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Mark Stephen Henry Smith, 72

WILMINGTON — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Smith on May 7, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada with loved ones by his side. Mark was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the oldest son of John V. and Eva A. Smith, on December 10, 1950. Mark spent his early childhood years in Canada, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. His family settled in Peabody, Massachusetts in 1959. He graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 1969. He went on to receive his bachelors degree from Michigan State University in 1974.

Throughout Mark’s life, his family was extremely important to him. He was very close to his Mom who was there for him through thick and thin. He had great relationships with his five siblings, Susan, Brian, Peggy, Lisa & Jeffrey. They went on many sibling trips through the years. He loved spending time with them, and he was always a source of love and laughter.

Mark met Tom Richardson in Washington DC in 1981. They were partners in life for over 42 years. Along with owning the store “Antiques of Old Wilmington” they spent much of their lives restoring and renting homes in the historic district of Wilmington, North Carolina. Mark and Tom recognized its potential and were instrumental in its revitalization. During the process, Mark befriended many contractors, tradesmen and tenants through the years. Mark never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend within a short time.

Mark dearly loved his nieces and nephews and stayed in close contact with them as they grew into adults. They all adored him.

Mark had a lifelong passion for travel. His travels took him all over, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Ethiopia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Hong Kong, Mexico, Egypt, and most of the United States. He did an around the world journey in 1973. In recent years he spent a lot of time at his favorite destinations, Washington DC, Boston, and Las Vegas. He loved planning trips. It was hard to keep track of where he was from one month to the next!

Left to cherish their special memories of Mark are his partner Tom Richardson, his siblings Susan (John) Vance, Brian (Kathy) Smith, Peggy (Gene) Bryan, Lisa (Doug) Osworth, and Jeffrey (Emy) Smith. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, Kristen (Ken) Willoughby, Eric (Brianne) Mahone, Jessica (BJ) Murphy, Julie (Ross) Lerch, Erin (Sean Davis) Nachazel, Emily (Bryan) Haggerty, Ellen (Travis Randolph) Smith, Jennifer (Mike) Ludwig, Kayla (Sam) Jenson, Steven (Brittany Krenzke) Osworth, Daniel and Luka Smith. Mark is also survived by Tom’s brothers Roy (Manijeh) and Charles (Nancy) Richardson, many loving cousins, his lifelong best friend Keith Spossford, and his dear friend Joey Isley.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother Eva Laprise, father John Smith, niece Elizabeth Smith, nephew Joshua Bryan, great nephew James Ludwig, and Tom’s parents Virginia and Marion Richardson.

Mark was known for his loving heart and his sense of humor. He was always the life of the party. His entertaining stories were second to none. We all have priceless memories of time spent with him. His motto was “Every day is a holiday”. He lived his life to the fullest and would want all of us to do the same. He was truly one of a kind.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church, 19 N. 26th Street, Wilmington, NC 28405

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Vintage Values in Wilmington. They provide assistance to domestic violence victims. They have an Amazon wish list link on their website.

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