MARK ALLEN DIOTTE Mark passed peacefully at the Oshawa Hospital on May 7, 2014, 12:30 a.m. He fought cancer valiantly and never deviated from his positive outlook on his journey. Mark was born March 15, 1959 in the original Ajax hospital. He proudly stated he had lived in the Ajax Pickering area his entire life. He was dedicated to serving the community through his career as a firefighter and ultimately the Fire Chief in Ajax. Mark is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Jennifer; daughters, Natalie (Joseph Conkright) and Bridgette (Jordan Balcom); parents, Bernard and Dawn; mother-in- law, Lois Macintosh; sister, Kim; niece, Laurel Van Harten (Rich); nephew, Garrett; sister and brother-in-law, Laurie and Joe Sheppard; nieces and nephews, Jim, Robert, Gemma, Kate, Jeff, Russ, Tia and Will. Mark will be greeted on the other side by his grandmother, Alice Pearsall; uncle, Patrick Pearsall; and father-in-law, Karl Macintosh. Mark had a deep passion for life. He was constantly seeking fun and humour in everything he did. He enjoyed hockey, skiing, swimming, good food and family time. His message to anyone he spoke to was to take each moment as a gift and he practiced what he preached. Mark learned that he was terminal on February 12, 2014. His attitude was to enjoy his final days with friends and family as much as possible. He received up to thirty visitors a day and we want to thank everyone for taking time to visit Mark and laugh with him. He valued good conversation and humour and that is what he experienced in his final days. Mark's nurses and doctors in the Supportive Care Team deserve thanks and recognition. He was fortunate to be looked after by extraordinary people who deeply care for their patients. He felt safe and loved while he was there. Thank you to everyone for their personal touch. The family will receive friends at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, (28 Old Kingston Road, Pickering Village (Ajax) 905-428-8488), on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Gathering Place (1920 Bayly St., Pickering), on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The interment will be at Duffin Meadows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Lung Association www.lung.ca or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada www.braintumour.ca would be much appreciated. Online condolences may be placed at www.mceachniefuneral.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on May 10, 2014