Mark L. Fein, 47

NEWTON, MASS. — Mark L. Fein, 47, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at his residence.

He was born in Passaic, N.J., on May 4, 1968, one of twin sons, to Linda and Martin Fein (deceased). He is survived by his mother and step-father, Linda and John England, of Bridgton, and his twin brother, Matthew, of Brookline, Mass. Mark grew up in Ewing, N.J., and moved with his family to Fox Point, Wisc., to graduate from Nicolet High School. He earned a BA in political science and law from Northeastern University in Boston. An avid follower and volunteer in the world of politics, he became the Secretary of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. Also extremely active in the Jewish community in Boston, Mark was chosen by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, as one of ten young leaders in the community, to continue in such a leadership role. Mark was born with cerebral palsy and he was passionate and committed to paving an easier path of inclusion for all others who were physically challenged to be included into education, professions, and to enjoy a full life. As such, he went on to Wheelock College Graduate School of Social Work, where he was a graduate student for his MSW. His goal was to open his own organization as a magnet and support for all who needed assistance in being successfully included in all aspects of society.

Mark touched the hearts and minds of all he met throughout his life with his wicked sense of humor and caring for people. He was loved by all who met him. Before GPS, he was the go-to person for anywhere in the United States if you were lost.

Mark's love of music and concert-going ranged from the Grateful Dead, to opera, jazz, blues, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, and classical. Never one to take "no" for an answer where his disability was concerned, he was up for any physical challenge. He loved downhill skiing, biking, hiking and rose to all challenges. He loved cars and driving. This love of cars started when he was 2 1/2 years old and he went for his first car ride behind the wheel. Don't ask!

He was an avid reader all books. He absorbed all printed text like a sponge but rarely shared the names of the books. He was the answer man for all questions. He is loved and missed. Mark was so pleased that his family lived in Bridgton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. A scholarship is being set up in the Graduate School of Social Work for students who are challenged.


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