Mark A. Curtis, 59, died at his home April 19, 2010, after a 27-year courageous battle with cancer.

Born at North Haven on June 6, 1950, he was the son of Venner C. and Eunice G. Crews Curtis. Educated in local schools, Mark was a 1968 graduate of Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.

For one year, he was employed with General Electric Corp. in Auburn.

On May 20, 1969, Mark enlisted in the U.S. Navy, beginning his 23-year military career. He first served at Norfolk (Virginia) Naval Air Station, where he met Linda M. Bartholomy, who was also serving there. Mark and Linda were married at the Chapel in The Woods, NNAS, on Dec. 31, 1971. He later served at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, Va. In 1976, he transferred to Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico. He next served in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay, before moving to Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, and for a time with HSL-32 (Helicopter Squadron Light), in Norfolk, Va. On April 30, 1992, he retired as a senior chief petty officer, while serving at Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Returning to his beloved home at North Haven, Mark worked as a painter/builder in his business of North Shore Painting.

He was a life member and past commander of the Baird-Calderwood-Morrison-Parsons American Legion Post No. 33, a longtime member and lieutenant of the North Haven Fire Department, and a member of the North Haven Lions Club.

He enjoyed playing darts and working on cars, and was ready at any time to drop whatever he might be doing to give someone else a hand. He especially loved his grandchildren and family who he took great pleasure in constantly teasing.

Other than his parents, Mark was predeceased by his daughter, Heather D. Waterman on April 17, 2008; and his wife, Linda, on Dec. 27, 2008.

He is survived by his son-in-law, John R. Waterman of North Haven; one brother, Dale Curtis of North Haven; two sisters, Diana Curtis of North Haven and Beverly Weber and her husband, Edward, of Wyomissing, Pa.; three grandchildren, John Venner Mark “Bud” Waterman, Bret Michael Waterman and Shyanne Danielle Waterman, all of North Haven; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with military honors will be held Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at North Haven Baptist Church. The Rev. David Macy will officiate. Private interment will be in Fuller Cemetery. A reception will follow the service in the Memorial Room.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pulpit Harbor Foundation, P.O. Box 526, North Haven, ME 04853-0526.

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