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Mark Bysouth

Date of Death: February 16, 2022


In loving memory of a son, brother, and uncle

Thomas Mark Bysouth passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

Mark lived in his own trailer on his mother’s acreage just outside of Kaslo for 30 years. A man who stood 6’4” tall, Mark was a familiar figure in the area. He would often be seen walking to the post boxes on the frontage road along Highway 31 and walking downtown Kaslo when he accompanied his mother to buy groceries.

In 1981 Mark followed his mother, Barb Neelands and her husband, Roy Neelands, moved out to the Kootenays from Calgary where they homesteaded and built a log home. Mark was part of the crew who helped build the homestead and the outbuilding.

Mark was an ever-present source of help and support to his mother especially after her husband died in 1992.  He took care of her wood supply, stoked the furnace in winter, and did any number of heavy lifting and outdoor work around the property she needed a man around to do.  Barbara says of her son, Mark, “He was my co-pilot (they used to go in to Nelson together to shop for groceries), my sous chef (Mark often collaborated with meal planning and prepping, fetching ingredients for the dishes to be made and also often cleaned up afterwards), and my ‘supplier of words, when I got stuck to find the one I was looking for.”

Mark’s family and friends will remember him as a humble, affable, gentle natured man with a wry sense of humour. Those who knew him, could read his reaction in his expressive facial expressions, especially his eyes, without his having to say a word. Mark lived with a lifetime disability of schizophrenia, but that did not define him. He had an amazing memory for numbers and facts. He had built a sanctuary in his mobile home complete with big screen TV and stereo to listen to his loved music, watch movies, and stay current with the news like CNN. He was attracted to cars from his era and would take pictures to share with his brothers. He loved his food; Mark never missed a meal when family was visiting. We would tease him that he had a hollow leg and also his choice of  eating his favorite things in abundance like olives, anything pickled, prunes, Spicy Calabrese, an everything bagel and oh, his love for garlic. Mark and his coffee… for him it was the art of making it and knowing where to find a good cup on his travels.

In his younger years Mark was called upon by neighbours and locals to help with hard work like digging underneath Cornucopia and rescuing the wayward Moyie lifeboats. He also worked on cutting trails around Kaslo and the back side of the Slocan Lake. Mark worked on the “Lost Ledge” forest fire in the late ’80s.  He was a volunteer on the restoration of the Ainsworth Cemetery.

Mark’s will be remembered by members of his extended families. The Bryan’s from across the street in West Hillhurst in Calgary when he was still sporting a diaper; Mom Margo and her children, Tim, Lori and Les and their children, also was like a great uncle to Archer 3.5 years they shared “car talk”.  His great niece Hailey 8 years old, loved to give him hugs.  Donna Cormie his support worker for so many years, she was his best friend who taught him to bake bread and patiently listen to him as he navigated life; he loved the travel days with her to Nelson and area for groceries and appointments.

Mark is survived by his mother, Barbara Neelands of Kaslo area and four older siblings, Rod Bysouth, the twins Donna Gellner and Dale Bysouth of Calgary, and Eileen Kniesel of Fernie, and their children, also his step brother and sisters, Frank Neelands of Red Deer and Noni Sundstrom of Victoria, and Heather MacLeod of Calgary and their families.

We thank the community of Kaslo, with Special thanks to Ward and Darcie, Dr. Musaji and the staff at the Kaslo Hospital.

We are so grateful of the neighbours in our community who have reminded us of the special qualities Mark had.

A celebration of his life on Sunday May 22, 2022 @ 2-4pm inviting family and friends to join us in sharing stories , tree planting and a potluck meal at 4787 Highway 31, Fletcher Creek.


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From: Jim Brown
Relation: Childhood friend

I just heard of Mark’s passing today and was very saddened by the news. My twin brother Eric and I were close friends with Mark in West Hillhurst in the early’ ‘70s. Mark introduced us to Cheech and Chong, Mad comics and auto wrecking (sorry Dale). We had only good times. Mark was a good friend. I can’t seem to send a photo but I hope my sister Nancy and brother Dan can be there on May 22.

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