In Memory

Mark Ainis

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02/08/14 03:10 PM #1    

David Keeshin

Mark was a great friend through high school, college and beyond.  His cheerful attitude and great sense of humor is sorely missed.   

Mark passed away June 2, 2010 after a long battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma.  He is survived in his immediate family,  by wife, Shelly and his daughters Aliza, Rebecca and Ayrn.





02/14/14 08:31 AM #2    

Robert Crawford

Mark was a sweet, shy man, always open and friendly.  May he rest in peace.

06/02/14 11:47 PM #3    

John O'Connor

I'll light a candle and say a prayer for his family on this 4th anniversary of his passing. I remember Mark, and 2 favorite gymnastics buddys workin hard to perfect their routines during winter seasons at the HS. 

06/15/14 08:10 AM #4    

Peter Murao

We met on the gymnastics team at ETHS and he became one of my closest high school friends. He loved kung fu movies and we spent more than a few nights going to watch Bruce Lee flicks at the Howard theater.

We trained together, rode those yellow buses all over the Suburban League together, went to Coach Fontana's summer camp together and then ended up at Indiana University together. Mark worked hard and made himself an excellent gymnast. He decided to stop gymnastics at IU but still came to our meets and we remained really good friends. Whenever one of us felt a little homesick, especially that first year, we would hook up late at night in one of our dorms and it was like being back in Evanston.

Mark was a really funny guy, and an extremely talented musician. He could improvise almost anything he heard on the piano. We were out one day and came across an idle piano in a hotel. Mark sat down to play the Scott Joplin ragtime song from "The Sting" that was so popular at the time and drew a big spontaneous crowd.  I wished I could play like that.

I moved away and we saw each other infrequently after college. I had the chance to do lunch with Mark and David Keeshin in downtown Chicago not long before he passed away. I cherish that lunch. I miss you a lot Mark. You dismounted way too early from this life but you are never forgotten; RIP dear friend.

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