Mark Stephen Tanguay (1952 – 2008)

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Mark Stephen Tanguay, 56, of Farmington, passed away Friday, July 11 at Franklin Heights with many friends and companions at his side.

He was born May 25, 1952 and spent his earliest years at Pineland.  He moved to Farmington in the early 1980’s where he resided at Our House and later moved to Franklin Heights.  He attended Sandy River Rehabilitation Center in Strong for many years and later Work First, Inc. of Farmington.

Mark will be remembered for his contagious laugh and firm handshake.  His friends described him as genuine, happy, caring, charismatic, determined, authentic, charming, and persistent.  He loved to listen to music – especially “the oldies” and was a regular at the Granary for open mic night on Tuesdays.  Over the years, Mark enjoyed camping, concerts, sporting events, action packed movies, and spending time “goobying” with his friends.  He also participated in the Special Olympics for many years.  He surprised those around him with spontaneous outbursts of glee.  Despite the obstacles presented to him, Mark approached life with a smile and positive attitude.  Those who knew Mark will remember him as a kind and gentle soul.

 He is survived by a brother, Edward of Monument, CO; sisters, Marie, Jane, and Anne of Oceanside, CA, Eleanor of San Jose, CA, and Jean of Port of Spain, Trinidad, and many friends and companions.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held Thursday at 4 PM at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road with Doug Walrath, officiating.  Those wishing to remember Mark are asked to contribute to LEAP, Inc., c/o Franklin Heights Recreation Fund, 313 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME  04938.

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