Mark Schell Sr.

Mark Schell Sr. was an all-around outdoor enthusiast, athlete and community volunteer who is remembered for his lifelong support of programs for Haliburton youth. After graduating from HHSS, Mark attended Chef Training at George Brown College. Then Mark joined the Canadian Army and trained in Petawawa, returning to Haliburton when the war ended. Mark cooked for lodges and camps, but settled on the job of Head Cook at Haliburton High School where he stayed for many years.

A favourite of Hal High students, Mark was honoured when the yearbook committee dedicated the 1966 Hi-Lander to him. “He has fed the hungry and insatiable mob in the cafeteria. He referees the hockey games, is involved in baseball, and, all in all, puts a great deal of work forward for young people.”

Mark was a member of the Haliburton Huskies when they played against Breslau for the Ontario Intermediate A Hockey Championship. For $3.75, a fan could ride the “hockey train” to Oshawa to watch the final game. It was a golden era for hockey and Mark was on the “Pepper Pot” line.

A favourite coach and a referee, Mark did whatever it took to support the Haliburton hockey programs. He volunteered his time and donated the use of his school buses to drive teams to games and tournaments throughout Ontario. In the 1960’s, he worked tirelessly to help get the new arena built. Mark was also a baseball player, who took on coaching and umpire duties. As a Boy Scout Leader, he taught lessons on navigation, survival and fishing. Local lads benefited from the memorable camping trips he organized.

During his years as cook at Hyland Crest Long Term Care Home, Mark regularly treated residents to Friday Fish Fries, with his fresh catches from Haliburton County lakes. He was recognized by young and old for his generous contributions to sport through community service.


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The Haliburton Highlands Sports Hall of Fame is made possible through the generous contributions of donors and sponsors.

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Haliburton Highlands Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 1038
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

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