Mark Winslow Bishop
On Friday April 16, 2021, Mark Winslow Bishop, loving husband, father of 3 children and one dog, passed away too young at the age of 58 from Multiple Myeloma.
Mark was born on December 22,1962 in Vancouver B.C. to John and Sharon (Engelbeen) Bishop. He received a Forestry degree from UBC and an MBA, with distinction, from Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario in 1990. He had a distinguished career at MacMillian Bloedel, RBC, and Brookfield. He respected and was grateful for his co-workers at Brookfield and his team in Brazil. On September 22nd, 1990, he married Patti Cross. They raised one daughter and two sons, Ellie, Matthew and Connor, as well as two dogs, one cat, one hedgehog, and the occasional fish. He was immensely proud to be their father.
Mark loved time with family and friends, and especially time spent at his cabin on Gaviola Island. He loved adventure and travel and had a passion for skiing and bike riding. He rode to work year-round, sometimes dashing home only to switch bikes and gear, ready to hit the local trails with his buddies, the North Shore Mud Rats. He went on many incredible trips around Canada and the United States with the Mud Rats, fantastic road riding trips with his wife Patti in BC, France and Italy, epic back country ski trips both locally, and in Japan, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan with close friends, and countless resort skiing trips around the continent with more friends and family. Some memorable family holidays were horseback riding in the Muskwa Kechika, Grizzly watching in Bella Coola Valley, camping in the Rockies, sailing trips with family friends to Madagascar, Desolation Sound and the Maldives. He looked forward to annual Harrison Resort family reunions, and the occasional fishing trip with his dad. Additionally, Mark was a generous patron of dance, music and theatre in Vancouver.
Mark was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny. He is survived by his wife Patti, his three children, Ellie, Matt and Connor, his parents John and Sharon Bishop, his brother Mike, his sisters Kelly Bourne and Sue Gunning and many nieces and nephews. He is so loved and missed.
At work and in his personal life Mark had the ability to overcome what others would consider unachievable. He was known for his intelligence, kindness, curiosity and abundant energy, and will be remembered for the same.
Mark wished to acknowledge and give thanks to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at St. Paul’s Providence Hospital.
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Mark Winslow Bishop
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Terri and Dave Margo
26 April 2021
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mark. Mark was always kind, calm, capable and looking for adventure.
Just one memory of our good times. Mark and Patti were excellent travelling partners and generous friends. He dragged us across Hanoi at midnight to see some Vietnamese jazz and found the best coffeeshop in town too.
We send our heartfelt prayers to all of Mark and Patti's family. He will be missed.
Vancouver Myeloma Support Group, Kerry McKeen
24 April 2021
On behalf of the Vancouver Myeloma support group, we are all deeply saddened to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. He was an active participant in our support group, and an advocate for myeloma patients. Mark’s determination to live life to the fullest and to continue his activities and passions, despite his disease, was inspiring to us all.
To Mark’s family, we send our heartfelt condolences.
Vancouver Myeloma Support Group
24 April 2021
I met Mark in the bike cage at Bentall Athletic Club several years ago and got to know him a bit better through business. He shared stories of his family and many trips over breakfast at Royal Centre and I would often run him skiing in Whistler. I was always impressed by his kind nature and many accomplishments. We shared a passion for skiing and biking and my bucket list adventures were trips Mark had already done. Mark was kind, smart, athletic and a loving family man who had travelled extensively for work and pleasure. He seemed to have it all. He was a lucky guy and I was luckier to have known him. He will be greatly missed by anyone lucky enough to have known him.
23 April 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. My sincere condolences to the whole family.
I first met Mark ten years ago at work in Brazil and I am grateful our paths have crossed because I am quite sure Mark made the difference in my personal and professional growth during this time. Especially in the last few years, when we had the opportunity to interact a little more, even though he was not my direct leader. I will always cherish the memory of his perseverance, enthusiasm, talent and integrity.
22 April 2021
I am very saddened to hear of Mark's passing. I only knew Mark through the Myeloma Support Group, of which he was an active member. I never met him in person, but through the discussion we had on-line, I found him inspirational. Mark was grounded and he was determined. I also admired the way he refused to let this disease become his life. All of us at the Myeloma Support Group will miss you and your wise counsel.
Danelle Laidlaw, member, Vancouver Myeloma Support Group
21 April 2021
I met Mark at St.Paul's Hospital while he and I were receiving treatment for Multiple Myeloma. I looked forward to talking to Mark as he was positive and well informed about our treatment and our disease. We also talked about the great take- out places in Vancouver and our travels.
I hope you can remember the happy times you had together during this difficult time.
My deepest condolences,
21 April 2021
Mark and I graduated together from Forestry in 1986. We became good friends in our 3rd and 4th years. I had a ton of respect for him - I remember him as highly intelligent, thoughtful and with a great moral compass. He got me my first job in forestry at a long gone firm called L&K Lumber, something for which I was always grateful for. He is gone way too young and my condolences go out to the family.