MARK TERRENCE ARDELL It is with profound sorrow that the family announces the sudden passing of their beloved son and brother, Mark Terrence Ardell, of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan on Friday, September 26th, 2008. Mark was born on February 25th, 1992 to Terry and Joanne Ardell. He attended Vanscoy Elementary School and was presently attending Delisle Composite High School where he was in Grade 11. Mark excelled in school always achieving first class honors and was the Vice President of his high school SRC. Mark excelled not only in school but in all of life. He loved school sports, participating in football and badminton, and played hockey on the community team. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, summer and winter camping, canoeing, kayaking, skiing downhill and water, dirt biking and snowmobiling. He loved to go on road trips with his brothers and cousin Andrew to the mountains, various locations throughout Western Canada and far flung destinations up North fishing or hunting. He also loved going on family vacations to a variety of locations including Fernie, Maui and the family cabin at Christopher Lake. Mark had the most amazing smile and optimistic spirit. Whenever he was with a group, Mark's influence made a positive difference. He was an enthusiastic team player and an inspirational leader. Mark was mature beyond his years, thoughtful and methodical, seeking counsel in decisions made. Mark was known for his servant heart always looking for ways to help and encourage others. His parents instilled in him a high standard of moral values exemplified by honesty, forthrightness and empathy. Mark had a deep faith in God which played a prominent role in the direction and purpose of his life. Mark was dedicated and passionate about working on the family farm which provided a venue for fun, fellowship and hard work. From seeding to harvest to seed cleaning operations, Mark always rose to the challenge of learning a new skill. He loved the camaraderie of working with his brothers and cousin Andrew. Mark was always in step with his older brothers who had a profound influence on the shaping of his character. Mark is survived by his parents, Terry and Joanne; his brothers, Michael and James; his grandparents, Roy and Margaret Ardell and Marvin and Eleanor Goosen; his aunts and uncles and 23 cousins. Mark leaves a legacy of faith and inspiration to all who knew him. He will be forever loved and missed. A Service of Love and Remembrance for Brad and Mark will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Grove Community Church (502 Webster Street). Condolences, on behalf of the boys, may be emailed through remembering.ca. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (978-5200). "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. "
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Published in The The Star Phoenix from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2008