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MARK FRANCIS, suddenly on Jan. 22, 2009. Beloved brother of Joseph (Marie), Louis, Charlene Alicea (David) and Bobby (Liz). Dear son of Harry Hillman and the late Marion Vodopija (nee Tenner); loving uncle of Melissa, Erica, Sarah, Lisa, Danny and Sianni. Relatives, friends, fellow employees of the Phila. Parking Authority and the Douglass H.S. Class of '03 are invited to his Funeral Tues. 8:30 A.M. Holy Name of Jesus Church, 701 E. Gaul St., Fishtown. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Int. Holy Sepulchre Cem. Viewing Mon. 7-9 in Church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations to the Paul Green School of Rock 1508 Brandywine St., Phila., PA 19130. McELVARR

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Jan. 25, 2009.
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April 24, 2020
Glandra Cameron
January 22, 2020
Mark Love and miss you terribly...❤
Charlene ALICEA
January 22, 2020
Mark, I remember back in HS how we used to laugh and goof around. After I graduated we lost touch but come to find out years later to see you on parking wars. Although our friendship never lasted long it still breaks my heart knowing you were taken so soon. Fly high old friend, save a spot up there for me. God bless and rest in heavenly peace.
John Grover
December 27, 2019
Love and miss you Mark!
Charlene ALICEA
December 8, 2019
Mrs. B.
December 7, 2019
Happy Heavenly Birthday to my Marky! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and days like this makes it even harder for me because you should be here celebrating your 34th Birthday and decorating the Christmas tree with me. If I could have one wish in life,
That wish would have to be
That God would take away my pain
And send you back to me and the family... I Miss and Love you so much Mark!

Charlene ALICEA
August 26, 2019
Just watched a show in memory of Mark
I know it's ten years later. My condolences to family and his Parking Authority family. I have a rare syndrome. He has a wonderful smile. I said has and not had for he is living the unimaginable life, full of love and harmony with Jesus. Thank you for your time in Parking Wars. R.I.P
Karliss Rutledge
March 27, 2019
I wanted to reach out and wish my sincere condolences to the family and to his coworkers at PPA. We watch parking wars regularly and I recently took a trip to Philadelphia. It was so surreal to think that not too long ago Mark would have been standing in the spot I was at times. It's amazing how one person can make as big a difference as he did in his life not just in PA, but throughout the world on the show Parking Wars. His legacy of professionalism, empathy, and understanding live on today. That is the ultimate testament to a person's life. His impact will never be forgotten by those of us who watch the show and I'm sure to all his coworkers in the PPA. I unfortunately didn't realize he had passed away until now at the very end of an episode that aired a rerun today. As someone who also has rare diseases, I wanted you to know he is a hero to those of us with these types of issues in our lives. He showed that even in the worst of circumstances, the choice to be empathetic, to really listen, and to do good are always ours to make. And he chose to do so consistently. Thank you to him and to his family. Thank you to Parking wars for truly showing the heart this young man had for all he came in contact with regardless of who they were.
Ian S.
January 22, 2019
Thinking of you, Mark
Love from, Mrs. B.
January 22, 2019
And here we are, 10 years without you. I think about all that has happened since you've been gone, and often wonder where you'd be in life. If you'd be married and if you'd have kids. 10 years later, I still search for answers and go through the what if's and could've, would've, should've. 10 years later and I can only hope that you found the peace you couldn't find here, and that we're all making you proud. To know you was to love you and I think everyone can agree that the world lost one of the best the day we lost you. I know they say everything happens for a reason, but I still can't find a reason for this. I will forever miss and love you.
Melissa Petrowski
January 21, 2019
I just saw a tribute to him on an episode of Parking Wars. I saw him for the first time on the show and I am so very sorry for your loss. So young. I hope and pray that God helps you through this sorrow.
