Mark Guy Merola, Sr. (September 21, 1950 - August 22, 2023)

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Mark Guy Merola, Sr.
  • September 21, 1950
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  • August 22, 2023

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Mark Guy Merola Sr., 72 yrs. old of Oxford, FL, formally from The Villages, FL, passed away on Aug. 22nd, 2023. Mark was born in West Hartford, CT and resided in North Haven, CT for most of his life. He graduated from Chesire Academy for high school and attended St. Micheal’s college for a year in Vermont and graduated with an associate degree in sports medicine from Quinnipiac University. Mark married Janice Ann Parillo Merola on May 17th, 1974, in New Haven, CT at St. Bernadette Church. He owned his own business for 30 years in food wholesale and tobacco products, DeVito Bros., In North Haven, CT. He umpired softball for the greater New Haven area, he was in zoning/boarding for North Haven, CT, he was an athletic trainer for Quinnipiac University basketball team and New Haven blades, when the blades moved to Springfield, Mass.
Mark was also a member of the Elks club, Wallingford Country Club, and New Haven Country Club for many years. Mark enjoyed playing golf and being surrounded by all his buddies afterwards. He ran the Exconn’s golf group in The Villages, FL for 16 yrs and played with the Critters golf group in The Villages, FL for over 8 yrs. Mark loved every minute of it.
He is survived by mother, Pearl Knop Merola, wife Janice Ann Parillo Merola, son Mark G Merola Jr, and daughter Kimberly Ann Merola. He is preceded in death by Father Gaetano Merola.
Mark was a wonderful husband, son, and father. He was hardworking and provided for his family and loved ones. Mark loved life and the people who surrounded him. We will always remember the great memories we had with him and will remember all the love he had for us. He will be greatly missed not only by family but everyone that he was around and knew. Fly high and we will always love you and be in our hearts. Until we meet again!
Services will be held at Baldwin Brothers in Spanish Springs, 1008 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL on Sept. 14th, 2023 at 10am and celebration of life will be held at Red Sauce, 1000 Canal Street, The Villages, FL at 1pm.


Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society
1008 Bichara Blvd. The Villages, FL 32159

Date & Time:
September 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM

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  1. Tom Keating says:
    19 Jan 2024
    Today is January 19, 2024 and I just found out about your passing away. I truly enjoyed you as a person the short time we interacted here in Connecticut. You were a man of his word, honest and very hard working. I believe you are now in God’s golf course and enjoying every minute knowing family and friends still care for you.

  2. Bobbie Rath lit a candle:
    14 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 14, 2023 at 9:02:08 AM

  3. Rose Farkas says:
    13 Sep 2023
    So sorry to hear about Mark. We shared how he went to St. Michael's, a Catholic University in Vermont, and I went to Goddard Collage, a very liberal college. Enjoyed seeing him at the Car Wash.

  4. roger stokes says:
    12 Sep 2023
    Mark, you are one the great one's. All the years we have shared together ln our golf adventures as trying to be your back-up support er. It has not yet sunk in that i will not be able to share our friendship any more. You will sorely missed from this day forward. Please rest in peace and you and i will be playing at Augusta in heaven.

  5. Bill Garcia says:
    11 Sep 2023
    What a great guy for anyone he came in contact with. A forever friend.

  6. Kim Garcia lit a candle:
    11 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 11, 2023 at 9:42:44 PM

  7. Bill Milligan says:
    11 Sep 2023
    Mark, your care and concern for others was second only to the love and support you provided your family. RIP my Critter brother.

  8. Bill Milligan says:
    11 Sep 2023
    Mark, to say you will be sorely missed is an understatement. Your care and concern for all you met is second only to the love and support you provided your family. You will always be remembered.

  9. Michael Roberge says:
    08 Sep 2023
    Mark, RIP my friend. You'll be missed by many, and Sauce won't be the same without you. Not sure I've ever met a guy that hustled like you! Take care Yogi...

  10. Lou Martarano says:
    08 Sep 2023
    Mark you will be missed. I first got to know you when I brought my Mustang to the car wash and you noticed my Yankee plate. We had the best conversation and that day, we developed a friendship. You have left us too soon and my condolences go out to your family. May you rest in peace, my friend.

