Mark C. Orlandi, of Hull, passed away on Sept. 2 surrounded by his family and friends after a short yet courageous battle. He was 60.
He was predeceased by his larger-than-life father, Richard (“Pups”) Orlandi, and his gourmet cooking mother, Mary Ann (“Gans”) (Maggiacomo) Orlandi, as well as his beloved and cherished sister, Marlene Orlandi. His older brothers, Richard and John Orlandi, both of Hull, mourn the loss of their younger brother.
Mark is survived by his longtime companion, Steven Patricelli, of Hull, along with his enormous family who loved Mark as their own. He was brother-in-law to Barbara Haley Orlandi, Elizabeth Bizzozero Orlandi, and Susanna D’Arcy. He was the remarkable uncle of Luke, Rich, Kerin, Angela, and Stephanie, as well as loved by and more so loved his great-nieces and nephews: Caesar, Roman, Sophia, Ava, Dudley, Leila, and Francesca. We cannot forget the great love that he shared for his friends who he considered family.
Mark was a lifelong resident of Hull, graduating with the class of 1979 from Hull High School. He treasured his hometown, which he rarely left, but when he did it was for vacations or trips or off to the Boston Convention Center for his job as a chef, a job he truly adored. If you knew Mark, cooking and baking were his favorite pastimes, and you couldn’t find a better pizzelles or a classic anisette Italian cookie than his. His greatest pleasure was spending time with family and preparing for these gatherings, which always included the perfectly themed holiday shirt.
Mark’s love was contagious, whether it was for family, friends, or “I Love Lucy”; to know him was to truly love him. Although his loss is immeasurable to others, family and friends feel fortunate to have been blessed by having him in their lives.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church in Hull. As over the top that Mark could be, the family is respecting his wishes to refrain from visiting hours, so we ask that all enjoy us in celebrating Mark in a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mark to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, 487 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.