Mark E. Woolam, age 72, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, February 26, 2023. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 23, 1950, to parents Kathleen and J. Donald Woolam. He grew up in Collinsville and graduated from Canton High School in 1968. While he lived in many different places throughout his life, he always called the small town of Collinsville his home.
Mark was a constant fixture at LaSalle Market where he could often be found sitting at the ice cream counter he built (his "office"), coffee in hand, with a smile for anyone who stopped to chat. A talented craftsman and frequent adventurer, he traveled across the country multiple times visiting friends and family, joining local carpentry and construction projects along the way. Many loved ones can count themselves lucky to have been gifted an original wood piece he turned on his lathe or carved by hand. He spent a number of years at “The Farm” in Greensboro, VT, where he made some of his fondest memories (and best stories) with his close friends. Mark had a great love and knowledge of the outdoors, and he spent much of the spring and summer months tending his vegetable garden or keeping meticulous care of the lawn at the Woolam homestead. He was rarely without good music and always willing to join you for a concert or live performance, be it near or far (Woodstock included). Mark was endlessly proud to be called brother, favorite uncle, and most especially, Dad. He will be fondly remembered for his good-natured humor, generous heart, and unfailingly optimistic outlook on life.
Mark leaves behind his daughter, Alexandra McGreal, and son-in-law Luke Johnson, of North Waterboro, ME; as well as his siblings (and their spouses): Christopher (Marion) Woolam of Albuquerque, NM; Virginia (Robert) Baker of Deerfield, MA; and Robert Woolam of Litchfield, CT; along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is predeceased by both parents, and his beloved dog, Oats.
There will be no services, though you are encouraged to give a bear hug to a loved one in Mark’s name. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mark’s honor to Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org/donate), an organization through which he built multiple homes for those in need.