Spruce Hill community leader Mark Wagenveld passes away at 73

January 30, 2018

Mark Wagenveld photographed in Clark Park in 2011 (Photo from Spruce Hill Community Association Facebook page).

UPDATE (2/1/2018): A memorial service for Mark Wagenveld will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church at 412 Pine St. Visitation will be from 9:45-10:45 a.m., with a service to follow at 11 a.m.

Longtime Spruce Hill community leader and retired Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Mark Wagenveld passed away on Saturday at the age of 73.

We got to know Mark in his role as president of the Spruce Hill Community Association and a mentor of sorts who took an interest in West Philly Local soon after we began publishing in 2010. He always had solid news tips and words of encouragement for us.

We also know him as the driving force behind the May Fair in Clark Park and the Halloween Parade. Mark became active in community work soon after his retirement from the Inquirer in 2005, according to Barry Grossbach, his friend and colleague in the Spruce Hill Community Association.

“Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate a person’s contribution or importance while they are around,” Grossbach wrote. “Not so with Mark. Everyone knew what he did and what he meant to our community. And everyone will be the poorer for his absence.” 

Mark also served on the boards of City School and the Association for a More Just Society.

“He seemed to be everywhere,” said Grossbach, who also mentioned Mark’s volunteer efforts planting trees with UC Green. It was there he met Winnie Harris, the community leader who was killed at home during a robbery last February. Mark helped lead the community efforts to find her alleged killers, according to a detailed obituary in the Inquirer.

Mark died after a 6-month battle with brain cancer. He is survived by Terry Mond, his wife of 30 years.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Diane Adler Says:

    Mark was a great guy. I will miss him. Condolences to Terry. His death is a huge loss to our community. RIP

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