Mark was born in Alameda, California which is just across the San Francisco Bay from Palo Alto where he grew up. He was a determined young boy and very adventurous. As a teenager he tried sailing, competitive cycling, and attended car races with friends in Monterey. When he went to college he spent time hiking, climbing, and camping in Yosemite National Park. Mark wanted to try hunting and fishing in a less settled area and transferred to Simon Fraser University on a student visa in 1970, finishing his English degree there in 1973. As a student, he continued hiking, camping, and hunting. He even tried skydiving several times.
It was in Canada that he met Roslyn at a student housing co-op where they both lived. After graduation he immigrated in the fall of 1974 and immediately went camping with Roslyn in the snow at Wells Gray Park. It was one of many camping adventures they had over the years.
After immigrating Mark worked for the City of New Westminster in a few positions before he worked in Engineering Operations Stores where he dealt with inventory and accounts.
Mark and Roslyn married and lived in New Westminster for several years before deciding to move to a hobby farm in Maple Ridge to raise their children. It was in this house that Mark introduced the beloved family dog, Freya, as a surprise one night. Mark, always fond of animals, loved “his girl” deeply and kept her collar in his workshop as a memento after she died.
In mid-life, Mark returned to the faith of his childhood and he and Roslyn joined the Anglican Catholic Church. Mark loved the beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer and delighted in the sacred music of Bach and Handel.
Mark liked to tinker and always had a project on the go. He built handmade cabinets, a small rowboat for flyfishing, a garage, a chicken coop and re-built two car engines. In his 50’s he returned to an interest in Amateur Radio and built several towers and radio kits. He made contacts around the world using Morse Code (CW) and was an active member of the Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club, the Fists CW Club, The American Radio Relay League and Radio Amateurs of Canada.
Markham Joseph Mellish went on to his eternal reward on January 18th of 2021 after several years’ struggle with Corticobasal Degeneration. Mark died peacefully at the age of 71, at home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. May he, in the words of Isaiah, wait upon the Lord and have his strength renewed, that he may be borne as on the wings of eagles, that he may run and not be weary, that he may walk and not faint.
Mark was pre-deceased by his father William J. Mellish and his mother Stella Lucille H. Mellish. He was the devoted husband of Roslyn for 45 years and the loving father of Thomas/Mosse (Emily), Alan (Elizabeth) and Alison (Eric). He is survived by them and his beloved grandchildren Brett, David, Amelia, Rachel, and Isabelle.
The family would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their kindness and assistance during Mark’s illness:
Dr. Peter-John Frew and Dr. Claire Hinnell, Fraser Health’s Palliative Care team, their Home Care Workers and Access Health Services with special thanks to Pravishna, Jon, Frances Mercy, Ruth, Crystal, and Angie.