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Born: Aug 06, 1948

Date of Passing: Apr 09, 2020

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August 6, 1948 - April 9, 2020

Mark Golden, born in Winnipeg on August 6, 1948, died in Winnipeg April 9, 2020. Raised in Ottawa, PhD Toronto 1981, teacher, scholar, activist, Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg, Honorary President of the Classical Association of Canada.
Survived by son Max (Stephanie), newborn grandson Owen Markus; best friend/sweetie Jo-Anne Douglas; mother Molly; nieces, Julia (Joe), Darcy (Jordan), their children, and their mom Charlotte Bell. Predeceased by his father David; brother Peter; sister Sari; and infant daughter Katie Rose.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either the Peter Golden Social Justice Fund c/o Victoria Foundation, #200 - 703 Broughton St., Victoria, BC V8W 1E2 or the Errol Black Chair in Labour Studies, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba, #301 - 583 Ellice Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 1Z7.
A celebration of Mark's life will be held in the summer when we can hopefully hug each other.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Mark Golden was a completely unique individual. Consider: 1959, age 10 or 11, he read one book every day that summer, including Complex Russians, even Ian Fleming. 1972 to 1979 he would visit me in Los Angeles during my internship and residency, hang out, discuss left-wing politics, and go to Anaheim Angels baseball games. I’d pick him up at LA Union station. He hated to fly and loved train travel. 1979 until 1982: He brought me into the Toronto Left subculture, including right field for the Marxist Leninist softball team. Sometimes first base person. :-). And he let me fist out my clumsy buzzing guitar chords while he played boogie-woogie piano in the evenings at his Spadina Rd. commune. Sometimes Pilot tavern. 1985 on: Mark would still occasionally make his way to Northern California. More baseball especially if Blue Jays were in town. Last visit in person was fourth of July 2014 when he and brother Peter cruised through San Francisco following a Blue Jays road trip around the US west. We’ve all done plenty of reminiscing, but nobody had a memory like Mark. Or: Did anybody else ever see Mark take a pencil in each hand, and write cursive dictation in real time simultaneously both forward and backwards? He also could say a sentence back to you, with all words and letters reversed. Amazing obscure talents. And tho we lived thousands of miles apart all our lives he was the loyalest friend over 60 years, he never thinking a loving friendship would lapse; no matter what. A great friend, a wonderful man. From the periphery, I have this deep deep sadness, and I can’t begin to fathom the pain of his loss to those truly close to him. David Rusen, Los Altos Hills California. May 7, 2020. - Posted by: David S Rusen (Friends through family ever since 1958.) on: May 07, 2020

  • Mark was my "neighbour" at the University of Winnipeg. I will always especially remember his wide, warm smile and his activism. It was always a pleasure to chat with him as we went about our work at the university, and to march with him against injustice. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues. - Posted by: Cathleen Hjalmarson (Colleague) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • I met Mark at Campus Co-op in Toronto in the early seventies. He was a volunteer there and my daughter was at the center. We very quickly started playing music together. Within a few years I moved into the same co-op house and we played a lot more music together. He was really helpful in supporting me as a single parent. I learned a lot from him about politics, labour unions and about being political active. I will always remember him for his big smile and laugh. Mike McNerney - Posted by: Mike McNerney (old friend) on: Apr 17, 2020

  • I was so very sorry to hear of Mark's passing and would like to extend my condolences to his nearest and dearest. He taught my first class at the University of Winnipeg over thirty years ago. As a teacher, he stood out as engaging, caring and committed. In later years as a fellow historian, he was inspiring and encouraging. In short, he was one of the good ones. - Posted by: Marnie Hay (Former Student) on: Apr 16, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing and my sincere condolences to his loved ones for their loss. Mark was a sharp academic and genuine person who always took the time to say hello and flash a cheery smile. His friendly upbeat demeanor will be missed by all. - Posted by: Gaetan (Gates) Salmon (Colleague at the University of Winnipeg ) on: Apr 15, 2020

  • I look forward to being able to celebrate Mark's life when we can hug each other again. I have known him since he first began teaching at the University of Winnipeg, and for a time we were neighbours in Wolseley with our sons in the same class at school. While I always appreciated and learned from his activisim, I most remember Mark's warmth and caring for everyone that shared the world with him. Be in Peace! John Hutton - Posted by: John Hutton (Friend) on: Apr 15, 2020

  • We knew Mark for many, many years as a much valued community and solidarity activist. For Susan he was a supportive colleague at the University of Winnipeg and an indefatigable fighter for the rights of the Palestinian people. Louis appreciated his support as a member of the Board of IDEA Centre. He was a kind, charming man, always with a bright smile of greeting. We will miss him and we send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones. We have made a donation to the Errol Black Chair in his memory. - Posted by: Susan White and Louis Ifill (Friends) on: Apr 15, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear about this loss. Mark was a highly respected professor at the University of Winnipeg but more than that, he always had time in his day to make every person he encountered feel special. I will so miss his smile and big heart. - Posted by: Glen Bergeron (Colleague at the University of Winnipeg) on: Apr 14, 2020

  • My sister Deborah who lives in Winnipeg sent me this message about Prof. Golden’s passing. I took an introductory Classics course called Greek and Roman Art and Architecture from Prof. Golden in 1979 at the University of Winnipeg and then moved away. I went on to earn a doctoral degree in nursing and take an academic role myself, though in nursing. I have always remembered how much I learned in that course and how much fun it was to be a student in that class. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Dorcas Kunkel (Former student) on: Apr 14, 2020

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