May 16, 1956 – September 16, 2020
On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Mark James Donnelly of Comox, British Columbia passed away unexpectedly at the age of 64.
Mark is survived by his daughters Megan Donnelly and Caitlin Colorado, his son-in-law Edinson Colorado, and his grandson Mason.
Mark is also survived by his brothers Jeff (Sandra) and Tom (Shelley), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mark was predeceased by his wife Roberta Donnelly (nee Froese), his parents Jim and Pat Donnelly, as well as his sister Martha Jane Donnelly.
While born in Regina Saskatchewan, Calgary was Mark’s home for most of his life. After attending high school at Sir Winston Churchill, Mark travelled extensively throughout Europe, and it was on this journey that he met the love of his life, Roberta. Mark returned to Calgary and married Roberta in 1977. Together, they raised two wonderful daughters, Megan and Caitlin.
Some of Mark’s fondest memories were of family weekends at Fortress Mountain Ski Resort and summer vacations at Shuswap Lake with close friends and their families. Mark was an exceptional guitarist who would entertain around a campfire for hours on end.
His closest circle of friends from as far back as his childhood continued to gather often, and he treasured every one of those friendships throughout his life.
Mark was a highly skilled and respected Master Electrician who never missed an opportunity to use his skills and talents to help others. Whether it was a close friend or someone he hardly knew, Mark was always very giving of his time and talents.
Following several years doing residential electrical work, Mark attended the University of Calgary and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education. He then went on to teach apprenticing electricians at SAIT until 2018.
When he relocated to the Comox Valley, he was recruited by North Island College to teach there as well; Mark’s passion for teaching garnered the respect of his students and coworkers.
Not content to relax while completing extensive home renovations and teaching at the college, Mark rounded out his years of retirement by supervising numerous building projects for the condominium community where he lived in Comox. He quickly became a respected member of that community and held the position of Vice President of the council; his tireless work ethic and willingness to help will be sorely missed.
An all-around amazing guy, Mark leaves behind many friends in Calgary and the Comox Valley. Anyone who ever had a beer with Mark was a better person for it.
Announcements for a celebration will be made at a future date. Donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation.
Memories, photos, and tributes can be made online at mark-james-donnelly.forevermissed.com Obituary
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