It's the eve of my Birthday...thinking of you and missing the phone call I would make to tease you...Well I'm sending the thoughts up to Heaven and hopefully you are smiling ear to ear saying..."I know, I know Nee Nee...we're the same age and for today I can't tell you what to do...Just WAIT until the 19th and we'll be back on track!"
I lost contact and I just moved back to the Phoenix area. I actually went looking for Marko today because I lost his contact info when my phone crashed about 8 months ago. I truly shocked and saddened to have lost a great friend. Big love brother! If anyone from the family wants to contact me, my name is Cedric Smith and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost two years has passed. I continue to miss you every day. Some pain never heals. I still have to remind myself to breathe...
It's no wonder you always taught me to be strong... To never give up... Because it takes every bit of strength I have to bare the loss I feel with you gone almost 2 years now... Missing my number 1 fan, my protector, my BFF
I love you and miss you more than ever, babe. I still can't believe you are really gone sometimes. I miss you terribly and wish this were all a bad dream I could wake up from. Life is so sad and difficult without you. I'll be by to visit again soon. Love you with all my heart. Xoxo
Merry Christmas brother...I visited your grave today and wanted to tell you that John proposed to me... I know if you were here you would have been the first one to give him your permission and blessing... I love you and miss you endlessly... I hope you heard my prayers to you in mass this morning because I sent them to Heaven with Christmas wishes.
Thanksgiving...a time to reflect on one's blessings...a time to miss you more than words can say...a time to remember how much you looked forward to the antipasto...and the time you refused to try the butternut squash ravioli because NO TRUE ITALIAN would ever do such a thing...a time to remember how you'd ask me to make you a big bowl of hot turkey soup with the little meatballs and pastina just an hour after the "big meal"...a time to remember our random trips down to Filthy Phils so you could devour a triple burger and sometimes 2...a time to remember sitting back in the easy chairs and enjoying an afternoon movie together (usually a gun related, bang bang shoot-em up one)...a time to remember how you called me "Nee Nee" and how you had this magic way of getting me to wait on your every beck and call, and I did so with a smile...This Thanksgiving I cried to myself because there is such a void yet I smiled when I thought of you across the table playing "look" with your mouthful of food...and I prayed that you are happy in Heaven at the table of God. You are always in my heart big brother xox Thank you for leaving me with fond memories that I can hold onto forever.
You all don't know me and sorry we've never met...but I thought I'd share a photo and funny story of Mark you didn't have yet. I knew Mark from training and loved every minute of it. This is Mark...Chris Caracci and me during an ECQC training. I remember vividly how Mark was always so concerned about everyone and their safety. One day in a serious moment of training...Mark was moving very fast against me and he accidentally smashed me in the throat with one of those massive forearms of his...gun in hand. Completely as expected…he stopped the training...looked at me in horror and disbelief...and the first words out of his mouth were...are you ok? I just smiled at him laughing and choking as I lied and said…yeah man...no problem! It was the hardest I've ever been hit in the throat...
Keep smiling...Mark was an exceptional human being...God bless...
Wish you were here.....
Just a little flicker of light to let you know that you are always thought of by me... Always and Forever
Last night we had our Second Annual Mark Volpone Italian Dinner. It was great to see your family there. I hope everyone enjoyed the food. I almost brought in a case of the Big City Reds Hotdogs to cook up just because I know how much you liked them. Your spirit was a huge presents in the room, but it just wasn't the same as having you there. I hope everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food.
You will always be missed.
You're Brother in Christ.
Happy 5th Anniversary, babe. Thank you for my gift. I feel so blessed and lucky that I had my camera and was able to catch this sign from you. My heart aches for you but every time I look at this photo and see the 5 cloud (or any of the other many signs you send in the stars and sky) I always feel so comforted because it shows we are clearly still connected spiritually. Thank you for watching over me - please never stop. I will spend the rest of my life missing you and wondering what could have been. Forever in my heart. I love you so much.
P.s. I hope you loved the decorations on your grave and the balloons I released were full of messages of love. I know they made their way to you. #faith #Ibelieve #truelove
Missing your early morning birthday greeting. Life just isn't the same without my little bro!