Kerri Egan
December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas Mark, I wish you were here with us to celebrate the holidays.... Love and Miss you
Charlene ALICEA
December 7, 2018
Mark,I would like to wish you Happy Birthday today you would be blowing out 33 candles today ..I wish you were here with family and friends celebrating.. I wanted to send you an amazing gift this year, but I know that I can't. All I can do is wish on the brightest star in the sky that all of my love will find you in heaven. I love and miss you so much and wish you were here with us...
Charlene ALICEA
December 7, 2018
Happy 33rd Birthday! Today is all about you!! Hope you are up there rocking out playing your guitar. You are missed always. Love you!
Sarah Alicea
November 12, 2018
I am so very sad. Was watching Parking Wars and was thinking how friendly and caring young man was being with people. Then it said In Memory....I had no idea...after all these years. What a sweet person he was. I'm very glad I am still able to see him now and then on the show.
Sheila Littleton
September 19, 2018
Watching reruns of PW and saw the In Memory of Mark Vodopija I was blown away. He has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with his loved ones that has went before him. R.I.P.
Carolyn Hetherington
September 19, 2018
same as most who have posted to this page. didn't know the young man but what charisma, so sorry to see he passed. truley sorry. to his friend Sarah, hope all goes well in your career. we all have people who were taken from us too soon, know that they walk at your side and talk comfort in that.
paul mcguinness
September 19, 2018
I just saw Mark on a PW rerun and was shocked to see notice of his death at the end of the episode. So sorry to hear that this friendly young man is gone from this world. But his memory will never die because I just saw him today almost 10 years later. RIP Mark.
John Fraser
August 25, 2018
August 5, 2018
You fly with angels above us all
Malia Ohara
July 15, 2018
Mark was an amazing young man who was so respectful to me as his teacher. We had a great relationship, and as I mentioned before, he taught me so much more than I ever did for him. It was such a loss when he left us; the only consolation is that he is with his Mom, who he missed terribly as she had left him at such an early age. He was one of the major bright spots in my 33 year teaching career here in Philadelphia. Every teacher should be blessed with a student like him who had such a drive for learning.
July 14, 2018
Life is a mystery.
I just watched an episode of "Parking Wars". I was so impressed with Mark's freshness and fairness . . . AND his smile at at 21. Such a baby with so much to live for. Then I saw that he had died at such a tender age. Now I'm sad. Life is so fleeting and unpredictable, isn't it?? I send my condolences to Mark's family and friends on the East Coast from here in San Francisco on the West Coast. Hugs to all! Jim
Jim Ross
July 14, 2018
I just saw the episode. Im sorry for your loss.
Jess Spalding
June 11, 2018
To the family... sorry for your loss... from Becca in Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Rebecca Berney
June 11, 2018
Mark was a very likeable guy on parking wars. The show isn't the same without him. Sorry for your loss.
May 7, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. He left a legacy in Philadelphia and on Parking Wars
David Hunter
March 6, 2018
Wow didnt know til the end of a Parking Wars episode. I absolutely Love PWs. Attention public, this is a real job. I wish there were current episodes I enjoy them so much. PWs keep up the good job giving out tickets no matter what.
Edee Pitts
February 5, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss. Just saw the show. I lost 2 close relatives last year 2017. The 1st anniversary of one just past 1/13. The other will be 07/01. God bless you all
Yvette Walker
February 5, 2018
I just saw a rerun of parking wars and loved watching you on the show and had no idea you had passed till the end of it, to young to be gone.......
Russell Robertson
January 23, 2018
MS. B.
January 22, 2018
Thinking all day about you Mark,I can't believe 9 years already you have been gone.. I miss you so much not a day goes by that your not on my mind.. I would give anything just to give you a big bear hug and see you walk through these doors again but I know you are with me spirit continue to watch over all of us.. Love and miss you so much!!
Charlene Alicea
January 22, 2018
9 years since we said goodbye to you. Missing you a little more today. Love you and miss you more than you'll ever know.
