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The family of Mark Hamilton of Yorkton, beloved husband of Tamara, sadly announce his passing on May 23, 2020 at the age of 52 years.
A Visitation for family and friends will take place on Wednesday, May 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Due to current public health restrictions a Family Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00p.m. from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Pastor Des Klingspon of Prairie Harvest Christian Life Centre officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hemodialysis Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, or towards a Trust Fund for Marks daughters as gifts of remembrance.
Mark Alan Hamilton was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on June 27, 1967 to Sylvia and Alan Hamilton. Mark grew up on the farm 10 miles west of Yorkton. Mark was the middle child to sisters Kerri and Donna. Mark grew up doing farm work and chores. The farm was always home to Mark and this is where he began his life-long love of animals and dogs. Somehow, Mark always seemed to have one of those big dogs in his life.
Mark attended school in Yorkton where he started many friendships. These friendships led to the legendary pit parties. Throughout Mark’s life, he had good friends who were always there to witness or be part of the good times, fisticuffs or odd mishaps along the way.
Mark was a hard worker, some would say a machine. His work ethic started on the farm where he did various farm and field work as a youngster. Mark’s work experience included farming, working at the feedlot, concrete work, labour and trucking.
Mark met Tamara in 1998 at a house party in Otthon. After that meeting, Tamara and Mark began their relationship and life together. In late 2002, they moved to Edmonton and were married there in 2006. Later that year, Chelsea was born and they soon moved back to Yorkton in 2007. In 2008, Chloe was born and they then moved their own home onto the family farm and resided their until recently. Mark loved his girls more than anything.
Mark loved trucking and it led him to start his own trucking business which he owned and operated until his health complications no longer allowed him to work. Mark’s diabetes progressed which greatly affected his quality of life and later led to regular trips for dialysis. Apparently, Mark was not always the most ideal and cooperating patient. Yet all the nurses grew to love him. Everyone grew to love him because once you looked past that tough exterior, he could be a big softie.
Mark (aka HAMBONE) was adventurous, funny, smart, impulsive, caring, strong, stubborn, charismatic, brave, tough, accident-prone, reliable and quick to help or rescue any one of his friends that would call and he had many, many friends that would “need a hand". Mark’s hobbies included fishing, camping, boating, biking, mudding, billiards, poker, watching football, UFC, and snowmobiling. Mark would look for any excuse for a sled ride – often making that trip to town on the sled just for a jug of milk. He quite possibly drank all that milk in the first place just so he could go for another. He was excited about the prospect of riding his motorcycle for milk as well. Mark enjoyed the time he spent with his family, nephews and nieces, and many friends. Unfortunately, his health continued to decline. Despite this, Mark still tried to make it weekly to play pool in the league.
The family would like to thank all the health personnel who cared for Mark. This includes the doctors, nurses, support workers, continuing care assistants, housekeepers, and every person who entered his hospital room for any reason. Mark will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.