In Memory of

Mark Ireland



In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family goodbye will be held. Loved ones and friends are encouraged to show their support by leaving written tributes and condolences for the family below in the tribute section of this webpage.

Ireland: Mark Raymond,
Taken far too soon, suddenly at his home in Woodbridge on April 27, 2020.   Mark Ireland, at the age of 65 years, beloved and devoted father of Laura Mabee (Shawn).    Dearly loved grandfather of Colin.   Sadly missed by his siblings: Mike Ireland (Aileen), Martin Ireland, and predeceased by Bob Ireland (Audrey).  Son of the late Murray and Anna Ireland.   Forever remembered in the hearts of his extended family, friends, and coworkers. For over three decades Mark served the Town of Vaughan, at the job he was set to retire from this coming July.   He was passionate about art, books and animals.   He will be truly missed.
Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home Tottenham. Cremation will take place, and in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, a Private Family goodbye will be held. Loved ones and friends are encouraged to show their support by leaving written tributes and condolences for the family below in the tribute section of this webpage.

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“Mark Ireland”
  1. Joanne and paul mabee wrote:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time .Sending our condolences.

  2. Joe Battaglia wrote:

    I had the privilege of working with Mark for 17 years. I will always picture his big smile when speaking of his daughter and grandson. Rest in peace you will be greatly missed.

  3. Judith Budding-Lawson wrote:

    So sorry to hear about your brother. Never any words to truly express my condolences.

  4. Kevin Arbour wrote:

    Mike and Aileen,
    I am very sorry to hear about Mark
    May he rest in peace and may you always remember the good times

  5. Randy and Donna Kitchener & Family wrote:

    We had the privilege of knowing Mark for years as a friend, and many more as a brother-in-law. He was an amazing uncle to all of our children, and a very proud father to Laura. Although we had not seen him in some time, he was not absent from our thoughts. Our deepest condolences to Laura and family. May you find some sense of comfort knowing he touched the lives of so many. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Rest in peace, friend.

  6. Mary Bowers wrote:

    Mike, Aileen and family, I am awfully sorry for your loss. It’s so sad when loved ones pass away long before their time. My sincerest condolences.

  7. Brandon Ireland wrote:

    Such an amazing uncle, always made me laugh so hard. A natural comedian!

  8. Sandy Hawkshaw wrote:

    Laura,my sincerest condolences, to you ,and your family. I am happy I had the pleasure of being a part of his and your families lives. He always showed kindness to everyone. He spoke of his ” handsome” Colin with a smile from ear to ear, and it was aooently obvious how much he loved you.
    He will very much be remembered and be missed. His memories will live on through his family and grandson.God bless and I send my love

  9. Freda Warner wrote:

    I am sending my deepest condolences to the entire Ireland Family. I am sending my love to my friends Mike and Aileen and I am so sorry for the loss of your Brother. Love to all Freda.

  10. Bob Strong wrote:

    My sincere condolences to the Ireland family! You’ll be greatly missed bud, but never forgotten! Oh the times we had in high school!

  11. Jim & Cyndi wrote:

    Mike & Aileen: So very sorry to hear about this.Cyndi and I would like to pass along our deepest condolences.

  12. Chantal Forget wrote:

    So sorry for your loss. May you find some peace in the memories of the good times that you shared.

  13. Karen and Todd Sears wrote:

    Mike and Aileen,
    I had the pleasure of working with Mark for many years, his smile and his ability to make people laugh was great. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten, Rest In Peace my friend.

  14. AileneMabee wrote:

    So very sorry to hear of your Fathers passing much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless. Ailene andfamily

  15. Clifford Mabee and family wrote:

    So sorry for the loss of your dad. Please know that we are thinking of you and Shawn.

  16. AileneMabee wrote:

    So very sorry to hear of your Fathers passing much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are withyou all.God Bless. Ailene Mabee and family

  17. Victoria Valente wrote:

    My deepest condolences to the Ireland family.I am saddened with the news of his passing I had the privilege of growing up with Mark since I was a little kid. I always considered him another uncle. It was news I wish I never got. His kindness, caring,funny personality was so contagious to all those around. I am forever thankful for the memories my family and I made with him, and will cherish always. He loved those closest his heart so much especially Laura and his dog(s). Gone too soon, never will be forgotten.

