On May 3, 2020, Mark Daniel Lemon passed away in his sleep. He was born on April 4, 1954, to Mary B. Lemon and Daniel A. Lemon. His sister, Mary (Mascelli), soon joined the family. Growing up in Bellefonte, Mark attended St. Helena’s Elementary School. He was an altar boy and a Boy Scout. Later, he graduated from Salesianum High School, Class of ‘72. He was truly a Salesian gentleman. After attending UD for two years, Mark pursued a career as an optician, working at various optical establishments in Kennett Square, Newark, West Goshen, PA, and Wilmington. Seeking a new career path, Mark attended Chubb Institute, earning IT certification. After working for Rick McCardell as an outside contractor, Mark joined Conde Nast and worked at the old Hercules Building in Wilmington until he retired due to disability in 2015. Jonathan Neumark, his boss at Conde, said of Mark, “A giant of a man is no longer with us. A more kind and generous person I don’t believe I have ever met.” A proud Irishman, Mark met his wife, Lynn Steffenberg, at O’Friel’s Irish Bar in 1981. At the time of his death, Lynn and Mark had been married for 36 years. He was blessed with and adored his two daughters, Amy and Laura, and took great pride in their accomplishments. Amy and her wife, Hannah Stedman, have two sons, Rowen and Brennan. These two little guys brought out the best in Mark. It was so easy to see his love for them. Lynn introduced Mark to Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ, and it became his second home. In Barnegat Light, and at Lums Pond, and on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, Mark could be found fishing and catching with his lifelong friend, Bob Simmons. Mark caught his last big one with Bob in October. Unfortunately, Mark’s health declined during the last dozen years of his life. He had many stays in Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals, and way too many Emergency Department visits during those years, always telling his nurse, “I will be the best patient you have today,” and he was. Sadly, Mark’s symptoms eluded the docs, and Mark was awaiting further medical consultations and examinations, when he fell asleep and all was said and done.
Donations may be made in Mark’s memory to
The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
PO Box 747 Middletown, DE 19709
Salesianum School 1801 Broom Street Wilmington DE 19802
Mark wished to be remembered through these lyrics of Warren Zevon.
Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath Keep me in your hearts for a while If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less Keep me in your hearts for a while Mark Daniel Lemon 4/4/1954 - 5/3/2020