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Mark Alexander Tanner

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Mark Alexander Tanner

December 11, 1963 - May 26, 2023

It is with extreme broken hearts that the family announce the sudden passing of Mark Tanner. He passed away from an unexpected heart episode on Friday May 26th.
He was an extremely devoted and loving husband to whom he called his Forever Bride, and date for life, Sandra. He was also a proud and loving father to his two draughter’s Brittany (Gord) and Alexandra (Kyle). He also leaves behind his two grandsons Myles (Brittany) and Killian (Alexandra) along with his sister Sonya and her sons, Nick and Mike.
Mark was born and raised in Newcastle and met Sandra just west of his hometown. They created their inseparable family, and eventually moved to Cobourg in 2000, where it was always his goal to construct the perfect house for his girls.
First, foremost and most importantly, Mark devoted his life to Sandra. They enjoyed spending their days together, going for drives, sitting together at home talking about their daughters and their dreams, and just being together every moment that they could.
During the last few years, he loved teaching his two grandsons Myles and Killian about animals, and everything to do with the outdoors.
Mark spent a lot of time with his daughter Alex, and son in-law Kyle. Going camping and enjoying the outdoors was their pastime and something that no one can compete with. He taught her everything he could about being the great person that she is, including her love of the outdoors. He can leave this world knowing she is passing the passion and knowledge from their bonding down the line to her son. As much as he was a self-proclaimed angler, he may say that his son in-law out fished him on their annual fishing trips. That was alright with him, he just loved being out on the water, joking around with his daughter over a couple beers.
His oldest daughter Brittany and her family remain in the same area as Mark and Sandra. Mark has always provided Brittany with confidence and the support that she could accomplish anything in the world. This also included continuous support when she took very big steps in starting her own business. He made sure he was there, if she needed, but without intruding on her journey. He leaves knowing that she will reach the goals she strives for.
In Mark’s spare time, he enjoyed hosting family dinners and showing off his newest hobby of smoking meat. Every meal that he prepared was delicious and brought the family together, which was always his goal. Some may tell stories that the odd main course may have been a bit dry due to long conversations he had with the boys that he would call sons, Kyle and Gord.
Mark will be greatly missed by all his family and friends, and to all that knew him, he will be remembered as a hero. As his exit of this world was unexpected and way too early, his family would agree that Mark lived his life to the fullest and experienced the life that he dreamed.
There will be no funeral, as per his request, but the celebration of life date will be provided in the near future.

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Neil Jones - August 15, 2023

My deepest condolences go out to you Sandra and your extended family . I had the pleasure of working with Mark and getting to know him during our time at General Motors . He will be truly missed

Connie & Tim Lawrence - July 4, 2023

Dear Sandra & family, We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Mark obviously left a lasting impact on all of his family and friends. Sadly we were not fortunate enough to know him. No words can truly express our sorrow for your loss. Please accept our sincerest and deepest sympathy. We are thinking of you and sending love and comfort.

Rollanda Vinette-Desgagne - July 3, 2023

Dear Sandra and family, my sincere condolences, I’ve been thinking about you Sandra and I’m unable to believe this has happened. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this unbearable time. Take care my Dear, Aunt Rollie 💕

Ashley Hillis - June 19, 2023

My heart became heavy with the thought of this tragic loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark, I know how special he is to his family. His goodness shines through in my dear friend Alex, that’s for sure! Sending love and hugs to you all. ❤️

Linda Vinette - June 19, 2023

Dear Sandra, Brit & Alex. Words cannot express my sorrow over the devastating & heartbreaking loss of Mark. It still seems surreal. Mark had so much more life to live with all of you. His dedication & love for all of you never went unnoticed. I am so very happy that I was able to see all of you a couple of months ago. As always, Mark had nothing but kind words. His loss is felt by everyone who knew him. Sending you love & prayers. Linda

Andrea Hustler - June 19, 2023

This was so beautifully written. I’m so sorry. Thinking of you and here if you need anything xo

