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Remembering Mark

February 19th, 2007 · No Comments

“Mark David Allan was just 35 years old when his battle with leukemia ended at Langley Memorial Hospital on Monday, February 12, 2007. He was comfortable and surrounded by his wife, Leslie, his mother, Kathleen, and in-laws, John and Sharon. Mark graduated from Algonquin College in Radio Broadcasting in 1993. In 1995, Mark met Leslie Phillips. They were wed in 1998 and left Ottawa bound for the west coast to start their life together.

Mark started working for the Keg in West Vancouver later that year. He advanced quickly and became General Manager of the Guilford Keg in 2002. His professional and sympathetic leadership was respected and appreciated by all who worked with him.

Mark’s true passion however was for his family, blessed with Audrey in 2002, and with Noah in 2005. His family was his driving force, giving him strength and courage to battle his disease. Mark’s love for the game of golf was such a big part of his life; every chance he got he was out on the course.

Thanks to the many physicians and nurses who cared for Mark at VGH and Langley Memorial, especially to Dr. Nantel, Dr.Tejpar, Dr. Wilson and Glenda. A very special thank you to Lindsay and Brandon for your incredible friendship, support and compassion.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Monday, February 19th at Newlands Golf and Country Club at 21025 – 48th Ave, Langley at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a gift to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC5Z 1M9 for the Leukemia/BMT Program.

Online donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada would also be appreciated at www.leukemia-lymphoma.org in memory of Mark.”

Mark & his wife are good friends from our time in BC; Leslie approached Shauna at their first mommy group meeting shortly after both of our daughters were born in 2002 and they spent the next year hanging out, walking around Vancouver, and establishing a life-long connection. We were devastated when we learned of Mark’s diagnosis last year and have tried to support them from a distance in whatever way possible. We set up a blog for them early on as a place for them to share Mark’s progress with friends & family as well as to offer those same friends & family the opportunity to send funds directly to Mark & Leslie via a Paypal account.

We were astounded by the outpouring of support from all corners of the country & beyond. Mark must have really touched a lot of people’s lives.We feel tremendously fortunate to have had the chance to see Leslie & Mark last weekend, only days before his passing. His strength in the face of his circumstance was truly inspiring, shared in no small part by his amazing wife Leslie, who had devoted herself to his care, always looking at the positive & keeping his spirits up.

She is a hero in this terrible story, who showed her true love for Mark at every turn, and who will carry his memory in her heart forever. Mark’s funeral is today at 11:30am PST, his regular tee-time.

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