Mark B. Godfried

December 13th, 2012

Mark B. Godfried, age 77, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2012. Mark was born on August 23, 1935, he was the cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried.  Mark grew up in Newton and Brookline and was a graduate of  Brookline High School.

Mark continued his education at Bates College; earning his Bachelor’s Degree.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on April 24, 1958 and went right into Officer’s Training School, starting his duties as an Ensign.  Mark was commissioned as a Chief Navigation Officer aboard the USS Hank, serving off the coast of Vietnam and was part of history during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   Following six years of dedicated service, Lieutenant Mark Godfried was honorably discharged on August 8, 1963, returning home to his family.

Upon his return from active duty, Mark went to work for his families restaurant, “Godfried’s Home Bakery,” a local landmark located on Rte. 1 in Saugus.  This is where Mark met his present wife Stella “Starr” Michelson and the couple married in 1975.  Mark and Starr moved to Magnolia in 1979 where they raised their only son, Andrew, Mark’s pride and joy.

Everyone who knew Mark would agree that Gloucester was the place for Mark to live because even as a youngster he had “fishing” in his blood.  after leaving the navy, Mark did his recreational fishing on his boat the Glaucus, and for more than 15 years he Commercially fished on the Stella G. Mark left the ocean Commercially in the early 90’s First working for his dear friend Gerald Abrams at Fresh Water Fish Company in Boston.   While working within the entire business, he specialized in the accessing and exporting of bluefin tuna to Japan before working exclusively with Bluefin tuna as Mark and Gerry worked together at FWF Tuna in 1998. With Mark and Gerald’s knowledge of the industry, their company soon expanded to where they were exporting bluefin Tuna all over the world.  Mark is one of the few responsible for the development of the Italian Bluefin tuna industry in Sardinia.

In Mark’s “semi-retirement”, he was sought after for his knowledge and dedication to the fishing industry and was a consultant for North Coast Seafood in Boston.  Mark’s continued dedication for the Gloucester Fishing Industry and their Fisherman earned him the title as a “Fishing Icon”.

When he was not fishing, Mark was known as and excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for his wife Stella, his family, and friends.  His thirst for knowledge led him to be and avid reader, a highly opinionated politician, and a self-proclaimed curmudgeon.

Mark’s family and friends will remember him as a proud father and Papa, a devoted family man and true friend, and a man of great dignity and respect.  Mark will always be remembered for his work ethic and for letting his wife Starr know that whenever it ended,  he had a great run”.

Mark was the beloved husband of Stella “Starr” (Michelson) Godfried, devoted father of Andrew A. Godfried and his wife Tara (Glynn) of Danvers, loving “Papa Mark” of Molly Joan, Andrew Robert and Courtney Elizabeth, cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried, brother of Arline Land of Gloucester,  uncle of Abbe Land and her husband Martin Gantman of West Hollywood, CA, Jon Land and his wife Michelle of Savannah, GA and Lisa Land Maloney of Hull, MA, and best friend of many, specifically Louis Linquata and Pasquale Fronteirio.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mark’s life at the Union Congregational Church, 3 Norman Ave., Gloucester, on Tuesday, December 18th at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to the Foundation for Faces of Children, 258 Harvard Street, #367, Brookline, MA 02446-2904.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Mark B. Godfried”

  1. Philip & Lynne Scannell says:

    Starr,we heard the news last night and we were deeply saddened,we loved seeing you and Mark out and about at all our favorite haunts ,you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Heather Kirk & Suley Celimli says:

    Starr and Andrew,
    We are so deeply saddened by Marks passing. This makes our recent reconnecting that much more meaningful. Mark leaves a large void in our hearts and will be sorely missed.
    OUr thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Brian McDevitt says:

    Starr Andrew
    Mark was amazing person and friend. So glad my son Mike (10 yrs old) was able to share his first fish with Mark this year. Mark made that day so special for him. He will be missed dearly.

  4. barbara CRANSTON says:

    srar my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your son mark was a lovely man

  5. Rocky & Allan Petersen says:

    Dear Starr,

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Mark was larger than life and will be remembered by many. Rocky & Allan

  6. Michelle and Doug Abell says:

    Dear Starr and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We feel as if we knew Mark through your stories and our hearts hurt for you. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Michelle and Doug

  7. Kris says:

    Big man, big heart. Wonderful character. Risked his life to protect strangers he would never meet… like me. Rest in peace buddy.

  8. Albert Spies says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss,may you
    Find peace and comfort in life.
    He sounded like a great person,
    We all wish to become the man
    He was and always will be.
    I wish you and your family nothing
    But peace,health,happiness.

  9. Andy says:

    Thanx for serving and keeping us safe

  10. Maryann and Joe Rivas says:

    We are surely saddened by this loss. We have been and are an avid Wicked Tuna viewer since its first airing on Nat Geo. It wasnt until this past weekend that are saw the Memorium announcement at the end of the show. He was our family’s favorite on the show. We would like to know, if possible, what caused his passing. We all feel like we personally knew him, as we and other viewers develop a personal connection with everyone on the show. God Bless to his family!!
    Maryann and Joe Rivas, Riverside (east of Los Angeles), California.

  11. Linda Rose says:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Godfried. I pray for all of your remaining family and friends to be at peace knowing.. someday.. someday.. you’ll meet up again. I just started watching Wicked Tuna and everytime a boat would come in I would hope it was Mark that was buying it. Mark put a big smile on my face, a real feel good feeling. Mark was so knowledgeable and funny! :-) ) I live in California and never fished a day in my life!.. a 35 yo stay at home mom! :-) Mark got me hooked on fishing!… Thank you Mark BIG HUG

  12. April/Shawn says:

    Loved watching this man on Wicked Tuna…he always seemed to be so happy and I guess rightly so as he was in his element and always fair on price etc…God Bless and our deepest condolences to the family from here in Canada as we just wtached the episode where it was dedicated to him…..:)

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