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MCCREA, Mark Allan

June 11, 1958 – Teslin, Yukon
November 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with much sadness that we share the news of Mark’s passing on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the age of 60 years.

Mark was born in Teslin, Yukon and grew up in many towns and cities throughout Western Canada.
Mark started his career as a radio operator at the age of eighteen in Northern Canada. He became an Air Traffic Controller at age twenty-two and worked in several locations throughout the West. He eventually landed in Calgary at the Calgary airport tower.

When not working, you could find Mark in front of his computer actively managing his stock portfolio.
One of Mark’s favourite things to do was travel. He spent many hours researching and planning his next adventure.
He loved spending time with family and friends at his cabin in the Shuswap where he hosted many delicious barbecued dinners.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years Kimberley; children Angella, Nicholaus and Megan; parents Denis and Bertha; sister Michelle (Bruce) Halase; brother’s Dennis (Cathy), Jimmy, Don, Ron (Debbie), David (Rhonda) and Jeff (Barbara) Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews and many more family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 2020 – 10 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 3M2 Telephone: (403) 263-5300 or (toll-free): 1 (866) 547 – LIFE (5433), www.lls.org/canada.

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.
– Winnie the Pooh

In living memory of Mark McCrea, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Roy and Diane Stromberg

    Words will not convey the loss of a friend and classmate that both Diane and I deeply feel, nor in anyway alleviate the grief of family and friends. Just know that we both truly care. I haven’t seen Mark personally since well…back when we both had hair, but I have thought of him often and followed his travels, trials and tribulations on Facebook. He was fearless, lived large and always had a room brightening smile on his face.

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  2. Robert McCormack

    Mark was a great guy. Have lots of good memories. He will always be remembered.

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  3. My heartfelt condolences to the McCrea family. Mark was a great guy with a smile that lit up the room. A great asset and loss to the ATC world.

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  4. Karyn & Brent Hahn

    He was a life force all his own. So happy for all those who were lucky enough to live in his orbit, and so sad for the loss of his presence in all our lives. Pretty sure when we get there, he will be manning the big smoker in the sky with that grin on his face and a welcome for all of us.

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  5. To the McCrea family I would like to offer my deepest sympathies. Mark worked in many places during his career. Vancouver Terminal was one of those places. I remember him as a great person, exceptional controller and a natural leader. We missed him when he moved to Calgary. I certain that he will be surely missed now. RIP Mark.

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  6. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Mark was one of the good guys. He’ll be missed.

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  7. Our ATC family has lost another great man. When I remember our time in Vancouver it’s with a smile…Mark always made you smile, laugh and try to be the best..as he was…great memories…my thoughts are with Kim, Dennis and his family…rest well Mark…

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  8. I am deeply honoured and blessed to have known Mark. He was a leading light in my life, and I will forever carry him in my heart. Accept my condolences.

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  9. I am so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. I will always hold dear the time I spent with him in Watson Lake and Yellowknife. We shared some good times! His infectious smile and great sense of humour will be remembered by all who knew him. Please accept my condolences.

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  10. My condolences to the entire McCrea Family. Mark and I were on course together for ATC, the adventures we had will be with me forever.He will be sorely missed.

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  11. Gisele A Bahbahani

    Dear family and friends of Mark,
    I have many childhood memories of Mark as his family used to visit often in the summer. He was always full of life and ready for adventure. Although we lost touch over the years, he will be fondly remembered and now sorely missed. Please accept my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies.

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  12. Jim and Debby Malone

    Our sincere condolences to Mark’s Family. Many fond memories of our time in Yellowknife.

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  13. Mark was one of my very best friends, we started out together in Transport and worked together over 42 years, I will miss him and I will count my blessings for having had the privilege of knowing him and calling him my friend. My deepest condolences to Kim and all his family and friends. Rest easy my friend, until we meet again.

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  14. Deepest sympathies to you all!
    Mark was one of the best controllers I have had the pleasure to work with.
    Rick Hubbs EG ACC

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  15. Our deepest sympathies to the entire McCrea family. Mark left a unique impression on every life he touched. He will be missed, but always remembered with a smile.

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  16. My sincere condolences to Kim, Dennis and the McCrea family. Mark and I worked closely together for many years in Calgary Tower. He was an excellent controller, a team player, leader and friend.

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  17. Mark was larger than life, a great person to work alongside, a great person to call a friend.
    You will be missed tremendously Mark, safe travels.
    Our sincerest condolences to Kim and the rest of the family.

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  18. Keith C Carvalho

    My deepest condolences to the McRae family. I remember Mark well from both my tries at Calgary, way back in 2000, as well as in 2017. He was always supportive of me and a gentleman. I will remember him fondly.

