Posted by: caryandjohn | July 22, 2013

Mark William Sweeney, 12/17/1962 – 07/19/2013


My brother Mark passed away on Friday afternoon … he was at home with Catherine and Evan and Heather … he had been fighting his cancer, so it was a comfort that he was able to spend his last hours surrounded by his beautiful family in the home he loved …

Heather, Mark’s fifteen-year-old daughter, wrote this poem:

I slowly watch him fade away

his eyes turn from brown to gray

as a ray of sunlight leaves the sky

his heart will never leave from mine

I hold his hand and kiss his cheek

for he is gray, and frail and weak

a teardrop falls onto the bed

where he will lay, and rest his head …
— Heather C. Sweeney

The photo was taken in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, in 1964 …
Godspeed, Mark!



  1. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your niece’s touching poem, it reflects the great love your brother created and shared.

  2. Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the kind words … Mark was a sweet-heart, everyone loved him …
    see you soon,
    — John A

  3. John, so sorry to hear about another loss in your family. We will now add your brother’s children to your sister’s and will continue to pray for strength for your whole family. Stay strong John for you, your family & Cary. Take it one day at a time. We truly enjoyed your niece’s poem.
    Linda & Gary Magee

  4. Very sorry to hear of your brothers passing, he was far to young.

  5. Your niece’s poem is beautiful. We’re so sorry to hear about Mark. I always heard how wonderful he was from Rita. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  6. I’m glad you had a chance to see him recently. Godspeed Mark.

  7. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for thinkng of us, and for the kind words and prayers … it is a real comfort to us … Rita Anne and Mark have beautiful children to help us remember them in the years to come …
    Give Gary a hug for us,
    — Cary and John

  8. Hi Steve,
    Yes, it isn’t in the natural order of things to have your younger siblings pass away so young …
    Best to Stephanie, and see you soon,
    — Cary and John

  9. Hi Bonni,
    Thanks for your note … I’d always say to my friends “you’d like Mark, everyone loves him …” I’m sure Rita Anne said the same … he was a sweet-heart …
    Hope you and yours are well,
    — John A

  10. Hey Tucker,
    Yes, I’m so glad I got to see Mark … it was kind of sudden in the end …
    Best to Lisey,
    — John A

  11. John and Cary,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I think and miss Rita daily and now another light has passed to join Rita and your mom. Thank you for sharing the pictures, poem and your words. I will always remember the enthusiastic, always positive Mark, who like Rita was always proud of his entire family. I hope to see you more often – and I too am lucky to have a see a part of Rita grow before my eyes. God bless Rita, God bless Mark and God bless your mother.
    Love Lisa

  12. Hi Lisa,
    It is a comfort to think of Mark being together again with Mom and Rita Anne … August Jeanne and Charley John are a joy, and Charley is doing such a wonderful job with them … He just got back from a trip with all the kids to the East Coast where the visited with Catherine and my Mother’s family … Thanks for being such a good friend to my family!
    Big hugs,
    — John A

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