Mark S.'s Story
Mark S. Bouchard, Jr. went home to the Lord on Friday, September 29, 2017. Mark was the Founder, Director and Owner of Chestnut Street Sober Living in Portland, Maine. His mission was to offer support, strength and hope to struggling addicts. Before founding Chestnut Street, Mark was the Housing Director for Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, ME and a volunteer at the Scarborough Maine Police Department's opiate treatment program, also know as the angel program. In addition to his tireless work at Chestnut Street, Mark was a full-time student at SMCC, University of Southern Maine.
If you knew Mark and called him a friend, there's little to say that you don't already know. He was a man of integrity, a man of his word, a man you count on for anything at anytime no matter the personal cost. He was a son who wanted to make his mother proud, a brother who wanted his younger siblings to be happy. He was, at his core, a helper. If you are a parent of a child struggling with addiction or an addict yourself, Mark loved you even without knowing you. His heart was enormous, and sometimes he carried way too many people in it, but that is how he wanted to live his life. He helped when others wouldn’t, he cared when others didn’t. The lives Mark touched are forever changed, and the love you so freely gave to others will live on.
There are no words for the grief your family and friends have now but there is comfort knowing that where you are there is love and peace and rest and therefore, our broken hearts will rest, too.
Mark is survived by his mother, Nancy Bouchard of Methuen; his brother, Chris Bouchard of Methuen; and sister, Emma Bouchard of Methuen and Machias, Maine; his father, Mark S. Bouchard, Sr. of North Andover and Tampa, Fla.; cousins, Evan and Sabrina Ralph; grandmothers, Rose Bouchard and Carole Carr; aunts and uncles, Tony and Kelley (Griffin) Denaro, Patrick and Shannon Griffin, Andy Ralph and Ally, Michael Bouchard, Dan Bouchard, Bob and Laurence Bouchard, Gayle (Bouchard) and Bill Pannorelli, Denise and Joe Petrowski, Deanna and Matt Dennis; cousins, Ashley Bouchard, Samantha, Will and Katie Schimmoeller, Stefanie and Crystal Florence, Dan, Adam and Tyler Bouchard, Meghane, Justine and Lucas Bouchard, Jessica, Alyssa and Morgan Petrowski, Craig, Connor and Chase Griffin; best friends, Shawn Danahy, Ryan O’Connor and Niko Kattar; the sober community of Portland; and countless friends who are more like family. Mark was predeceased by grandfathers, Robert Bouchard, Sr., and Bernard Griffin, Sr.
Service at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm Street, Andover, MA, at 12 p.m. and a life celebration at Merrimack Valley Country Club, 210 Howe Street, Methuen, MA, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017. There are no formal calling hours but an opportunity to offer condolences at either service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Mark’s name to a charity of your choosing.
Published on  October 6, 2017