Mark Leo Albert, a lifelong resident of Falmouth, died unexpectedly on Tuesday night, January 22, 2019. He was 56 years old and was surrounded by family and friends.
Mark, known to his firefighting brothers as Turtle, was the beloved husband of Deborah Allenby Albert of Falmouth, and the beloved father of his four children, Mark Liam Doyle (and Kerri) of Dedham, Massachusetts, Matthew Munson of Marina Del Rey, California, Timothy Anderson of Falmouth, Massachusetts, Emily Ludlow of East Boston, Massachusetts and Liam Michael (his grandson) of Dedham, Massachusetts. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Peterson of Falmouth, Massachusetts, his brother Brian Albert of Falmouth, Massachusetts and his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Marcel L. and Ann D. Albert, his brother M. Leo Albert Jr., his father and mother in-law, H. Alfred and Frances M. Allenby and his sister-in-law, Catherine V. Allenby.
Mark was adopted at the tender age of 3 ½ months and joined his family as the second child of four children. He attended schools in Falmouth starting with Mullen Hall and ending with Falmouth High School where he graduated in 1980. He went on to attend Western Connecticut State University, Bridgewater State University and a semester at The University of Maryland. College was important but Mark’s true career love was firefighting and paramedicine. On Easter Sunday, March 31, 1986 Mark had his first day as a firefighter. His career would take him onward to become a paramedic, graduating first in his class. He joined the brotherhood of the Falmouth Fire Department and was eventually promoted to Falmouth’s EMS supervisor in 2003. However, his journey as EMS supervisor was cut short when he tragically suffered a debilitating stroke which ended his career as a Town of Falmouth firefighter/paramedic/EMS supervisor. His love of medicine and his truly compassionate nature are what made him one of Falmouth’s great paramedics. He learned from some of the best and truly loved his work with Falmouth Fire and Rescue Department. In true Mark style, in spite of his disability, he continued to be a humorous, loving and supportive husband, father and friend.
Mark enjoyed many outdoor activities including skiing, skating on the ponds and bogs, sailing, boating and going to the beach with family and friends. All four of his children developed the same love of these activities as Mark made it a point to give them the opportunity to experience some of what he experienced. The beaches in Falmouth were special to Mark where he worked for the Town of Falmouth as a lifeguard for many years. Old Silver Beach is where he worked and met his wife Deborah where they fell in love. They both worked as Head guard and Assistant Head guard. Their engagement cookout/party was held at the beach accompanied by all of the Falmouth lifeguards, parking personnel and many others.
Mark showed great interest in the lives of his four children and also in the lives of so many he cared for both through work and through his constant interest in the well-being of others. For Mark, family and fatherhood were the most important parts of his life. Raising four children brought challenges and joy in equal measure. Mark loved his wife and children and grandson more than everything and did everything he could to protect and provide for them. In the midst of a busy life, raising a family, he welcomed and opened his home and cared for many ill children from Honduras, exchange students from Spain and Finland, inner city children from Boston, and teenage cousin Samantha.
Despite the setback of his stroke, Mark continued to be an integral part of his vibrant and diverse family and community. He will be eternally missed. His presence and personality will shine on through the beautiful legacy of his family who are so blessed to have had the gift of his life to share.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm on Friday, February 1st at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 2nd at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Jones Rd., Falmouth.