As much as I wish it were your beautiful face I was looking at so "clearly" right now... All I can say is thank you for helping me to get the LASIK surgery I've needed for so long... I promise with all my heart that I will look only for the beauty in things and be grateful to you for once again being there for your little sister who misses you more than words can say... I love you forever
Just learned of Mark's passing today. I am so, so sorry. I had not seen Mark since we graduated from Aquinas, but he is a big part of my memories. Like everybody who knew him, I'm sure, I'll never forget his smile and positive, upbeat nature! Mark and his family are in my prayers!
I miss your beautiful smile
Not a day has passed that I have not thought of you. Some days I feel I'm just as heartbroken as the day you left - if not more. Still kissing your photo and wearing your shirts. Still talking to the stars each night in hopes that you hear my words and prayers thru all the world's noise. I miss you deeply, babe. I hold your memory close to my heart.
I see all the signs you send but more importantly, I still feel you at times- thank you for the visits - please never stop. I can't help but wish that the physical side of you could be here with the spiritual. I MISS you, babe. I miss you. I miss you. I miss YOU. Love you always and forever.
I was just thinking of the Fourth Degree Exemplification that"s coming up next month and wanted to know if you can watch over the 50/50? I know Christ knows that we need the help to raise funds so he should let you flex your muscle a little to get the people to reach a little deeper.
I really miss you.
Your brother in Christ.
Your smile is always brighter when I send you a note. I miss you, and always will... and I know you're missing me...
My birthday "twin" how I miss you today! I have been lost in photos of us celebrating together - so many wonderful memories to cherish. I hope you like the decorations and roses I left for you yesterday. I hope you heard everything I had to say. I meant every word. I miss you, babe. I miss you beyond words. I saw you peek thru the clouds when I was crying on the drive home and I saw you again today - thank you for the birthday visit. I hope your birthday in Heaven is so very special and filled with happiness and joy. I love you, babe. Always and forever. Xoxo
We are on our way to celebrate the memories of you tonight on the eve of your birthday... I hope you like the glowing balloons we are bringing and the happy birthday song that we will be singing at midnight around your grave. I hope you will be sending a night time butterfly to us like you did last year. It is Good Friday and soon your special day. Happy birthday big brother... I know the angels are singing to you in Heaven xox I hope they make you a big macaroni dinner to celebrate!
Sending a candle to Heaven...make a birthday wish and when I feel the cool breeze on my face and hear the wind chimes play their beautiful song...I will know it is you blowing out your flame. Xox
It's your birthday week big brother... Approaching the day we always celebrated together...I am praying that in Heaven your birthday week is as special as you always wanted it to be here on Earth! I am thinking about you and still feel numb because of your absence...please visit me in my dreams. I love you... Nee Nee
Hey Buddy came across a photo the other day and it brought back great memories. Thank you so much Mark for being a great friend and mentor. Always thinking of you.
I was deeply saddened to hear of this news recently. Having been a student of Marks it was quite the honor to know him and call him a friend. He was a great great man! Knowing mark he's up there protecting all his family and friends and holding down those white pearly gates!
Rest in peace brother
Thinking of you big brother...wondering how you are. I know it was you...the brave and beautiful butterfly that insisted on sitting on the motor of the lawn mower throughout the duration of my outside chores. Thank you for hanging out with me on a sunny San Diego morning. I only wish I could have hugged you and told you how much I miss you. I stopped by the cemetery today and blew you and dad a kiss. It's been 8 months that dad has been with you in Heaven. Tell him I love him and please come see me again. xoxo Always, Nee Nee
I know you're shining down on me from heaven, and that you always will. I miss you
Every milestone seems to be more difficult than the last. The first birthday, first thanksgiving, first christmas without you..they just don't get easier. Today marks the one year anniversary of your first year in Heaven and I have shed as many tears today as I did a year ago, if not more. My heart aches for you still - I miss my soul mate and best friend. I have been lost in your photos and old love letters and cards this week - just seeing your handwriting hurts my heart -but reading your words of love, devotion and support have help comfort my heart during this difficult time. I was so fortunate and blessed to be your girl. Keep watching over me, babe. I feel you at times - I see the signs you send. I am grateful for them - they give me hope that one day we will be in each other arms again. Love you to the moon and back. Xoxo
A year has passed and not a day goes by that I don't think about you... Sometimes I find myself talking to you as if you will reply back. My life will never be the same without you... And I know in some special way you are still watching over me just like you always did. I never had to worry about feeling protected with you in my life... Now I have an angel... Until we meet again big brother, a piece of my heart is in heaven with you. Always, Cyndie... Or as you always called me... Nee Nee
Mark, It's been a year since your passing, and I find myself missing you more now than ever before You will always be in my thoughts....
