Nils Fleming (AKA Mark Elliot) Johanson

December 24, 1953January 11, 2019

Passed away suddenly after a short battle with pneumonia, surrounded by his family, in the early morning hours of January 11, 2019, at the age of 65. Predeceased by his parents; Anna (nee Utas) and Emil Johanson. He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, children and all the people closest to him.

Nils will be remembered for his dedicated work with People Helping People (from 1995 – 2016), his work within the recovery community and the LGBTQ+ community. He impacted more lives than we can count. He was known for his “golden voice” in radio in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Windsor, Quebec City, and Toronto.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at HETHERINGTON & DEANS FUNERAL CHAPEL; 5176 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls. (905-354-5614). A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Project Share, Niagara Falls or The Scott Mission, Toronto would be appreciated by the family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nils Fleming (AKA Mark Elliot) Johanson

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Michael Warren

January 19, 2019

I was a regular listener to Mark on CFRB the nightside show and people helping people I was quite disappointed when he left the program very suddenly I did follow him and his voice of reason on twitter though I was even more shocked to hear about his passing to the other side He was a unique person. My heart felt condolences to his family and friends

Brian Paolino

January 19, 2019

One memory. Impossible. I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for Nils and his meetings. I was to upset to go to the funeral as this has all happened so quickly. I’m at a loss for words and I send my love to all his children. He loved you guys and talked non stop about each of you. I’ll never forget how proud he was of his grandson

Jimmy Lloyd

January 18, 2019

Jarrett and Mark's family my deepest sympathies.
Mark's friendship with me started during his first days in recovery in Windsor. We shared the
Ottawa bond. Over the years we shared many laughs and tears. We both lived in many cities
over the past 30 years, and we always seemed to find one another and catch up. Mark you were
one of a kind. Say hi to Father Paul in heaven for me. Love Jimmy

Peter Holmes

January 16, 2019

For many years Mark led the Brentwood Support Group each Thursday evening at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Yonge St. in Toronto. As the minister of the church, I often spoke with Mark about his work and calling to care for and support people broken by addictions. His compassionate spirit and empathetic heart along with his significant base of knowledge and experience made an enormous difference in the lives of many many people. We were sorry when he moved on a few years ago and now are deeply saddened to learn of his loss. He was truly a wonderful human being. Our prayers are with his family and close friends.

Brian Delaney

January 16, 2019

On behalf of the Delaney family ,please accept our sincere sympathy with respect to Mark’s passing. He was truly a wonderful human being , always focussed on the goal and objective of assisting others with their addictions and challenges in life.
May his soul Rest In Peace.

Don Smith

January 16, 2019

I worked with Mark at CFRA in Ottawa from 1977-1981. He was talented, warm-hearted and a pleasure to work with. My condolences to his family.

Sharon Mandel

January 15, 2019

In the chaos of my home, listening to Mark’s advice on the radio was like a warm hug accompanied by plenty of education and guidance.

When I had the courage to phone in he invited me to a meeting. Little did I know that would change my life. I gained strength and knowledge. I even went back to school and became a family addiction counsellor. He gave me a chance to facilitate his family circle and help others. I started a bereavement group for people who lost loved ones to substance related deaths. I follow Mark’s People Helping People teachings.

Best of all, I befriended wonderful people, many of whom are life long friends. For all the reasons above, I will always be grateful to Mark.

Lindsay Langlois

January 15, 2019

Mark saved our life. He was one of the only ones able to make any difference with my husband Mike. Not only that he was able to provide support to the entire family. Somehow even with all the mess going on I looked forward to attending his meetings. The people that were brought together to help each other throughout the hardest times made all the difference for us. I'm not sure where we would even be today without his help.

Sandra Wieland

January 14, 2019

Mark saved my life. He never gave up on me and always welcomed me to Brentwood Toronto group even when I was a mess. When I got sober I told Mark I wanted to work in a detox and be the first friendly face a person sees when they are feeling low. He loved the idea. Today that is my job. Thanks for saving countless lives and your blunt honesty. Your legacy is the hope and recovery in so many lives including me. RIP. Condolences to Jerrett and the entire family.

Caryn & John Johnston

January 14, 2019

We were deeply saddened to learn of Nils’/Mark’s passing. We met Mark in 2007. At the time and for years’ afterward, he was a beacon for us, as he no doubt was for many family members and individuals in communities struggling with issues related to addiction, gender identity and mental health. Throughout our time knowing him, Mark gained our respect and admiration by honestly sharing his experience, strength and hope. We learned we were not alone. Through service, Mark broadened the public’s awareness, knowledge and understanding as well as extended the conversation on issues regarding addiction and mental health. RIP Mark. You are gone but not forgotten for leaving us this legacy. Our sincere condolences to Jarrett, to Mark’s family and all his friends. We are unable to attend the service tomorrow but would be interested in attending a memorial service in the GTA at a later date if one is planned.