Mark was born and raised in the Niagara region. He was drawn to the funeral profession and began working part-time at the funeral home in Fort Erie at the age of 17. He went on to attend Canada's most prestigious school of funeral service in Toronto and graduated in 1977 with honours from both the college, as well as from his provincial board licensing exams. With a driven attitude, he became shift leader at Toronto's third largest funeral home, providing almost 1000 funerals annually by the age of 20.
At the age of 24, Mark and a colleague purchased their first funeral home in the west end of Toronto and entered a partnership. When that ended in 1982 he purchased the Whattam Funeral Home in Picton. Mark was both the owner and Managing Funeral Director, responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the business in a highly regulated industry.
Through dedication both to the profession and a commitment to the community, the business grew significantly and maintained more than a 80 per cent market share when he sold it thirty years later, in 2012.
Mark has owned 14 properties, including a century building, commercial property, recreational property, 3 custom built homes, and continues to own 3 rental properties. He has a diverse appreciation and understanding of many kinds of properties. The choice to look at real estate as a profession became a natural next step.
Marks devotion to the community has been found in his many volunteer roles, e.g. Past-President and 32 year member of the Rotary Club of Picton, Past-President of the Children's Aid Society and the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, and co-founder of COPE, now proudly Hospice Prince Edward. Mark continues in the role of Fundraising Chairperson for the residential hospice that has been created here in the county. Mark headed the Santa Claus Parade in Picton for more than a decade and supported his two boys by coaching hockey, T-Ball and was a scout leader for many years. He has been a participant in many other varied community initiatives.
Though new to the profession of real estate, Mark finds a direct parallel between his two chosen fields as it relates to helping people in some of their most important life decision. You can trust Mark to put your best interest at the forefront of everything he does.