We’re sorry to report the passing of our friend, author, and contributor David Marks. For more than twenty-five years Dave enjoyed writing about the living dead; eventually joining the Zombie Research Society in 2014. He curated our hugely popular Netflix Zombie Movies listings, and contributed a number of entertaining articles to the website itself. His passion for the undead was evident to zombie fans all around the world, and he will be missed.

Although this news was completely unexpected, and came as a surprise to us here at the Zombie Research Society; Dave’s family was kind enough to reach out and share his obituary, as published online earlier this month by The Globe and Mail of Toronto, Ontario.

Dave passed away peacefully January 16, 2018 in Toronto with his parents and close friend, Lena, by his side.

Dave was generous, kind, thoughtful, and curious. From music, paint, karaoke, and live PA, Dave was incredibly creative. He blogged extensively on the science, history, and pop culture of zombies.

Dave was valedictorian of his graduating class at Oromocto High School, Assistant Captain of his hockey team, and attended St. Thomas University. He co-founded Renaissance Interactive Studios, which produced uniquely Canadian games.

Dave moved to Toronto and joined Byte Size Media then on to InVisions/Redwood e-learning Systems.

He is survived by his sons, Logan and Adrian; his parents, Larry and Jeannine; and his sister, Sandra (Roger Steeves). Many thanks to Michael and to the staff of St. Joseph’s.

Blogging about the “science, history, and pop culture of zombies” may seem strange to most people, especially his friends and family. But Dave absolutely loved it, he was great at it, and we are happy to honor him here at the Zombie Research Society. In fact, Dave could be quite a handful at times – his passion knew no bounds, and he was not afraid to speak his mind!

But the articles that he contributed to the ZRS will always be online for everyone to read. And they show just how thoughtful, creative, and funny Dave could be! He will certainly be missed by all of us here at the Zombie Research Society… and by zombie fans around the world.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Clares Community Housing or St. Michael’s Hospital. Please use the comments box online to indicate the program “Mental Health and Addiction Client Comfort Fund: WMC and Day Program Service” in memory of our friend David Marks.

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