Passing of OAFC Director Chief Mark Mehlenbacher


It is with a very heavy heart that I advise of the passing of St. Catharines Fire Chief and OAFC Director Mark Mehlenbacher on July 18, 2014 following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Mark's tenure in the Ontario Fire Service included service in Ancaster, Burlington and most recently, in the city of St. Catharines.

In addition to serving as the Fire Chief in St. Catharines, Mark also served as a Director with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs where he was instrumental in leading the ongoing EMS-TIF initiative, which is driving the automatic linkage between EMS and Fire Dispatch systems.  Mark was in his second term as an OAFC Director and was the chair of the OAFC Urban Fire Services Committee.

On behalf of the women and men of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, I extend sincere condolences to Mark's family, friends and his extended fire service family in their time of loss.

M.D. (Matt) Pegg
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

Chief Mark Mehlenbacher Funeral Service



Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home - Ancaster Chapel
378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario
Monday July 21, 2014 from  6-9pm
Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 1-4pm & 6-9pm

Link to online obituary:

Note:  Due to the limited parking at the funeral home there is no fire service parking onsite for the visitations (parking at the funeral home is for family only)

Alternate locations within walking distance are:

Old Fire Hall Arts Center
334 Wilson St East
Ancaster, Ontario    
Ancaster Old Town Hall 
310 Wilson St E
Ancaster, Ontario
 St John’s Church
 272 Wilson St E  
 Ancaster, Ontario 

Ancaster Memorial School
Wilson St E (Across from Funeral Home)
Ancaster, Ontario



Full Fire Service Honours Funeral

Ancaster Fairgrounds - Marritt Hall
630 Trinity Road South, Ancaster, Ontario
Wednesday July 23, 2014 1:00pm
This will be a full fire department funeral.  Fire service members are asked to wear full dress uniforms including white gloves and that all personnel meet at the fairgrounds no later than 12:00 noon to await instructions.

The service will be streamed live on the internet.  Visit

Reception immediately following the Service will be held at the Fairgrounds.