Mark Ettinger

Mark Ettinger

November 14, 1949 - February 21, 2020
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ROCKLAND - Mark L Ettinger, 70, passed away peacefully in hospice after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born Nov. 14, 1949 in Westbrook, Maine to Raymond and Karine Johnson Ettinger. Mark attended schools in Standish, graduating from Scarborough High School.

One of his greatest gifts was his music. He started playing guitar and singing at a very young age. His adventurous, musical spirit and his Harley took him to Nashville every summer for a number of years. He was proud to be a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Mark was thrilled to have visited every State on his Harley, making many memories along the way. He ran open mics and enjoyed mentoring young musicians and songwriters. He performed at benefits like Make-A-Wish. He played original songs at bars and weddings. Over the years he played with many fine musicians including his good friend Jimmy Rulman. After his retirement Mark moved to Rockland, a city which he loved, where he would walk his dog, ‘Louise’, along the waterfront daily.

Mark worked at Sappi and the Westbrook School Department.

He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Peter. He is survived by his children, Sara, Angela, Jeffrey and Andrew; his sister Carol Leighton; and his life partner Robin Pietila; his grandchildren; nieces and nephews and cousins.

We will all miss Mark deeply and lovingly remember his larger than life personality, along with his inviting smile, his infectious optimism through this horrible disease and most of all his music. Every time we hear a guitar it will remind us of Marks beautiful music.

Per Mark's wishes, no services will be held, and his family and close friends will remember his life privately.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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Lily Sytsma

Posted at 08:47am
Mark would play any song you requested. He had the best hugs. We will miss you. You live on in the ripples of love you have created in our community.


Inger Berit Nesse

Posted at 03:45pm
Dear Robin, Sara, Carol and the family. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Mark over the last twenty years. The places we have visited together, the laughter, the music, the conversation, the fun we have had together with Mark and you, Robin, first in Scarbourough, then in your home in Rockland. When we were there the summer of 2018, we made plans for this summer. It is breaking my heart to know that I will not see him again in this life. Mark was the kindest man I have ever known, and Willy and I will keep him in our hearts forever. We are so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, dearest Mark.

Reggie Conohan

Posted at 07:13pm
So sorry to read of Mark's passing. I went to school with Mark in Scarborough and we both ended up taking musical paths. I last saw him a few years ago at Profenno's and he let me get up and play a couple of tunes. He was a good man !

Reggie Conohan. Scarborough class of 1967

nancy Jones Bridges

Posted at 11:31am
My sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Mark was a wonderful presence at the Sunday music jams. He will be missed. I know that his music brought great joy to all ! Nancy Jones Bridges

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