Maher, Mark Victor a 29 year resident of Torrance, California passed away on April 11, 2009 at his home after a long and valiant battle against cancer. He was 54 when he died. Mark was born in Ft. Leavenworth KS on August 6, 1954 and spent a good portion of his youth in Naples, Italy. He served honorably for 9 years in the U.S. Army and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, and a Master's of Science Degree in Engineering from Cal State University Northridge. Mark enjoyed a 29 year career in the field of Aerospace Engineering at TRW, Hughes, Quinstar Technologies, and Northrop Grumman. Mark was passionate about catching the best waves from Malibu to Mexico, enjoyed playing classical guitar, traveling, stargazing, attending local musical events and spiritual retreats, many of which he enjoyed with his large circle of Bill Wilson's friends. Mark touched the lives of many people with his generosity, love and support. Mark is survived by his wife Catherine of Torrance, CA; son Mirko, daughter in law Nicola, and granddaughter Caitlin of Martinez, CA; mother Olga and sister Elisabeth of Arlington, VA; sister Maria of London, England, brother Roland, sister-in-law Susan, nephew Peter, niece Amanda of Salem, NH; and many cousins, uncle, and aunts. He is preceded in death by his father Louis Roger Maher, and his uncle Pietro Stefanelli. Viewing will be Thursday, April 16, 2009 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at White & Day Colonial Mortuary Chapel at 910 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA. Vigil Services will begin at 7:00 PM at the mortuary. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 10 AM at St. Catherine Laboure, 3846 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. CA with a reception to follow at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA. His remains will be laid to rest in Portsmouth, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Foundation For Cancer Research (

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. He was a great guy who was a pleasure to work with and socialize with. I have seen Mark grow both personally and professionally during my time with him and was proud to have him as a key member of my section here at Northrop Grumman. He will be sorely missed and as both a coworker and a friend.

  2. My prayers are with Mark’s family. I new Mark for 11 years. He has a special place in my heart. I know his overwhelming belief in God got him through the diificult times with grace. I will miss him. Rest in peace Mark.

  3. I will remember Mark with a smile for his big heart, ginormous generosity, major sense of humor and his cunning wit. God rest his soul… Mahalo Mark for the laughter and the friendship To his family – “And you should always know, wherever you may go, No matter where you are, Mark is never be far away”…

  4. I was saddened to here of Mark’s passing. He was a co-worker of mine and will be missed. Mark and is family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. With the death of Mark is left only the part of us that together we built into his own body, into his biochemical network and neural connections. This part was welded to the part that he with us built inside us, inside our body and our soul. This connection is not dead, is not left with Mark. It will exist until there will be an our molecule that will testify his presence. “Ciao” Mark. Con la morte di Mark è andata via solo la parte di noi che insieme avevamo costruito dentro il suo sé, dentro le sue membra, nei suoi legami biochimici e nervosi. Questo legame era saldato alla parte che lui con noi aveva costruito dentro di noi, dentro le nostre membra e nella nostra anima. Questo legame non è morto, non è andato via con Mark. Esso resterà in piedi finché esisterà una molecola nostra che potrà testimoniarne la presenza. Ciao Mark.

  6. My dearest friend and confidant, I have watched you grow from a hard time to a gentle-man. You were an inspiration with a lot to offer anyone who touched your heart. You brought joy, love, and laughter into my heart. Your unconditional friendship was astonishing, your love for your friends was beyond what most people call friendship. You cared more about others then you did yourself. You gave and gave until you had no more to give but gave more anyway. You are an incredible man. I feel very blessed to be able to have you in my life and proud to call you my friend. You will be missed by many but your present is what I will miss most. You are my hero Mark and I will always love you like my brother. You are my friend for life. My god-bless you until eternity. For Marks family and fiends, may god bless you with enough love and joy to overcome this sad time. May Marks spirit live strong in our hearts and run wild in our thought… May he never be forgotten…

