Mark Lawson Of Cineplex Passes Away

April 3, 2020 by Dave Haynes

Wanted to let my Canadian digital signage and digital OOH friends know that we lost a good one yesterday, to cancer.

Mark Lawson was a longtime business development guy, with the OOH media company Pattison and then with Cineplex. I’ve known him for probably 15 years, and we had some legendary, next-day fuzzy outings while traveling through those years.

He developed esophageal cancer a couple of years back, and fought it hard, and with amazingly bright spirits. I was lucky enough to get back in to Toronto about a month ago for a couple of meetings, but really to see him. We had a great three hours talking over pints, we hugged, and he headed home, tuckered out.

I was hoping it was not the last time I’d see him, but …

He was in his early 50s and left two grown kids, one who was living with his Dad.

Cineplex, by the way, was amazing in terms of supporting Mark for the two-plus years that he fought this. If you knew Mark, I am told there will be a celebration of life, at some point likely many weeks from now, when this virus (hopefully) is eradicated or at least contained.

Mark about a year ago …

  1. Stephen Ghigliotty says:

    A wonderful man, who I was lucky to call a friend…rest in peace Mark.

  2. Bruno Pupo says:

    Very saddened by this news today. Mark was the kind of guy that would go out of his way to say hello and get caught-up. Last time I spoke to him was several years ago at the Cineplex KW office – shortly after it opened. Mark was just getting back from his battle with cancer. He talked about how fortunate he was to have many family members and friends help him through his trying time. I recall how much he praised Cineplex and their leadership team for their “unbelievable support”. My prayers and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues who love him very much. Rest in peace. 🙁

  3. Brien says:

    I got to work with Mark for a few years and liked him very much. One of the good guys!!!

  4. Kevin Golding says:

    I worked with Mark very closely at Pattison for a number of years. His positive attitude and his demeanor were infectious to all. He will be missed. Rest in peace.

  5. Frank Abreu says:

    Mark was a great guy, a friend, a colleague, and a fantastic human being. I was fortunate enough to have known Mark for the last 7 years. As he battled cancer, his resolve, passion, and hope never wavered. I saw Mark just before Christmas and he was smiling from ear to ear. He was hopeful, inspiring and so positive. We lost a dear friend and a great man. Rest In Peace Mark.

  6. Nick Prigioniero says:

    Mark was an outstanding individual who was extremely passionate about his work and life.
    It was a pleasure to know him and work with him throughout the years.
    He was definitely one of the good guys. Rest In Peace Mark.

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