Mark Robert

Sharhon

Year of Birth: 1958
Passed Away: November 18th, 2023

We are heartbroken that a wonderful soul left us on the morning of November 18, 2023 at the age of 65, after a brave, year long battle with cancer.  Mark is survived by Sandi, his best friend, travel mate and cherished partner of 23 years, brothers Gary and Brent, sister Jane, 3 nieces, 2 nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew.  Mark was predeceased by mother Patricia (2010) and father Michael (2021) Sharhon.

Mark was born and raised on 14th Avenue in Burnaby where he attended 2nd Street Elementary and then Caribou Hill Secondary.  Mark made many life-long, loyal friendships, sharing an amazing history of memorable adventures with his numerous pals over the years.

Mark had many remarkable journeys throughout his life.  At the age of 18, he rode his 10 speed bike down the west coast of USA, then east to Florida, visiting and working in a variety of jobs in many different cities and towns along the way to support himself.  Later in life, Mark  lived and worked in many North American places, and later traveled overseas to Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia.   He was a skilled outdoor person who loved hiking, skiing, camping and exploring the unbeaten path, most often with friends, and he had an uncanny sense of direction.

Mark was a carpenter by trade and master craftsman, working his last 25 years with Kingston Construction of Langley, where he had advanced to the position of Superintendent, overseeing many major projects around B.C.  He took pride in his workmanship and in his many accomplishments.  He truly appreciated the opportunity of mentoring and taking new apprentices under his wing.  He was respected and liked by everyone he worked with.  He was a good friend to his many co-workers and highly regarded by his superiors.

A few years after Mark and Sandi met in 1999, they bought their first home together In Coquitlam where many renovations and improvements took place, including a major kitchen reno, house expansion, interior/exterior woodworking and gardening projects that they loved planning and undertaking together.  Mark was so knowledgable, he could fix or build almost anything and taught Sandi a lot.  The highlight of their summers was cruising around in Mark’s restored 1966 red Mustang Convertible.

They had many memorable holidays over the years.  Some they shared with friends and family including an Alaskan cruise followed by a 5 day stay in Anchorage,  vacations in Dominican Republic, Portugal, plus multiple trips to Cuba, Hawaii, Las Vegas and to many areas of Mexico.  Their more adventurous holidays included self-driving tours around Panama, Morroco and Nicaragua (including stays on Corn Island and Little Corn Island on the Carribean Sea). Trips also included England, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, Spain and Sri Lanka (which included a brief stay in India, where they were deported back to Bangkok for not having India Visitor Visas).

In Sri Lanka, they fed baby elephants at the orphanage, discovered rare leopards on a safari, saw great white sharks and massive spinner dolphin pods while searching for Blue Whales on the Indian Ocean.  Mark and Sandi also toured many UNESCO world heritage sites. They encountered a variety of monkey species in Sri Lanka, Nicaragua and Panama, rode camels and saw tree-climbing goats in Morocco, and patted a baby Grey Whale in the wild in Mexico.  They had fishing excursions in almost every country they visited, catching baracuda, tuna, halibut, salmon, shark, scorpion fish, trigger fish, and rooster tail.  Mark also once had an accidental and surprising  Pacific Giant Octopus “catch & release” experience in Desolation Sound.

While Sandi did most of the vacation researching and co-ordination, Mark planned various cultural and historic site visits and events.  Mark also developed a keen artistic eye, photographing all their adventures .  Both Mark and Sandi developed a love for bird watching over the years, keeping a journal of all the species they encountered in their travels and at home.

Mark’s fly-in fishing trips with his dad and Sandi to River’s Inlet Resort and later to West Coast Resort in Haida Gwaii, were a particularly memorable highlight, especially for Michael.   They returned home with an abundance of salmon, halibut and many stories.  Who knew Salmon Sharks even existed before that last trip?

Their Canadian travels included boating, camping and RV expeditions that took them to a vast array of B.C. locations.  They also travelled around Ontario and Newfoundland, as well as 2 weeks driving along the southern California coast in 2010.  They had swapped their Coquitlam home for a 30’ motorhome during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, just to get away from the crowds.  Although a small TV had to be purchased along the way to watch the Canada / US hockey Gold game at an RV park on a picnic table.

In 2014, Mark and Sandi  purchased a ‘Palapa’ beach house property in Baja California Sur, Mexico, a stone’s throw from the Bay of Conception, near the town of Mulege on the Sea of Cortez. After a few years of flying down, they hit the road and hauled their 5th wheel down through the USA and Baja, spending the winter months fishing, swimming, kyaking, star gazing/UFO discoveries, whale and dolphin watching, sharing afternoon Happy Hour with the playa neighbours and exploring Baja, along with their Dane/Mastiff companion, Pepper.   Their return trips north to Canada always took a different route, with camping stays along the way in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.  They always made many new friends on their travels and enjoyed some spectacular and historical sights.

