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Michael H. Marr

Michael H. Marr, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at his home in Walpole, Massachusetts, after a courageous battle with hepatocellular carcinoma.  He was the youngest child of the late Laura (Potenza) MacQuarrie and the late Henry Marr. Born on October 11, 1949, he spent his early years in East Boston, surrounded by his large Italian family.  He then relocated to Salem, Massachusetts, with his mother and the late Charles J. MacQuarrie, his stepfather and role model during his formative years.  After receiving his GED, Michael proudly enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970.


Upon being honorably discharged by the Navy, Michael relocated many times between New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, and Maryland, holding a variety of jobs including lifeguard, swim instructor, EMT, hairdresser, and bartender.  When he returned to Massachusetts, he began his career with the Department of Defense at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he held the position of housing inspector for 22 years. 


Michael met his wife-to-be, Mary Ann Farina, through his cousin in 1982 and it was love at first sight.  They were married two years later on September 29, 1984, and together made their home in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where they raised their daughter, Courtney Rose.  In 2015, Michael and Mary Ann built their forever home in Walpole, Massachusetts, to be closer to their two grandchildren.


More than anything, Michael was devoted to his family.  He and Mary Ann both came from large families and treasured the moments spent with loved ones.  He coached all of Courtney’s youth sports teams and would frequently dress as Santa Claus for holiday events for family, friends, and the servicemen and women and their families at Hanscom AFB.  Michael was incredibly excited to become a Papa, spending every moment he could with his grandson, Michael, and granddaughter, Adelina.  He loved taking Michael on tractor rides through the neighborhood and reading stories to Adelina.


In his retirement, Michael focused his time on being a handyman and enjoyed maintaining his beautiful home and his perfect lawn.  He loved spending his time outdoors grilling and by the pool.  He was a proud veteran and held so much pride for this country.  He had a love for billiards and enjoyed playing with his friends at Walpole’s Senior Center, in the Senior Pool league, and at his home where he hosted weekly games. He was a loyal New England Patriots fan and never missed watching a game from his favorite chair.  


He received the gift of life through a liver transplant in 2018 and never let his diagnosis hold him back on enjoying his life.  Michael will be remembered for his positive attitude, loud and infectious laugh, love for life, his kindness, strength and his patience.


Beloved husband of Mary Ann (Farina) Marr. Loving father of Courtney Rose Ventresco and her husband, Nicholas, of Walpole. Cherished Papa of Michael John Ventresco and Adelina Camille Ventresco. Brother of Patricia Brown of Florida, Sandra Alefantis of Salem, Massachusetts, and the late Andrew "Roy" Marr. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his other “daughters,” Laura and Ashley.


A celebration of life will be held on May 4, 2022.  Please email celebrationoflife.marr@gmail.com if you would like to participate.


In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Michael Marr may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in honor of Dr. Joseph Franses and his work in hepatocellular carcinoma research. Donations can be made online at https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate (please select the tribute tab) or mailed to Meagan Coons in the MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks may be made payable to Mass General Cancer Center. Please note Michael Marr the memo line.  Or to the Walpole Senior Center, c/o Walpole Council on Aging, 60 South Street, Walpole, MA 02081.  Or to Care Dimensions, 333 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

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How he loved being around family. He kept saying to me
We have to have this Christmas party this year.We didn’t have it last year(Covid).. I said Mike it’s already being put together.He loved being with family. No matter how much pain he was in he would never let any one know.
I miss our phone calls🥲
ILove and miss you Michael❤️

Dede Celona 😥💔 May 3 2022 8:20 AM

Everyone has things in there life they would change but I would never change Michael being my cousin and being in my life from paradise park to Arlington boys club to Hanscom Air Force base to just hanging out he was always guaranteed to make you laugh so glad I was able to talk to him the last 3 weeks every day sorry for your loss I will never forget him

NickC Apr 12 2022 8:20 PM

Mr. Tracy Brown Apr 7 2022 10:01 AM

I always had a great relationship with Michael, he was always so much fun to be with. I will miss him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Betty Grose Apr 6 2022 2:11 AM

Whether it was on the golf course or playing pool or just sitting around at a bar-b-que Mike made you laugh just by watching him laugh. We all enjoyed a good laugh whenever we got together. Always enjoyed swapping e mails that had to do with funny topics. Thanks for the memories.

Mickey O'Neill Apr 1 2022 5:08 PM

So sorry for your loss. Mike was a good man who will be missed!

Beth Oneill Apr 1 2022 4:59 PM

So sorry for your loss Michael was a true Hanscom Air Force Base friend

Mike Casoli Apr 1 2022 2:41 PM

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