OBITUARY

Nicholas "Mark" Franco

November 8, 1955October 7, 2020

Nicholas “Mark” Franco of Wethersfield passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday October 7, 2020. He was born in Hartford on November 8, 1955 to the late Nicholas and Angeline (Montanaro) Franco. Mark was a graduate of Wethersfield High School, Class of 1975. He leaves behind his sister, Nicolette (Nikki) Sposito and her husband, Paul of Wethersfield, nephew Paul M. Sposito and his wife, Rebecca of Avon, niece Gina Sposito Prestia of Wethersfield and great nephews and nieces, Lucas, Sydney and Matthew Sposito, and Grace Prestia. Mark also leaves behind his long-time partner, Rebecca Burnell of Windsor Locks. He is predeceased by his father, Nicholas “Nick” Franco, mother Angeline “Ange” Franco, sister, Candis “Candy” Franco, and cherished grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mark had a love for music starting at a very young age. He often said he had a beat, rhythm or harmony swirling through his head at any given time. At 10 years old he became one of the youngest members of the Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra (comprised of high school and college students) while studying the Classical Stand-up (Double) Bass under Bert Turetzky and attending the Hartt School of Music on a full music scholarship. By high school graduation, he found the Electric Bass, Rock-n-Roll and started the band Joined Forces of Connecticut with his best friend, Jimi Bell. Along with his bandmates, he toured the country throughout the 80’s and early 90’s - touring with Joan Jett which also included appearing as the house band in the Michael J. Fox movie, “The Light of Day”. In 1999, Mark toured Europe with his second band, Thunderhead, and by 2003 he decided to focus on his solo career. Above all he loved being creative, writing songs, singing with his sister, playing the piano, laughing out loud, gardening, spending time with his cousins, family holidays, late night talks with his mom, taking long walks with Becci and his German Shepards, making his niece smile and playing sports with his nephew. Due to COVID there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Thursday, October 15 at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Park, 580 Elm Street, Rocky Hill. Social distancing and masks are required. The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield has been entrusted with arrangements. To share a memory of Mark with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Robert MacKinnon

October 20, 2020

Rest in Eternal Musical Peace
Nicholas "Mark" Franco.
Deeply Cherish each and every moment with you on Earth.
Catch up with you soon. Your friend and fan
Bahama Kin (Born Robert MacKinnon)

Dan Petit

October 16, 2020

I’ll always remember our trip to NYC and filming some videos for you. Such talent. I’ll Miss you Mark.

Jack Wood

October 15, 2020

Thanks for finding Becci and letting her be a big part of your journey through life. You two are true soulmates

Diana Drummond

October 14, 2020

I was saddened and shocked to hear of Mark's sudden passing. My sincere condolences to the Franco family and to Becci.
At 16 I went to the Agora Ballroom, and an American bar, for the first time. Magic happened when Joined Forces hit the stage! I was down in front and out came Mark in purple sequin pants, black hair teased up high with black stage eyeliner, playing a white bass, wearing white boots and smiling with perfect white teeth to match. He never stopped smiling the entire night and seemed the essence of happiness. I loved Joined Forces and the Agora forever after. Mark would come into my job at Cumberland Farms on Burnside Ave in East Hartford almost daily after that show with his gorgeous German Shepherd in tow. We talked endlessly about music, animals and swapped stories about our dogs. At the time I had my beloved Shepherd cross named Suzie.
Over the years I hung out with Mark at Bezzini Brothers band room where he practiced with Most Wanted, went to his Hartford parties and those at his parents house. I listened to his "Green Pickle" stories and supported his music in the local bands. Mark was an amazing musician and had a fantastic sense of humor!!
In later years we hung out at the lake house with Becci, Niko and my Shepherd mix Sasha and Shepherd Lobo. We would take our dogs walking and hiking at the river,meadows and Wickham Park. We worked on the garden,kayaked, laughed and talked seriously about life. I don't think Mark ever realized just how much he genuinely affected other people. Thank you for having been a part of some of the best memories and times of my youth. Fly free with Niko, your parents, Candy and beloved dogs. Hug Sasha and Lobo for me. See you on the other side Mark. RIP

David "Buddah Dave" Bradbury

October 14, 2020

Shocked and saddened to hear of Marks passing. It has been years since out paths last crossed, but the memories and inspiration will last forever. Sincerest condolences to Marks family, and former bandmates. You guys are the Best. Rest In Peace Mark. TWMA.

Lisa Caserta

October 13, 2020

I remember Mark Franco walking into my mom's store like he owned it the Dollfactory. 1981/82 After hours for hours looking for that right look. After a while He did work for her...
He was very particular FOR Joined Forces .What a BAND!! Mark had is own style and look they all did...Then 30 yrs later I met up with him again at the Club we end up at..
We've been to many BBQ s and Music Events these past couple of years and he always had his guitar in hand ready to play. We had fun. As much fun as you can have without mind altering chemicals But I could see there was something was bothering him.
I can tell you one thing he loved his mom he spoke of her often and loved his sister to pieces. And his girl...he said she was always there for me
Mark was an outstanding musician. Excellent training.
Marc Franco was loved by many and he'll surely be missed
I know I'll miss him
LISAMORE

Judith Catenaci

October 13, 2020

Always a great time with Joined Forces!! Marc was always upbeat and crazy. His music lives on in our memories. You will be missed. R.I.P.

Mickey (Melluzzo) Steves

October 13, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mark was one heck of a creative soul. Hugs to you all.

Lisa Wraight Breglio

October 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this news ..another life taken too early but well lived !! Mark and I shared a love for music and for family, walking and making people laugh. I will always remember his friendly, genuine smile with that mischief in his eyes. We met often walking in Wethersfield and at Dr Tom Gworeks office where we would talk of old times and friends and his gift of music. My condolences and prayers for peace and comfort now and in the days to come.
Lisa Wraight Breglio

Jim Callahan

October 13, 2020

Nikki, Paul and Becky - my deepest condolences.

Mark - we'll old friend it's been a journey, I'll remember the good times, lot's of laughs, I always valued your friendship. Safe travels and we'll see you on the other side. Much Love!

FROM THE FAMILY

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