The Rev. Mr. William R. Mark

The Rev. Mr. William R. Mark

Passed on Friday, 13 December 2019
The Rev. Mr. William R. Mark, died on Friday December 13, 2019.  Bill was predeceased by Demak Tobing, his wife from 1966 until her death in 1998, and the former Roseann Spinale Mignone, his wife from 2000 until her death in January 2019. Bill was the loving father of Billy Mark and his partner Sue Lee of Metairie, LA, and Malcolm Mark and his wife Eileen of Springfield, VA; and stepfather of Marcus Mignone and his wife Amy of Suffield, CT, and Paul Mignone and his wife Maria of Swampscott, MA.  He was the doting grandfather of Shandon, Duncan, Meredith, Evan, Giuliana, James, Alexa, Joseph and Maia, and the loving great-grandfather of Daniel.

Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Newton High School, Wake Forest University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He had several overlapping careers during his lifetime. He spent over 26 years in the Army & Army Reserves, including tours in Germany and Vietnam, and as a Chaplain for the 10th Special Forces Group during Desert Storm. He was a minister at churches in Southampton, Winchester, and Rockdale. He worked at the Bedford, Mass. VA Hospital for close to 30 years, starting in Chaplaincy and finishing as a Therapist in Mental Health. For 20 years, he served as a Chaplain for the FBI, supporting many personnel and their families, as well as operations, including on scene at Egypt Air 990, TWA Flight 800, and 9/11. Bill developed and taught a course on Hospital Chaplaincy that was offered by multiple local divinity and theological schools, including Harvard. Bill was proud of his affiliations with these prestigious organizations. But the bulk of his work, passion, and love was invested in caring for veterans, and there is considerable evidence that the veterans loved him back.

Viewing and visitation with the family will be held at the Magni Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St., Newton, MA on Sunday, December 22 from 1:00-5:00pm. A Memorial Service is scheduled for January 18th, 1 PM at United Parish of Auburndale, 64 Hancock St., Newton, MA followed by interment at Newton Cemetery. Services will conclude with a reception at location TBD.

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