16 of the hardest months of my life...I miss you endlessly...my life was blessed with you but will never be the same without you...
Tears still flow easily...I miss you so much. Gone 11 months and it still feels like yesterday at times. I don't believe my heart will ever heal. I will spend the rest of my life missing you, babe. I love you always. Xoxo
still thinking of you......
Finding it difficult to face a holiday without you big brother knowing that last year we were together...I find solace in knowing that you are with dad and that you are both with us in spirit but I miss the physical you so very much. I promise to make sure that the army chow is made thick enough for the spoon to stand on its own and I promise to make sure there are little meatballs in the turkey soup. The antipasto will be made just the way you liked it and so will the mashed potatoes. I love you big brother and am thankful for all the years I had with you. Give dad a hug from me and tell him that I will miss him at the head of the table this year. Xoxox
I miss you terribly and am thinking of you always. I love you, Marko. I love you with all that I am. Life really sucks without you, babe. What I would do for just another hour or two with you. This time of year is so hard…..
I was looking for the maricopa tactical website to find a date for my wife and I to catch a CCW class with him when I saw this. He taught me how to shoot my AR just last year. An absolutely wonderful person who will be missed by many. I am saddened by this news. To his family and those in his life, you have my deepest condolences.
Sincerly Tim N.
I just saw this yesterday. Mark was my first firearms instructor many years ago. I have not seen him for years, but was considering taking another class from him. He was a great guy and although I did not know him on a personal level, I was very sad to read about his passing. I enjoyed the classes and his fun personality very much. I am so sorry for your loss.
Love you big brother, always have, always will xox
Thinking of you always....
Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary. I am happy that I got to visit you and spend the day with your mom and aunt. Your family is incredible and I feel blessed to have them in my life. On January 9th this year you asked me to be yours forever and of course I said yes. When we kissed that day our souls became one. I can still feel that kiss and pray that I always will. I will love you for all eternity and can't wait to one day be in your arms again. Missing you beyond words today and always. Xoxo
Hard to believe that you are gone 7 months. Not a day goes by that I'm not thinking of you, not picturing your contagious smile, not wondering..."what would my brother tell me to do"...You are in my heart and soul big brother and I will love you always.
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.". .....John 15:18
mark, I miss you so much, still....but yet, I know God came and gave you the most blessed gift of all....He gave you comfort, just like He comforts me, every day I have trouble accepting you're gone.....I have alot of days like that.....I miss you. I've missed you, forever, it seems......I do believe, I'll be in love with you, for the rest of my life......
Dear Big Brother,
I thought of you today, but that's nothing new. I thought about you this morning, last night, yesterday, and all the days and moments before that too. I think of you in silence, and I often speak your name in daily conversations like you are still here, I talk to your picture on my desk often and ask you for advice and how you are doing. Today I shared your picture with a class full of fourth graders and told them that you were my best friend and that I missed you deeply but I keep you close to my heart. I wanted them to know that my brother is a big part of who I am today and that I was fortunate to have someone who loved me and always protected me from harm. I miss you and of course am thinking of you as I always do. Give my dad a big hug for me and tell him I love him and miss him too and hope that he is comfortable and peaceful in Heaven with you xoxox
Just thinking of you my friend. As I continue training I know you are looking down from Heaven in support. In the short time we became friends your influence and guidance will always be with me.
