Edward F. Carter



April 1, 1953September 3, 2020

Mark C. Waitkins, sixty-seven, of Garrison, NY died on September 3rd, 2020 at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan from pneumonia, a complication of Leukemia.

He was born in Ossining on April 1st, 1953 to Frank and Ruth Waitkins, and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. He was predeceased by his parents.

Mark graduated from Croton Harmon High School in 1971. He then went to Westchester Community College until he began working for IBM for forty-two years. He married Carol Nikitopoulos and had three children.

He was an avid reader, had a passion for music, loved to fish, hike, drive his 1968 MGB convertible, and was the President of the British Car Club. Mark was a wonderful cook, enjoyed travel, the ocean, sports, loved his dogs, motorcycle, and a good single malt scotch.

He is survived by his wife Carol, son Jason, daughter Lindsay Klippel, son-in-law Robert Klippel, daughter Sophie, grandchildren Chloe and Christopher Klippel. He is also survived by his siblings: Melanie Cole, Matt & Thomas Waitkins & several cousins.

Everyone that lives dies, not everyone that lives – lives. Mark did; he was blessed with many friends and enjoyed time with them all.

There will be a celebration of Mark’s life in the Spring of 2021. Announcement to follow.

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Mitch Meisler

September 15, 2020

As a member of the Brits of the Hudson car club (Mark was President), and a nearly 10-year leukemia survivor myself, I reached out to Mark after learning of he and his family’s dance with this devil.

What struck me then during our phone calls, and even more when he showed up and we chatted a few months later at the club’s Covid-delayed dust-off rally, was his incredible inner peace with what and where he was in life, what he had survived, and what he could be facing in the days ahead. I reached to offer hope with my survivor’s story, and was blessed to come away myself with increased inner strength, thanks to Mark. It seems from what I’ve seen, read and heard that I wasn’t alone.

I’ll gladly dedicate every mile ahead in my little red British classic to Mark and his family, and I’m sure every member of Brits of the Hudson will do the same. May his memory be a blessing to his family and all those he touched.

Mitch Meisler

Paul Morton

September 14, 2020

Condolences to all,
I will miss my chats with Mark, we managed to stay in touch after working many years together in IBM. This is not how I wanted to win our many debates, MG v Austin, Harley v Honda, Trump v Anyone else but.. Farewell my friend I wish retirement had lasted longer.


Cynthia Fleury-McCullough

September 13, 2020

Melanie and Tom so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother he was much too young to be taken from this earth. He was always so kind when we hung out in the neighborhood as kids. I wish you peace at this time for you and your family .

Rita Many

September 13, 2020

A new Angel in Heaven- Rest in Peace, Mark. My heartfelt condolences to Carol and their families. 💜🙏

Jeanette and tom Doyle

September 13, 2020

Tom and I started travelling with Mark and Carol about five years ago our first trip had been to St Lucia with two other couples it was the first time we got to really know Mark and Carol
Our next trip was to St John and we spent 10 glorious days in Cruz Bay during that trip we shared winning number in the Super Bowl pool at our local bar back home hitting the 3rd and final scores! Mark, tom and I sat at the bar in Cruz bay hooting and hollering for our numbers to come in much to the annoyance of the local crowd since we seem to have no team loyalty (no jets are giants in this Super Bowl!). This was also marks retirement trip which made it even more special
Our last trip together was to zihuatanejo, Mexico. It took some convincing to get mark to go to Mexico. In the end I think it was one of his favorite trips
We shared a love of cooking and I was always happy to cook for mark ! Tommy and he would talk sports and music for hours when we were with them.
He was an amazing man and we will miss him forever. I know that His beloved dog Gus was waiting for him at the gate and they went through together Yes, Godspeed Mark. ❤️

Jim Culhane

September 12, 2020

I worked with Mark at IBM at Watson. What I remember most though was watching the hockey playoff games together at the local pubs. Hockey was not on TV then (80s) .I remember it clearly since he and I were the only two rooting for the ISLANDERS ,
most were Ranger fans. Yrs later Mark switched over to the Rangers. They were great times... And at xmas time we'd all meet at "THE STADIUM " for a reunion. Mark was a great guy and will be missed.

Charlie Jones

September 12, 2020

Mark was a good friend and one of the very best people from Croton-on-Hudson. You are loved and you will be missed. Godspeed Mark

Greg Golden

September 11, 2020

I met Mark In 1983 on my first day of work at IBM. I traded my last email with Mark on August 3. We never fell out of touch. We traded emails and instant messages for over 35 years - talked on the phone for long stretches when we could about our mutual love of rock and roll, our struggles with weight, the Jets, Yankees, LBI, Travel, our families- he was so proud of his kids - Graham Parker, His MG, Scotland, Ireland and solved a lot of the worlds - and IBMs problems. He was my longest and closest friend at IBM and I loved him like a brother.
He wasn’t immune to health issues but he was a trooper all through his own and Carol’s tough times and Could always laugh with that smile that could light up a room.
I’ll leave this here as early Rod Stewart was one of Mark’s favorites:

I am sailing
I am sailing
Home again
'Cross the sea
I am sailing
Stormy waters
To be near you
To be free

Godspeed my brother

Eddie Gauthier

September 7, 2020

Good friend that I hadn’t seen for awhile.
Many good memories growing up in Croton.May he Rest In Peace.My best to all the family.

Peggy Keesler

September 5, 2020

To Melanie, Tom and family, I was very saddened to learn of Mark's passing. Way to young for this to happen. This year has been awful, and I am sorry you all have to go through this.

Peggy Keesler


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