1955 - 2013
Long-time TBN volunteer Mark Brousseau passed away April 16, 2013. Mark was a model TBN leader, working hard to find the most interesting routes, and always waiting for stragglers and ensuring everyone's well being. Most recently, Mark was the City Walks coordinator and led many a TBN member on fascinating and fulfilling walks through the city of Toronto.
TBN members will miss Mark very much.
Guest Book Comments:
As Mark's oldest cousin who left Canada when he was just a kid I had little opportunity to get to know Mark as an adult. The last time I spoke with him at length was in 2008 at our aunt's funeral. He was so enthusiast to visit us in LA and explore Hollywood, I guess because of his interest in the movies. I was looking forward to showing him the sites and getting to know him more. As kids I do remember our families getting together often for picnics. I also spent a good deal of time at their house during my nursing school days since my family had moved to Montreal. Mark's early death has been a terrible shock to us all but life has certainly impacted us for the better and our memories of him will help to ease the lose. To Nickie, Paula, Suzanne and John we send our heart felt sympathy and love.
Mark was a great guy. We had many walks and talks over the years. He said this and his bike trips relieved the work tensions he had. It hard to believe he won't be out there any more!!!!
I have enjoyed many of Mark's City Walks with the TBN. We all appreciated the effort he put into finding the ideal route, giving us historical information, and making sure everyone was enjoying themselves. My condolences to his family; he will be greatly missed.
I am sad to hear about Mark's passing at such a young age. I am one of many people who enjoyed the TBN City Walks organized by Mark. I believe that his spirit will live on in the park and forest trails that he enjoyed so much, and was kind enough to teach us to appreciate.
Mark was a great guy - always smiling and very enthusiastic. He led many TBN walks in the fall, and introduced the nooks of Toronto to many people. I am sorry to read about his passing. My sympathies to his family.
I participated in a few city walks led by Mark, and am in total agreement with everyone that he was a very kind and considerate individual - and very detailed in his walks' outings. My condolences and deepest sympathy to his family.
I cannot believe it!! Mark was so full of life and happy and kind!! He devoted so much time and enjoyment to the TBN City walks!! I will miss him as we all will!!
Mark was a very kind and thoughtful man, always trying to help others including me. I am very saddened by this news. I will miss Mark.
It was my pleasure to know Mark through our work at Service Canada. He was an intelligent interesting person who was knowledgable in a variety of areas and loved to discuss them with anyone. He was also a kind, caring, compassinate soul. The world is a poorer place for his passing.
My condolances to all his family. He will be missed.
I knew Mark from the TBN as we were often on the same Alan Gordon LW rides. Mark was always approachable, chatty, and unassuming. Over the years, no matter how long between TBN events where I would run into him, he was the same. I really liked that about him. My condolences to the family.
It's so hard to believe that Mark passed away. I always enjoyed the city walks he led, his subtle sense of humour, stories and anecdotes he shared with us. I am grateful for all the time and energy he put into volunteering for the TBN, leading the rides and city walks. He will be missed.
I feel sad and surprised that he will no longer lead the walks at TBN.... But I am sure his friendly smile and sense of humour will walk with us. My condolences to the family.
Sad to hear of Mark's passing. I knew him as the tireless volunteer that helped lead and eventually ran TBN's citywalk program. He will be sorely missed
I too knew Mark from the Toronto Bicycling Network. We were roommates for a couple of Cyclon events. Always helpful, always friendly, we'd chat during City Hikes, Friday night skates or over a beer afterward. He spoke of his family from time to time and how happy he was to move back east to Riverdale. Simply put, Mark was a very decent guy.
It's with good memories and sadness learning of Mark's passing. I had the pleasure of assisting Mark and other tour leaders with the TBN Leisure Wheeler's rides. Rest in Peace...
I knew Mark from the City walks program at TBN and we spoke and walked together many times. Great guy - you'll be missed.
I worked with Mark many years ago and we became friends immediatley. Though life took us in different directions we would still meet at our favorite pubs in Toronto for a couple of jars. Our credo at the end of the evening was "fight the good fight brother" ; Mark certainly fought the good fight with honesty and integrity.
I have history books provided to me from Mark with written sumaries by Mark on the inner sleave. His words where clear but more importantly warm and kind. Those books mean more to me know then ever. I will miss you dearly.
My condolences to Mark's family.
Mark will be truly missed, My prayers for the family is that God in his abiding love will comfort the family during this difficult period.
Mark was a lovely, kind soul.
Sadly missed. Betty
Mark will remain very alive in our memories and admiration, My thoughts are with you and your family. Mary Ravnaski
Mark will remain very alive in our memories and admiration, My thoughts are with you and your family. <3
Reading the Saturday Globe and Mail and having coffee. Simple things, that's what Mark liked to do, he often told me.
The Toronto Bicycling Network was a big part of Mark's life. Mark and I worked together on the TBN City Walk program. We took turns leading the walks. Mark would often entertain the group with his expert knowledge of Toronto. We also stopped at a lot of Tim Horton and other coffee shops before, during and after the walks. I provided a few photos of Mark in action on the City walks. Everybody will miss you Mark.
Mark, I will miss our Sunday City walks. I'm sorry you were never happy with my walking shoes...
It is nice to see pictures of Mark enjoying himself outside of work. He really needed it. Great comments from an assortment of friends. He was a unique character and I'll miss him.