  7. We are so saddened by Mark’s passing! Mark, your pain is gone and eternal peace awaits you. When we moved to Colorado you would email us and it was so cool to keep in touch. I think we’ve known you for close to 20 yrs. and enjoyed hearing about all your travels and watched you become a humble and spiritual man. Every time we came to town you would come to Green Street to see us. Your friendship meant the world to us. I know the Gates of Heaven have opened wide and with joy when you entered into eternal life. May God bless your family during their difficult time. With love, friendship and our condolences, Roseanne & Gil

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family during this difficult time. God’s love will hold you up when things seem to be falling apart. Mark is now with his Higher Power in peace and faith. He will be missed.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with Marks family at this saddened time. Mark was a very special man and I am so grateful to have had the honor of knowing him. May he rest in peace. Pinky Villasenor

  10. It is so hard to realize that Marco is really gone from this Earth. We were best friends in high school in Naples, Italy. He taught me so much about forgiveness and tolerance. I was delighted when he and Cat married. My husband and I attended the beach ceremony and it was wonderful — just like them. I can only bear this by knowing we will all be together again one day. In that place where there is no pain and no sorrow. How I will miss him until then! Our deepest condolences to his beloved Cat, to all his family and to all his friends. Such a loss for us all. Jocelyn & Cliff Tichenor


  12. We’re keeping you Close at Heart. Wishing you comfort, strength and peace. Many thoughts and prayers are with you. With sympathy

  13. In questo ,momento così doloroso ci stringiamo sinceramente con affetto ad Olga, ma il nostro pensiero, insieme ad un forte abbraccio, è anche per Maria, Rolando, Lisa e Mirko con immutato affetto.

  14. I have seen Mark grow up together with my daughters. In my heart he has a special place that nothing and nobody can ever move away. Ho visto Marco crescere assieme alle mie figlie. Nel mio cuore lui occupa un posto speciale che niente e nessuno potranno mai rimuovere.

  15. So very sorry for your loss. I will miss Mark’s sweet spirit, I feel very fortunate that I got to spend time with him at so many spiritual retreats.

  16. My childhood friend, former husband of twenty-two years, father of my son, and close friend, I will forever miss you. Deeper than my sadness is the love I will always have for you.

  17. Olghetta cara, il mio cuore di mamma piange insieme a te. Ti offro le mie piu’ sentite condoglianze e vorrei esserti vicino per darti un abbraccio. Vedrai che sara’ Marco stesso a darti forza e coraggio in questo doloroso passaggio. Ti chiamero’ la prossima settimana quando torni a Washington e ti prometto che a maggio verro’ a trovarti. Nel frattempo, domenica andro’ ad offrire le mie povere preghiere che Dio porti conforto a tutta la famiglia. Con grande affetto, Alba e famiglia

  18. Roland, This is your buddy from FSH. I didn’t know Mark, but I am sad for your loss. Say “hi” some time and we’ll catch up. Sorry it took your brother’s death for me to discover a connection to your whereabouts. I’ve recounted stories about our shinanigans in Msr. Wahrman’s class from time to time and had many laughs because of it. Best to you… Dan

  19. To Mark’s family, I am a friend of Mark’s and friend of “Bill W”. I grew to appreciate and admire Mark for his dedication to being of service to the fellowship we serve. Memories of the first Tuesday of each month will always be engraded in my life for his sense of humor and thoughtfulness. He taught me what it was to serve people and to give our time and to strive for the best for our fellowship. I will miss him but never forget that he crossed my path and I’m a far better person for knowing him. God bless you, and may the words and thoughts from the people that knew him be a comfort to you and your family. My condolences Michael Lilly, Long Beach/Compton District

  20. To Mark, A very dear friend and real gentleman whom I had the pleasure of spending some time with here in Naples, Italy. May he rest in peace. With great affection, Gloria Tarshes and family

  21. Carisima Olga, Ti faccio le mie piu sentite condoglianze in questo momento cosi triste. Ti sono molto molto vicina e vorrei tanto che tu mi mandassi il tuo numero di telefono cosi ti chiamo. Ti abbraccio forte,Anna Tarhes

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