Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA


Mark Joseph Desmond

July 3, 1958October 7, 2019

Mark Desmond of Chatham, formerly of Milton , passed away on October 7, 2019. He was 61 years old and died surrounded by family and friends, after a six month fight with pancreatic cancer.He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard L.,and Ruth H. Desmond, of Milton and his Maternal Aunt , Kathleen Beisel of East Dennis. He is survivied by his brother Stephen G. of Rio Rancho NM , and his nephew/godson Sean M Desmond ,of Albuquerqe NM, and his wife Kelli and their two sons Connor and Owen, who were also his godsons. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion,Mavis He was a graduate of Milton High school, UMass-Boston, and attended graduate school at Northeastern University. Mark was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue fo over 30 years , Stop and Shop for over 10 years ,and was a seasonal employee of the Town of Chatham,as well as volunteering at the Harwich Food Pantry for a number of years, Mark resided in Chatham for 30 years and was very active in the community,especially his beloved Chatham Anglers Baseball Club. Aside from just being an avid fan,Mark was a member of the Board of Directors for many years was an officer for several years and was a host family for many years. Additionally ,he was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the N.E. Patriots for his entire life . Mark will be cremated,and visitation will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on October 17th 2019 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00-a.m.followed by the Right of Christian Burial at 11 :00 a.m. This will be followed by a gathering to celebrate Mark"s life,in the church hall downstairs afterwards. Mark will be interred the next day-Friday-at Milton Cemetery, Milton , MA.. The time for that burial ceremony will be announced at the Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers ,donations may be made in Mark's name to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice-404 Rt 134-suite D3,South Dennis , MA. 02660 or to the Chatham Athletic Association-P.O.box 428-Chatham,MA, 02633


  • Calling Hours Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 17, 2019


Mark Joseph Desmond

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Richard, Mary, Richie & Lindsey Elliott

October 16, 2019

One night when my kids were small Mark joined us for pizza. The pizza wasn't cut very evenly and Mark's slice was pretty wide. So he just folded it in half the long way. After that whenever I mentioned Mark my kids would say you mean "Fold the pizza guy". He was a great guy to work with and a good friend to spend time with away from work. I am sure that many other co-workers and their families will also miss Mark. I think that what I'll remember most about Des is the way that he took a good natured jab as well as he gave them. Rest in peace...my friend.

Doris and Pat O’Brien

October 15, 2019

To Mark’s family... A true gentleman, kind-hearted and a loyal friend. We were fortunate to have known Mark while we lived on Cape Cod. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Sincerely, Doris and Pat O’Brien

Rick Porter

October 14, 2019

As a neighbor I would often times see and talk to Mark as he walked by with his dog.Also saw him at Angler games.Always pleasant conversations about many subjects.
So sorry for your loss ,may God comfort you.

Michelle Almeida

October 13, 2019

I also worked with him at DOR. He always had a smile on his face. Rest peacefully, Mark.

Mark Tisdale

October 12, 2019

Worked with Desi at MDOR. He was probably the smartest and quickest wit in the office. Rest in peace Mr. Desmond.

Patti Sullivan

October 12, 2019

Mark and I went to the senior Prom together, what a great guy. Will always cherish the memories. Condolences to all his family and friends. Rest In Peace Mark

Amy Ronkin

October 10, 2019

I went thru the Milton Public School system with Mark as my classmate, he was one of the nicest guys in our class, always quick with a kind word or smile. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace.