Mark C. Duckworth, 63, of Beech Ridge Road, passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 7, 2023.
He was born September 29, 1959, one of eight children born to Earle and Ruth (Hobart) Duckworth.
Mark graduated from Sanford High School before starting a career with Hussey Manufacturing as a welder, then advancing his career to Pratt & Whitney and Vishay Sprague as a CNC machinist for nearly 20 years. He was currently employed by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for over 22 years as a warehouse coordinator. Mark was a proud American who deeply loved his family and his country.
He and his wife, Carol built their home in North Berwick in 1982 where they raised their two sons, Derek and Cody, who Mark fondly referred to as Blondie and Junior. Mark taught his sons a strong work ethic, to be kind and respect others, and the love for animals. He was very proud of the men they have become.
Mark could always be found from August to June near the wood stove, no matter the temperature outside. During warmer months, you would find him sitting in the garage with a cup of coffee but oftentimes it was a PBR. At Christmastime he always insisted on viewing the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” to his family’s dismay.
Mark will be remembered fondly by his family and friends as an old soul who was a quiet, keep-to-himself kind of guy. However, he was quirky, blunt, and had a theatrical sense of humor. His friends and family always knew where they stood with him.
Early in life, Mark and his father grew a special bond over their love for animals. Mark loved his livestock; showing his cattle at all the local fairs for nearly five decades, and later sharing his experience and knowledge with his sons. Outside of farming, Mark had a knack for both local and American History alongside music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and would quiz people, with the main intention of stumping them.
Although Mark may not have mastered the use of his iPhone or laptop, he would be quick to say he “Googled” it. He loved to coin his own names for things such as “Gubah” (for the 1 Uber ride he took in Boston) or “Facehead” in place of Facebook. Sometimes his only response was ‘Magine, short for “Imagine”, which serendipitously became the camper model he and Carol enjoyed for several years together at the fairs. He also had an old saying, “Happy as a clam”, which he’d have to explain the meaning behind.
Mark was a proud member of Yorkshire Lodge #179 A.F. & A.M. of North Berwick. Each year, he would volunteer his time to help with the Seacoast Christmas Caravan toy drive program.
He was predeceased by his parents, Earle and Ruth, brother Robert Duckworth and brother-in-law Mark Bubar. He will be forever missed by his wife and soulmate of 41 years, Carol Duckworth of North Berwick; 2 sons, Derek Duckworth and fiancé Kerry Merz of Eliot and Cody Duckworth and husband Tim Dudgeon of Boston, MA; 3 brothers, John Duckworth and wife Linda of Lebanon; Glenn Duckworth of South Portland; James Duckworth and wife Paula of Rochester, NH; 3 sisters, Dale Barrows of Wolfeboro, NH; Diane Duckworth-Bubar of Greenbush, ME; Flossy Patrick and husband Chris of North Berwick; brother-in-laws Rick Porell and wife Doris of Kennebunkport and Norman Porell of Alfred as well as nieces, nephews and many close friends.
A time of visitation will be held on Friday, June 16 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM to include a short masonic service and time of sharing at Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made and sent to Cumberland County Brass Knobs Working Steer Club, 272 Gray Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105, an organization which Mark took great pride in being part of for many years.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared on Mark’s page at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com
Cumberland County Brass Knobs Working Steer Club
272 Gray Road, Falmouth ME 04105