Mark was born in 1963 in Aberdare. He went to Comin (Park) School before attending ABGS in 1975 and left after his GCE Ordinary Levels in June 1980.
After school, he attended the Aberdare College of Further Education from June 1980 to July 1981. From there he worked briefly at Yorwal Engineering in Robertstown, but then joined the Royal Air Force in January 1982.
He served in the RAF as a Ground Support Equipment Technician for 23 years until September 2005. His duties involved the maintenance and repair of the long list of equipment an aircraft requires whilst on the ground.
His period in the Forces saw him serve in many countries including Northern Ireland, “The Gulf,” Kuwait and Canada. Mark played rugby for many years while in the RAF and he still tries to watch it on TV on the rare occasions it’s shown in Canada. Whilst serving in Canada he had to substitute ice hockey for rugby as his winter sport. Less physically demanding interests include drawing and painting.
It was during his first tour in Goose Bay, Labrador in 1987, that he met his wife Kathy, and they have just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have two sons, Adam and Aaron, and currently they live in Airdrie, (just north of Calgary), Alberta, Canada.
Mark now works as a fork lift technician.
31 May 2018