John Schill - June 17, 2023

It's just too hard to say 'Goodbye Mark.'  Like so many, I'm lost and in pain. I can say, thank you Mark. For all those shifts. We worked together. At GM & Spencer's. We had a lot of laughs. We worked hard too. Although, some may argue that one...we did! Your willingness to help others was appreciated. By myself and others. Your inquisitive nature was contagious. 'Now, how does that work?' Your manner of telling me when I'm wrong, was always respectful. 'Now hang on here....' you'd say. Then express yourself. Always in a fun and informative conversation. I too enjoyed learning. So thank you. Proud to call you not only a coworker, but a friend.  Like the Wind's caress, the Sun's warmth and the soaring Eagle. Mark, you will always be one of Mother Nature's best creations. I will tap into that 'Tanner' energy to keep myself going. As other's will too, I'm sure. During those days, I may feel lost. Random run-ins. Chatting in the Canadian Tire parking lot. I will dearly miss. Thank you for those memories. For years. As we parted. We had a routine. You would say: 'Watch Your Top Knot.' I would reply: 'Yep, Watchin Yourn.' Old Trapper's Goodbye. Simple, yet meaningful. We regularly exchanged. Means, keep an eye. If your knot loosens. Pack will fall from horse. I really enjoyed it. A heartfelt goodbye. It meant something. We will watch our Top Knot Mark. Rest now my friend.  Watching Your'n..... john schill

Tierney Wiebe - June 16, 2023

I am sorry to hear about Mark's passing. I was his hygienist for a number of years and he was always a pleasure to see. He was always joking around and talking about his girls

Wanda Douglas - June 14, 2023

I worked with Mark at Northumberland Collision Centre. He was such a nice man. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. May he rest in peace.

Sandy Graham - June 14, 2023

It is with much sadness that we send our sincere condolences to Sandra and family. From the curb side ladies: Gwen Gray, Lorraine Pilch, Marilyn Belanger & Sandy Graham

Barbara Oke - June 14, 2023

Sandra and family. I was so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. What a life you had with him. I remember when this beautiful love story started. You two were a perfect match. You have alot of lovely memories . Just keep them close Sandra. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jill Dhaya - June 11, 2023

Sandra. I was so shocked and so very sorry to hear of this devasting news. My heart goes out to you, Sonya and your family. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Melissa Cleary - June 11, 2023

Sandra I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mark. I know he meant the world to you. Thinking of you and yours.

LINDA & PETER HUSTLER - June 11, 2023

To Brit, Sandra and Alex: Peter and I were so saddened and shocked to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. We only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times but we know how good and kind and loved he was. To our lovely Brit, you were very fortunate to have had such a wonderful dad and buddy – so few of us have been that lucky. Your relationship with your dad was a rare gem and you need to keep that in your heart as you bring up your beautiful son. When you are ready, you know that our family will do as much as we can to help you.

Jennifer and Joyce English - June 11, 2023

Dearest Sonya, Nick, Mike, Sandra, Brittany, Alex and your extended families, we’re so sorry for your loss. Mark was very near and dear to our hearts. We all grew up together on that small but special little road, and while life moved everyone in their own direction, those memories will be forever cherished. Everyone who’s life he touched was blessed to have known him. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim Howe - June 10, 2023

To Mark's Family, I send my condolences and I am saddened by the news of his passing. I only knew Mark the last two years I worked at GM , he came to my metal finish group as our spare man. Every time we worked together, it was a lot of laughs which made the shift fly by. Our paths only crossed a couple of times since we retired from there, but it was always great seeing him. Rest in peace Mark.

Lisa and Denis Power - June 7, 2023

Sandra, Brittany, Alex and families, our deepest condolences on the sudden passing of Mark. May all your wonderful memories offer you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest in my friend. Sending hugs.

Brenda Tanner Dunlay - June 7, 2023

Sandra and family. So sorry to hear of Marks passing. You are in our thoughts. Brenda and Jim

Tammy Mazsa - June 7, 2023

Sandra and girls...I was shocked when I heard of Mark's passing. I am so terribly sorry for your great loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Sending you all a big hug.