  18. Teresa (Duzak) Rosa wrote:

    Dearest Laura, our family was so very saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. Gone far too soon. He was so very proud of you and so happy to be a Grandfather, a true blessing. He was a very dear and loyal lifelong friend to my brother Richard and he is deeply grieving for him. He will forever miss the weekly Saturday visit with “Markie” who would always bring a coffee and just sit and talk with him. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace.

  19. Allison (Hunter) Vieira wrote:

    Hi Laura,

    I am very sorry to hear about your dad. I know my Uncle is very sad right now as your dad and him were very close. He always spoke so dearly of him. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. May you be given strength and love during this most difficult time.

  20. John Anceriz wrote:

    Its been an honour to have known and worked alongside Mark keeping Vaughan beautiful I will miss seeing him walking his Dog and yelling out hi Mark driving through Woodbridge and getting the wave

  21. Joseph Iamundo wrote:

    R.I.P Mark

    I’ve been working along side Mark for past 10 years. He was one of those guys always smiling and making jokes, a guy who loved his work, family and really loved his dog(s) I wish family and friends of Mark love and prayers. It was a sad day, that morning seeing cop cars in the plaza he lived, I stopped and walked over and didn’t wanna believe what a resident told me 🙁 it’s a day I’ll never forget.

    Sorry again

    Love joe

    City of vaughan and west yard loves you Mark

  22. Peter Lioktsis wrote:

    My deepest condolences to everyone in the family. I worked with Mark and he was a pleasure to work with. He was a good friend to me and he will definitely be missed. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Mark Kochenash wrote:

    It was such an honor to have known Mark. I started my first day with Mark back in 1999 and worked with him for one full year and learned what he used to call “tricks”, sharing my lunch with him and truly he cared so much about the way the parks looked and put so much effort every day. I will never forget when he brought his scruffy big dog “Shadow” to work with him, and the dog sat in the middle between us. That something you don’t see everyday. But seeing him every day i missed being with him in parks dept as he joined roads about 11 years ago. To the family my deepest condolences and i will think of Mark always and he will be in a piece of all our hearts. Thank you to Mark for all the memories you will never be forgotten.

  24. Todd Wilson wrote:

    Rest In Peace My Friend .!!

  25. Carina Paoletti wrote:

    Salt of the Earth is how I would describe Mark.

    All the residents here on Woodbridge Ave. and his neighbours will miss him.

    My condolences to you and the whole family. Please give Zoey a big hug from me and my fur baby Tess… we will miss seeing them both on our walks and in the hallway everyday.

  26. Bonnie And Grant Hickey wrote:

    RiP Mark Thoughts to All the Family From the Hickeys

  27. Nathan Pingitore wrote:

    Im so sorry to hear about the untimely passing of our colleague Mark. I will miss seeing him walking Zoe every night.

    Gone to soon. Rest In Peace

  28. Ted Walker wrote:

    A friend from my youth . Rest In Peace mark. condolences to Marty and Mike and the Ireland family.

  29. Tim Barnes wrote:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Marks’ passing. We were neighbours on Kipling Ave for a number of years. Mark was a kind soul and usually had a smile or caused one. He was older than us but always made sure everyone was alright. I remember he took me for a ride in his Chevy 2, I thought “how cool, out in Mark Irelands hot car”. Rest in Peace Mark, I’m so sorry you didn’t get to retire and have all the time you deserved with your family. Take care bro xoT

  30. Dave Williams wrote:

    Deepest condolences to Mike, Marty family and all of Marks friends. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Mark as a teenager. We had a lot of fun attending school and not. Some great parties, poker games with the boys, and of course when we wanted to make the big bucks we went to the Wednesday night Bingo at the Woodbridge legion. Like everyone back in the day, we hung on down on Main Street, looking for action. We both loved Grand Funk Railroad. He loved that I played bass with a band called Mandrake with Roger Colton, Tom Kerr and Kenny Becket. Lol
    R.I.P. Mark