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  19. My deepest condolences. It’s been an honor to have known Mark and to have worked with him in Calgary Tower. He was always fun to be around and I learned a lot from him. I miss those times.

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  20. I trained Mark when he came to Vancouver Terminal and it was one of the best courses of the many I taught. The reason for this was that Mark was such fun. He was a natural controller and a natural funny man. Working with him was such as pleasure and left me with some great memories. As I continue my own fight with heart disease and cancer, I just wish I could have helped Mark with his battle. My deepest condolences to Mark’s family and I mourn the loss of “Bluto” as I nicknamed him.

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  21. My deepest condolences to Kim and Marks family. We made some great memories while living in BC, ones that can’t be forgotten.

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  22. Wayne and Heather Haskett

    Our hearts are broken over this very sad news. We have known Mark since our Yellowknife days. His indomitable spirit and infectious laugh made anyone in his presence see life just a little bit brighter. Guessing NJ and him are already fishing. Rest well old friend

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  23. Elsie Rollie-Gleim

    Mark was one of the greatest men I ever knew. He brought much laughter and wonderful times in the Yukon. He was always respected and will never be forgotten. Elsie Rollie-Glenn

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  24. Condolences to the McCrea Family,
    A sad time indeed. Mark loved his family very much. Clearly they were the foundation that gave him great purpose in life. He will always be missed. Sherri Whalen and Family

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  25. Denis, Bert & Family
    Mark’s unique personality served him well in life. His unexpected passing is profoundly saddening. Deepest sympathy on your loss. He will be missed.
    Lorne

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  26. I first met Mark in Ottawa 77-78. In subsequent years our career paths crossed several times. I greatly admired his large intellect, his huge smile , booming laughter, and especially his absolute gutsiness! My sympathies to his family.

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  27. Lorne, Caroline McCrea & Family

    Losing someone we love dearly is the ultimate challenge of grief and sorrow. Our family is thankful that we were able to share a small part of Mark’s journey through life. Mark will always be in our hearts and his big beautiful smile will never be forgotten. May the memories comfort and sustain you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  28. Mark and I were on the same ATC Tower course back in Cornwall a million years ago. Ditto on some IFR courses too. He was, and always will be, one of the most talented people ever to pick up a microphone. Hard to believe he’s gone but the many great memories both on and off the job live one. Please accept these heartfelt sympathies at this most difficult time.

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  29. My condolences to Kim and to all the McCrea family. You’ve all lost a highly respected and well liked man. He was to be sure an ‘“individual”. One of a kind. This big bold brash guy could walk into a room and instantly make it an entertaining place to be. Never afraid to speak his mind or try something new. I was fortunate to have not only worked with him but spent time with him socially. Cheers Mark, RIP

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  30. My deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful, outgoing personality as Mark. He was a wonderful Controller, but also just a fun loving human being. I worked with Mark in Yellowknife and Calgary. He loved fishing and socializing and it was pleasure doing both with him. God bless you, Mark and to Kim and all the family may he give you comfort and sincerity during this sad time.

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  31. My heart goes out to you and your family on the passing of your brother. Accept my sincere condolences.

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  32. Kim and family I am so sorry for your loss. It is with great sadness that Mark has left us early in this great journey of life but Marks memory remains strong and alive in my mind and heart. Our paths crossed officially in Calgary and Mark will always be remembered for his help, guidance and strength throughout my almost 20’years there. Not only did Mark make me laugh he showed me how friendships can last forever even when contact is lost.

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  33. My condolences to the family. I always enjoyed dealing with Mark at the Calgary Tower. RIP Mark

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  34. I was deeply saddened to learn of Mark’s passing, he will always hold a special place in my heart. From our first days together in high school, he was always the guy that made everyone laugh. Our fishing trips to the Yukon will forever be some of my fondest memories, along with being best men at each others weddings. Mark, I am so sorry that we drifted apart and lost touch over the years. I will miss you more than you could ever know. God bless.

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  35. Jeff and Laurie Chappell

    Iron man has left the Earth. Shocked and so sad is how we are. Jeff and I have never met a man as strong willed as Mark. Firece in his love of family and friends. His ability to keep laughing through all the BS his body put him through was astounding. When you’d see that sneaky half smile coming you knew you were in for a good story. To All Family and Friends that Love this Man Remember this. The Titanic even though gone for over a 100 years is remembered always. Like that ship, Marks Heart will go on forever in all of us. Tons of Love and Hugs to Kim and all the family. ❤❤❤❤

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