Gary & Lisa Ferguson - June 6, 2023

Dear Sandra, Brittney, Alex & Family, We were saddened to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. He will live on in your hearts forever. May you find strength in the days, weeks and months ahead.🙏

Zel Colacicco - June 6, 2023

It’s with deep sadness that I hear this sad news. My deepest condolences to the family and his sister Sonya and her two boys. What I remember most about Mark is he loved the outdoors and had the most infectious laugh…you couldn’t help but laugh along with him. RIP Mark…you were way to young 😞

Sarah Harvey - June 6, 2023

My condolences to you and your family, Britt. I know how much of a great father he was to you and how much you cared for him. May he rest in peace. x

Anne Marie Hickerson - June 6, 2023

Sandra, Brittany, Alexandra & family, Words cannot express how saddened we are to learn of Marks passing. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time! Anne Marie, Mike & Rhianna

Brenda Larsen - June 6, 2023

Oh Sandra my heart is bleeding for you. Such a shock. Hang on tight to those memories.

Brenda Larsen - June 6, 2023

Oh Sandra my heart is bleeding for you. Such a shock. Hang on tight to those memories.

Kristen Kiriakakis - June 6, 2023

There are simply no words 🤍 my sincerest condolences to the entire Tanner family. Your loss has weighed heavy on our hearts. It is amazing to see his impact. In the brief time I was lucky to meet him, you could tell he was a man who was equal parts an observer, but also the man everyone in the room listened to. He played so sweetly with our son, even to the point of Max calling him grandpa too, and Mark was okay with that. I am grateful to him for Brittany, who has been such a gift in our lives. and know what a massive role that he played who she is, how powerful his words were to her. We are sending you so much love right now 🤍

Scott Tuttle - June 6, 2023

I would like to send my condolences to the Tanner families. Mark was a terrific co-worker at Bill Spencer Chevrolet and always enjoyed a good laugh or two..may he rest in peace.

Jody Ward - June 6, 2023

Dear Sandra and Family My sincere condolences. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark but heard a lot about him through working with Sandra . You are in my thoughts and I am so sorry for your loss.

Karly Marie - June 6, 2023

Sandra, Brittany, Alexandra & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was always so welcoming and treated me like one of his own when I would come over for visits. His smile lit up every room. I pray you find comfort knowing he is watching over each one of you. My sincere condolences.

Kim Turpin - June 6, 2023

Sandra, so deeply sorry to have heard this news. May you keep the memories close to your heart.

Amanda V - June 6, 2023

Alex, Please accept my sincerest condolences during this incredibly difficult time. Losing someone so dear, a father who played such a significant role in your life, is undoubtedly an immense loss. I can sense how close you were to him, and while his absence will leave an irreplaceable void, I want you to know that you are not alone. The entire team shares your sorrow and we are here to support you in any way we can. Sending your family lots of love and hugs! Amanda

Shannon Vaughan - June 6, 2023

He sounds like he was an amazing person, father and husband, Britt. Sending lots of love and hugs during this extremely difficult time.

Sharon Tanner Bower - June 6, 2023

Sandra and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Far too young. Sharon and Jerry

Sara Tanner - June 6, 2023

Sandra, Brit and Alex, I am so, so sorry for the unexpected and unimaginable loss you've just experienced. Sandra: Mark always seemed so young at heart, and I kind of imagined that you two would live together in a weird bubble where you stay 50ish years old forever, literally, and that if, in 200 years, I were to go for a drive down Ron Harnden I'd find you guys there, still 50ish, still living and laughing and loving (and smokin' meat). I'm wishing you so much strength, and hoping that your girls and your grandbabies will be your lights in the dark. Please let me know if you need anything that I can provide. <3

Shawn Tanner - June 6, 2023

You will always be on my mind and in my heart cousin

Joan MacBain - June 6, 2023

To the Tanner family, Doug and I had the pleasure of meeting your family at the Ikonic household. My sincere condolences to you all. Reading his obituary, I can see he lived a full life with family always coming first. He had certainly packed a lot of love in his 59 years. I hope the many memories you hold of Mark will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Joan & Doug MacBain

Barry Grills - June 6, 2023

To Sandra and family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. His family meant everything to him and he will be forever missed. RIP Mark