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Mark E.J. Harding
Mark E.J. Harding

SNEADS FERRY — Mark E.J. Harding, 67, born to Edna and John Harding Jan. 3, 1950, in Philadelphia, Penn., and raised in Havertown, Penn., died Saturday, March 25, 2017.

He was a graduate of Malvern Preparatory School, where he loved playing baseball and excelled as a third-base infielder. After completing his undergraduate degree at La Salle University, he enrolled in the Law Program at Temple University. He completed his studies while working full time during the day in an accounting firm and received his Juris Doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia, specializing in estates and taxation.

Mark possessed a passion for NASCAR racing and drove the number 04 Ford Thunderbird for Chilson Motorsports participating in five races at Pocono and Michigan Raceways in the ARCA Division. He was a devoted Super Sport fan, his favorite being his 1970 Chevelle SS 396. Mark enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years along with his volunteer fireman duties.

After moving to his current home in Sneads Ferry, he created and still maintained his law practice in West Chester, Penn., and was a co-founder and partner in Mainline Gardens, in Malvern, Penn., from 1981 to 2008, a retail garden center and plant nursery. A voracious reader of all books in the military and CIA thriller genre, he also raised turtles until they could be safely released again.

Mark was married and devoted to his loving wife, Dotty Ann Harding, for 27 fabulous and memorable years. Having found in each other an alignment of their morals, values and beliefs, they were the perfect pair. Each supporting the other in their separate endeavors that embraced their combined belief in the intrinsic value of helping other people, supporting the armed services, children with special needs, and animal welfare and education.

Mark is survived by his three children, Kimberly, Jennifer and Alan; daughter-in-law, Adrianna; along with his two brothers and sister. He also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins and colleagues, as well as a host of dear friends who played very important roles in his life.

Mark was a private man who used his actions to show the goodness in his heart and love for his wife, whom he adored. We all love you, Mark, and will continue to honor your memory through honest deeds, dedication, and help for those in need.

Godspeed in your laps around the track in the 04, we will see you at the Winner’s Circle.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, at Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church, 776 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to his favorite charities, one being St. Joseph’s school that Mark held close to his heart.