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Mark S. 'Blackie' Blackwood

Mark S. 'Blackie' Blackwood
  • November 1, 1961 - June 26, 2018
  • Watertown, Massachusetts

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“Dear Carol and Family,I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Mark was one my students in my early days of teaching at the West and he was one I...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Eleanor Donato - Watertown, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Blackwood family. Remembering him as a classmate at WHS and Salem State, and he was a Watertown kid through and through...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen (Red) McCarthy - York, ME

“On behalf of the Boudrot family our sincerest, deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Blackwood family. God bless. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Michelle Boudrot - MA

“You could never drive by without getting wonderful smile and a big hello. Mark could put a smile on my face on my way to work or at the end of the...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Linda and Mike Deagle - Watertown, MA

“So sorry to hear of blackies passing knew him in high school and he was a great person..truefriend to everyone who knew him condolences to his eife...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jacqueline Russo (lestage) - MA

“So sorry to hear of blackies passing knew him in high school and he was a great person..truw friend to everyone who knew him ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jacqueline Russo (lestage) - MA

“Carrie, Adam, Jonathan and NicoleI am so sorry about Mark's passing - my heart breaks for you. You have all been there for him especially during his...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Beth Lockhart - Friend

“May The Lord Comfort Carol & Her Children In This Time Of Sorrow & Blessing.A Loss Is Never Easy And Hard To Understand Sometimes But We All Will...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen Cotton - SAN ANTONIO, TX

“While it has been far many years since I have seen Mark, I have always considered him a good and cherished classmate, teammate and friend. I fondly...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Vicken Papazian - Los Angeles, CA

“It has been a difficult journey for all of you. Through it all he kept his sense of humor. My prayers are with all of you. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Helen Keating - Willoughby Hills, OH


Watertown - Mark S. Blackwood, lovingly known to all as 'Blackie', had an uncanny ability to light up a room with his contagious sense of humor and wit…and often with a sarcasm that was his virtual hug. He laughed hard, celebrated life and was lucky and rich in life by the value he found in his family and friends and the richness of personality he showed them every day.

Mark died unexpectedly at his home in Watertown on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was 56.

Born on November 1, 1961 in Newton he was a son of Antoinette (Leone) Blackwood and the late Clifton Blackwood. A lifelong Watertown resident he was a graduate of Watertown High School with the class of 1979 and later earned his Bachelor's degree from Salem State College in 1984. He married Waltham native Carol A. Poirier on November 9, 1985 in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church.

Columbus Day weekend in 2004 forever changed Blackie's world and that of his family. While returning home from his annual and much anticipated weekend at the Purdue / Penn State football game he was involved in a serious auto accident that would bring him disability and further related sickness throughout his life. It was during these years that Blackie witnessed and experienced the good and generous nature of so many people in his life. Projects at home and beyond, both major and minor, were completed and gifted. He was the type of guy who gave without remembering but received without forgetting. A kidney transplant recipient he battled kidney disease and the maladies of diabetes as well. Throughout it all his motto was 'Life dealt me this hand…and I'm bluffing my way through it.' Blackie now knows peace and has been released from the boundaries of illnesses.

Prior to his injury in 2004 he had worked as an accountant for Nuance Communications in Burlington.

An avid golfer he would seldom miss his Saturday morning 6 a.m. tee time with his buddies at Wayland Country Club and other area golf courses. He loved music from many different genres and was always encouraging anyone nearby to accompany him to a movie.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, Carol he leaves their children, Adam L. Blackwood (Krista) of Allston, Jonathan T. Blackwood and Nicole M. Blackwood, all of Watertown; his mother, Antoinette Blackwood of Watertown; his siblings, Clifton 'Cliff' Blackwood (Liz) of Newtown, Pennsylvania and Cheryl Jewers (David) of Watertown; his mother-in-law Mary Jean (Cotton) Poirier-Foster of Waltham; his in-laws, Linda Hanley (Robert), Susan Poirier, James Poirier (Kate), Denise Poirier, all of Waltham Eileen Trefonides (Byron) and Alan Poirier (Julie) all of Londonderry, New Hampshire; also survived by many nieces & nephews, grand-nieces & grand-nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Blackie's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham, on Sunday, July 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Honor his memory with a contribution to Massachusetts General Hospital, in c/o Dr. David Steele, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114

Equally important to Carol is ensuring her kids know and remember everything about Blackie. Stories, memories, Blackie'ism's, anecdotes and messages should be emailed to blackiestories@gmail.com