Mark Thompson, 68, of Hyannis, Massachusetts died peacefully in his home on Christmas afternoon. His family and his three golden retrievers were with him.
He is survived by his sisters, Virginia and Colleen of Plympton, his brothers and their wives Bill (Cindy) of Brookfield, Doug (Carol Jean) of Pennsylvania and Glen (Carolyn) of Pembroke, his sister-in-law Louise of Medway and nieces and nephews, Tammy Doherty, Loree Stein, Paul Thompson, Becky Thompson, Seth Thompson and Ben Thompson. He will be particularly missed by his nephew Ben, his wife Nadia and their daughter Kapka, who were especially helpful to Mark in his last years. He is predeceased by his parents David and Florence Thompson of Hingham, and brothers David of Florida and Gary of Medway.
A 1968 graduate of Hingham High School, Mark lived most of his adult life on Cape Cod. He worked closely with Paul and Lila Lorusso in their business, Independence Park, and their charitable trust, the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation. On Paul’s death, Mark was named President of the corporation and Chairman of the Board of the Foundation. In this work, he continued Paul and Lila’s legacy to give to Cape Cod through the support of Cape Cod Healthcare, the YMCA, HopeHealth Hospice, Cape Cod Alzheimer’s, Capabilities, Cape Cod Community College and many other charitable and social institutions on the Cape.
Mark had a generous spirit and a good sense of humor. He enjoyed music, particularly the folk music of his youth, loved his dogs and discussing politics. He was overall a private man who held closely the words of the Desiderata by Max Ehrmann which concludes with the words; "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” Mark’s family and friends will miss him dearly.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Trinity Christian Academy of Cape Cod, 979 Mary Dunn Rd , Barnstable , MA
In lieu of flowers please donate to Cape Cod Healthcare, particularly to hospice services, or to the MSPCA of Cape Cod.
Thursday - Jan 31, 2019 12:00 am
Mark Thompson has positively affected the lives of many people on the Cape. He was there with an open ear and ofttimes an open wallet to those in need. Profoundly influential he was and of great heart and character. He had strong principals and had the most common sense of anyone I have ever met. Many people may not realize what a great sense of humor he had too! He would bust on his friends good-naturedly and we would of him as well. Not many people could get away with calling him Round Guy but I did! Mark was there for me when I was a young teen estranged from my family. I met Mark when he worked for Quality Paper which sold products to motels, hotels and restaurants. I was working at the Hyannis Resort as a front desk clerk at night, lifeguard during the day, remodeling rooms on weekend days and in the restaurant weekend nights. As most hotel ordering of supplies fell on me there for most of the departments… and Mark was the salesman, we struck up a friendship. I eventually worked less at the Hyannis Resort and more with Mark at the Hyannis Travel Inn. He drove me in when I turned 16 to help me get my drivers permit and often helped me work on my car. I lived in one of the cottages at the Travel Inn for a couple of years. I wasn’t the only one Mark Helped though. He was a softy for people without family. He often told me, “make yourself available for others”. Mark was for many years, my best friend! I could have wished for no better a friend or family member. I wonder how my life would have been had I not had mark as my friend. I dread to think about it. God Bless Mark Thompson! Rest in peace brother!
Saturday - Jan 5, 2019 12:00 am
Mark Thompson rode a bike down Central St. hill in Hingham one day with no tires on the rims--he just cruised right through downtown. Mark Thompson had the keys to Bob's Snack Shop in Hingham Center when he was a teenager-----Mrs. Ludwig trusted him. I delivered the Patriot Ledger to his house at Cole Corner on Main St. Hingham. and remember how nice his parents were. I remember Mark Thompson as a big guy with a big heart.
Saturday - Dec 29, 2018 12:00 am
Mark Thompson or my "Foster dad" as I referred to him when speaking of him to my southern friends, was a great man ! As a rebellious teen he help me finish high school. As a young adult he encouraged me to attend a trade school which lead to a rewarding career.
Mark Thompson was a man who lead his life as a great example people wanted to follow. He was my sounding board for any big decisions life threw at me. He was often the voice of reason weather I really wanted to hear it or not.
Mark Thompson the unofficial Mayor of Hyannis will truly be missed.
You changed my life. Until we meet again Mark