Peacefully, on August 19, 2021, passed away in his 90th year. Mark had a long, dynamic, successful and fulfilling life.
Rising from the coalfields of Yorkshire to be the only person in his village to go to middle school and then on to complete his doctorate at Imperial College London in Chemical Engineering, Mark’s focused hard work and fearless intellectual energy and drive were an inspiration to all who knew him. His formidable talents were turned to many career spheres rising to distinction in the worlds of business, academe and public service.
Whatever Mark undertook, he was a strong believer in being independent, self-sufficient and using time and resources wisely and efficiently.
He confidently balanced the responsibilities and demands of family, work, community involvement, home projects, sports and exercise activities. One of his greatest loves was music, especially Wagner and Mahler, and he was never happier than when listening to the Met’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera CBC broadcast while making homemade wine or undertaking yet another project around his home.
In retirement, he and his wife, Josephine travelled the world and visited friends and family. At home, joining the seniors’ workshops of the Academy for Lifelong Learning not only provided them both with a wealth of intellectual stimulation but a whole new world of interesting and active friends and acquaintances.
He leaves his beloved wife, Josephine Szczasiuk, Beryl, the mother of his children John, Jill, and Karl, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, along with an extended worldwide family. He was predeceased by his daughter Ruth, who was never far from his mind.
Dearest Mark, you were a forthright and courageous spirit who tried to treat everyone fairly and to improve the world through your direct action, generous philanthropy and fearless personal example. Thank you.
Special thanks to all the people who made his last two weeks as comfortable as possible; the ever timely first responders, St. Joseph’s Emergency and Palliative Care Teams and the wonderful Palliative Care team at Toronto Grace Hospital.
A private service will be held at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel.
The service will be live streamed on Saturday, August 28, 2:30pm EST.
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For those who wish, online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca.
To those wishing to remember Mark, please raise a glass in a toast (the Manhattan was Mark’s favourite cocktail) and consider a contribution to Doctors without Borders.