July 17, 1964 – June 25, 2021
Pomfret Center – On the morning of June 25th Mark Haberbosch, known to his beloveds as Markie, 56, of Pomfret, raced over the rainbow bridge at the speed of light, Sure to have been loudly singing “The Best” by Tina Turner with a martini in hand, Mark is a man known to have lived his life to the fullest. We envision him whooping, “It’s not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years!”
As Markie transitioned to this final chapter, his father, Lyle Haberbosch was waiting to greet him, football in hand – as well as his “Ma”, Marcia Marlett, receiving him with open arms. Born in Denver, Colorado, Mark attended grade school in Kansas followed by high school in Phoenix, Arizona. In high school, he played football, was a member of the swim team and – unsurprising to anyone who knows him – was crowned prom king. Mark continued his education at Arizona State University and Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Embracing young adulthood, he knew home was wherever he found friends and family, this allowed Mark to make his home throughout all of the United States. In every part of his life, regardless of where home was for the moment: Kansas, Colorado, California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, Mark was known by many and beloved by his friends and family. Friends and family are what Mark prioritized above all. He will be remembered for his boundless amounts of energy that showed in everything that he did; and he was challenged to contain his creative and loving tendencies. Every connection he made was personal and unique, Mark had a sheer exuberance for life and the influence he had on others. While Mark’s life achievements were both vast and publicly recognized, none hold a candle to the role of which he was most proud: father to his only child, Sarah Haberbosch. Inseparable, self-described, “best friends,” Sarah was Mark’s closest treasure. Inseparable, they lit up the world, literally and figuratively for 24 years. The brightest and most honorable prize to Mark was being Sarah’s dad. Mark and Sarah found fun wherever they were and loved traveling the world together. Mark’s joy was found in making the dreams he deemed impossible as a child a true reality, not only for himself but also for Sarah. Together they saw the globe by car, train, plane, and boat. Mark valued the importance of finding the true zest in life and emphasized that with Sarah, along with her friends. Whether traveling the globe together, cheering her on through each of life’s milestones or adopting her friends as his own surrogate blood, Mark’s love for Sarah was limitless. He will be profoundly missed by her.
Professionally, Mark was honored to receive the first ever “Best of Worcester County Hospitality Award” from the Worcester County Convention & Visitors Bureau (2001) and be a proud member of the Escoffier Society from 2000-present. Mark negotiated and secured the exclusive catering contracts with the Phoenix Art Museum and Desert Botanical Gardens. These achievements were followed by, his full time and seasonal work in the hospitality industry running special properties like (but not limited to) The Grand Hotel & The Iroquois Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, The Publick House Historical Inn, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and Eddie’s Grille, Phoenix, Arizona. Later in life, through the influence of his lifelong partner and friend, Dena Gervasi-Haberbosch, Mark was led to a drastically different career path pursuing manufacturing steel in the swimming pool industry. Mark’s success and expertise in this field was informed by the expansive industry knowledge of his father-in-law, Richard Gervasi (Cathy) and sister-in-law, Jenna Gervasi-Shelly (Misty-Dawn). While far from the hospitality industry, Mark was most notable for his dynamic, multitalented, professional and loving stature. Mark made his own niche in any market. Mark worked as Regional Sales Manager for Wilbar International, an irreplaceable asset to the company and a dear friend to many. In his larger than life way he was constantly there for those who needed him, both corporately and personally. Mark was a man of all trades who found hobbies in everyday. Mark enjoyed the simple things in life, spending time antiquing with friends, interior design of all sorts, canoeing, and being outdoors. Mark found bliss in doing the most, always known for being over the top. He enjoyed martinis in Malibu, California, as well as divine dishes ocean side in resorts around the world. He loved skiing the west coast, especially his fond memories of winters spent working Steamboat Springs Ski Corporation in Steamboat, Colorado. Without a doubt, no matter the hobby or travel destination, Mark’s favorite thing of all was spending time with his beloved daughter, Sarah, her friends, and his closest friends. Loved by all he met, missed by so many, Mark is survived by including (but not limited to) brothers: Robert (Babs) Frailey of Phoenix, AZ, Richard (Cheryl) Frailey of Meridian, TX, Todd Haberbosch of Frisco, TX (Brian); sisters: Marcia (Bob) Hord of Laveen, AZ, Donna Marlett (Kurt) of Los Angeles, CA, Jenifer (Mark) Tillman of De Pere, WI. Mark is also survived by many friends and family throughout the country, including Stella Smith and Judy Melanson (Bryan) who love him and will feel the massive void without him. A gathering honoring Mark’s life will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.