Thinking of you always...
As you comprehend these profound losses, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens...
"The teaching I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light."....Matthew 11:30
God in Heaven has united two of His most favorite children. It is so phenomenally hard for us to see through our tears sometimes, all the time, sometimes, but I know, He gives me, us, the strength, to go on....It's so hard to imagine, going on, as if the world hasn't lost not one, but two, wonderfully, blessed, people, but He gives us strength, and we will be reunited in Heaven, together, all of us, one day...all we need do, is have faith and trust....may you look to Him, Ms. Volpone, and the entire family, and all of us, who loved them so dearly....we will be reunited one day....God Bless
God never promised a life without pain, laughter without tears or sun without rain
but he did promise strength for the day comfort for the tears and the light for the way,
and for all who believe in his heaven above he rewards their faith in his everlasting love
To Mrs. Volpone and Family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss of another loved one. wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts
May they both rest in peace...
Give dad a hug for me Marko and tell him that I'm happy you both can throw the football back and forth to one another once again. Just wish I could watch and be your cheerleader like I always was. Even though I'm so far away, I'll always be your cheerleader xoxo my love to you both in heaven
You have someone so special with you in Heaven now. I know you were waiting with open arms to welcome him too. I imagine you will soon share a Sambuca with 3 coffee beans and watch a John Wayne movie together. I'm heartbroken for your family's loss but am comforted with the thought of you two together. Give Poppy a hug and kiss from me. I love you, babe. I miss you and think of you every single day.
Thanks for teaching me over 11 years ago.
I was blessed to have you for 50 years of my life... So very, very blessed.. Thank you for watching over me then and now xox
Beautiful mark, you were so loved, by so many people, all of us in our own special ways with you........may you look down from Heaven, and remember the sweet memories we all gave you, as we all hold fast, to the memories, you blessed each and every one of us with.....God Bless you, as you sit beside Him. I know, you are thinking of each of us, with goodness and love.
A great teacher thank you
God will bless in perfect peace
The heart that hurts and bleeds
For in the lonely times of grief,
He plants his precious seed
You are dearly missed Mark...
Marko you were a special friend to me when I needed one. I can't believe you are gone, I just found out. My prayers and condolences to your family, you will be missed.
Whatever our souls are made of, his & mine are the same.
- Emily Bronte
Dear Lord please comfort those in grief, love them, lift them, give relief for loss they've suffered, sadness felt; make
this sorrow slowly melt.
Lord, let happy memories ease, creating peace like a gentle
breeze, and as you help them make it through, draw them closer, lord to you.
Mark, may you continue to rest in peace...
If love was water...I'd give you the sea... thinking of you and missing you more than words can say xox
If I had a single flower everytime I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden... I miss you deeply...
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever"....Psalms 23:6
i know you are with our Father, i know you are smiling and looking down and watching over us, and i know you're even more beautiful then when i saw you last, but i can't help but miss you more and more, every single day....
Thinking of you always and forever...
I dropped a tear in the ocean. The day you find it Mark is the day I will stop missing you...
A part of my heart he took with him
but his love he left me to keep.
So we will never really be parted
the bond between us too deep.
Missing you but know that our everlasting love will reunite us one day again. I love you and miss you with all my heart, babe. I need you on a daily basis. Please keep watching over me.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"...Matthew 5:4 ...
i know God doesn't like to see His children suffer, that's why He took you to be with Him.....but for those of us left behind, until the day we can all be together, well, i just wish He'd make time go a little faster...faster so i may be able to be with you sooner, mark....send me your beautiful smile, and blow me a kiss, so that during my continued waiting and mourning, i can feel you right next to me...God Bless
To the Volpone Family,
A late letter of condolences, my very best wishes to you and your family.
Class of 79'
I think about you each and everyday....wishing you were here....
I think about you each and everyday Mark... Wishing you were here...
Happy Birthday Mark...
You will always be in my
thoughts and prayers, and forever have a special place in my heart. I miss you and always will...
