s constant love and presence.

  30. Wes and Doreen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  31. George & Gloria Stewart :

    It is with heavy hearts that George and I heard about Darren. May God bless you , Wes and Doreen, and family, and hold you in His mighty hand in this terrible time. We care for you. Love, George & Gloria Stewart ;(

  32. Gordon & Jackie Jenkins :

    Wes and Doreen, our hearts go out to you at the incomprehensible loss of your son. I’m saddened that we never got to know him and that it has been so many years since we have seen you Wes. Special prayers on your behalf!

  33. Mr. & Mrs. Mann, Ilan and Kazia:

    I’m so sad to hear about Darren’s passing. My heart goes out to all of you during this sad time. I will always remember Darren as that cute little shy boy at camp and hanging out with him throughout the years back then. Condolences and hugs to you all.

  34. Dear Wes and Doreen,
    There are no words to express the sadness and sorrow at this devastating time. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son.

  35. Pascuzzi Family :

    Wes and Doreen.
    So sorry to hear of Darren’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always here in the backyard if you ever need anything.

  36. Rick , Belkis and Jeidy. :

    Wes and Doreen. we are truly sorry for you lost. God give you peace and comfort in this sad time.

  37. Allan and Deborah (Salisbury) Ottosen :

    Wes and Doreen….We are so saddened for your loss. Words are hard to compose. We are thinking and weeping for you and for the loss of such a young man. Our sympathies, Allan and Deborah (Salisbury) Ottosen

  38. Jim and Karen Sharanowski :

    Wes and Doreen, We are so very sorry to hear of your unthinkable loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  39. Rebecca Kennedy :

    Dear Wes, Doreen and family,
    It is with a sad heart that I write this, as today will be one of the hardest days. I am not able to cross the distance to attend today. I am with all of Darren’s loved ones in thoughts, prayers and spirit. I pray there is an amount of Gods comfort that is found in seeing how many lives Darren touched in such a positive way just by acting in who God made him to be. I will be praying for peace and love to wash over you today and in the days to come. He was a very loved young man with an incredible heart. When reason fails, pray for peace. I will be praying with you.

  40. Maegan Blackwell :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of Darren.

  41. Wendy & Gary Weeks :

    Doreen and Les,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Darren’s passing. We have great memories of Darren during his days at Pacific Christian School. We always appreciated that he took the time to chat with us when ever we crossed paths after he graduated. He will be deeply missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Wendy and Gary Weeks

  42. Darren and i went to PCS together and we would hang out lots either at his place or mine wondering around just being kids. Im so sorry for everyone’s loss, im so saddened. I would see him around every few years. I cant believe he’s gone. At least we know he’s with god now

  43. Scott and Bev McKay :

    Wes and Doreen, may our very real Hope, the Lord Jesus himself, comfort you and bless you and all your family as you remember the gift that Darren has been to you and to so, so many people.

  44. Glenyss (Weeks) Foster :

    Darren was the most gentle and kind hearted. It is with great sadness that it is time to say goodbye so soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Darren always had a sparkle in his eye and a smile that would make your heart melt. The memories that he shared with so many of us through primary and secondary school are irreplaceable. So many will miss him.

  45. Dear Wes and Doreen,
    There are no words that are suitable at a time such as this. May you know, however, that you are surrounded by many people who love you and who knew Darren. And that we weep with you.

    With love, Karen Shortt

  46. Eva & Larry Wetten :

    Dear Wes and Doreen,
    We are so sad to hear about Darren! Our hearts are sore thinking of the loss you are feeling. Very sorry we weren’t able to be at the celebration of life you shared for him. Please know how much we love and care for you. Praying God will bring peace and comfort you as only He can.
    Love Eva and Larry Wetten

  47. Don and Julie Gait :

    Dear Doreen,Wes,Ilan,Kazia and family.
    We are so sorry for your loss of Darren. Please accept our heart felt condolences. We wish you strength in this very challenging time. In sympathy
    Don and Julie Gait

  48. Danielle (Goodwin) Chamberlain :

    Dear Doreen and Wes & all of Darren”s family,
    My deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your precious son/brother/uncle. Words seem so inadequate in light of the loss of his presence, but words are all we have and I hope they bring some small comfort. I went to PCS with Darren for grade 10-12. His beautiful smile and eyes always held a bit of fun and mischief, yet he held a real gentleness and love at the same time. Darren and I lost touch after high school and I haven’t seen him in years, but I want to send you love and prayers because his life mattered and your pain matters and my heart is grieved over this loss. I pray you know the comfort and presense of the God of all comfort.

  49. Darren my beloved close sweet friend, I was late on getting the tragic news of your passing!It has devastated me beyond repair!It will never ever truly, fully, be over the loss of you!Till we meet again, take care of yourself my angel, you’ve always been that one person that stood out from the crowd because you were a ray of sunshine! A diamond in the ruff!❤ And oh how you sparkled in vast world of darkness that we both were handcuffed too!Thankyou for your friendship it was humbling.

  50. Darren was such a nice guy and great to work with. I will miss him and his kind soul.
    Very sorry for you loss.

  51. Shylene Schlackl :

    I was given the fortune of sincerely feeling the wide spread love and grief of our community in the weeks after Darren passed. Everywhere I went folks asked me if I knew Darren. I never knew Darren personally, but our lives crossed many of the same circles. Didn’t know that he actually lived in my neighbourhood only about seven houses away from The UniTea Home. Over the weekend before his memorial, I was at an event that had set up a wonderful alter to this memory and invited all to contribute to this honoring. I was also walking the neighbourhood when I met Arthur, who was called upon and able to help Darren in his final moments here on earth. I felt so blessed to hear the story of Darren through the words of an elder and stranger who also shared neighbourhood with us both. Now I as learn more about Darren’s untimely death, I am filled with ewe about how much his life has to teach us all. About our rich community, about health and wellness issues, about neighbours and about living with vitality and hope. I send love and healing light in the direction of all who are grieving and unsettled about this loss in our community. I send support and offer support to anyone who wants to talk or discuss this further. With a big heart! blessed be and Dance on Darren – Dance on!!

  52. Maria St. Amand :

    Dear Doreen and Wes: I found out the news of Darren’s passing this morning when I was reading the paper. I looked closely at the photo of this handsome young man and hoped it was not the same Darren Mann I knew years ago. I was one of Darren’s teachers when he was in elementary school. I also worked at the CDC when you were there Doreen and enjoyed many a conversation with you. Darren was such a gentle, sweet boy. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you Maria for your condolence. I have just read it having been in Africa since March 5th until now. I appreciate your words. Yes Darren was a very gentle, loving young man and we will miss him very much. Our only consolation is that he is not suffering his pain any more.
      At Darren’s celebration of life we found out how many people he had touched in his short life. Our church could not contain all the people who came. They were standing down the aisles and in the entrance area. I did not get the chance to talk to many of them but those that spoke all said the same thing, about what a wonderful loving young man he was.

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