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ROBERTON, Mark David

December 4, 1956 –Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 11, 2018 – Okotoks, Alberta

Mark Roberton gently passed from the loving arms of his family, Linda, Christine and Jason, to the arms of God, in the early hours of Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the age of 61 years.

Mark was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer on May 2, 2017. Mark showed incredible fight throughout treatment and was continually encouraged by his amazing supportive friends and family.

Mark married his wife Linda (nee Hardy) on June 21, 1980. They had two children, Scott and Christine. Mark was a devoted, active father who coached soccer, sold Girl Guide cookies and loved to help with science projects. Mark loved family above everything and he cherished every day that he had his family at his side, whether it be family vacations, the Stampeder games or hanging out watching his beloved sports on the television. Mark loved being a “PupPup” to his grandson Tyson, he enjoyed taking him on adventure walks down the beach, exploring garage sales and shooting water guns at each other in the pool.

Mark was born in Winnipeg, MB on December 4, 1956. At a very young age he could be seen selling garden seeds and The Star Weekly up and down his street. He grew up playing football for the E.K. Lions, curling at Rossmere Golf and Curlng Club and spent his summers selling newspapers and water skiing at the family cottage at Twin Beaches. He attended Neil Campbell Elementary School, John Henderson Junior High and Miles Macdonell High School. In 1979, Mark graduated from the University of Winnipeg and began work in the Insurance Industry at Canadian Indemnity.

In 1984, Mark took a job in Thunder Bay, he and his wife then moved to Calgary in 1985 where he became the Auto Manager at Wawanesa Insurance. With his eye set on the evolution of this new thing called Risk Management, Mark joined Husky Energy and spent ten years there learning and growing this industry. Finally retiring on November 30, 2014, after seventeen years as Director of Risk Management and Insurance for Nexen Energy, Mark took it easy and moved to London U.K with his wife Linda to pursue his dream of starting up Palm Global with some good friends and colleagues.

Mark was active in his industry, teaching in the insurance programs at Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary, holding positions on various boards and committees. Mark was an accomplished presenter and spoke at conferences, training and workshops around the world.

Mark was an avid sports lover and collector of anything and most things. He spent many hours painting in his studio at his happy place, his lakehouse in Ponemah, MB. Mark was a lover of traditions; he served noodles on Good Friday and baked glorious treats each Christmas.

Mark was a man of strong faith. He served on several committees at our first church in Winnipeg and upon moving to Calgary we joined Peace Luther Church, where Mark held many roles: Youth leader, Bible Camp Teacher, Adult Sunday School Leader, Church Elder and Chairman on the Congregation. Mark’s deep and abiding faith in Christ, and his devotion as a servant of God, his church and his community was evident to all.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Linda; his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Jason Rachar; grandson, Tyson Rachar. Mark will be missed many, including his two brothers and sister-in-law, Rob and Valerie and James; sisters-in-law, Pat (Tim) and Lori (Dean); brothers-in-law, Jamie (Mona) and Robert (Cheryl); as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a multitude of colleagues and friends around the world. He will be sadly missed by his furry family, Hurley, Louis, Lola, Charlos and Todd. Mark was predeceased by his Parents, Mack and Dorin Roberton; his beloved son, Scott Roberton (2017); and Murphy his ever-faithful dog.

Please join us in celebrating Marks incredible life at Peace Lutheran Church (14640 – 6th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. A Wake will be held at the Royal Duke Pub in Okotoks at 6:00 p.m. to give us an opportunity to hear all of your wonderful stories about Mark.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Mark’s name to the William H. McGannon Foundation, www.mcgannonfoundation.ca.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cynthia Card, the staff at the High River Community Cancer Clinic, Home Care Nurse Nicki, and Dr. Subramanian.

In living memory of Mark Roberton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dick Davenport :

    Linda,
    Deeply saddened and sincerest condolences, unfortunately I will be traveling out of the country so will not be able to pay my respects Friday. Many happy and fond memories of knowing Mark, I wish you and your family strength through this trying time.

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  2. Jo-Anne and David Platt :

    So shocked and saddened to hear this news of the passing of Mark – a respected and loved member of the Calgary and Canadian insurance and risk management community. We offer our deepest condolences to all family members and offer our prayers, knowing that God in his loving mercy will be with you during these very difficult days.

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  3. Roberto & Michelle Benzan :

    Linda, Christine, Jason & Tyson,
    We are deeply saddened by the passing of that wonderful, honest, caring and beautiful man called Mark. Not only was he a mentor throughout my career, he was a wonderful guide in my life, always there with sage advice. He will be missed. Michelle and I offer our condolences and prayers.

