Mark Rose passed away in Hospice House on Saturday March 8, 2008 — 3 days after his 84th birthday. He is survived by his wife Isabel. Married for 60 years, they were blessed with 3 daughters: Toni (Emyr Rose), Sarah (Steve White) and Carmen, all endowed with compassion and various talents and abilities — which were passed on to our grandchildren (Nancy, Ebony, Ashley, Emily, and Alex) and presumably inherited within our great granddaughter named Isabel, she was born March 19/05 — the same day of the funeral service being held for Mark’s only sibling, his brother Donald, two years younger than him. So the joy of her arrival helped in the following months to alleviate the loss.
Mark started playing trumpet in the band at Mission, BC. And at age 15 was playing dances in the Fraser Valley. When he left to attend UBC, he joined the Vancouver Musicians Union and played professionally in various groups, while he earned a degree B.Sc. in Agriculture.
Later he got a Masters of Education at Western Washington. And taught at Oliver, Kelowna, and University Hill (Vancouver). He was Supervisor of Music in New Westminster from 1958 – 1962. Then Prof. of Music Education in the Faculty of Education UBC, becoming Prof. Emeritus.
Mark was a Councillor for the District of Coquitlam 1965 – 66. Went on to become an M.P. in Ottawa, acting as NDP Caucus Chair for 8 years. Then became an MLA in Victoria for 13 years, serving as NDP House Leader.
His final career was in London, England as Agent General for British Columbia in the U.K. and Europe.
During all his “working” years he was a member of the Kelowna Kinsmen Club, President of B.C. Music Educators, Director UBC Alumni Assoc., Member Rotary Club London UK, Freeman City of London, UK, Director Assoc. former MP’s, and President Assoc. of former MLA’s . When Mark retired and came back to Vernon, shortly thereafter he started a “Swing Band” made up of a variety of musicians keen and appealing, and a gratifying hobby for his retirement. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mark to the Mark and Isabel Rose Family Endowment Fund (cheques payable to Vernon Community Music School).