I picked up the phone to call you this morning...I always tried to be the first "ring a ling" in the morning on your birthday. Instead I looked up at the clear blue sky and pictured your beautiful blue eyes and your amazing smile and I knew that Heaven was going to be a happy place today with your birthday to celebrate. I love you big brother and wish you happiness, good health, and an abundance of love up in Heaven. XOX
To The Volpone Family
On your brother's and son's birthday, may you find peace and comfort in the love of family and strength in the caring words of friends...
It was wonderful to talk to you for a few hours yesterday. I really felt your energy and love clearly. It felt so nice to be connected to you again. I wish I lived closer, I would visit you every day. I want to wish you happy birthday, babe. It was so wonderful to share the same birthday as you. You made my past 3 birthdays the happiest of my life and I cherish those memories. I hope you like the gifts I left for you. Xoxo
Tears fall very easily still. Thoughts of you and I consume me at all times. My heart swells with pride when I think of you. I was so lucky to have such a wonderful man to love. I am missing you greatly, babe. Hope you are enjoying your wings <3
" I will be with you always."...Matthew 28:20
Marko- I know it will take some time to come to terms with his passing But he has always taught me to be a warrior mentally and physically. He will live on as Long as I am around as I will forever reflect the many things I have learned from him
I think of you endlessly...this void is somedays more than I can handle...missing you big brother xox
I have been waiting for you to walk in the store with that big smile of yours grinning ear to ear like you have so many times in the past. I am still trying believe that my friend is gone. You will always be in my thoughts and memories and I will always remember the great times we all shared together. Teresa and I are going to miss you more than words express. I now say to my friend until we meet again. Be strong and stay true ,your friend Jon .......
"Else had I an eternal requiem kept, And in the arms of peace forever slept."....I'll see you at midnight, in Paris.
As the one month anniversary of your passing nears, I find myself more despondent than ever. Each day without you is more difficult than the day before. I yearn for your kiss and to hear your voice. I miss your smile. I'm still in shock you are gone. I miss you and I love you with all that I am, babe.
Dearest Big Brother,
My heart aches each time I see a picture of you... I still can't believe you are gone...I keep wanting to call you to talk about my day and hear your voice telling me you are there for me. I miss you...
My sincere & deepest condolences to the VALPONE family ! Mark was my close & good friend for almost 30 years ! I loved him like a brother ! I will miss him but always carry him in my heart !A TRUE WARRIOR ! May God be with all of you who loved him & bring peace to all of your hearts! Marko I WILL ALWAYS CARRY YOU'RE SPIRIT COURAGE & SMILE WITH ME ! YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL ! REST IN PEACE MY GOOD FRIEND !
I am struggling without you, babe. Each day seems more difficult and sadder than the day before. I miss you so much.
Thank you for always supporting me and for being my biggest cheerleader and fan.
Burying you yesterday was undoubtedly the most heart wrenching day of my life. I will keep you with me always...and continue to look to you for guidance, support and protection. You are and will always be my best friend. I love you big brother xox your "nee née"
I cannot begin to tell you how saddened my heart is. I never remember Mark without his gorgeous smile from the day he was born. May you all find peace remembering the love and warmth you all had as a family. Nancy (Reale) Brown, Newport
"Come to Me, all you, who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest"...Matthew 11:28
Rest now, and be in peace...i miss and love you, my monkey.
I have never seen so much of God's love than I have through the Volpone family...I am so blessed and a better woman for knowing all of you...Marko you touched my life in an amazing and remarkable way! Your love and courage and light will shine brightly now and forever through all of our lives! Rest in our Father's arms love...from now to eternity...
We will see you in heaven!!!
Knight of Columbus 2011 Banquet.
One of the things that initially attracted me to Marko was his love for God and how he lived by His Word. Our first date was at the annual Italian Dinner at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. I knew then that I had met a very special man. <3
We will miss Mark - seeing him at the gym, hanging out him, talking to him, sharing his life. Memories with him will always linger with us.
Oh my goodness. So sorry to hear of Marks passing. It hurts my heart to think of your beautiful family and the sadness you are going through. I wish I could be there to offer my meeger but sincere hug. I love your family and will always hold many very fond memories of you all.
