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Mark Larochelle

December 6, 1978 — November 25, 2023

Mark Larochelle

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Mark Larochelle in East York, Ontario.  Mark was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.  Mark is survived by his partner Sharon and son Cohen, Anong (Dennis) and sons Riel and Lux, younger sibling Lee (Cole,) parents Kim Stinson and David Henderson, nana Sky, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins across Canada. Mark was predeceased by his father, Daniel Larochelle, his aunt, Kim Stinson, his cousin, Melissa Weiss and his grandparents, Jeannette and Rolland Larochelle, and grandfather William Stinson.

Mark was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved with his family to Alberta shortly thereafter.  In 1983, he moved to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, where he spent his primary and high school years.  Mark was highly inquisitive, a gifted student, musician, composer and singer and played several instruments, including piano, guitar, mandolin, drums and his great-grandfather’s violin. He entered the Kiwanis Music Festival in Sudbury, Ontario, winning a First in piano, and a Third in piano duet with his best friend, Saulis.  Mark and Saulis had another competition going on the side:  who would grow to be the tallest!  

Mark treasured intellectual/philosophical discussions, loved playing basketball, hockey and tennis, participated in archery competitions (winning several), enjoyed fishing, boating, swimming, snowmobiling, catching smelts at the nearby creek, and exploring and spending time in nature.  

Mark’s post-secondary schooling took place at Cambrian College, where he pursued an education in music (and raved about his green-haired professor, Metro Kozak.)  Travels in life took him to Iceland, the U.S. and back home to Canada.  He loved literature, was a talented writer and applied a creative lens to entrepreneurial endeavours throughout the years.  

Mark and his aunt Helene Larochelle shared a special closeness. Mark loved his family and adored his boys.  Mark’s beautiful, winning smile, his intellect, his musicality and creativity and his wonderful sense of humour live on in his children.  We will always remember and hold on to the love he shared with each one of us. 

Private family services will be held.

Donations, if you wish, to Community Music Schools of Toronto  or to a charitable organization of your choice.

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