Tribute & Message From The Family
Richardson, Mark Lewis, 27, of Tampa passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012. He was a beloved and adored son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin. Predeceased by his grandma, Ellen Koch, and his uncles, Jim Koch and Stretch Wagner. They were there to greet him in Heaven. He is survived by his mother Ellen Koch and boyfriend Terry Taylor, brother; Garrett and wife Roena and his adoring nieces, Jennifer and Kaley, grandparents; Bill and Carlene Koch; Uncle Paul and Aunt Kathy, Aunt Trish and Uncle Wayne, Aunt Orsi, and Aunt Veronica, Uncle Chad and his wife Kate and their son Carson, Cousins; Andrew, Abby, Molly, Kyle, Matthew, Cynthia, Bianca, Jimmy, Billy, Shannan, and Michael, and Aunt Ethel. He had many friends, but Christian, BJ, Adam and Greg were his best. Mark was a kind and loving soul, and is now a Peace in the arms of his Lord. A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, May 18, 2012 at the family residence. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com
I miss you more every day. I look through the pictures and videos and see how you impacted the live of others and I am happy. I am happy that people saw you in a positive way, and that is all a mother can ask. I love you my beautiful boy. I will see you again someday.
So I've decided it is almost impossible to try to write about a single memory of someone who was such a good friend for so long. After being friends with Mark for 12+ years, there are so many memories we shared and each one is special to me. So rather than pin down a single memory, I want to just express what a great person Mark was. He was a loyal friend who would do anything for anyone in need. I know that the world has lost someone who made it a better place, whether he knew that or not. In the time we shared together, we were able to see each other through many bad times as well as celebrate the good times. It is not often that a person like that comes into your life and it truly breaks my heart that he left us so soon. There are so many things that I wish I had said, but knowing Mark I'm sure deep down he was well aware of how much he was loved. When he left Tennessee for Florida, I felt like I was losing a friend, but we always stayed in touch, and when we did see each other, it was like he never left. Having a friend like that is rare, and I will always cherish the fact that he was my friend. Mark was the kind of man that would bring a smile to everyone's face when he walked in the room. I will miss him, as I know we all will. I pray he is at peace and that I will see him again some day.
Mark and I first met in high school and have been close friends ever since. Some of the things I remember most about Mark are his constant smile and the fact that he could have a conversation with anybody (he never met a stranger). Mark had a great heart, was very generous, and was always willing to help anyone however he could; I remember him giving money to homeless people while riding in my car. Mark was also one of the wittiest and intelligent people I've ever known. We would have long debates and discussions about everything from politics to history to the legal system. We had a lot of great times together (bonfire parties in high school, Spring Break in Panama City Beach, and hanging out in the trendiest nightspots in South Tampa). One of my fondest memories of Mark was when we went to Greg's father's house in Mexico Beach for our high school spring break and stayed out past curfew. Since we got home so late, we decided we would sleep in the car and wake up before Greg's dad. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Greg's dad woke us up FIRST and was not too happy! After a brief scolding, we promised to be in by curfew and were allowed to resume our vacation. I could go on about many other memories, but that one will always stick out in my mind. I will miss Mark's friendship and know he will be missed by many others. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I'll never forget first meeting Mark at Riverdale. I was a freshmen he was a sophmore, took me a week or so to actually get him to talk to me but once I did, we chatted, told jokes, laughed, and walked to class together on a daily basis. He was a doll, such a sweet inviting smile. Big warm heart. God just had BIGGER plans for him is all. We will meet again one day honey. You will be dearly missed. We love you and you are NEVER forgotten.
Mark and I met at Cason Lane Academy... He was the most fun loving guy ever! We will meet again in heaven! We grew up around each other and even when he moved away he would still check on me every now and again. Caring! Rest in peace darlin... So many good memories come from our neighborhood! You will always be remembered! I love you dear friend!
