Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One



It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our husband and father Douglas John Marks on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the age of 59 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Toni; children Christine (Michael Kustra) and Andrew (Jenny); granddaughter Allison; his father Robert; brothers Scott (Catherine Newcombe) and David; mother-in-law, Maria Cotroneo; brothers-in-law Frank (Pat) and Mimmo; nephews Frank, Anthony, and Justin. He was predeceased by his mother Kathleen.

Doug was a passionate, loving, family man who loved to spend time at the lake. He loved sailing, canoeing, and sitting around a campfire with his family. Doug was an extremely proud and loving grandfather who enjoyed spending his free time with his granddaughter Allie, his “little sausage”. There was not anything he wouldn’t do for her in a heartbeat. He would pride himself on his sense of humour and making others laugh. Doug spent over 36 years dedicating his work to the hospitality industry; the majority of his time with FRHI and most recently Accor Hotels.  He was proud to be a Winnipegger and loved the Winnipeg Jets. When he was not at the lake, or spending time with family you could find him curled up on the couch, cuddling with his dog Benji. Doug left a big impression on the hearts of all who met him, and he will forever be loved and missed.

Mass will be celebrated in his honour on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 85 Kirkbridge Dr., Winnipeg, followed by a private family interment. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doug’s memory can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society.




11 Guest Book

  • Elfie Siemens Posted February 26, 2019 5:20 pm

    I met Doug when we worked together at the Hotel many years ago. We became great friends, attended each other weddings, raised our families together, and shared many events with you and your families. Toni, my heartfelt condolences I am thinking of you Christine, Andrew and families at this difficult time. We will miss Doug very much, no more Gin Rummy games with him !

  • David Chen Posted February 27, 2019 10:55 am

    Doug has always been like a second father figure to me. I will forever cherish the memories with him out at the cabin with him, his family and him trying to throw me and Andrew off the tube behind the boat. He will be greatly missed

  • marilynn slobogian Posted February 27, 2019 11:44 am

    To Toni and family – words cannot fully express my sorrow at the shocking news of Doug’s passing – my prayers are with all of you at this sad time – Marilynn

  • Adele Rygiel Posted February 27, 2019 12:53 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to you Toni, christine and andrew.

  • Heather Chow Posted February 27, 2019 1:10 pm

    I worked with Doug in the hotel industry many times running into him at The Fairmont and The Delta.
    I always loved his sense of humour and his dedication to his family.
    I didn’t get to work with him often enough but our relationship was co-dependent. He was IT and I was F and B. I needed him more than he needed me. Lol
    Yes I didnt see him often but when I did we just picked up where we left off as if it were yesterday.
    I’m so sorry Toni…he was loved

  • Firoz Gangji Posted February 27, 2019 4:33 pm

    Helena and I are shocked, saddened and in pain to hear passing of our dear friend Doug. We convey our sincere condolences to Mrs Marks and the entire family.. We pray his souls rests in eternal peace.

  • Michael Caligiuri Posted February 27, 2019 5:51 pm

    My condolences to the family. So sad to have lost him at such a young age. God bless!

  • Domenic Auriti Posted February 27, 2019 9:03 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss Toni. Out deepest sympathies are with you.

  • Kathy Fisher Posted February 28, 2019 12:18 am

    Toni my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this most difficult time love to you all

  • Kathy Fisher Posted February 28, 2019 12:26 am

    my heart felt thoughts going out to you and your family Christine and Andrew too young to leave our world my prayers are with you all.

  • Barry Mak Posted March 4, 2019 1:57 pm

    My condolences to Mark’s family. I had the pleasure to know Doug during the years we work together at FRHI. You will be missed. Barry

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