Age 54, of Malden, passed away after a long illness surrounded by family on December 10, 2021.
Mark was born in Malden on July 19, 1967 to parents Felton G. Francis and Marilyn (Booker) Francis. Mark was a life-long resident of Malden, graduating from Malden High School Class of 1986. He grew up going to the family camp on Francis Point on Balch Lake in East Wakefield, NH, spending summers on the lake, and winters snowmobiling.
He had a love for classic cars, and was the proud owner of his 1987 Buick Grand National, and a 1973 Triumph motorcycle.
Over the years, Mark worked a variety of jobs in the construction field, and in cell tower communications. His favorite story was when on a job site at Harvard he met and spoke at length to the Dali Lama, not realizing who he was. Mark shot in the A Division in the Minute Man Dart League; he loved going to the Harley Rendezvous Classic in Patersonville, New York, and going on cruises. Anyone who knew Mark will tell you that he marched to his own beat, and would be the first one to tell you how things should be.
Predeceased by his mother Marilyn (Booker) Francis of Malden; aunt Sandra (Booker) Graves; uncle Wes Graves, and cousin Andrew Graves of Pensicola, FL; cousin Eric Francis of Farmington, NH; uncle Lewis Francis and his wife Theresa of Alburgh, VT; uncle Leo Cipriano of Melrose; “brother” Craig Ballarino of Lynn; and way too many friends.
Mark is survived by his father Felton G. Francis and his wife Joyce of E. Wakefield, NH; sister Teri (Francis) Restuccia, brother-in-law Bill Restuccia, and nephew Will Restuccia of Wilmington; cousin Chris Graves, his wife Barbara and their children of Pace, FL; cousin Maureen (Richardson) Morrison of Brentwood, NH; uncle Glen Francis and his wife Robin of Milton Mills, NH; aunt Diane (Francis) Cipriano; cousin Michael Cipriano and his wife Julie of Lynn; cousin Cheryl (Cipriano) Slauenwhite and her husband Frank of Woburn; cousin Rob Francis of NY, Laurie (Francis) Menk of Tampa FL; and Katie (Francis) Fields of NC; “brothers” Mark Grandi of Everett; Mike Yawnick of Andover; nephew Joe Perullo of Woburn; many long-time friends; and his beloved cat Rocky.
Mark will be remembered for being Mark Francis; he was one of a kind.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 4:00-8:00PM at the Weir-MacCuish Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148.