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FEY, Mark Butler

Mark Butler Fey, childhood sweetheart and adored husband of Jill Hammerberg-Fey for nearly forty years, died at home encircled by us on February 4, 2012, after a long, yet resolute battle with prostate cancer. Mark loved and was loved back by his family, friends and the town of Farmington. He could talk to anyone and fix almost anything. He was caring, mischievous, and our hero. Born on April 5, 1952, the oldest son of Laurel B. Fey and the late Wilbur J. Fey, Mark was raised in Farmington since the age of seven where he attended the succession of public schools. Mark went on to earn first a BA in English and then an MS in Lipid Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. After working in the field of toxicology, Mark studied architecture and joined the firm of Don Hammerberg, a family owned business, where he was fully engaged and challenged for the last 27 years. Mark's vision of Farmington was extraordinary. Public service for his beloved town included such commitments as the Land Trust, Board of Directors for Historical Society, Historic District Commission, Intern Program Mentor for high school students, Rails to Trails, Youth Baseball, FVGLA and the Council of Deacons for First Church, Congregational, and serving a term on the Town Council. Honoring tradition of caring for the community, Mark took great pleasure in yielding design contributions for many visible town sites. In addition to his wife, Jill, and mother, Laurel, Mark leaves behind the cherished legacy of his three sons, Nathan, Samuel and wife, Andrea, and Maxfield; his father-in-law, Don; siblings, Martin, Nancy, Erik and their spouses, Delia, Chip, and Kato; a sister-in-law, Peri Pogson, and her spouse, John; nephews and nieces, Drew and Hannah Yensan, Miles and Parker Fey, and Sarah and Ellen Pogson, and, of course, his loyal pups, Grace and Lucy. We would like to thank our extended family, neighbors, friends and McLean Home Care and Hospice for their generous and uplifting support.
Friends are invited to a celebration of our hero's life on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Meetinghouse, 75 Main Street, Farmington. In place of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Farmington Food Pantry, Amistad Hall, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 11, 2012
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