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RESPECTFULLY REMEMBERING 'MR. MARIN'

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Farewell, Mark Marin.
Mark Marin came to Antilles School at the start of the 1979-1980 school year. I know because I happened to be a member of the senior class during his first year as headmaster of Antilles School. As a member of the Class of 1980, Mark Marin's first senior class to graduate at Antilles, I had a great deal of respect for the man. He was a man who respected individual thought and easily mentored students.
After my graduation, we met up at a variety of functions; yet, up until recently, 21 years after graduating I still found myself calling him "Mr. Marin" out of respect.
Mr. Marin's sudden departure was a shock. He will be missed. To his children, I can only say that as time passes, your fond memories will keep your father's spirit alive. To his wife, Jackie, be strong and let time do what it does best: heal. You have my shoulder to lean on when you need it, along with the shoulders of all of Mark's friends. We are here to support you and your family through this difficult period.
The circle of life is sometimes unfair, and the loss of a loved one is something no one is ever prepared to deal with; yet it is part of life. As we are born, so we must die. Dada Vaswani once said, "The greatest tragedy of man is that he thinks he has forever." Mark Marin left his mark on our community in ways we can only imagine. And he did it enjoying every minute of it. He touched the lives of countless children who passed through the doors of Antilles over his years as headmaster, and he is to be credited for his vision. Antilles School is where it is today because of Mark Marin.
Mark Marin's journey on the campus of Antilles School may have come to an end, but the legacy he has left behind will live on forever. The love for the man who influenced so many of today's business and community leaders will remain in our memories and hearts for our lifetimes. Rest in peace, Mr. Marin.
Vinod "Vinnie" Mohanani
Class of 1980
St. Thomas

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