January 31, 1966 - October 23, 2017
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 2:12 PM
"Te amo de aqui hasia La Luna y de regreso" - por mi amiga Marz y su hermano, en Espanol!
Sixto Ramos Martinez (Vancouver)
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 2:03 PM
I believe I only met Mark once; at his sister's wedding I think. Although that was some time ago, I do remember his smile, humour & warmth. Most of all I know how much he meant to my good friend Marlene & her family - and how much he is going to missed. I know their lives now have a little less "sparkle"
Kent Saunders (Vancouver)
Friday, December 01, 2017 12:50 PM
Oh Mar your memory was beautiful, I didn't know your brother nor did i need to for me to shed a tear after reading that. I too have watched death take a loved one and it is not easy watching someone you love slowly leave us when there is nothing we can do but be there for them. My heart goes out to you and your family, may you find peace in knowing that he is no longer in pain and watching over you and your family.
Leanne Thomas (Hamilton)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:03 PM
Mark was charismatic - when he walked into a room the wattage increased by 10,000 volts. There definitely was static in the air.
Mark was kind, generous, and hardworking. He was always ready to give Bill and me a helping hand with repairs to our home and this he did without charge.
He was a determined man. There was a course on dry walling and taping offered by the continuing education of the french school board and Mark took the course IN FRENCH and passed with flying colours. He will be missed.
Lucie Lafrance-Butcher (Sainte Genevieve, Quebec)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:41 PM
Mark was a fun guy at any event or party. Together we paddled many rivers, lakes and streams, hiked many trails and climbed many mountains - we shared much precious time together, had many a good laugh, but never enough. I always enjoyed our conversations. He was as a son to me. He will always be lovingly remembered.
Bill Butcher (Sainte Genevieve, Quebec)
Friday, November 10, 2017 3:50 PM
Mark’s death has been heartbreaking for us all. As his littlest sister I’m so saddened not just because his life was cut so short but also because I felt our relationship was just starting to expand. We grew up together so I knew he was smart and gregarious, but it was only fairly recently that I was discovering the depth of his intelligence and how quick and witty he was and our friendship was deepening.
Marky was an eternal optimist. He loved his cats. He loved history. He was a news junkie and a really well informed man who could hold down and engage in a political conversation.
He was my brother and I will miss the future he should have had.... And we all should have had with him.
Melanie MacDonald (Toronto)
Friday, November 10, 2017 7:58 AM
I can remember the most incredible rainbow and sunset at Kellys Pub on Thursday night. Kim organized a get together to honour Mark and we all showed up, I believe Mark did too.
The following is the text Mark sent me the night I left him after spending a lovely but difficult week together, the week before he died. It brings me comfort and I thought I would share. (copied and pasted) I had “nagged” Mark to change his clothes and feed himself, he was so sweet to add that he had done that.
Marz, you are by far one
Of the best most intelligent
People I know. Thanking you
For everything you did…
Love you to the moon…
By the way, changed my
Sweater. Ate first lol.
Not sure if anyone noticed but at the lovely Air B N B our family shared, there was a pillow on a chair in the living room facing all of us with the quote
“ Love you to the moon and back”, coincidence? I think not. He loved us all to the moon and back.
Followed by a beautiful Celebration of Life, so grateful, with so many to show up and honour him and our family.
Ugh, let the grieving process begin… damn it, this is when it gets hard.
May Mark fly and finally be free.
Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:13 PM
I will never forget the stormy night you were born. Since then you have filled our lives with love and laughter You were the cutest little boy always falling off chairs and falling downstairs but always coming back up with a smile.
You are loved more than you'll ever know and we will miss your smiling eyes, strong hugs and wonderful humour. RIP Markie.
Love, Auntie Betty Boo.
Betty Hastings (Picton)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 8:10 PM
As with any loss, comes reflection.......times past, present and future.
My fondest memories of Mark would be as a teenager with Marlene, some foggy of course, would be in the upper duplex on Dawson, gosh if it could talk, as many can attest to I have no doubt.
The music, the fun, the laughter and lets not forget the cooking of Mac & cheese with cut hot dogs.
Lost touch for quite a spell. He went one way & I another, and, with time speeding up as we get older, it boggles the mind how many years went by.
Although always kept in the loop through the family.
Most recently was lucky enough to be invited to a few family occasions providing the ability to catch up & have a good chat.
His smile was always the same. His vibrant personality still intact.
Gone to soon, yes, but now living without pain, he'll have new people to tell his stories to.
Virginia Bellemare (Dorval)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 6:33 PM
My beloved son, I cant believe I am writing about you in a memory book page.I have loved you for 51 years,and you will be in my heart forever.Your sisters and I will never forget you,and remember your sparkle for life. You have a wonderful son,and sweet little niece who love you You are resting in peace Markie. Sweet dreams
Dawn MacDonald (Picton Ont. Canada)