  31. Patty and Scott Somerville wrote:

    Our sympathy to Mark’s family at the sudden and unexpected loss of a father, brother and grandfather. I first met Mark when he and “Shadow” were tenets at Ascot Manor. He was such a gentle man. Later in our lives we both ended up living on Woodbridge Ave and would frequently see each other when he was walking Zoe. Mark always had a smile and time for a short
    conversation. We also kept our eyes on the great blue heron that liked to sun and fish along our path. He will be remembered for his gentle kindness to others and we will miss seeing him on the walkway.. With deepest sympathy, Patty and Scott Somerville

  32. Ana Alonso wrote:

    My deepest sympathy to Mark’s family.I was lucky enough to have known and worked with Mark on many occasions .Rest in peace wonderful friend.You will be so missed. Love you forever !

  33. Randy Mathewson wrote:

    With a very sad heart, I learn of Mark’s passing. I enjoyed working with him closely for the last three years of my employments. Mark and I had good laughs and bad laughs, but enjoyed the time we had together. Randy

  34. Rob & Pat Cesaroni wrote:

    Mark was a gentle soul. Always ready with a kind word and a big smile. He will always be a brother-in-law that is loved and missed. Heart felt condolences to Laura and Families. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  35. Reid Paterson wrote:

    To Baby Laura.
    I sadly heard of Marks passing today.
    I was privileged to work with Mark at Woodbridge Parks in his early years with Vaughan.
    Our conversations always revolved around “ baby Laura”.
    Mark was dedicated to his work and took pride in “ his parks”.
    He will be greatly missed.

  36. Lisa Connors wrote:

    I wish my most sincere condolences to the whole Ireland clan.
    Mark was truly a special man who I was blessed to have shared my early years together with. It has been a lifetime since we last spoke and I had always thought we would see eachother again someday to reminisce and remember our youth.
    I love all the wonderful messages in honour of you.
    I am so sorry you were taken from your loved ones so soon.
    With love, strength and thought felt prayers to your family, rest in peace Mark, you will be missed.
    Lisa xo

  37. Jim Ireland wrote:

    Very Sad. Mark was always one of my favorite people. Although I haven’t seen him in many years I always remember him as a kind and thoughtful person.Mark will be deeply missed by anyone that knew him.

  38. Vincenza Carelli wrote:

    I worked with Mark when he was in parks and always see each other every morning when he transferred to roads. Mark you were such a gentle soul always smiling and your good morning, I’ll miss you dearly may you Rest In Peace ❤️ Bye Mark until he meet again.

  39. Daniel Veri wrote:

    Mark, I will never forget everything you taught me. You are one of the hardest working people I know and I will truly miss you. Sending love and condolences to your family.

  40. Bob Johnson wrote:

    although we never worked together we new each other for thirty years and shared some good times. Rest in piece my friend

  41. Maureen Lord wrote:

    Dear Laura ,
    My deepest condolences to you, your family and friends. I am so saddened to hear of Marks passing. He was one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known. Mark rented a second storey apartment from my husband Pete and I for many years and we could not have wished for a better tenant. Mark took care of the building and grounds as if they were his own. I remember when he asked if he could have a dog. Shortly afterwards, along came Beautiful Shadow. The two of them were inseparable and a huge blessing in our lives too. Many years later, Zoey arrived and we were just as excited. Mark was always thinking of others and when spring-time arrived I would walk into my salon very early in the morning , to find vases of gorgeous Lilacs or Peonies, or whatever was blooming at the time. Mark just loved to surprise and lift everyone’s spirits. Whenever I needed help Mark was always there for me, and when he and my husband Pete got together, we could always guarantee we were in for a few good laughs. It was an absolute Honor and Pleasure to have known you Mark. You are a very special man and will be greatly missed by all of us.


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