It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Mark in the early hours on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021, after a 7-year long battle with FTD- a rare form of Dementia.
Mark was born at Richmond General Hospital on May 26th, 1971, and resided in Steveston for many years before moving to Ladner. He attended Lord Byng Elementary, Hugh Boyd and Steveston Secondary Schools and loved the game of lacrosse. He began playing in his early years with the Richmond Lacrosse Association and later with the Ladner Pioneers Senior "B" team where he was so proud of being a part of winning the Presidents' Cup in 1998.
Mark is survived by Jodi, his loving wife of 25 years, children Taylor and Maddie who brought him so much pride, his parents Phil and Gloria, elder brother Darren (Andhra) younger brother Kyle (Teresa), Jodi's parents Darlene and Klaus Schneider, brother-in-law Cory (Hazel), sisters-in -law Suzanne (Peter), Monica (Jason), Christina (Fab). He had numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and a multitude of great friends, including those at Shaw Communications where he was last employed, and also within both the Ladner and Richmond lacrosse communities.
All those who knew Mark will miss his constant smile and sense of humour but are comforted by the thought that he is now in a better place where he can eat his favourite hot wings, washed down with a cold Kokanee. He also loved to share his steak and eggs with the boys on Sundays at the Sundance, also washed down with a cold beer.
It is hard to find the words to express the gratitude felt by the family for the amazing care given to Mark for the past five and a half years by the staff and caregivers at Delta View Campus of Care (or as Mark called it "the homestead") except to say that they truly are angels in disguise. The kindness they showed towards Mark and his family will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the B. C. Alzheimer's Association with the hope that the funds can be used to research the cause of FTD, which will hopefully lead to either a cure or treatment of this insidious disease.
A celebration of Mark's life will take place on Saturday, Sept 25th at 3pm - South Delta Baptist Church 1988 56th Street Tsawwassen.
Published in North Shore News from Sep. 23 to Oct. 23, 2021.