Melissa Petrowski
January 17, 2018
Just saw an episode of you on Parking Wars- I thought you were such a positive upbeat person in dealing with some of the folks you encountered- then I saw the sad ending at the end of that episode in your memory- seeing your joy for life I can only imagine the void your loved ones are feeling- Rest In Peace
Elizabeth Carpenter
December 8, 2017
Found a pucture of you when you painted your 9-11 drawing on the wall outside of the gym at Douglas. I hope you were proud of yourself. I was.
December 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Mark, I really wish you were here to celebrate with us.. I love you with all my heart and miss you so much...
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Mark, I really wish you were here with us to celebrate your birthday with us.. I love you with my all my heart
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2017
Happy Birthday old head Marky!Not a day goes by that I still dont think about your tourtureing me just to drive me crazy, or sit & watch you play grand theft auto trying to beat the same mission over & over. I miss those days! You would be so proud of me because today I got the call on your birthday how I have been accepted into the Philadelphia police academy! I never had doubt in myself but, it was a long road to get where Im at. I prayed a lot to you, and I really believe your the reason why I got that call today.

I love you always & wish you were still here.
I hope you are at a rock concert up there tonight on your birthday.
Sarah Alicea
October 19, 2017
I didn't know this happened to you if it werent for the show. May you rest in peace and keep those wings flying high....
Pamela Medaglia
September 19, 2017
Thank you for sharing Mark with us.
Teresa Campo
May 13, 2017
Prayers to your family sorry about the news didnt know til i watched parking wars again.. you were great on that show and going to be missed.. ambtruely sorry for the family friends and loved one but also ur fans from tv may you forever rest in peace never forgotten but always remembered
February 10, 2017
Called up to be with his lord at a very young age my god bring peace love and understandin to his family and friends
Ken Turner
January 22, 2017
Mark, I sit here on this cold rainy day thinking it's been
8 years already since the dreaded day
That my whole entire world was ripped apart.

I didn't know the depth of my love
And how I would miss you so much..
The pain I feel is still
As the very day I had to let you go.So many memories I hold so close to my broken heart.. My grieving
I fear I will never find.
Mark, please don't be sad when you
Look down on me and see all my tears they are from all
The memories and how much I miss and love you.. I know you sent me Nicholas to try and help heal my heart , It's crazy how much the family sees you in Nicholas .. I hope you continue to be our guardian angel .. love you with all my heart
Charlene Alicea
January 22, 2017
Today has been 8 years since you have been gone. We're all here still missing you very much & have not forgotten about you. I hope you & dutchess are up there having fun!

Love & miss you both very much
Sarah Alicea
January 20, 2017
Remembering you as your anniversary comes, what a wonderful student, and terrific young man you became. Dreamt about you last night, know you are near. Love, Mrs. B.
December 7, 2016
Mark,I wish you were here today to celebrate your Birthday with us
even for just a little while
so I could say Happy Birthday "MARKY"
and see your beautiful SMILE .
The only gifts today will be
the gifts you left behind;
The laughter, joy and memories..the best kind.
Today I did my very best
to try and find a happy place...
struggling to hide my heavy heart
and the tears on my face.
I sat quietly and look at your picture
thinking of you with love;
hoping you're doing ok
in Heaven...
Hoping the angels were holding you close and
singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you..I love and miss you so much...
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2016
Mark,I wish you were here today to celebrate your Birthday with us even for just a little while so I could say Happy Birthday "MARKY" and see your bea
Charlene Alicea
August 25, 2016
my condolences miss you on parking wars rest in peace
janet simmons
April 15, 2016
RIP Mark, I always watch your show I watched one that said RIP mark. Your with god now
carrie kelley
March 8, 2016
RIP going to miss you
diana mayfield
January 1, 2016
Happy New Year Mark, another year without you...I hope your celebrating up in heaven with mommy and all your buddies give mommy a kiss and hug for her birthday for me..I miss you and mommy so much.. hugs & kisses
Charlene Alicea
January 1, 2016
Happy New Year! love & miss you
Charlene Alicea
December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas Mark, miss and love you.
