Obituaries

Marek Ethan Soetaert

06/08/2002 - 09/09/2020

Obituary for Marek Ethan Soetaert

August 6, 2002 – September 9, 2020

On September 9, Marek grew too tired to continue his fight. He slipped away surrounded by some of his favorite people.

He leaves to mourn his brothers, Caelum and Beckett, his parents Grace and Marc, grandparents, Velvet and Wayne Davies, Liz Soetaert, his aunties, uncles and cousins, Monique, Jay, Mitch, Sheila, Jessie, Lee, Chad, Naomi, Lance, Kass, Taryn, Devin, Carmen, Mike, Kjeryn, Trussan, Trentan, Leita, Godson Emrys, his favorite caregiver Nicky, many other important extended family members, numerous friends and neighbors. Marek was pre-deceased by his grandpa Remi.

We want to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Rehana Chatur, Dr. Lyle McGonigle, auntie nurse Sheila and all the Garneau Pediatric staff for the kindness, care and attention they have given Marek over his 18 years. Extra special thanks to Dr. McGonigle who provided constant medical and emotional support to ensure Marek’s last few days were comfortable.

Marek was our hero who took on each day with courage, eagerness and wonder. He was a willing participant in every new adventure from downhill skiing to kayaking to being pulled behind the snowmobile by his crazy brothers. Those brothers were determined to expand Marek’s experiences to places that most people in wheelchairs don’t have a chance to go.

Marek was loved by many and he loved unconditionally. We will miss him.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the 3D Children’s Society www.3dcharityhockey.com, Stollery Children’s Hospital www.stollerykids.com or the CDG Canada charity www.canadacdg.com.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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My deepest sympathy for the whole faimly. Marc you always talk so highly of Marek and the rest of the gang with always that infectious smile of yours. We all look forward continuing stories of the faimly. Take care Marc & Grace
- Grant Wert
Loved unconditionally and taught others so much! Rest well, Sweet Boy!
- Nancy Ingram
Grace, Marc and family. No words can describe the loss of one's child. My heart is broken and I wish I could wrap you all up to comfort you. Marek was so unbelievably strong, and he lived his life to help fulfill yours. I know Marek has the most beautiful wings to match those gorgeous eyes of his. He will watch over you as you continue to carry him in your heart forevermore. He taught us all to see the magic in motherhood. I will never forget the expression Grace had whenever she looked at Marek. I longed to feel that same love she felt for him. Thank you for sharing your exceptional young man with us . Sending you love, support, hugs and friendship. Xxxooo Kiki, Neil, Kristopher and Noah. Look for signs and he will come back to you.
- Kiki Rozema
Marek shared his beautiful smile and bright eyes when his cousins played with him, they all looked so happy. May you all find comfort in knowing Marek is in his grandpa's loving arms and is no longer in pain. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Buxton family
- Gloria Buxton
So sorry to hear this, Marc & Family. Nurse Barb will be there to look after him.
- Dennis Fedeyko
Such wonderful memories of dear Marek basking in the love of his brothers, parents, Grandma and friends in the beauty of his grandparents back yard. Such an amazing young man. So sad to hear of his passing .
- Rosemarie
May great memories and his legacy of unconditional love comfort all who knew and loved Marek.
- Teri Spracklin
My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you at this time of sorrow. May your memories be held dear to your heart and cherish them forever.
- Leanne Sample

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