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Mark Alan DeBonis

Born February 9, 1967

Mark Alan DeBonis, age 47, of Middletown, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on February 9, 1967, Mark was a son of Robert Vincent DeBonis and Corinne Lee Franklin DeBonis. He was a member of the McKean High School graduating class of 1985 and it was during that time that he met his soulmate and future wife, Julia. Mark possessed a deep passion for automobiles and after apprenticing during high school, worked his way to his current position as a master technician with NuCar Connection. He greatly enjoyed his career and went out of his way to make the workplace fun for his coworkers and the customers he served.

Mark adored going to car shows where he would bring his 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL that was previously owned by his father or the 2011 Grabber Blue Roush Stage 2 Mustang, which was he and Julia’s dream car. He also greatly enjoyed attending motorcycle runs that benefited local charities and good causes. Mark was a man of faith and a parishioner of St. Hedwig Church. He possessed a a fantastic sense of humor and thorougly enjoyed making others laugh. Mark was loved by many people and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He would happily help anyone who needed assistance with a car problem or a friendly ear. Mark loved watching the birds in his backyard while sitting on his deck and his friends and family are encouraged to hang a bird feeder or birdhouse in his memory. Above all else, he was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed by all.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Robert. He is survived by his wife of nearly 26 years, Julia Ann (Strupczewski) DeBonis; mother, Corinne; daughters, Alicia and Jessica DeBonis; brother, Robert DeBonis; mother-in-law, Josephine Strupczewski; brother-in-law, Anthony Strupczewski; sister-in-law, Mary Carson (Dannie); and nieces, Christina Carson, Rebecca DeBonis and Robyn DeBonis.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014 and again from 8 am until 10 am on Thursday morning, August 21, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Thursday morning, August 21, 2014, at St. John the Beloved R.C. Church, 907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park, Wilmington, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

Mark was a longtime blood and platelet donor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating blood or platelets to your local blood bank.


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25 Condolences for Mark Alan DeBonis

  • My heart goes out to Julia, her daughters, and Mark’s family. He will be greatly missed. God grant you strength, courage, and comfort in this time of sorrow. Know that Mark rests in His Father’s loving arms.

  • You will be so missed Mark. You touched a lot of lives for the better. Not many people can make that claim. God
    Bless to all those you left behind.

  • Julie, Jess and Alicia, you have our deepest sympathy. We will always remember Mark’s smile, his sense of humor, caring and love for his family that was always evident whenever we would see him. If we can help with anything please let us know.

  • I cannot even begin to imagine what you’re going through and how difficult all this must be for you, your girls and family. Please know that I am always there for you. Whether to talk or cry or even just sit in silence with.

  • I met Mark in 1981 while doing a play in Wilmington. He was a sweet guy with a great sense of humor. His smile was contagious and he seemed to always be in a good mood. Mark and Julie had a beautiful relationship. I am so sad to hear of Mark’s death.

  • I was saddened to hear about Marks passing. So so sorry for your loss Julia, Alicia, Jessica and family members. Thoughts and prayers from Karen and I from San Antonio….

  • Words just can’t express our sorrow. Cherish the memories.
    Jamie and Jim

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time. Mark was such a pleasure to work with; I worked with him in Middletown, Newark and here in New Castle. He always had a kind smile, something interesting to say and was a good listener. I can’t believe he’s gone. He will be greatly missed.


  • Although I never met Mark, there is no doubt in my mind he was a wonderful person. He may have left this world, but he will always be with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.

  • My fondest memory of Mark is how he loved his wife and 2 daughters. Prayers that God provides strength, courage and comfort for you all during this time of loss and healing.

  • Our hearts are saddened by the loss of this happy, caring, thoughtful man. He always had a smile and happy greeting when we met him at the family events or at his work. We send our deepest sympathy to the entire family and offer our assistance for anything that will help the family during this turbulent time. Everyone will be in our prayers and, most especially, in our remembrance of the better times that included his smile, laugh and zest for life.

  • So sorry that he is gone far too young. I still remember he and Rob running around here at our house when they would visit here in MA. The tist time we met Mark I believe he was 3-4 years old and always a little cutie. Remember all the best stuff. Hugs

  • Dear Jess and Alicia, you and your mother are in my prayers at this time in your lives. Keep your memories close to your hearts.
    Andrea Mauro

  • I considered Mark a very good friend. I will feel a void for the rest of my life. Every time I do a motorcycle ride or go to a race I will miss him. Mark was one of those guys who never judged. And was liked by all who met him. R.I.P. my friend, you will be missed.

  • Mark was a very wonderful person who loved his family immensely. Mark always had a smile on his face and I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. He touched so many lives and will be deeply missed. We had so many great times together on motorcycle rides, etc. and those events just won’t be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with Julia, Alicia and Jessica as they go through this very horrible time in their lives. May God be with them as they go through this dark time. Let them find peace in knowing what a loving, wonderful man Mark was who touched many lives and was loved by so many. I will miss you dearly Mark, RIP.

  • It’s difficult to comprehend the depth of your sorrow at this time. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • You are in our thoughts. Can’t think of any words to comfort you. God bless you and your family. Your family at Kent County Medical Adult Day Care.

  • To Mark’s Family: My condolences on your loss. May your grief be short and your memories long.
    Tim Gannon-Wholesale Parts-Nucar Connection

  • My heartfelt condolences to Julia and the family. Reprieve to the grieving and repose to the demise.
    May God sustain and comfort you during this dark period of life.

  • Words, so many yet none to speak to ease your sorrow. A hug so you know your loved, to know we are here in any need, to know we lost some one too. A good man, a good husband and, undoubtedly, a good father. May the Lord comfort you all, ease the pain of your broken hearts, and fill your lives with the happiest of memories.

  • Alicia, just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. So sorry for your loss, I know he will be greatly missed by you and your family. Missing you at work. Please call me if you need anything. Take care and hope to see ya soon.


  • My deepest sympathy .

  • Mark, you will be so missed. My heart goes out to you Julia, Alicia and Jessica. I worked with Mark in Middletown and Newark. He touched the lives of so many of us. It was always a pleasure to be around him.


  • I worked with Mark in Newark and for 5 months in New Castle at NuCar. I always sensed something different about him. A gentleness and kindness came through when I interacted with him. There aren’t many people whom one meets in life that have many qualities that one would like to emulate but he did. I want you, his family to know that I will be asking the Lord to sustain and comfort you.

  • My deepest condolences to Mark’s family, he was a great mechanic who loved his family. I had the pleasure of working with Mark in Middletown and Newark. He was kind, helpful, the kind of person you wanted to be friends with. Prayers to his family.

    Clay Wessell