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  4. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. Alan

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  5. Linda,
    So very sorry to hear this news. A great shame. Mark will be missed within the Risk Management and Insurance community, globally. He was well known and well respected and certainly very knowledgeable. I wish you and The Family all the best through this time. (will be travelling Friday so unfortunately will miss seeing you).
    Sincerely,

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  6. Jacqui Patterson :

    Christine and family, my heart hurts for you all. May you find peace in the memories of your dad that you made and shared. X

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  7. Jane Lea Dahlgren :

    Linda, Christine and Jason,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mark. It was quite a shock to find out today that we have lost a person that contributed so much to the risk management and insurance industry. He was a mentor and teacher to so many including myself. May your memories and that support of family and friends see you through this difficult time.

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  8. Roger Swierstra :

    Very saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. His wisdom, generosity and support will be missed by so many of us. My sincerest condolences to the family.

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  9. Anne Kleffner :

    Dear Linda, Christine and all of Mark’s family – I was so sad to see the news of Mark’s passing and extend my sincere condolences. I had a great deal of respect and affection for Mark both as a leader in the risk management community and as a generous and kind person. His willingness and enthusiasm to help students and share his wisdom will be missed.

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  10. Dear Linda and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Mark always had a smile and words of wisdom to offer. May the love and support of your family and friends help you through this difficult time.

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  11. Mark's U of C Risk Management Class :

    Dear Mark’s Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Mark was a fantastic professor who wasn’t afraid to challenge his students. He taught us so much and for that we will always be grateful.

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  12. Mark was a man of true integrity and character, with a warm heart and a cracking sense of humour. He was open to experience new things, take new opportunities and to trust new people and I consider myself lucky to have shared in some of those experiences with him.

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  13. I was saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. I worked with Mark a million years ago at Canadian Indemnity in Winnipeg and have fond memories of Mark especially his wit and sense of humor. My sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace old friend.

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  14. Linda:
    Please accept our condolences from the Bow Valley College online team. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Lona

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  15. Kris Thorsteinsson :

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a very well-respected risk manager, supporter of his team members and colleagues, and community service person, and I enjoyed working with and traveling with Mark on risk inspection tours.

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  16. Susan Zabolotniuk & Jamie Hiscocks :

    Linda, our deepest sympathies to you and the family on Mark’s passing. He was a brilliant, funny man who so generously gave his time and shared his wisdom with anyone who asked, including me on many occasions. He was a thought leader in the insurance and risk management community where he will be sorely missed. May your cherished memories and the love of family and friends surround you and provide comfort to you in these difficult days ahead.

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  17. Karen and Don Moench :

    Sending our love and prayers to all of you from Portugal. God Bless and keep you in His loving arms.

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  18. Michele Driscoll :

    So sorry for your loss. Mark was a great co-worker and friend. He definitely left us much too soon.

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  19. Wayne Hickey :

    Linda and family, my deepest condolences on Mark’s passing. I had the pleasure to get to know Mark over the years we spent together on the board of the McGannon Foundation. He was a great guy and we will really miss him. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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  20. Debbie Talerico :

    Linda: Dom and I are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  21. Chris Walker :

    To Mark’s family,
    My condolences. Mark was a regular visitor to London and specifically to the City. Both his intellectual capacity and curiosity, but especially his general “joie de vie” will be sorely missed. I am sorry I cannot be present at the service however my thoughts are with you on this difficult day. Chris

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  22. I am so sorry to have learned this. Mark was a wonderful mentor and friend and he will truly be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Linda, Christine and Jason.

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  23. Lawrence Boyce :

    My deepest condolence to Linda and family on Mark’s passing. I had the pleasure of growing up with Mark and his brother Rob at Twin Lake Beach. I have many memories of the fun we had water skiing and the beach parties that I will never forget.

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  24. To Linda and family,

    I would like to pass on my deepest consolences on Mark’s passing. Mark was my manager at Palm, a really great person, a lovely manager and mentor. We shared many laughs together, during my time at Palm, over drinks over the phone. I will truly miss him and his contagious laughter. He was always one for smiles and positivity. Prayers and love to all.

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  25. Lou./Lynda Kaneski :

    Dear Linda & Family, Our most sincere sympathy. We will miss our good neighbor. My Mark rest in peace. Lynda & Lou.

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  26. Kiren Singh :

    Dear Linda and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark was a pioneer in the energy risk management field and I always greatly admired his innovative thinking around managing and financing risk. Notwithstanding his progressiveness, Mark always maintained a non-assuming and gentle manner. He was a consummate professional and never left the human side out of business. He will be missed. My warmest wishes are with you all. Kiren Singh

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