Charles Mandel
1959 - 2023
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Charles Irving Nathan Mandel died 27 November 2023 in Nova Scotia, at home at his beloved off-the-grid home of Two Dog Marsh, surrounded by animals who loved him, and with his loving partner Steph Moore at his side.

Charles grew up in Edmonton, and lived in Toronto, Vancouver, and many parts of the Maritimes. Wherever he went, he learned the life of the town, made friends in high and low places, and heard the music of the place in more ways than one. His ability to have an ear to the ground and a finger in the wind translated into a rich career in journalism, as a reporter, writer and editor for more than 25 years. He won many journalism awards for features and articles in major Canadian magazines and newspapers. He was the son of two writers, Miriam Mandel and Eli Mandel, and he lived up to their legacy.

Charles worked at play as hard as at work. He mountain-biked and ran, winning races at the master level, and for some years wrote a well-loved Substack called subthreerunning. Many of his friends were racing buddies, where he built camaraderie through good humour, friendly competition, and raising a beer after a long run.

A few years ago, he and his partner moved to an off-the-grid house in Nova Scotia, and Charles found new peace chopping cords of wood for the winter, walking his dogs through his own woods, listening to the birds by day and night, and moving closer to a rhythm of the land. He didn’t want to leave the marshland this soon, but it gave him comfort to the end. His Substack Tales from Beyond the Grid shares his life and thoughts on living off the grid.

As a journalist, Charles covered the visual arts for the Edmonton Journal, was the Calgary Herald’s chief literary correspondent, the Canadian correspondent for the leading technology portal, Wired.com, and the national climate change reporter for the National Observer. His articles have appeared in Canadian Business, Explore, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and the National Post, among many others. Most recently, he was Senior Writer for Betakit.

Charles is survived by his beloved and long-time partner Steph Moore, stepmother Ann Mandel, sisters Evie Mandel and Sara Krug, sons Jesse Compton-Mandel and Liam Compton-Mandel and the two dogs of Two Dog Marsh who he loved deeply.

A celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank. Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville, where on-line condolences may be made by visiting www.corkumfuneralhome.ca