It is with profound sadness and sorrow that the family of Mark Joseph Culhane announces his passing on July 1, 2021. In the days leading up to his death, he was surrounded by his friends and family. Mark passed away peacefully with his soul mate Marian by his side. He was surrounded by a band of angels waiting to carry him home to his father Donald, and his brothers Robbie and Patrick. He now rests in the loving embrace of the Lord our God.
Mark was born on June 9, 1970 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to his parents, Donald and Carol Culhane. Mark was the baby of five children. Mark spent his young life growing up along the pipeline alongside his brothers and sister, his parents and his uncle Bud and auntie Gail Menzie and cousin Pam Smith. The families moved from town to town, following the work on the pipeline. The families then settled in Thunder Bay. At a young age Mark excelled at hockey and went on to play for the Soo Greyhounds only to have his hockey career cut short by a substantial injury.
In his 20’s and up until he moved to Fort Frances, Mark worked in underground mining and road construction. He came to Fort Frances in 2001 to work in the trucking industry. That is when he met the love of his life Marian and her three children Lee, Virgil and Melanie. He accepted and loved them as his own and gave everything he had and so much more. Marian and Mark not only had a beautiful relationship but they were each other’s best friends. Mark loved and adored Marian and understood her. He was always by her side and loved her unconditionally. Marian and Mark were a perfect match and true soulmates who shared a life full love, laughter and music and joy.
The couple built a life full of adventure from fishing, to yard work, to road trips to the casinos. You could always find them busying themselves with a project, including their monthly pizza factory, renovating Frog Creek or tending to their yard. In 2015 they started a whole new adventure when they welcomed their grandson Owen, who became the center of their life. Owen and Mark were best friends as they built their own adventures of quading, snow machining, hunting frogs, playing with hot wheels cars and of course, their shared love, eating lots of candy!! When Owen came to visit, the whole world stopped and everything else could wait. Mark loved the little boy and looked forward to every moment he got to spend with him. They would both tell you they were each other’s best friends.
When Mark wasn’t spending time with Owen, he could also be found doing what he does best, which is teasing his special great-niece Sydney! He loved to hide her phone or her shoe or just tease her about what ever he could to no end, a game she loved and will dearly miss. Mark was such an important man to both Owen and Sydney. His special way with children was obvious to everyone, they all loved his fun loving, teasing ways.
One of Mark’s proudest accomplishments was when he owned and operated his own log truck, M. Culhane Trucking Ltd. Mark operated his trucking business for about 15 years. After suffering a severe heart attack four years ago, he began driving for various contractors in the Fort Frances area. Mark loved to share his stories from the bush and he was always so animated when he told them. He loved his work and the friendships he made over the years in the logging industry. His efforts, attitude and work ethic were impeccable. Mark also never went a day in the bush in his big truck without his side kick, Tucker.
Mark was predeceased by father Donald Culhane; his older brother Patrick Culhane; his older brother Robert Culhane; and his in-laws Jim and Margaret Cox.
Left behind to mourn his loss and miss him everyday is the love his life Marian Hyatt nee Cox; her children Lee Hyatt and his daughter Jada Hyatt, Virgil Hyatt and his son Owen, Melanie Hyatt-Vernon (Dave Vernon and their children Nellie and James Vernon), Mark’s mother Carol Culhane and her husband Fred St. Jean; sister Kathy Felix, her husband Reg; brother Michael Culhane and his wife Regina; uncle Bud and auntie Gail Menzie; cousin Pam Smith and her daughter Caitlin Smith and Caitlin’s partner Jordan Miller; brothers-in-law Bob Cox and his wife Brenda, Thorrot Cox and his wife Kathy; sisters-in-law Ann Cox, Martha Cox and her husband Martin Martch.
Mark also leaves behind his nephews Trevor Lavak, Matthew Felix, Dustin Culhane, Mitchel Culhane, John Cox (Meghan), Blaine Cox, Roy Tighe (Chelsea), Dmitiri Martsch; and his nieces Michelle Tighe and Sydney Mondor, Sunshine Cox, Allison Cox (Wayne), Jamel Cox; and great-nephews Arthur and Edward Cox; and great-niece Annabelle Cox, great-niece Destiny Cox, Kendahl Cox; and great-nephew Brady Cox.
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
I Am Standing Upon The Seashore
By Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says;
“There, she is gone!”
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, “There, she is gone!”
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout;
“Here she comes!”
And that is dying.