Mark Grabb

Obituary of Mark Grabb

GRABB, Mark Jonathan
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”
The family of Mark Grabb is deeply saddened to say goodbye to the one we loved so much.  Mark passed away with grace and dignity in the arms of his loved one on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the age of 68, following a prolonged struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.  
Mark was an adventurer, he loved to travel and explore. He was always ready for a new path especially if it involved his devoted wife Erika, golf and good food.  Mark’s greatest passion was the life he shared with her, his ever faithful canine companion Louie, and their family. 
His love of travel led him to become a geography teacher with the GECDSB.  He was very passionate about his teaching and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for the welfare of his students.  Mark was a mentor, role model and friend to those whom he worked with and played with throughout his life.  Mark started his teaching career in 1975 at Leamington District High School followed by his beloved General Amherst High School from 1980 - 2000 occasionally leaving to serve as Vice Principal at various high schools.  He completed his career as principal at his alma mater, Kingsville District High School. He was past president of Erie Shores Golf and Country Club and his passion for the game awarded him with 3 holes in one.  Mark was a gentleman who lived with decency and integrity.  He treated everyone with humour and respect.  We are heartbroken, yet thankful, that the good Lord called him home and released him from his suffering. Beloved husband of Erika Grabb (Machner).  Loved stepfather of Melanie Israel (Michael), Jonathan LeMire and David LeMire (Jessica) of South Carolina.  Treasured Gramps of Meagan and Hailey Israel and Everett and Calvin LeMire (South Carolina).  Son of the late Boris and Joyce Grabb, and son-in-law of the late Katharina and Ferdinand Machner. Much loved brother of Celeste (Randy) Traubert and their children Laura and Bryan (Alexandra), Chris (Leslie) Grabb of Manitoulin Island and their children Kevin and Ian (Jen) and April Grabb.  The family would like to thank the staff of 3 East at Sun Parlor Home for their years of compassionate care for Mark, Erika and Louie.
 **PLEASE NOTE CHANGE**  Visiting at the Roma Club, 19 Seacliff Drive East, Leamington (519-326-9539) on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 5 pm until 7 pm, at which time the family will begin the Celebration of Mark’s life with words of faith, sharing of memories, stories, and some refreshments.  Too many tears have been shed, and it is now time to celebrate a short life well lived.  If you wish to donate in his memory, donations, made by cheque, to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.  Family and friends may share their memories or make an online donation at www.reidfuneralhome.ca 

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