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MARK D. BRAMBLE


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MARK D. BRAMBLE Obituary
BRAMBLE, Mark D. Beloved Son, Brother and Friend Mark Duncan Bramble, 66, died July 10 in Cambridge, MA. He had spent three months recuperating in rehabilitation facilities after several falls before returning to his home of 22 years on the day before his death. Mark was born on September 24, 1951, at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA, and lived in nearby Gilbertville with his father, A. Dwight Bramble, M.D., who was the town's doctor, his mother, two brothers and a sister.  After moving to Ware in 1960, he attended the Pomfret School and The Cambridge School of Weston. Mark received a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, studied biology at Boston University, and was accepted into three medical schools before suffering from a chronic mental illness beginning in his early twenties.   Despite his illness Mark maintained a sweet disposition and a deep faith that sustained him throughout his life and endeared him to family and friends.  He worked in various jobs including taxi driver, veterinary assistant and volunteer at the Friends Meeting at Cambridge.  He considered himself a Pentecostal Christian and in recent years attended the First Baptist Church of Belmont. Mark leaves his mother, Mary Jeanette Bramble; brothers A. Dwight Bramble, M.D., and his wife Andrea Dodge and Douglas Bramble and his wife Lorraine; his sister, Wendy Lavallee and her husband Vincent Catania; two nieces, Nicole Lavallee and Lindsey Bramble, and one nephew, Timothy Lavallee. Mark's father died last year. Mark will be buried in the family plot at Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow, MA.  A memorial service for him will take place at his church later this summer. Mark's family requests that donations in remembrance of him go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Published in The Boston Globe on July 15, 2018
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