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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Mark Andrew Campbell

June 20, 1975November 7, 2019
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Mark Andrew Campbell, age 44, of Bedford, died Thursday, November 7th, 2019. Our hearts are broken. Born in Souris, PEI, he was the son of Jim & Helen Campbell.

Mark was an amazing husband and best friend to Trish (who always described him to others as “the perfect combination of brilliant and ridiculous”) and a fun, loving, and dedicated dad to daughters Darby and Marin. For Marin he was the teacher of all things; not only her math homework but his sense of humour, love of french bulldogs, the beach, snorkelling, and travel.

He is survived by Trish, Marin, his dad Jim, brothers Roger (Joanne), and Allan (Karen), sister Lynn Ann (Desi) and Irish twin Melissa (Matt), along with mother-in-law Janet, brother-in-law Brad (Aimee) as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

An enormously talented and gifted man, he is fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched. After obtaining his computer science degree from UNB (involving more partying with his Aitken buddies than studying) Mark began a very successful career in IT. He started his own company and worked as a consultant for many years, collaborating with and leading teams on enterprise-level projects. In 2012 he moved to a senior role with IBM Canada. He will be deeply missed by those who worked with him, especially his closest work pals Al, Agnes, and Cal.

Mark discovered a love for travel after finishing UNB when he and friend Shane embarked on a backpacking trip through Europe. He and Trish, often with Marin in tow, explored numerous sun destinations and parts of Europe. In 2017 he spent several weeks in Morocco as part of the IBM Corporate Service Corps, a trip he especially enjoyed where he gained several new friends.

While he lived and worked in Halifax, Mark’s soul was happiest when he was with his family and friends at the cottage in Priest Pond/Campbell’s Cove, PEI. His love of the beach, the sound of the waves, and sharing this with others brought him immeasurable peace and contentment.

He brought joy to those around him with his warm smile, quick wit and wickedly sarcastic sense of humour. Most will not know that he struggled, periodically, for years with mental illness, and gave support to others struggling with these illnesses.

Predeceased by mother Helen, daughter Darby, father-in-law Bob.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 12th, 6-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place no one else will ever fill.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Sharing of Memories Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Memories

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Richard McDonald

November 13, 2019

I'm so sad that Mark is no longer with us. It was such a privilege to be his colleague, mentor and friend since the day he joined IBM. Even after I retired, he and I met often to discuss his future and the successes he was having. He was a joy to work with. Often bringing in happy stories about home life with Trish and Marin to illustrate a point. As has been said, I truly appreciated that he was "the perfect combination of brilliant and ridiculous".

He will be missed but not forgotten.

Danny & Nicole MacDonald

November 13, 2019

Sending our sympathies to all Mark's family at this time of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Doris Sheehan

November 13, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Mark's family. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Doris Sheehan and family

Alan E. MacPhee

November 13, 2019

It is my wish that Mark's family may find peace in the beauty and joy of having known him. My mom grew up a mile away from Charlie Pius's farm so in a small community there was always connection. Personally, I had the distinct privilege along with other coaches of being the defensive coach of the Wildcats football team where 'Gums' was our middle linebacker. It was an incredible year for our program and a 'legendary' championship in the annals of junior sport. The other coaches and I got to know closely the guys we coached and it is a bond that stuck. Mark was a very good athlete but also he would sit around with the coaches and participate in the discussions of strengths and weaknesses of players and game strategy. At 17 he was very mature - Yes, 'the perfect balance of brilliance and ridiculousness.' 'Though darkness fills the night, know the blessing of having known the beautiful light.' Peace to you, Alan E. MacPhee

Mike Cook

November 12, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family from an IBMer who was touched personally by Mark's big heart and big spirit. Our hearts break with yours - and that great big smile will be a memory forever.

Manon Yelle

November 12, 2019

I had the privilege of hiring Mark in 2012 and bring him on board onto our Client Technical sales team. Rapidly, he integrated the team.

Over the past years, Mike Diplock and myself have been his first line managers. We both agree that Mark was a highly valued and respected member of our team at IBM Canada. Mark was a wonderful employee who understood the meaning of the word "team." He made many great contributions to our team and our clients.

Mark was a remarkable man and we are better people for having known him. For those of us that had the privilege of calling him a "friend" outside of work, we were humbled by his kindness and we will never forget his smile and great sense of humour.

He will be greatly missed and we are saddened by his death. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family and friends during this difficult time. With our sincerest sympathy, from Manon Yelle and Mike Diplock.

Peter Burton

November 12, 2019

I knew Mark since he joined IBM into my team. I first met him at a team dinner and will always remember his beaming smile and his excitement at joining IBM and our team.

I did not see Mark often, with myself being located in Vancouver, but every time our team re-grouped, or when some of us met at a conference, he always had that same smile and wonderful personality.

He was incredibly helpful and kind to me in my own career - always one to lend a hand to help others. I will miss him dearly.

My deepest sympathies go out to Mark's family and friends.

Paula Stewart

November 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to Mark's family . There are no words to comfort the heartache everyone is going through at this tremendous loss . It has been my privilege to have known Mark. My prayers and thoughts are with you all .

Paula Stewart

Andrew Casey

November 12, 2019

Trish, Marin and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I met Mark in University during Frosh week and was fortunate enough to spend alot of time with him in the following years. With his huge personality, wit and smile he took no time at all in becoming a huge part of all of our lives.
He was a first class guy and will be dearly missed.

Thanks for the memories.
Andrew

Wendy Somers

November 12, 2019

To Melissa, Matt and family:

Cheryl and I just heard the news about your brother. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
We are sorry that we are not able to travel down today to attend the visiting hours but we are thinking of you this evening and in the days to come.


Cheryl & Wendy