March 20, 1965 – January 3, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
After a courageous battle with Lung Cancer, we sadly announce the passing of Mark Douglas Ballam.
Mark was born in Chilliwack on March 20th, 1965 and passed away in the morning on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 at Chilliwack Hospice.
Mark was predeceased by his ever-loving parents: James Merle Ballam and Elizabeth “Gloria” Ballam.
Mark is survived by his Brother, Jim Ballam (Colette), His Nephew Ryan Ballam (Lorena) and his Niece Nicole (Lily). Mark was a father to his Step-Son Brandon Brown (Nikki) and “Papa” to Quinn and Spencer.
Mark also leaves behind some very cherished cousins, aunts and uncles and extended family members. Family and friends were everything to Mark.
Mark was the 5th generation of his family to be born and raised on Fairfield Island. He grew up camping and fishing and hunting, three past times that were a constant theme in his life. His love for animals was well known and he had a few amazing canine companions on his journey.
He also had a real passion for high-performance vehicles. All the way until his last days, he spent time occupied with muscle cars and 4×4’s, snowmobiles, dirt bikes and of course Harley Davidsons. With all these hobbies as a constant throughout his life, nothing was more cherished than his “Hockey Days”.
At a young age, Mark played for the Fraser Valley Winter Club and had a great showing at the Quebec International Pewee tournament. He joined his older brother Jimmy playing junior hockey for the local Junior “B” Jets.
Later on, he played again with his brother for the Chilliwack Junior “A” Colts. He was only 15 when he was selected to the Calgary Flames farm team and was listed as one of the top defensive prospects for the Edmonton Oilers. His natural ability for the game combined with his size and exceptional strength made him a formidable opponent.
To this day, former teammates and opponents still speak of his dominating presence on the ice. This is truly Mark’s Legacy and he made lifetime memories and friends all because of the game of Hockey.
For the rest of his time, Mark was that larger than life type of man who really lived his days to the fullest. He was a free spirit who carved out his own path. His presence and his laughter will be greatly missed by those who loved him most. He wanted to make sure to thank everyone who helped him at the end during his most difficult time. Before he passed, he made a donation to the BCSPCA and in lieu of flowers would appreciate any family or friends contributing to them as well.
No funeral was requested but a Celebration of life party will be announced.
We love you Mark and we will miss you always.
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