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Irene Louise Mock

Date of Death: April 1, 2018


Irene Louise Mock, one of Nelson’s brightest lights, passed away peacefully on April 1st at the age of 68 with her family by her side. Irene was born and raised on Long Island, New York. In 1971 she graduated from Antioch College in Ohio and moved to Nelson, B.C. to join her first husband, Jeff Mock, a Vietnam War Resister.

Her interesting journey with Jeff to Canada was documented in Dreamers and Dissidents (Knowledge Network) and Welcome to Resisterville (UBC Press). Irene was the devoted mother of Anna and Paul, both of whom she loved dearly. Once in Canada she became a Registered Nurse, working in public health and psychiatry. She also studied acupuncture at the School of Classical Oriental Sciences.

A wonderful writer and true wordsmith, Irene was a widely respected member of Nelson’s literary community. She was a founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing and the published author of Inappropriate Behaviour, a collection of stories. She taught English and writing at Selkirk College, David Thompson University Centre, Nelson Fine Arts Centre, and the Oxygen Centre.

Ever the healer, she most recently became certified and worked as a hypnotherapist, bringing her medical, and teaching background to her practice. Irene was loved for her infectious smile, her sharp wit and amazing intellect. She was always learning, reading, taking courses and expanding her knowledge and wisdom. It was always a delight to talk with her about what she had recently read and learned.

She was also a great lover of all kinds of music, and greatly enjoyed her piano lessons and singing. Irene was a woman of deep conscience and an activist throughout her life. She pioneered the Nuclear-Free Zone Campaign in Nelson (the 50th Canadian city) and was a Peace Tax Truster and an organizer of the Hanford Nuclear Conference. Most recently she was a member of the Nelson Cares Board and was particularly involved in the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.

Irene loved nature and loved to walk. She could be seen most days walking from her Rosemont home to downtown Nelson, usually stopping along the way to talk to several of her very many friends and, of course, stopping for a sweet treat at the
Kootenay Baker or the Kootenay Coop. If you want to find her, she’ll be in the bakery section of heaven.

Irene is survived by her ex-husband, David Planedin, and their two children, Anna Planedin and Paul Planedin, and her brother, Dan Clurman.

A potluck-style community memorial will take place at the Taghum Hall on Sunday, April 15th from 1:00 until 4:00 pm.

Donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, Nelson Cares, and Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Margo Farr
Relation: Irene was my first friend when I came to Canada - a friendship that lasted 45 years.

Loving caring thoughts to Irene for a peaceful journey ahead. And caring wishes to the family for good circles of support. You were blessed to be in each other’s lives all of these years.

From: Susan Erickson
Relation: friend

Irene was always full of curiosity and enjoyed engaging in lively conversation. I have read her book a couple of times and have started to read it again. She was very wise and humble and will be truly missed as an authentic Nelson character and source of joy. Rest in peace Irene.

From: Colleen Driscoll
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to Irene’s family.. she touched so many and we are a better community because of her…she is missed

From: Serena Heller Crystal
Relation: She was my college friend.

I learned of Irene’s passing today when I read my most recent Antioch College magazine and cried out in dismay to my husband, Roy Crystal. We were shocked to read her name. I found her obituary and learned she died on my birthday. We haven’t seen Irene since our 1971 Antioch graduation, though we traveled with her mom in Mexico during my husband’s Watson Travel Fellowship year. Irene will always blaze as a warm, loving, adventurous, very funny and delightful, ever curious person, sometimes perpetually and humorously perplexed by the perplexing universe even when we were young adults. How sad we are that we didn’t keep in touch! She was a wonderful person when we knew her, living in the same house on Limestone Street in Yellow Springs, OH, our senior year, and it’s clear she continued to grow and deepen, making her special mark on the world. She is deeply missed.

From: Billie Engborg Duffey
Relation: Student

Irene loved my writing and encouraged my songwriting and musicality. An influence to this day.

From: Larry Raiken
Relation: "boyfriend"

Irene was the first girl I ever loved. We met in elementary school She was the first girl I ever dated. She moved to another school. When on tour with a Broadway show, I called her home to offer tickets; her mom said “She’s in Canada:” I did a concert with the Vancouver Symphony, but could not connect with her. I’ve carried that torch for 60 years or so, and she has never completely left my thoughts. Good bye, Irene Popkin-Clurman.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
April 15, 2018
Beginning at 1:00pm

Taghum Hall

Nelson , BC Canada

Nelson , BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, Nelson Cares, and Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre.

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