Both Mark and Sandi were loyal Vancouver Canuck hockey fans, attending some home games (thanks to Kingston and Paul & Vicky).  They hosted many game night dinner parties and bbq’s with friends. Mark also enjoyed a variety of musical genres, attending more than 89 concerts over the years (he saved all his concert stubs).  He loved dancing and singing, but couldn’t really carry a tune.  But, hey, he knew all the words to so many songs.

Mark was a loving, intelligent, caring person and such a good friend. He had an infectious personality, a great sense of humour, and had many stories and adventures to share. He was loved by all and will be profoundly missed.  He leaves a hole in our hearts.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be planned for the Spring of 2024.

Please contact Sandi at macsandimac@hotmail.com for further information or to be added to the Celebration announcement e-mail list.

Mark Robert Sharhon
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Gary Cahill
Gary Cahill
6 months ago

Dear Sandi,

I’m sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I know no words can mend your grief, but I want you to know that I am here for you during this most difficult time. Your time/life with Mark was a special bond that will
no doubt leave a hole in your life.

I hope you find some solace in knowing that the memories you have shared with Mark will live on. Even though he may be gone, his spirit will never truly leave us.

Sandi
Sandi
Reply to  Gary Cahill
6 months ago

Thanks Gary, You and Mark shared a very special friendship. We always looked forward to seeing you and sharing good times. Stay in touch and keep well my friend. Hugs. Sandi

Jill Schwalb
Jill Schwalb
6 months ago

That was a beautifully written obit. So many wonderful memories together Sandi. I only had a brief encounter with Mark when I rented that cute little shack on the alley in Coquitlam. From him. It was a time I needed a place and living there was a nice adventure for me.
I send you my heartfelt condolences to Marks family and friends..
altho I didn’t see u as often as we use to Sandi I knew you were in good hands with Mark as your life partner. You had so many great adventures together and memories galore to look back on. Wishing you all the best and we really should get together soon..Eric sends his love too

David MacAdam and Family.
David MacAdam and Family.
6 months ago

Sandi… what a wonderful tribute to Mark. Such great memories and you two were truly life partners and adventurers! Sincere Condolences to you and family.

Margaret Lemmon
Margaret Lemmon
6 months ago

wow girl you did a fabulous job, Mark is so pleased with it, sad he’s gone, he was a good, fun friend

Dan & Chris Bewsher
Dan & Chris Bewsher
6 months ago

May his spirit now be free, may all those left here tell his stories to bring comfort and keep him close.

Vera Crockett and Jeff Luster
Vera Crockett and Jeff Luster
6 months ago

Sandi, I am so very sorry to learn of Marks passing. I knew that you guys hadn’t been coming down to your place on The Bay for several years but certainly didn’t realize that he was fighting cancer. My heart goes out to you as well as all of the members of your family. The obituary shared your love and all of the remarkable journeys you two had together. I am glad that we had the opportunity to know him as a Baja beach neighbor. And, I hope that you will allow us to help you, in any way we can regarding your place here. I will share your tragic loss with our fellow beach folks. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance. You are in my thoughts and prayers that you continue to be the strong, adventurous, lovely woman that you truly are. May you be surrounded with love and comfort from family and friends, and may you always hold the love you and Mark shared together as sacred. Bless you Sandi, please stay contact. Sending lots of ♥ and many (((HUGS))) your way. Vera and Jeff

Sandi
Sandi
Reply to  Vera Crockett and Jeff Luster
6 months ago

Thanks Vera. it’s been a long tough year. We thought we had this beat. Mark was brave till the end. I will miss my best friend and soul mate.

Asad
Asad
6 months ago

Mr. Mark,

I’m trying to find words to explain how I met you. First thing come to mind. I showed up and 1st person I saw was you with nothing but open arms and heart & made me feel like a part of team.
You took me on a tour in kenora and Manitoba and gave me wisdom on how to make a perfect steak & we parted ways.
I wish I could turn the dial and have the time back hanging out with you, one of the best times I’ve had.
You will always be a father figure and friend.
I wish I could have a time to hang with you once more.

Regards,
Asad.

Sandi
Sandi
Reply to  Asad
6 months ago

Dear Asad,
That is very touching and I am happy you had that special time with Mark and kept in touch with him. He loved that you called him Mr. Mark.
Take care. Sandi

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