Richard Mark Woodrow

WOODROW, Richard Mark

Feb 25, 1956 — Apr 25, 2005

Mark died suddenly April 25, 2005 at his residence in Merville.

Mark was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Hugh and Bertha McKenzie of Courtenay, his mother Joy “Babe” Woodrow in 1977, his father Richard (Dick) Woodrow in 1989 and niece Tracy Woodrow Lewis, 2002, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins including Alan Woodrow; many of these people well-known in the history of the Comox Valley.

Left to remember his warm, ready smile are his sons Richard William “Liam”, age 7 and Patrick Connor, age 4, and their mother, Debbie Jesse of Comox. Mark is also survived by siblings: Larri (Katherine) Woodrow, Langley; Gail (Don) Wensley, Whistler; and Rick (Hilda) Woodrow, Royston. Nephew, nieces and spouses are: Shane (Paulette) Field; Tara Field (Jennifer Moses); Sarah (Colby) Friesen; Lea (Trevor) Shephard; Sandra Woodrow and Jennifer (Denzil) Nair. Five great-nieces and nephews: Alexandra & Brandon Field, Danae & Grant Shephard and Andre Nair.

Mark was born at Comox, the greatgrandson of pioneer families. Like them, he carried on the Valley tradition of old fashioned, honest, hard work. Mark was well-known as a faller in the logging industry. In his youth, he was a swimmer with the CRA, played for several years in the local fastball league, a great skier and an accomplished drummer — musician with several local bands over many years. He will also be remembered for his culinary creations which he generously displayed at his outdoor gatherings. He approached all these activities with extreme passion, dedication and enthusiasm that made him the best that he could be. Mark’s love and concern for his sons was without question. He is missed by his family and many wonderful and caring friends.

‘In Memory of Mark’ will be held outdoors at his home: 6547 Poulton Road, Merville BC, at 4:00 PM Friday, May 6th, 2005. Bring a chair (and umbrella if weather dictates). In accordance to Mark’s wishes, a “Big Party” will follow “as soon as possible after” at: 647 Lazo Road, Comox, BC.

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