Charlene Alicea
December 8, 2015
Happy 30th Mark miss you buddy!
December 7, 2015
The tree is all decorated wish you were here to help me..
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2015
Love you Mark
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2015
Happy 30th Birthday Marky... I am sending you a million hugs and kisses up to you on your birthday... I just you were here to celebrate with us.. I miss and love you more than you will ever know. Love Charbie
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2015
Happy 30th Birthday Marky. I love and miss you everyday. Wherever you are right now, I know you are celebrating and smiling. You are my best friend always! Thank you for looking down on me, hearing and answering my prayers. Hope you are taking care of Dutches for us. Rock on!!! I love you!
September 18, 2015
Forgiveness is something left without closure
Anger is something I leave in my bitter heart
But love....
Love is something that could never die
Two children running down the train tracks
Pure joy in our hearts
Hidden away from the world of horrors
We held forever strong
I said after mommy I'ed never survive without you
That nightmare I tryed to make come true
But I'm here none the less with a void in my heart
Your brilliant lite is something that can never be matched.
I will always love you kid and your forever in my heart
Winky Morris
January 22, 2015
Marky,Six years later..
Seems like forever....
I've asked myself and I've talked to God.....
How could he take you away from me?
The only answer that makes any sense is ....
You're in God's hands now...
As he planned
Watching us from above...
An Angel in heaven who will always be loved.
I talk to you all the time…
I know you can hear me...
Today I spoke of you and before I finished my sentence....
I could feel your presence...
Then .. a coincidence, or was it a sign?
The song that reminds me of you began to play...
As If you knew I was thinking of you this day...
I smiled.. feeling you were there with me ...
Again... I sit remembering
Tears filled my eyes as I listened to the song...Miss you Marky so much!!
Charlene Alicea
December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas Mark, thinking about you all day wishes you were her with and miss you so much.
charlene Alicea
December 7, 2014
Mark,It's your birthday up in heaven,
and I'm wondering what you'll do.
Will there be a celebration
And a cake to honor you?
Are the kitchen angels busy
Breaking eggs and sifting flour?
Is the angel choir practicing
As it gets close to the hour?
Is there ice cream made from snowflakes
And some candy made from clouds?
Will it be just you and mommy
Or all the happy Angels?
I won't be there to hug you
Or to count and give you a GREAT BIG KISS but,
I know your heavenly birthday
Will be your best one ever!
Just remember, I will LOVE and MISS you FOREVER Charbie
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2014
Happy birthday Marky RIP
December 7, 2014
We just want to wish you a Happy 29th Birthday up in Heaven there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think or Talk about you all great memories we all miss you so much and love you RIP are Angel Love Joe Marie Lisa Danny Sianni and baby Marky ??????
Marie Matt
September 26, 2014
Very sorry for your loss...
Chris Rocha
July 22, 2014
5 and a half years today, Mark. 5 and a half years since we last saw your bright smile. 5 and a half years since we last heard your goofy laugh. The half anniversaries are always hard for me, because it marks the half way point to another year without you, and each half way mark is harder than the last. I miss you so much and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that you are gone. I love you!
Melissa Alicea
March 6, 2014
Thinking about you a lot today miss you so much Rock!! Love you
Charlene Alicea
March 5, 2014
Hey Mark, I just wanted to say that no matter how long it's been I miss you. I think about you all the time. You will forever be a part of me and there is always room in my heart for you. I miss you dearly. I miss your smile, your vioce, your eveything! Love you always Tina
Tina Schultz-Moscherosch
January 22, 2014
5 long years already without you Marky I wish you were still here with us not a day goes by that I don't talk or think about you. LOVE YOU Marky
Charlene Alicea
January 22, 2014
Today marks 5 years since our family experienced the most unimaginable pain. They say time heals all wounds, but that's a lie. 5 years later and the heartache is the same, if not worse. It doesn't get easier, it just gets different. 23 is way too young to die and I will never understand God's plan or reason for taking you from us. I often wonder how life would be if you were still here. If you would have met your soul mate, be married or have a baby by now. I have a constant knot in the pit of my stomach every time I think about another year going by without you here with us. I love you Mark, and you are missed dearly by everyone.
