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Salon Funéraire Maher’s Funeral Home

33 Rue Lansdowne Street West, Campbellton, NB

OBITUARY

Mark Joseph Sark

October 29, 1963November 12, 2019
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Passed into the Spirit World at the Campbellton Regional Hospital on November 12, 2019 at the age of 56, Mr. Mark Joseph Sark of Listuguj, life partner of Vicky Metallic.

Born in Maria on October 29, 1963, son of the late Constance (Connie) Marie Pictou Sark-Burton.

It has been said of Mark that while he might have gone about life in a unique way, he always tried to do the right thing. With close to 30 years in a 12-step recovery program, Mark helped and was helped by numerous people. Before having found his ultimate calling as an artist and sculptor, he served his Mi’gmaw people as the Director of the Gespe'gewaq Mi'gmaq Resource Council, Band Manager for the We’koqma’q First Nation and, prior to that, as Band Manager for the Annapolis Valley First Nation.

He fulfilled his passion for art by attending the Nova Scotia College Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he quickly became a renowned artist. His award-winning artwork was recognized by the NSCAD faculty, peers, and the public. He exhibited in the Treaty Space Gallery at NSCAD’s Port Campus. He was a finalist in the Starfish Awards in 2019 and two of his pieces are in the permanent collection of Dalhousie University and currently loaned and installed in the Weldon Law Building at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His last days included receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and getting a personal letter from President Barack Obama. His last few weeks were spent with his beloved partner Vicky Metallic (Listuguj First Nation), his grandson Pasmayji’j, his sister Kathryn Burton (Boston, MA) as well as many loved ones.

Mark was known and respected among all people as a Sma’gnis (Warrior) having been certified as a paratrooper and sharpshooter in the United States Army and later served as a proud member of the United States Marine Corps.

Whether a brother, partner, a combat brother, a 12-step brother, an uncle or brother in his Sundance Family, Mark could literally be counted upon to lay his life on the line if required.

Mark is survived by his life partner Vicky Metallic; parents-in-law Frank and Mary Ann Metallic; sister-in-law Janine Metallic, brothers-in-law Kevin, Glenn, and Mark Metallic; brother David Wagner; nephews Lyle and Brandon Julian, and niece Tia Julian; sister Kathryn Burton, brother-in-law Chad Jackson, nephews Miles and Graydon Jackson; son Pasmay Paul and grandson Pasmayji’j Paul; daughter Shaya Sark, grandson Elijah Metallic; Uncle Bobby Pictou (Millbrook First Nation); cousins Shari, Shanan, and Brent Pictou; father Kevin Burton; many extended family members from Mi’gma’gi. Mark was predeceased by his woman warrior mother, Constance (Connie) Marie Pictou Sark-Burton.

Mark, please send an eagle as a sign when you’ve reached your spirit family. Your family still living on Mother Earth will forever and always miss you!

Semper Fidelis, Gisilita’sualultesnen, Always Faithful

Funeral mass will be held at St. Anne's Church in Listuguj, Saturday at 11:00 am.

Visitations at 119 Riverside West, Listuguj, Thursday starting at 2:00 pm. All hours mentioned are NB time (Atlantic time).

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Maher's Funeral Home, Campbellton. (506)789-1699 or toll free (855) 404-1699 email: maher.fh@nb.aibn.com

Services

  • Visitations / NB time Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass / NB time Saturday, November 16, 2019

Memories

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Mark Bovey

November 17, 2019

I first met Mark in the Print Studios at NSCAD. I was greeted with his familiar smile and welcoming nature and desire to learn. I was very happy to see his work selected for the Presidents Prize by the Sculpture Area last spring and his selection was a clearly a recognition of hard work and the contribution he made to his classmates, and his dedication to making work that addressed his Indigenous heritage.

It is clear by his obituary that he was a tremendous person who gave all he could, was loved and showed his love.

His NSCAD family will miss him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mark

Chastity Mitchell

November 15, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the loved ones, family and friends of Mark. He was a humble being of strength, integrity and kindness. I will always remember your smile and willingness to always lend a hand, your dedication to the nation and most of all your friendship.

It is with a heavy heart, rest easy my friend and ride high!!! xo

Arghavan Batal

November 15, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. May he Rest In Peace.

Betty Martin Docuette

November 15, 2019

I just wanted to put Connie's picture in there, Mark's mom. God Bless.

Audrey Isaac

November 15, 2019

I will always hold dear to my heart the personal tour Mark gave me in his amazing studio...so much talent and passion. But I believe his true passion was the love he felt for his partner Vicky and his grandson Pasmay...always talking about Pasmay. Rest now Mark...welugwen!

Ambrose and Joan Boyle

November 14, 2019

Our Deepest Sympathy to all the Family.

Deborah Dedam

November 14, 2019

Another angel gone home. God Bless you Mark. You were always there when someone needed a hug. Your kind heart and your smile will never be forgotten. Rest easy my friend.

Tony Dedam

November 14, 2019

Thank you Mark for your service and dedication in fighting for our freedom and enhancing our culture in your art work. Rest in peace, Nitap !!

Barbara Lounder

November 14, 2019

I met Mark when he first arrived to study art at NSCAD. He was not a student in any of my classes, but we would often talk about art when we saw each other in the hallways of the school, and he would tell me about the projects he was working on. I would visit his studio from time to time, and was so impressed with how hard he worked, and how much he was learning at each step of the way. I love the colour, vitality and spirit that Mark incorporated into his art; I think it is a good reflection of him. He will be missed very much at NSCAD. Sending condolences and warm thoughts to Mark's family, friends and community.

Betty Doucette

November 14, 2019

His with friends, Timothy Simon.

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