Harold Mann Dies
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 8:37 AM
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George boxing legend Harold Mann has passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 78.
(at right, Harold Mann, image courtesy P.G. Sports Hall of Fame)
Inducted into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, Mann was an international champion boxer, coach and teacher.
As an amateur, he won four provincial titles and three national championships. In 1962 he won a gold medal at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Australia becoming the first and only B.C. boxer to win Commonwealth gold.
In the pro ranks he won all twelve of his bouts from 1963 to 1967. He is also a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mann is survived by his wife and three sons.
Mr. Mann was a well known and respected member of the P.G. community.
His Son Laurie went quite a ways in boxing as well.
With all due respect, Mr. Mann was not the only B.C. man to win Commonwealth gold for boxing, but maybe the first at the time.
Local man Jack Meda (still lives near P.G.) won Commonwealth Gold in the early to mid 60’s as a boxer. He too is in the P.G. sports hall of fame.
It is my understanding that Mr. Meda (a formidable heavyweight boxer) won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1970. Our story says Harold Mann was the only B.C. boxer to win Commonwealth “gold”. Mr. Meda did win gold at the Canadian winter Games in Saskatoon in 1970 but not at the Commonwealth Games level.
I knew Mr. Mann professionally in the car business. He was a devoted sales person who was doing it right when others were doing it wrong. He was always no pressure and consultative in his approach with his customers in the days when most sales people in the car business were nothing but closers pushing people into corners to buy a car.
He was a very nice man. My condolences to the Mann family at this time of loss. Harold deserved the praise and accolades that his boxing gave him. A local boy who did good and stayed a local boy to the end.
This is going to be a big loss to the Mann family. Sincere condolences to all of you.
Never met him, but sounnds like a guy you would cheer hard for. Well done Mr. Mann.
Sorry to hear of his passing. Harold Mann was well known in the boxing community in PG and left a legacy for others. RIP.
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