Melissa Alicea
December 7, 2013
December 7, 2013
You would've been 28 today. That makes it about 5 years since the last time I saw you. 5 years, and not a day has gone by where you didn't cross my mind. They say the human race is selfish, because we mourn over the fact that we lost the things that the person did for us, but I lost my brother. Yeah, I wish you were here to make me laugh when I'm down, because you always noticed and did anything to snap me out of it. I wish you were here to give me advice, because for some reason, your advice always made more sense than anyone else's. But overall, Mark, I just wish you were here for you. To regain the hope that you lost that day. To live out all of those big dreams. If that's selfish, I'm sorry... I carry this pin with me wherever I go so you're always there with me. I take you to shows, school, gigs, everywhere. I've never been a religious man, but I keep you with me, because I know that no matter where we go after we leave this place, a piece of you will always be with me, watching over me, and when it's most important, living through me. Five years and it doesn't get any easier, Mark. I'll be ok though. You're gonna be proud.
December 7, 2013

Happy 28 th Birthday to my Angel in Heaven even know your not here with me to celebrate the craziest thing happen to me this morning I went for a coffee and when I was walking out a woman said to me god bless you good things are on the way for you and of course you know me I looked at her like she was NUTS!! Got in my car and then your song came (Barry White)can't get enough of your love... sending all my Love , Kisses & hugs to you on your day..?X?X Miss you so much not single day or night goes by I don't THINK about you Marky you were my Heart?
Charlene ALICEA
May 5, 2013
February 15, 2013
Rip mark I watched your show and it said rip mark at the end in so srry I wish I knew how you passed away
Codie Mccarty
January 25, 2013
Thinking about you Mark wishing you and mommy was still with all of us.xoxo
Charlene Alicea
January 22, 2013
Mark I cannot belive its been 4 years already it seems like it was yesterday you were here with us not a day goes by that your not thought about or your name is said we miss you so so so much contiue to watch over us all Love you Buddy Marie,Joe,Lisa,Danny,Sianni and baby Marky
January 22, 2013
4 years ago today, my world was turned upside down and forever changed. Mark, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss your infectious smile, your goofy laugh, your kindness and generosity. They say everything happens for a reason, but I don't think any of us will ever know the reason that you were taken from us so young. You've touched the lives of everyone who had the chance to know you, and you are truly missed by everyone you left behind.
Melissa Alicea
January 20, 2013
Thinking about you today Mark four years ago today my life would change forever that was the day you went into the hospital and never came home. I felt your presents today when I came up to see you I hope you continue to be my guardian angel ..xoxo
Charlene Alicea
January 2, 2013
Love you rock <3
Charlene Alicea
January 1, 2013
Happy New Years????????another year without you MARKY not a day that goes bye that I don't think of you. I just hope that 2013 will be a better year for me with the new house I just wish you were here to see and enjoy the new house with the big pool that I know you would of loved. This month is going to be really hard for me with you being gone for 4 years already time is just going by so fast down here without you here just keep watching over me,Dave , nick ,Sarah ,Melis and Erica loved you more then you ever knew and you will always be close to my HEART xoxox ??Your SiS
Charlene Alicea
December 8, 2012
Love and miss you so much MARKY <3
Charlene Alicea
December 8, 2012
Happy Birthday Mark!!!!!!
