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Celebration of Life for Mark Anderson, Friday Dec. 8

Dec 6th, 2017 | By | Category: Spotlight

Mark Stephen Anderson, 69, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Ernest Theodore and Wanda Blake Anderson; and brother, Jonathan Anderson.

Mark was born October 9, 1948, and grew up in the Greater Rochester area of Western New York State. He was a graduate of Penfield High School (‘66), and Houghton College (’70).

He was an entertainer, comedian, servant to his community, explorer, inventor, and friend. He knew how to keep a room full of people laughing, and he could listen to and care about anyone. He was a loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather.

Mark enjoyed fishing and scuba diving and had acquired numerous scuba certifications. He earned his pilot’s license, and had completed the requirements for his captain’s license as an Ocean Operator with the U.S. Coast Guard.

He served the Towing and Recovery Association of America in several capacities over the years, and his accolades were many. His contributions and commitment to the industry helped earn him a place in the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tennessee (Class of 1998).

Mark was honored by Galleon Research Institute and the Galleon Explorers Club of Palm Bay, Florida for his efforts in helping salvage the 1715 Spanish Galleon Fleet off the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Mark was a Master Mason of Garden Lodge No. 366 F & AM; a 32nd degree Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Lake Worth; York Rite Commandery of Knights Templar No. 18; and Amara Shrine Center A.A.O.N.M.S. Oasis of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, serving on several committees. Mark is also an Artisan of The Order of Quetzalcoatl See of North America Zoyaxallah No. 28.

Mark was President and Owner of International Recovery Associates, Inc., which he founded in 1982. He was Chairman of the Board of Air Cushions, USA, a manufacturer and marketing company he founded in 1988. He was also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sea-Air-Land Recovery which is an emergency disaster services network.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Debra Anderson; son, Eric Anderson and wife Kelly of Stuart, Fla.; daughters, Dana (Anderson) Florez and husband Diego of Hickory, N.C., Emily (Gentry) O’Quinn and husband Israel of Bristol, Va., and Caroline Gentry of Asheville, N.C.; grandchildren, Jonah, Micah, and Noah Anderson, Turner, Regan, and Campbell Gallo, and Hannah and Josiah Florez; brothers, Tim Anderson and wife Mary Beth, Dan Anderson, and David Anderson and wife Kim, sister, Sharon Babbitt and husband Steve, all of Rochester; and many nieces, nephews and their children.

Family and friends will gather in Celebration of Mark’s Life at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801. Mark’s children will officiate, and a reception will follow for all to remember Mark.