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August 16, 2018

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January 5, 2018
I just learned of Mark's passing, and I am very deeply saddened. When I was a new student from Narragansett ( because we had no high school) in tenth grade, we sat next to each other in home room. His last name began with G and mine H, so we were together for three years. We had so many things in common- love of theatre being the biggest. He made me laugh each and every day, no matter what. For his birthday I wanted to buy him a new pair of Converse Chucks. Mark was the best actor in Bye Bye Birdie and deserved to be Conrad, the part he really wanted. We listened to Jim Croce in concert at URI, along with Auggie, as well as Shakespeare in Ct on a theatre field trip. Mark was the only guy allowed at my house while my parents worked, and called my dad Corned Beef and Cabbage. Every time I get back to Narragansett Beach, I think of Mark showing up on his bike. My Dad had seen him there, but I have lived in too many other places to ever catch up with him past the one reunion. Mark will be in my heart forever as one of the smartest, funniest, most entertaining people I have ever known. He made everyone feel so important and was one great listener. My deepest condolences to the entire Gunning family. I really loved him too. Helen Hargraves Donaldson
October 7, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of my good friend Mark. Special thoughts and prayers to the Gunning family. We had such fun times in school, and shared a splendid time together when he visited me in N.Y.C. I picked him up from the train station on my bicycle and he said, "Turkey, I feel like I'm in a movie."
October 2, 2017
So sorry to see the passing of my classmate Mark. We grew up and sweated the small stuff together. He was one of the boys who would pick me to be on his team and let me play with the boys. Being an advocate as well, we bumped into each other at Rhode Island State Disability Functions and would spend the time catching up and reminiscing. He was soft spoken, kind, brilliant, humble and a champion for people like my daughter with disabilities. I last saw him happily at our class reunion, and never thought that would be the last time. My heart is heavy over the loss of one of "the best."

Saadia Cicerone
October 1, 2017
I am very sorry to hear of his passing he was my best friends teacher and a very nice person

Rachel Cherenzia
Class of "95"