TAYLOR, William Mark 1956 - 2013 Died following a tragic ski accident in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies on March 12, 2013. He leaves behind and is missed by his wife Debbie, daughter Lindsay (Steve) and son Kyle; his brothers Jim (Janet) and Steve (Barb); nephews Chris, Tim, Brodie, and Colin and nieces Anna and Clare as well as many good friends across the province. He was predeceased by his parents Reginald and Delia (Bunty). Having graduated with a degree in recreation from the University of Victoria, Mark spent his entire career in the field of parks and recreation, working for the municipalities of Oak Bay, Surrey, and finally Abbotsford where for the past 13 years he was the General Manager of the City's Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department. His contributions to the community of Abbotsford were many including helping to establish such legacy features as Mill Lake Spray Park, the 30km community-wide Discovery Trail, the Reach Gallery & Museum, as well as the new and extremely popular Abbotsford Recreation Centre. His 35 years of experience with the BC Parks Recreation Association contributed to his ability to provide leadership for hosting numerous community events including such landmark occasions as the 2010 Abbotsford Olympic Live Site, 2012 Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships and more recently, landing the 2016 BC Summer Games. Mark also provided volunteer support for many organizations including the Special Olympics, Scouts Canada, and the United Way of the Fraser Valley. He always had a joke to share, provided encouragement to all he knew in facing challenges, and rewarded even the smallest of success. Mark's greatest passion besides his family was the outdoors, whether hiking, cycling, paddling, snowshoeing or skiing, as well as encouraging and sharing this love with everyone he met. He would instantly engage a friend or stranger in their life stories, and they would leave the conversation with a new inspiration to create bigger goals and follow their dreams. Mark would openly tell you his opinion and put a positive spin on any situation, leaving you in awe. Regardless, everyone he came across was so happy to be with him. His common phrase, along with his infectious laugh, was "Isn't this great?" He died doing what he loved. A celebration of Mark Taylor will take place at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, 33800 King Road, Abbotsford, BC on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Visitor Safety Fund in support of Search and Rescue technician training. Mark's family is very grateful for the efforts and support they received from those who have been trained through this program. Cheques should be labeled as donations, and can be made payable to the Receiver General, c/o Visitor Safety Program, Attention: Marc Ledwidge, Banff Warden Office, 220 Hawk Avenue, Box 900, Banff, AB, T1L 1K2. Please note: This is not a registered charity.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013