Joann Moll
December 7, 2012
December 7, 2012
Happy Birthday, Mark! I can't believe this is the 4th year that we're celebrating your birthday without you here with us, and it still doesn't feel any easier. My heart feels as heavy as it did the day you left us. I love you, Buddy! <3
November 30, 2012
I had no idea. I'm so sorry. I'm sure that beautiful smile is in heaven.
November 30, 2012
Rest in Peace
Dee R
June 26, 2012
June 23, 2012
I watch Parking Wars religiously. It's my favorite show. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please pray for strength. =(
Tina Kershner
April 14, 2012
Just remembering us hanging out, thought I would send my prayers and condolences.
Brad Pitt
April 8, 2012
Happy Easter Mark, Miss you more then you will ever know I was dying eggs last night with the family and it just wasn't the same without you here. Give mommy a big hug & kiss for me. Love you both so much!
Charlene Alicea
March 8, 2012
Hey marky we never met before but i know your brother louie and he is awsome so i know if we've meet before I whould think you were awsome too, from the pics and story's I hear about you you seem like a great person they say the good die young but in this case the great did. R.I.P.
melissa jenkins
March 3, 2012
My Mom & I were watching the show today & at first we didn't know who the "In Memory Of" was referring to... Then my mom said "Oh no! It was that handsome boy working in the office!!" Just from a few posts... it is known that you were a very special person that is loved and missed so very much...a prayer goes out to your family thru all their difficult times... Help them cope with the loss of you & watch over & shine on them from heaven above with your beautiful soul..
Kim A Fan Of The Show
March 2, 2012
It's been 3yrs and yes the memorium at the end of the show peaks our curiousity to see who it is or was that passed. My prayers are now with your family whom I see through their words love n miss you so very much. May God hold their hands as they walk through the pain of losing you.
Christine Diaz
March 2, 2012
A fan of the show, my codelences to the family. Prayers.
January 22, 2012
Marky, This day three years ago I became a different person. I live in a shell of a body, who is trying to go on with life, for the sake of Sarah,Melissa,Erica and baby Nicholas. They say it gets easier in time. Why does it still feel like it was yesterday? I miss you Marky so very much, you were a good person with a big heart. I'm still asking WHY? he was only 23 years old. Just wished that I could of told you how proud I was to be your sister. Marky ..Rest in peace my ANGEL xoxoxoxo
Charlene Alicea
January 22, 2012
3 years ago today, my life was turned upside down and has never been the same. Mark, you were my best friend since we were in diapers and although I didn't always tell you how much I cared and loved you, that feeling never changed. I get a knot in my stomach whenever I think about you leaving us. It breaks my heart to know that a great guy like you, was taken from us far too early. You're missed by everyone whose life you touched during your short time here, whether they were personal friends/family, or even people who saw you on Parking Wars and took the time to search your name on the Internet after they saw your 'In Memorium' at the end of an episode. You truly left a lasting impression on the lives of those who had the pleasure of knowing you. I feel your presence everyday, I just wish I didn't have to tell you this on here. I love and miss you so much.
Melissa Alicea
December 7, 2011
Happy Birthday to you in Heaven .
Today 26 years ago I got to meet my little brother for the first time. From that day on you stole my heart with your chubby face and your big blue eyes. I never thought I would be celebrating your Birthday without you. I just want you to know that my heart hurts every single day for you and it is never going to be the same down here without you.Happy Birthday Marky.
Charlene Alicea
December 7, 2011
Happy Birthday Mark! Another year that we are celebrating your birthday without you, and I hate that. You should be celebrating your 26th birthday with us, not in Heaven. I would give anything to see you one more time, I miss you so much. I hope you have a great birthday with nanny. I love you! <3
Melissa Alicea
October 24, 2011
Hey Marky just wanted to let you know we all miss you buddy and also you have a new nephew and Danny named him after you I know you will watch over him and let mom know she has a great grandson miss you and love you with all our hearts
October 22, 2011
Rest in peace say hi to my mom n ur family that are still day, we will all be together....
lynn rram
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