Having worked with Mark over 20 years, I am in shock and disbelief. We miss you Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mark was a great guy and a gentle soul. I will miss our discussions - mostly political - I will miss his unique sense of humour. Running in to him on the Danforth on a Sunday was always fun.
My Condolences to his family
I remember Mark very well. He worked for me and with me as a very conscientious worker always enthusiastic and positive. He was a joy and delight and made his contribution to life with spirit and love.
So shocked to hear this. My sincere condolences to the family.
I will remember Mark as a genuine individual who spoke with conviction. He will be dearly missed. My prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.
So shocking and sad to hear this news. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the times spent with Mark. He has shared so much with us, and we all appreciate what Mark has given us. Thank you Mark, for being a great company and friend. We will miss you.
I will always remember walking with Mark and enjoying his wonderful sense of humour. What an interesting and lovely man. He is missed.
I remember Mark from the TBN activities, mostly cycling. Shocking news ... so very sad - he was a very nice gentleman.
Condolences to his family.
Very sad to learn of Mark's passing. I knew him through the group walks he generously organized with the Toronto Bicycling Network where he will be greatly missed. Condolences to Mark's family.
Mark was a very special man. Introduced me to the beauty of "Casablanca" Proud to have known and worked with him. Condolences and prayers to the family.
I took part in many of the city walks that Mark organized for the Toronto Bicycling Network. I appreciated so much the hard work he put into these walks, and the care he took of all the participants. We will all miss him.
The news of Mark's passing was sudden and I immediately started to reflect back on our past interactions through the years working together. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor and I'm glad to have met him. My sincere condolonces to his family and anyone else who was blessed to have known him.
My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
It has been a great pleasure to work with Mark in the Scarborough office. He was a kind, generous and supportive man who was always there to lend a hand. He will be dearly missed by all in his Scarborough MTCU family.
I was saddened to hear of Mark's passing. I went through my photo albums and posted every picture I had of Mark. I'm sure I'll find some more pictures at a later date. I was always encouraging him to do the metric century and he always said that was his goal next year. Mark and I had a few things in common, we were both air cadets and history buffs. He enjoyed ice skating very much and his favorite rink was Dufferin Grove and favorite apre's was the Roma ristorante. Mark will be missed.
Although I never worked directly with Mark he and I shared a interest in aviation and had many a discussion on the subject when we would run into each other in the halls.
Mark was a great guy.
My condolences to his family.
We knew Mark through the Toronto Bicycling Network where he rode in the Leisure Wheeler rides, and also in various years participated in TBN's "Cyclon". Such a kind and softspoken man--it is a real shock to hear of his passing. We will miss him!
Bill and Mary Kennedy
Mark was a kind and gentle person.
My sincere condolences.
Mark you would be greatly miss.
Thanks for all those wonderfull days working at Service Canada. Rest in peace.
Mark always seemed to walk alone with thoughts he treasured all his own; If no one else knew how much he cared for all the Beauty in life we shared: You were called to rest with the poets and the greats; The One who called knows it is for the best: Rest in Peace my friend, May God be merciful. Our prayers go out to his entire family. Victor Carrington.
I knew Mark for many years in the Toronto Bicycling Network. He tirelessly volunteered for the club and in particular his efforts made for a very enjoyable City Walk Program with new and improved walks every year. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
Sadness and certainly shock. Mark was a vibrant 'young' soul.
My condolances to his family, his pals and the few co-workers who supported him.
RIP buddy---way too soon.
Mark was a very fine fellow who was always willing to engage in intellectual discussions ranging from politics to history to art. He spoke in a rapid fire to express his ideas urgently & comprehensively. He valued his freedom to live as he wished. Mark did a lot of roaming around town and I bumped into him at coffee shops like Timothy's on the Danforth on many occasions mostly Saturday mornings.
He was looking forward to travelling to Europe this fall to make up for his cancelled trip last spring.
May God Bless him...
I have been fortunate to know Mark since 1989. He was not only a colleague but a good friend. He was kind and quite funny. We will greatly miss him. My deepest condolence to his sisters, nephew and rest of the family.
....dear Mark it was a pleasure to know you, work with you and debate with you I will truly miss you...
I had the pleasure of working with Mark for over 25 years. He was a very conscientious and affable person and I will miss him greatly.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mark's family at this time. I worked with Mark for years , he was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers sre with Mark's family at this time.I worked with Mark for years and he was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed.
You always seemed to walk alone, With thoughts you treasured all your own: If no one else knew how much you cared, for all the Beauty in this world we shared: You were called to Rest with the poets and the best; The ONE who called you knows it is for the best. Rest in Peace my friend. My prayers go out to you and your family. Victor Carrington.
Mark's unique energy and effusivenes was a gift to all of us. I had the pleasure of working with Mark and watching him make a positive difference to people. My deepest condolences to Mark's family. My prayers are with you.
Although I only knew you for a short time you left a big impression!
Mark was a wonderful, kind and gentle man. I was lucky to work with him for many years. He will truly be missed. My condolences to his family. God Bless.
Although, at such a time as this, there's little one can do, I hope it helps in some small way, to know I'm think of you.
My condolences to Mark's family. Sad to see him go so early.
I knew Mark since our days together at university. We remained good friends through all of the years and I will miss him.