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Mark Peter Ducheck
June 5, 1947 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
It is with heavy hearts we announce that Mark Peter Ducheck passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 17th, 2024, at the age of 76.
He will be remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Socorro; children, Delano (Joanne) of Summerland, and Daniel (Laurie) of Port Alberni; and grandchildren, Dezi, Mateo, Ary, Remy, and Zadie. He will also be missed by his sisters Lynne (Bruce) and Lori (Brian) and many loving nephews and nieces. Mark was predeceased by his loving parents Peter & Millie, and brother Ralph.
Mark was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 5th, 1947. He grew up on a family farm in St. Andrews, Manitoba, that was settled by his late grandparents in the 1800s during the first wave of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. As a young boy living in a predominantly Ukrainian community, Mark participated in cultural dance and enjoyed the cuisine of his heritage; perogies, holubtsi, and borscht.
While attending high school at Selkirk Collegiate Institute, Mark helped his family with the crops and began to realize his interests reached beyond farming. Mark went on to attend the University of Manitoba where he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1969.
At the age of 22, employed in the oil and gas service industry, Mark’s adventurous spirit led him to South America where his journeys brought him to Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, and finally landing him in Brazil. Here he met the love of his life, Socorro, and they were soon married in 1973 in Fortaleza, Brazil. The newlyweds returned to Canada and had their first son Delano. Mark’s career expanded internationally bringing the family to the Middle East, the US, and finally settling in Calgary where they had their second son, Daniel. Mark and Socorro stayed in Calgary for the following 33 years, where they raised their family and made many lasting memories and friendships. Mark retired in 2010 and moved with Socorro to Summerland, BC, to be closer to their grandchildren and live the Okanagan life.
In his last years, Mark returned full circle to his origins. He passionately devoted his time to genealogy, seeking out his family ancestry and Ukrainian roots. His time and devotion to this project has been left as a legacy for his family to cherish and expand.
Mark had an incredible breadth of knowledge and could have a meaningful conversation with whoever he met. He will be remembered for his kind, genuine, and jovial spirit.
Mark, My Love, Pops, Gigi, we love you.
Your grace, strength, courage, and acceptance is truly inspiring.