I was so sorry to hear about Mark. I remember what a very close family you were when I was in high school. My thoughts are with all of you.
You will be dearly missed Marko by all who knew and loved you. You have a huge heart and I will always remember the kind of man you were and how you cared for your friends and family. And all the years of memories will not soon be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend, and now its God's turn to enjoy your company as much as we all did.
Mike,Lorrie and Mike,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Mark.Our thoughts and prayrs are with you in this difficult time.
David,Jennifer and Brett Oberhelman
Marko, I have always admired your loyalty, your sense of humor and your passion for life! I love you Bro!
We will always remember Mark as a fine young man. Even though we had not seen him in many years, he was always very special to us. Our love and sympathy to all of the family.
I remember Mark very fondly from our days at Assumption. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Marko,You were a great person and a greater friend,You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.I'm going to miss you buddy, Green Lights Forever , Love Ya. ClAY STARR
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and keep you.
I cannot begin to say how sorry I am hearing about Mark. I met him through my Martial Arts teacher and had the pleasure to learn from Mark. He was a true gentleman and an amazing teacher. Rest in Peace my friend
I met Mark years ago while working for Paramount Studios Hollywood,we later became reacquainted when I bough a home in Sedona,AZ we had much in common, He was a good friend and will be sorely missed! My condolences to all his beautiful family and many friends!
I miss you so much but an happy knowing you are no longer suffering and are with our Lord. RIP Marko I love you so much!
Rest in Peace little brother! I will always hold you close in my heart. Thank you for teaching me the meaning of courage, honor and love! You fought the good fight and your legacy will live on forever... Michael
You will be deeply missed by me and all your friends at the gym. Thanks for being our friend. Your parents correctly named you because you have left a positive MARK with all of us. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike, Lori, Mike and Cyndie
So sorry to here about Mark. May you find comfort in your memories of him and may God Bless you.
Uncle Mark, I cannot even begin to express how much I miss you. This weekend when I rolled up to your house, I was waiting for you to come running outside as you always did. I love you so much and will miss all of the fun things we always did, but the memories I have of you and I will make me laugh and cheer me up for the rest of my life. Thanks for being the wonderful person you always were, and the legacy you left behind is one that will certainly never be forgotten. Rest in peace, and as hard as it was to say good bye, I along with many others can finally be a peace knowing that you are in no more pain. I love you so much.
- your Godson and nephew, Jacob.
I first met Mark more than fifteen years ago at a course he was teaching. It did not take long to figure out that Mark was one of those rare individuals. A true patriot. A naturally good guy with just the right balance of serious and and friendly.
Mark, you will be missed my friend.
Love you Marko! I will miss you and our nice conversations about life's challenges. . I am praying for your happiness. Love you, Aunt Theresa.
I am lost without you and my heart is broken. I miss you so much. Through tears I offer my deepest condolences to Marko's family. I love you Marko and will cherish the 3+ years we were together. Rest in peace, babe. <3
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless, RIP.
Lorraine, Mike, Cyndi and Mike
Our love, prayers and sympathy are with all of you and Mark always.
Love Richie and Rose
Mike, Lorraine, Cyndi and Michael,
Expressing our sorrow for your loss is difficult, but as time passes and you rely on memories remember that Mark's memories will always shine brightly. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.
Thank you for years you dedicated to make Police Officers capable and civilians safer. I will not forget you. I was and am proud to call you my friend.
Rest In Peace
Lorriane, Mike, Michael and Cindy,
When someone you love becomes a memory the memories become a treasure to hold. May the comfort of family and friends give you strength for today and the days to come.
Gloria, Brother and Family
You did a beautiful job portraying the amazing, beautiful man Marko was. May God bless you and your family, Marko will be missed and held in our hearts forever! I love you!
I am saddened by this news! RIP my friend.
I will miss you big brother, my hero...xox Cyndie
I love you big brother, my hero xox Your little Sis
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Judy Boyce and family
May the memories held deep within your heart, help to comfort you. You're in my prayers. With deepest sympathy, Bunnie
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus". 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14