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JURISIC – Mark

JURISIC – Mark
February 21, 1957– April 15, 2011

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Mark Jurisic at the age of 54 on April 15th, 2011. Mark was the beloved brother of Alexandra Jurisic, Peter Jurisic (Mark’s fraternal twin) and Stephen Jurisic and beloved uncle of Mattie Jurisic, Sam Jurisic and Max Jurisic. Life had not been as generous to Mark as he was giving of his own spirit. Mark was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 30 and battled its demons for the rest of his life. Yet, Mark will be remembered for his gentle spirit, quick grin, witty responses and kind nature. Mark was always unselfish as evidenced in his wonderful role as care giver to our ailing mother Patricia Jurisic as she struggled with cancer during 2000 – 2002 (Mum passed away in March 2002). As a young man Mark was keen and courageous. Whether it was hang gliding, sailing, surfing, skiing the Gelendesprung or “off piste” at Lake Louise or bicycling to Banff (on a whim), Mark was always up to a dare. Mark was hugely loyal to his family and, as younger brother Stephen said, “He was the big brother that all little brothers wish for – he would beat up the bullies that picked on me and he also taught me how to ride a bike.” Despite schizophrenia’s grip, Mark was renowned amongst family and friends for his gardening skills. There wasn’t a plant in Calgary that Mark couldn’t name. Mark was both the worst and the best babysitter to niece Mattie and nephew Sam. He spoiled them with too much candy, popcorn, comics and treats – but at the (very late) end of the day saw them to bed wrapped tight and cozy with his love and affection. They were always thrilled to know he was coming over to take care of them. In his thirties and forties Mark was a familiar and friendly face to many in River Park where he walked his Wheaten terrier “Tully”. Mark’s health declined over the last few years and his socializations and activities became greatly diminished. Mark will be forever lovingly remembered by his family.

As time goes by, the love and memories of Mark’s beautiful, tender soul will never fade. They will stay forever emblazoned in our hearts as a reminder and guide on how to live a simple, decent life of respect and dignity.

Please join us for a celebration of Mark’s life at Christ Church Elbow Park (3608 – 8th Street SW, Calgary) on Thursday April 28th at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Mark’s memory may be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, #309, 8989 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0M2 (www.schizophrenia.ab.ca).

In living memory of Mark Jurisic, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Alexandra and family, my heart goes out to you during this very difficult time. May you cherish the happy and special times that you shared with Mark and may they comfort you always. Thoughts and prayers to all.

    Kelly Dunn

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  2. Gordon and Bev Jaremko and family :

    My sympathies to Alexandra, a wonderful colleague and to other members of the family. I am so sorry for your loss and frankly sad also that all along I had not realized the other concerns you were dealing with Alexandra. My sympathies also, belated in the loss of your mother.
    Life hands us many hurdles and I am hoping you find strength at this time. I had not known how uphill some of the battles were that you were facing.

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  3. Jerry and Franca DeGusti :

    Alexandra, I was just thinking about you this evening and wanted to give you a call; but I thought it was too late. I went to read the newspaper instead and saw your name. How ironical.
    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Mark. He must of been one terrific fellow. What a loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Franca DeGusti

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  4. terry fishman :

    Sorry to hear about Mark. We all had great times with Mark. He will be missed.

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  5. Jane Evenson and Calvin Robb :

    Peter, we are saddened to hear of the passing of your brother, Mark. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Take care of each other.

    Jane and Calvin

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  6. Catherine Canfield :

    To the Jurisic family,

    I knew Mark many years ago and my brother Doran was a friend of Stephen’s.
    The last time I saw Mark was shortly after the tragic death of Doran. He was so kind and understanding that I was comforted by his warmth. He told me about all his own struggles and I was so moved by his openness. I wished that Doran had been able to talk about his own demons. I am truly sorry for your loss. He was obviously an incredible man and I admired his courage in the face of such adversity. My deepest sympathy to all of your family.

    Sincerely,
    Cathy Canfield

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  7. Cammy Suche :

    Dear Peter, Sandra and Stephen.
    So sorry to hear the sad news. My thoughts are with you. Love and best wishes.

    Cammy

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  8. Dear Sandra, Peter and Stephen

    Very Sorry to learn of Mark’s death. We enjoyed very much meeting him all those years ago.

    Regards

    Lena

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  9. Sandra
    Apologies for this belated message….
    I remember your mother well, you better, and Mark, just a fraction. Your mother was my mother’s best friend when we lived in Calgary — and you were mine. So sorry to learn of Mark’s illness and premature death, and also sorry about your mother’s passing.
    Anne

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  10. Allan Clark :

    Mark and I were good friends from around grade 8 until his death. Mark had a good sense of humour, and I remember rolling on the floor laughing at some particular things which we found funny… I knew Mark was struggling, but he did his best to be normal. Mark was always kind and helpful, and I will remember him that way. R.I.P.

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