ANDERSON, Mark Vincent
With great sadness, we announce Mark's passing on October 16, 2014 at age 51, surrounded by his loving family. Taken too soon, Mark will forever be the cherished husband/soul mate of Catherine Lindquist; treasured son of Roger and Ursula (Drees); and beloved brother of Dirk (Cheryl Corkery) and Erik (Lynn Barwin) Anderson. He'll be fondly remembered by his Lindquist in-laws Evert and MaXine (dec.), Evert (Lesley Watson), Adele (Dan Dalby) and Leah (Charlie Ramin). "Uncle Mark" will be dearly missed by Emma, Sarah and Evert; Matthew and Shontelle; Calvin and Spencer; Kieran, Orin and Calem; Brendan and Corey; and the children of many friends.
Mark's hilarious stories and caring conversations cheered and touched many. A graduate of Carleton University's English Literature program, Mark was an award- winning literary journalist who specialized in business, editorial, geographic, outdoor and nature writing. He contributed to (inter)national publications: Bloomberg, Financial Post, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal and Carp Valley Press, Canadian Business, FP Business, Report on Business, Listed, Profit, MoneySense, Reader's Digest, Made for Men, Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Explore, Outdoor Canada, Cottage Life and Ontario Nature. His writerly work will be recalled by colleagues and readers alike.
An admired instructor/mentor at Algonquin College's School of Journalism, Mark will long inspire his students, as they inspired him.
The fly-fishing fraternity will reminisce about his (inter)national competitions and medals - especially his convivial camaraderie and clutch catches - culminating in a Lifetime Achievement gold medal bestowed at the 2014 Canadian Fly Fishing Championships.
Favourite pastimes for Mark were fishing Elbow Lake with Cathe; jamming with the Festerin' Fingers; fretting over the Sens, Vikes and German soccer teams; grilling on the Weber; and reading.
Mark, your star burns brighter still: we're wishing you Tight Lines in the great beyond.
A Celebration of Mark's Life will be held at Algonquin College's Observatory lounge, Sunday, October 26, 3 to 6 p.m. (words at 4 p.m.) followed by the fireside chats or pool games he'd love.
To share memories online, join the Facebook group "In loving memory of Mark Anderson (Ottawa journalist)." Donations to Algonquin College Foundation's Mark Anderson Memorial Bursary, via CanadaHelps.org
, are appreciated.