Mark Sturtevant Dinneen, age 63, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. He was the son of the late Justine (Sturtevant) Dinneen and Joseph F. Dinneen, Jr. Mark was born in Needham Mass, the home of five generations of the Dinneen family. He is survived by seven brothers and sisters: Deborah Ruffin (Perlie) of Norwalk Ct, Cheryl Soon (Ray) of Honolulu, Diane Dinneen of Bourne, MA Joseph F. III (Jeff) Dinneen (Cindy) of Needham, Stephen J. Dinneen (Debbie) of Coventry CT, Laurie Cutler (Mark) of Worcester, and John W. Dinneen (Chrissy) of Needham, MA.
He was the nephew of Richard Sturtevant of Mansfield, MA and was predeceased by several aunts and uncles including Sister Marie deSales CSJ. He was cousin to David Glotfelty, Peter Sturtevant and the Boynton, Ritchie, Wagner and Dinneen families. Mark is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews.
Mark was the fiancé of Mary Ann Lowney a former classmate and devoted caretaker. He was formerly married to Andrea Trudel Dinneen and he was "Pops" to Lauren, Megan, and Jackie, grandchildren of his friend Laurie Medeiros.
Mark was a member of the Needham High School Class of 1975 and maintained longtime, loyal friendships with many of his schoolmates. In his youth he was a standout baseball player claiming the best team he ever played on was the 1969 Needham Majors which together won a town championship. He could proudly rattle off every teammate’s name along with the coaches that made up that special group. Eventually he traded the baseball bat for a golf club and showed that his athleticism made him a fierce competitor on the links as well. He was also a fisherman and proudly taught his nephew Corey the finer points of the sport at the local fishing spots in West Falmouth.
Mark’s "Superpower" was muscle cars. Show him a picture of a classic car and he could tell you immediately what year the rims were even if they didn’t match with the body type of the car. He frequented the New England Dragway and owned several cars himself turning 14.6 at 100MPH in his Cutlass during one race. However, it was every other Supercar in Needham that earned his admiration naming Steve Murray’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 “Skunk” as his all-time favorite.
Mark will be fondly remembered for his gregarious personality, gift of gab, intelligence and keen wit.
Mark’s loving family and friends know we will meet again. It will happen, as Mark and his mother’s favorite song says, “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow”.
Due to COVID restrictions a memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.
Donations in Mark’s memory may be made to:
Needham Food Pantry
570 Hillside Ave.
Needham Heights, MA 02494
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