  11. Jim Stuck says:
    08 Sep 2023
    Mark, you are truly missed already. I will never forget all the great times we had together both with the Xconns and the Critters. We shared many laughs and good times especially on our golf trips organized by you. Your positive attitude reflected on many members of both golf groups. I saw what a great provider you were to your family first hand. Until we see each other again, RIP!

  12. Scott LaCoss says:
    08 Sep 2023
    Mark "Yogi" "Sparky" Merola will be sorely missed by his "Critter" brethren. He was a gentleman and a fine friend. I knew, from the very first day I met him, that Mark was the kind of guy who would do anything to help a friend. He is gone from us too soon. I know his skills are needed elsewhere. God Bless.

  13. Frank hubbell says:
    08 Sep 2023
    May the wind always be at your back. Hub

  14. Paul Parillo lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 8, 2023 at 9:04:43 AM

  15. Harley Horner says:
    07 Sep 2023
    RIP Mark. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family during this time.

  16. Paul & AndybMerola says:
    07 Sep 2023
    Janice,Mark,Kim & Aunt Peg,
    You all have our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mark. I was saddened when Aunt Lucy told me what happened. Losing him was way too soon and just too sudden to fully comprehend. Mark & I were close in age so we were able to relate to things on the same plane and usually found humor in a lot of it. There were times when we were younger we would laugh so hard at things that our stomachs hurt or we got the hiccups. At the time, as a pre teen they were hilarious, and sometimes I would think back to a few and still have a chuckle. He was more athletic and competitive than me, there was a time when we both entered a softball throwing contest. My only favorite sport was baseball and I felt I could throw the ball pretty well. The field of throwers were eliminated down to just him and me. I offered him to go first out of courtesy a couple times but he was insistent that I go first. I threw, then he threw father than me and he won. I asked him why he was so insistent I go first, he said I just needed to see how far I had to throw! For me, a lesson well learned that I have never forgotten. This was one memory of many I had with him. He was an exceptionally good guy and a good cousin, he will be missed by Andy and me, I am sure the rest of the Merola family feels the loss too.
    I trust remembering the good times you all had with him will surely bring you comfort.
    Rip Cuz, Rip Mark

  17. Nancy Popsuj says:
    07 Sep 2023
    Mark will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was a ball of fire. I think he knew just about everyone in The Villages. We don’t think he knew how to sit down and relax. Whenever we saw him, he was flitting and flying around speaking to everyone in sight. He loved his family dearly, and they loved him as much. He probably knows everyone in heaven by now. Mark, try resting in peace!
    Nancy and Paul Popsuj

  18. Nancy Popsuj says:
    07 Sep 2023
    Mark will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was a ball of fire. I think he knew just about everyone in The Villages. I don’t think he knew how to sit down and relax. Whenever we saw him, he was flitting and flying around speaking to everyone in sight . He loved his family dearly and they loved him as much. He probably knows everyone in Heaven by now. Mark, try resting in peace! Nancy & Paul Popsuj

  19. Mark merola lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 7, 2023 at 9:41:41 PM

  20. Anne Flanagan says:
    06 Sep 2023
    Mark & family, I surround you with wings of love.
    Your memories will keep you close.

  21. Ida Kehoe says:
    06 Sep 2023
    I will miss Mr. Mark ,as we called him. He was a joy to be with. He will not be forgotten, we will remember and he will be forever in our prayers. He will live on in our hearts until we meet again. My deepest condolences to Janice, Kim, Mark, Junior and Pearl.

  22. Deborah Gilbert says:
    06 Sep 2023
    Mark will be missed Greatly

    I have a lot of memories of the whole family as a whole
    He loved you all and my prayers are with you all in your time of grief
    Love ❤️
    Debbie Gilbert

  23. Deborah Gilbert says:
    06 Sep 2023
    I’m loving Memory of Mark
    Janice, Mark and Kim
    Also family
    He will greatly be missed
    A wonderful person
    Always smiling and cutting jokes
    Loved his family so much
    Prayers for you all
    Love always
    Debbie Gilbert

  24. Marty Merola says:
    06 Sep 2023
    Janice,Marian Kim,so sad another awesome cousin is gone all the good times at the family outings,all we can do is move on and never forget the memories of the ones that are gone

  25. Robyn Cimiotta says:
    06 Sep 2023
    Mark, you were such an amazing man, father, and husband. You will be missed. My heart is with your loved ones.

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