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In memory of Mark North

A scoreboard is unveiled in honor of a favorite son.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

By Fritz Mayer
May 7, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — By all accounts, Mark North had a lot of friends in Narrowsburg when his life was cut short on August 6, 2006 in a car accident. Mike “Chip” McGrath still gets a bit choked up when he remembers his friend.

Mark had been a chef and worked for a long time at Woodloch Pines. He had always wanted to be a chef; his sister Catherine said he earned the name Chef Marcus when he was in the sixth grade.

McGrath, the coach of the Narrowsburg Dodgers, and others thought it would be a good idea to honor North’s memory with the creation and dedication of a scoreboard for the team.

As McGrath put the Little Leaguers through their paces on the field on a breezy afternoon on May 5, Mark's friend Harry Swinnes watched from the sidelines. Swinnes had done most of the creating of the scoreboard; he said its presence was sure to reduce the number of times the young players would ask the adults what the score is during each game. Many of Mark's friends from school now have kids on the team.

Mark's game was not baseball, it was basketball, and he could often be seen shooting hoops on the basketball court situated next to the baseball field in The Flats.

Catherine and Mark's mom Brenda owns Clancy’s Diner and Ice Cream Stand in Barryville, which is the team sponsor this year.

After practice, the entire team lined up in front of the sign with the coach, Catherine, Brenda and other supporters and dedicated the sign with a photo. Mark North would have approved.