OBITUARY

Mark Anthony DeFilippis

April 14, 1966July 10, 2018
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Mark A. DeFilippis, a longtime resident of Fort Myers, FL passed away unexpectedly at the age of 52 on July 10, 2018. Mark was born on April 14, 1966 in Toms River, New Jersey. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate Dawn M. DeFilippis of twenty years, daughter, Heather Withrow and cat Mouse, of Ft. Myers, FL., daughter, Amber Clapprood and Fiancé Eric Guerrero of Port Saint Lucie, FL., son, Daniel Crossen and wife, Kayla Crossen, of Ft. Myers, FL. Grandchildren, Gabriel and Sophia Guerrero and Mercedes and Daniel Crossen Jr. Siblings, Michael, Matthew, and Martin DeFilippis, and Joseph and Victoria Winzinger. Loving Father and Step-Mother, Albert and Joan DeFilippis, as well as many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews and several close devoted friends.

Mark was predeceased by his Mother Joann Winzinger, Paternal Grandparents, Pat and Mary DeFilippis, Maternal Grandparents, Edward and Anna Sarnowski, an Aunt, Joanne Sarnowski and family pet German Shepard, Segen.

Mark was dedicated to his work in the Auto Glass Industry for over twenty five years alongside longtime friend and partner Ernie Gonnelly. Mark enjoyed watching his favorite football team, Philadelphia Eagles and Nascar races. He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved to ride. He and his wife had longed to move to the mountains of Tennessee where they could enjoy their retirement together.

There will be a private viewing for immediate family only to say their goodbyes and then a Celebration of Life on Monday July 16, 2018 at 4 o’clock p.m. at Ter-tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. The family will be asking anyone who would like to share a fun story or fond memory at the celebration. Also, they will be honoring Mark by wearing Harley attire as they know that’s what Mark would have wanted, but not required.

The family would like to also thank Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home, Bill and Ann for their compassionate and loving arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation to the PayPal account set up for Dawn and her family to recover from this tragic unexpected loss may be made to: Paypal.me/pools/c/866wBnlGIE, or your Suicide Prevention Organization of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, July 16, 2018

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Bob Knowlton

August 16, 2019

I didn't know you mark but by seeing all of your pictures you seem like a good guy you have a very nice wife and family I wish I could have met you rip my friend .

Barbara Ann Rokicki

April 18, 2019

My sincere condolences to all of Marks family and friends.I grew up with Mark in Cranford ,New Jersey, and it was never a dull moment with him.He was always intense ,bright and told people like it was!He always had an interesting perspective and we all had so many laughs with him! I will pass on this sad news to his Cranford High School Class & old friends
Rest In Peace dear Mark ,I am so sorry to hear this news 😔
Barbara Ann Rokicki

Melisa Luce

November 3, 2018

Mark, I want to thank you for loving Dawn and your beautiful family, for being the best husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend that you could be! I want to thank you for your brotherhood to me and Tom and for being an amazing uncle to all of our kids and grandkids! There were so many qualities I saw in you. You were one of the smartest men that I knew - you knew something about everything! You amazed me with how you could see any Harley and instantly know the exact year, make and model. You were one of the most patriotic persons I knew and how I love you for that! You could make my husband laugh and knew how to truly make sure he was having a good time! You made sure that you and Dawn never missed anything that Tom and I had going on. We have had so many absolutely awesome times: Daytona Beach – Bike Week – Hi my name is…, Jessika’s boot camp graduation – and her coming home from Afghanistan, Tommy’s wedding, RJ’s college graduation and wedding, our Florida trips (go carts and stuffing all four of us into the photo booth). Even just hanging out at one of our houses or taking a ride on the bikes! It seems impossible to recall all of our times together and do them any justice. It just didn’t matter, as long as we were all together!
I can hear you saying, “Life will go on – that’s life”. That’s true, but make no mistake, it won’t be the same without you in it! I’m sorry Mark, I truly am, I wish I could have understood more and been able to help you crawl out of that hole that sucked you in. I love you, and nothing will ever change that, not even the fact that you are no longer here.
Until we meet again my Brotha… XOXOXO
PS: Dawn… remember this – as long as there’s someone in the sky to protect me, there is no one on earth who can break me! When life knocks you down, calmly get back up, smile and very politely say, “You hit like a bitch!”. I love you MORE Sista!! XOXOXOXO

Melisa Luce

November 3, 2018

Sept. 8, 2018. One month and twenty-nine days ago, my Sista’s world came to a screeching halt! That was the day you decided you could no longer do life anymore. One of my worst nightmares (the thought of not having my husband by my side to grow old with) became my Sista’s reality. I found myself and so many others who love you, in shock, having feelings of disbelieve, tremendous anger and sadness beyond words! All feelings your boyfriend (my husband) and I were all too familiar with after losing our son to suicide less than five years before.
I never judged him for his decision, and I’m certainly not going to ever judge you for your decision. I will just continue to pray that your decision was the best one for YOU! You were holding onto a lot of sadness and other feelings that I will never know… Here is what I do know…
You completed Dawn. You drove her nuts at times and I know she drove you just as nuts, but you were also the only one she wanted to be next to when it was time to say good-night. I knew the first time I meet you that you were the one for her, and she was the one for you! Like I said the day of your wedding during my speech, no generic definition of love could describe what you two have. Separately, you each have an amazing sense of identity, compassion and originality, and when brought together a bond was created that was never to be broken!
Even when you were at your absolute worst low, that woman had your back. She gave everything in her heart and prayed like no other that you would find your way back... that you would somehow love yourself as much as she loves you.

Mark Ghorayeb

October 25, 2018

I was crushed to hear about Mark’s sudden passing. We knew each other because he installed the windshield in my vintage Porsche about 5 years ago - he was the SW FL expert. We hit it off from the get go, and met (regarding the car) one or more times. Sweet and solid guy. A man of his word. If I was so touched by his passing, I can’t imagine the vacuum he left behind.
RIP Brother, and sincere condolences to your beautiful family and friends.

Mark

Lisa Hayes

September 18, 2018

My memories about Mark... were laughter his funny sayings and the absolute love that he had for his beautiful wife Dawn and there kids and gradkids... He is a beautiful soul....💞

Kim Lingard

September 14, 2018

Dawn, Heather, Amber and Dan
Turn to the love you share and the presence of Mark in the soul of your family to carry you through to better days. He will live forever in your memories and in your hearts. You are all loved and above all else you were loved by Mark.
My deepest sympathy for your loss, and greatest wish for your healing
Kim

Tiffany Luce

September 13, 2018

We were not family by blood but you were without a doubt my uncle, and 100% my family. You were such a genuine, funny, caring person. You touched every heart you came across, and so many people are blessed to have known you. The moments we had with you will forever remain in our minds and most importantly forever touch our hearts. You may be gone from this earth physically but you are ALWAYS with us. Your spirit will live on. I love you so much Uncle Mark, rest easy and live on through out all of us. Until we meet again !

Bryan Hunt

September 6, 2018

Mark my brother ! One of my closest and best friends!! You will always hold a special place in my heart.. I’ve always had the upmost respect for u as a person and father .. I’ll will never forget the good times we had ..still can’t believe this is real.. it’s been two months and still everyday the tears come .. u will be forever missed my friend!! I’m so happy that I had the Privilege of knowing u and becoming your friend ..rest well brother!!

Celeste Hamilton

September 6, 2018

It was always a pleasure being around the both of you. What a great day at the Autism Walk. May you Rest In Peace in the loving arms of our Lord.

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