I'll never forget the first day I met Mark. It was RHS freshmen year...2nd period :) He was one of the nicest people in my class. He always had a warm and inviting smile. We started talking and after day 2 we became pretty good friends :) He was always someone I could count on for anything and everything from help with homework to my 2am boy issues. I love you Mark and although we hadn't talked much in the last few years you will always have a piece of my heart. Rest in Peace sweetie <3>
My first me and Mark memory was when his mom, my sister, let me take him to the store with me. He must have been about 4 or 5. I was so proud to have him with me. Anyways, I distinctly remember teaching him a song that was on the radio and my the last chorus he had it down pact. I was laughing so hard and I looked over and down at him and he had the cutest smile and the biggest eyes ever just looking up at me. Ive carried that memory with me ever since. Mark, you know what song im talking about and when I hear it again, I will know without a doubt that you are looking down from Heaven at me and I will be blessed. I love you!!!!
marky was the best cousin ever i remmember wheni would come over and he would give me a huge and i would give him a realy big one he was the bast person you could meet i would talk to him about my dad stretch wagner who was there to bring marky to heaven i wish he was here love you marky r.i.p love you always
Mark was a staple in my Florida life for many years, and again in my visits in recent times. Living in the same house with my dad and Ellen, we all quickly became family. The thing that always struck me most about him was that he was an incredible artist; there was always some kind of drawing lying around and I couldn't help but be in awe of those sketches! This past Christmas he gave me one covered with symbols and words of peace and love, ideals that always were expressed in his art and ones I'm sure were dear to his heart. Rest in peace and in love, Mark.
I knew mark through my mother nancy who is good fiends with Ellen! I remember going to Florida to visit him a few years ago, he drove me around in his white jeep and made me feel like we were brothers. When I heard this news my heart dropped! Mark has an effect on people that not many people have, he touches you as if he were your best friend forever. I've known him for many years and although we have been out of touch I feel like a part of me has died. His memory will love on forever in my heart.
I have so many memories of Mark! We met in 5th grade at CLA, I think evey girl, all 30 of us had a crush on him at one time or another. He became best friends with my twin brother Christian and grew to be a part of our family. He went on vacations with us and could always make you laugh. You were never a stranger to Mark. I could always count on a big hug and warm smile every time I saw him. He was an amazing person with such a kind heart! He will be greatly missed! I love you Mark, we will met again one day! Say hi to my dad for me, now you're both rejoicing with the Lord in heaven! I pray you have found peace and I pray for comfort for your family and friends left behind.
Man, where do I start??? What a all around great MAN... I met mark about 3 1/2 years ago... He was a manager at quality resources. If anybody understood how to individually help someone overcome it was Mark... Its hard to believe but this is a man who always wore the biggest smile at work or hanging out. I never seen Mark mad for any reason. All he ever wanted 2 kno was where the party was at... He truely brought the best outta everyone he was around n could make u laugh no matter how upset or angry u were... I remember a time we were out n I was about to get into it with these dudes n Mark walked up to me n said "these dudes stink bro but what would stink more is if ur beer gets warm, now that will probably blow ur night." I could do nothing more than laugh n take the beer. U will truely be missed brother! R.I.P. Mark.... I will c u again 1 day. Oh yea keep my beer cold bro, wouldnt want to get to heaven with a warm beer.... That probably wont happen as long as ur there. Always missed Never Forgotten...
You were a cry baby. Wanted Mom all the time. You wanted to find out about life and wanted to get moving , so you cried and whined. Later , you found you could get everything , with one of your smiles. ha I remember , Brown's and Bengals games. How El and I dressed you guys up ( Garrett and Lisa) as cats and dogs. . When we had family gathering, you and I would talk about Christians. I would listen to you , while every one was out at the pool . It fascinated me. You were so smart. so handsome. you had it all, except peace of mind. RIP margo
I'll never forget the first time I met Mark or every memory we shared together...the first time I met him, he was wheeling in a patient and he smiled this beautiful radiant smile with such sparkle in his eyes, he took this lovely elderly ladies hand and said this....GOD Bless you and I was so in love from that moment! Always a kind old soul interested in other human beings story of life! I'll love you always Mark...rest with a quiet mind.