Mark Tinker Obituary

Mark  Tinker
Mark Tinker

February 19, 1980 - February 28, 2018
Born in New London
Resided in Middletown, Connecticut


Mark A. Tinker, 38, of Middletown passed away on February 28, 2018 at his residence. Mark was born on February 19, 1980 in New London to Sherry Brewster Tinker and Mark H. Tinker. Besides his parents, Mark is survived by his daughter Ava Grace Tinker, his two sisters; Crystal Tooker and Jasmine Zubek and his brother Justin Berg.
Who was Mark? Mark was many things; he was compassionate, sincere, and genuine. He was an adored son and a kind, protective and generous brother. He was a fun loving uncle and a supportive and respected friend. He was a proud and devoted daddy and a beloved partner to Jen Santini. He was someone that lived life to the fullest, whether it was the countless concerts he went to or the countless places he traveled. His love for music was eclectic. Between Grateful Dead, Phish, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley or Nas his music kept him grounded and happy. He often said he was born in the wrong musical era. He also loved movies. If he wasn’t watching The Simpsons for the umpteenth time, he was probably watching every Netflix movie possible, even those weird ones you never thought to watch.
He loved. He loved his family, he loved his friends and he loved nature. He loved spending time with his family on holidays and special occasions. He cherished every beach trip to Harkness and Cini Beach as well as vacations to Vermont or Block Island. He loved his daughter Ava Grace with every ounce he possessed, and she was the sunshine in his every day. He was the only person in the entire world who could make her smile when she was having a crabby moment. They had such a special bond even at a young age; daddy was Ava’s favorite person. Mark treasured the little family he created and wanted nothing more than to spend more time with Ava and Jen. He was a friend to all that really knew him. As one of his friends shared, when they were growing up, Mark had friends in all corners of Lyme - Old Lyme. Whether it was the lakies, the jocks, the hippies, or the preppies...he got along with everyone.
Mark also loved being outdoors. He would take his dog Bella on hikes for hours; his favorite place was the vista at Devil's Hopyard. He enjoyed camping, fishing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing and snowboarding. He was always up for trying new outdoor sports like fly boarding and parasailing. One of his friends said it best, if he could sleep outside every night he probably would. At the end of the day he was an outdoors kind of guy.
Mark was a hard worker. He was talented at what he did and felt a sense of accomplishment with a job well done. He could build a house with his bare hands, and was constantly spending his free time helping others with all sorts of home improvements from remolding a bathroom to hanging pictures. He was the guy that would literally give you the shirt of his back if you needed it.
Mark took pride in his appearance; his Aveeno skin care line was on point and he came to realize a large fit much better than an extra-large. He loved being healthy; eating right and working out. He was a smooth talker, a charmer, and could get himself in or out of anything with his smile.
He unfortunately died way too young, but he did fill each of those 38 years with adventures. He lived. He was the kind of person that cared more about people and experiences rather than personal possessions; we can all learn a little something from that. Mark struggled throughout his life, but his positive attitude, caring nature, and selflessness always shined through. We all enter this world with nothing and leave with only the memories we have collected along the way with family, friends, faith and experiences. Our love for Mark is stronger than anything possible and he will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew him. Good night, we love you, sweet dreams, and we will see you when we meet again.
Byles Memorial Home, ( is assisting his family with the arrangements. Family will be receiving relatives and friends on Sunday March 18, 2018 from 1-3 at The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic CT 06357.




Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
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Niantic, CT US 06357
Sunday, March 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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