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Mark A. Laroche
  • In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Mark to the Community Giving Tree, P.O. Box 508, West Boxford, MA 01885 would be appreciated.

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“Dear billy and family ourdeepest sympathys to you and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you love all of us at espositios ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Debbie macnair - newton, MA

“Dear Bill & Family, Kevin & I are so sorry to hear of this sad news. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to you all. For sure Mark is at peace with...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin & Carol Quinn - Belmont, MA

“My condolensces to the entire Family. I did not know Mark, but would have long conversations with his mom and dad about all their fine children and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Don Laroche - KY

“Dear Margaret, Stacia, Nate, Sebastian and Ava, With a heavy heart, I send you my deepest sympathy at Mark's passing. I can only imagine your sorrow....Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Maureen Cronin - Newburyport, MA

“The Roberts send condolences to Family members. Mark and I had a good conversation a few years back....He was very interesting and we spoke of many...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Donald Roberts - Boxford, MA

“Dear Family, Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your loved one. May Mark be at rest now and may his family find peace in...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Peg Ducharme - Dracut, MA

“Mark is/was a person; a real gentleman; a powerful manifestation of how to make others feel dignified and loved. May you and your family be peaceful. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff Prince - Salem, MA - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He was always very kind and welcoming, and clearly a devoted son, husband, and father. My sincerest...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Amy Volpert

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." ― Oscar Wilde

Mark Laroche lived. He loved. He gave. He created.
He was a father, husband, brother, friend and son. But those words barely touch what he meant to his children, his wife, his friends, his family.

He lived his life beautifully, happily and purposefully. It was a life that ended much too soon. And it is with profound shock, deep regret and tremendous sorrow that we place this notice of his passing.

Mark entered this world June 1, 1961 in Newton, MA and left it August 17, 2015. He spent his early years in Newton. He grew up in a family he loved deeply: his mother, Margaret Dennison Laroche; father, William Laroche; and brothers George and Joseph. Mark became the extraordinary man that he was through their love, guidance, happiness and faith.

On November 18, 1994, blessed with that rarest of gifts, true love, Mark married Margaret McGovern. They are two souls meant for one another.

Together Mark and Margaret had four beautiful, amazing and absolutely out-of-the-ordinary children, and this is how you'd describe them even if they weren't yours.

Twins Anastasia and Nathaniel were the first to arrive, filling Mark's life with diaper changes, naps, feeding and lots and lots of rocking babies to sleep. And filling his heart so greatly it would seem as though there was room for no more. Then Sebastian joined them. And things got even better, his heart got even fuller. And although, by most conventional measurements, it seemed quite impossible for things to get any better, they did. Ava arrived. And her sweet smile made their little family of six just about as close to perfect as things get.

Mark, an engineering technician by trade, found his true calling in this wonderfully chaotic home. Long before it was fashionable, he chose to stay home, to be there for his children, to take care of his family, to be there always for Margaret.

In the years that followed, their home was filled with laughter and songs, noise and commotion, with playing and trying and growing and love. Numerous dogs and cats, too.

Mark's life was creating this home, caring for these children, loving his family and friends and, every day, showing his wife, often quite unconsciously, just how much she was loved. It was good. It was wonderful. And it was perfect.

For his friends, Mark could not do enough. He had time to listen no matter the time, no matter the topic. Generous with advice, from him you could learn where to get a deal on tires, what to do in life's most confusing situations, how to heal a broken heart or how to simultaneously feed one baby while rocking twins to sleep.

His true gift to those in his life was his spirit. He saw the good, unfailingly. In people, in situations, in life, Mark could help you see that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, this world is beautiful. People are often much better than we perceive. And while things might be bad at the moment, life is good. His spirit could carry you. It will take time to adjust to a world without it.

Mark Laroche graduated from Newton North and RETS Technical School. He was in a band in his 20s and remained a musician, lover of jazz and guitar player who, by some measurements, might have owned too many guitars.

He was a Reiki practitioner. His extended family was large, including one niece and seven nephews, all of whom brought him much joy. He could fix just about anything. And always had a funny handshake.

And as long as this is, it does not even begin to describe this man whom so many loved. Mark lived. He lived a bright, warm, generous, love-filled life.

He will be missed terribly, remembered fondly and loved deeply. Forever.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat Aug 22 at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St. Newton. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Mark to the Community Giving Tree, P.O. Box 508, West Boxford, MA 01885 would be appreciated.

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