Obituary: Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess

Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess, a story teller, playful man of ideas, and bringer of joy, passed away on June 22, 2020 at 4am after a rapid illness. The first day of Summer, the day after the new moon and a solar eclipse was an auspicious time for Marc to have transitioned to his next phase.

He will live on in the lives and stories of his four children, Maya and Piet Suess and Maximilian and Marina Justus, as well as his partner Heather MacNeil, his childrens’ mothers Janis Suess and Lori Justus, his beloved sister Roberta Mogel and his many friends and family who would agree: he was one of a kind. He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Wortman, and his parents Amalia (Mae) and Wolf (Willie) Suess.

Marc was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 30th, 1947 and moved to British Columbia in 1975, living for many years on Salt Spring Island before moving to Vancouver. In the mid 1980’s he co-founded Off Centre Stage on Salt Spring Island, and then subsequently created Dancing Bear Story Theatre. For many years he toured schools and festivals telling original stories to children inside a 40 foot inflatable rainbow coloured whale named GaiaBelle.

Marc was a deep thinker, weaving together beliefs from his Jewish heritage, Yogic thought and the many traditions that he rigorously studied over his life. He was a seeker of hidden meanings and a follower of synchronicity. His joyous spirit will dance through our memories.

An online memorial service will be held via zoom on July 5th at 11am PST. If you would like to attend, please email

Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess

July 4, 2020 12:19 PM