Mark R. Tremblay

Mark R. Tremblay

April 12th, 1933 August 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Mark R. Tremblay

Mark R Tremblay, 87, of Arlington, MA, died peacefully on August 29, 2020. He was born to parents Joseph and Margaret on April 12, 1933, in Cambridge, MA, where he lived for the next 27 years.

He graduated from St John’s High School and went on to study at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated Cum Laude. While at Notre Dame, he played baseball on a full scholarship and held the batting record for home runs and triples. After graduation he was drafted into the US Army and served for two years during the Korean War.

Mark married Mary Dunn on November 7, 1953, in South Bend, IN, and together they raised 8 children in Arlington, MA. He is lovingly survived by his children, Regina and George Kyle of Lexington, Kathy of Medford, Mary and John Pandolfo of Reading, Jane and Jay McClosky of Arlington, Mark Tremblay and Marcel Quiroga of Salem, Paul of Arlington, Ellen and David Robinson of Belchertown, and the late John Tremblay and Marie of Billerica. He will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren who adore him as well as 14 great grandchildren who will remember him most for his secret stash of sweets.

Mark was a beloved teacher for the City of Cambridge, primarily at the Harrington School. Many of his summers were spent as Director of the Christ Child Day Camp, leading activities, driving the bus, and always making sure the kids of the neighborhood had an enjoyable vacation. After 37 years of teaching and being actively involved in the East Cambridge community, he retired in 1993.

Mark was a voracious reader, visiting the library almost daily. Stacks of books could always be found on his nightstand, in his car, or next to him in his recliner. He was known to the neighborhood kids as “that guy who’s always reading.” One of his last requests of his doctors was that they bring him a good book.

He spent much of his time watching sports of any kind, especially college football and basketball. He was an avid fan of the Boston teams. He loved a heated discussion of politics with anyone who dared to join him. In his later years, he enjoyed playing cards with his cohorts at the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, especially on the days he won. He was a 27 plus year friend of Bill W.

But Mark’s greatest passion was his family. His life mission was to make his children feel loved and to know that his help was always available to them. They were all his favorite child. He was happiest when his extended family was gathered together and never missed an opportunity to say how proud he felt of all of them. He will be greatly missed.

The family has entrusted Keefe Funeral Home of Arlington with the arrangements. Services will be private due to COVID-19. Donations in his memory can be made to Arlington Food Pantry or the Retired Men's Club Of Arlington.

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Jessie Acevedo Soto

Rest Easy Mr. Tremblay knowing that generations after you are requesting things they want properly. My “MAY (don’t ever say CAN to him) I please” enforcer. My own children and old students now roll their eyes at me like I did to you way back when. You will always hold a bright spot in my childhood for you quick wittiness and dry but so funny sense of humor. Forever grateful dear sir. 🤍🤍
Comment | Posted at 09:33am via Condolence


Mr tremblay was such a good teacher at the Harrington school sending my deepest sympathy to his his family may he rip 🙏🙏
Comment | Posted at 05:46pm via Condolence

donna joyce

I don't remember all my teacher's names, only those who made a great impact on me during childhood. Mr. Tremblay is one of those fond memories.

I am glad to hear that he lived a long life, with loving family and friends. I pray that your family can find some peace in knowing that he is in Our Father's hands. Rest in Peace, Mr. T.

Donna Joyce, Virginia Beach, VA
(C.G. Harrington, Class of 74)
Comment | Posted at 05:16pm via Condolence

Joseph Vasconcelos

Mr. Tremblay was at the Harrington School. He was a great teacher and cared about his students. He had a great sense of humor.

RIP Mr. Tremblay.
Comment | Posted at 01:53pm via Condolence

Mary Tegan

Mark showed me the way at the Harrington School in Cambridge! Every morning, while doing hall duty outside his homeroom, he would make me laugh! Mark’s quick wit got every morning off to a great start. When I made the connection to Arlington,(he lived two blocks away) and his grandkids, I enjoyed his family even more. God bless you, Mark, your life, and your extraordinary family.
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