MARK O’CONNOR (KENNETH)
December 6, 1958 – March 20, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mark, a man of great integrity who was always full of life and who shared his love and tremendous sense of humour with the love of his life, Vickie Butters, his family and his many friends.
He generously gave his time and support to us all, whether it was an occasion for celebration or one of sorrow. He was a loyal friend and intensely proud of the accomplishments of others. Mark’s sense of adventure served him well throughout his life and provided his large circle of friends with some memorable experiences as he was a great raconteur and his anecdotes were captivating, particularly those about his experiences in the wilderness but equally so, those about the lighter side of human nature.
An avid hunter and nature photographer, he always found freedom in the outdoors and was happiest when accompanied by his beloved four legged prodigy, Ruben, the smiling Chocolate Lab.
The home that he created in Parksville for Vickie and himself was nothing short of welcoming. Those who’ve known the magic of sitting on the deck above the river will agree that his hospitality and generosity were unequalled. We will miss his smile, his laugh and his unfailing kindness every day.
Mark’s career followed a path from logging to commercial fishing where he held his masters ticket. He was highly regarded for his skill as a boatman while working as a bridgeman for the Pile Drivers Union and also for the various construction projects he worked on. Always in his heart were his late father Ken, his late nephew Galen and his dear, late brother Kevin.
He leaves to mourn his dearest Vickie, mother Joyce, brother Daryl (Margaret), sister Melanie, sister-in-law Susan and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who all adored him. He will be missed and loved by us all.
A Celebration Of Life will be held for Mark at Parksville (Yates) Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC. on Saturday March 28th at
2 pm. followed by a reception at the Quality Resort Bayside at 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to District 69 SPCA or The North Island Wildllife Recovery Association.