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Discussion: Passing of a Friend

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Feb. 21, 2005
49 posts
Passing of a Friend
For those of you who are unaware, on Monday Feb. 14, 2005, Mark Mathews - agreat friend, outsatnding athlete, and super person- died of a heart attack. According to his family, the paramedics got to him within three minutes but there was nothing they could do to bring him back. Mark played senior softball with the Chicago Classics. The Chicago guys lost a great friend with his passing. Mark and I had been friends since his sophomore year in high school. In a service held In Kansas City it was gratifying to see so many of our classmates come to pay tribute to a special person. In the past three years Mark and I would get to visit in different cities around the country as we competed against Mark and the Classics. The last thing Mark said to me as I was leaving Las Vegas in Octoberwas to take care of myself and he would see me in Phoenix in February. It will be the first time Mark has missed an appointment with me. Those of us on the Kansas City Masters extend our condlances to his friends and family.
Feb. 21, 2005
Men's 50
179 posts
T. Burk: I played against some Chicago Guys in the SSWC Winter Nationals in Ft. Myers; great group of guys. Sorry you have lost your friend Mark; sounds like an incredible person. Amazing, we live every day not knowing of a tomorrow; only God knows our bounds. I know your heart will be real heavy the very first tourney you play & you look in his usual spot & it will be vacant. My prayers are with you.

Feb. 22, 2005
Men's 65
570 posts
I like Tater of Ga played in Ft. Myers against the Chicago team. A first class group of guysI will put in my prayers Mark's family and friends Hope to see some of the Chicago team this coming year.
Feb. 23, 2005
3 posts
Hello all, I became a member of the Chicago Classics in 2002. My team was a blend of my South side senior team and a group of "North siders" that no one from my team wanted to be paired with for a tournament team. From day 1 with the Classics, there was one person that went out of his way to make the South side infiltrators feel welcome. As the 2002 season went on, there were controversies and problems meshing together two teams not used to playing with each other. It was a difficult task at best with tempers and egos constantly getting in the way. Throughout that topsy-turvy season there was one constant of comraderie for all. MARK MATHEWS!!! He was always there for anyone who needed to vent...and vent we all did. As the season went on, we learned to be a team and focus on the job (tournament) at hand, culminating with the first World Championship of the Chicago Classics organization in Phoenix. There have been others since then, but no other team can claim to be the first. I am proud to say that I knew Mark Mathews, played with him, and considered him a true friend. I'm sure anyone who has had contact with Mark feels the same as me. I will miss you big man more than you know.
Jim Kupiec (kuuup22)
Feb. 28, 2005
49 posts
Tatterman, Jah#5, and KUUUP22. I apprceciated reading what you had to say about Mark. I will pass it on to his family. We just returned from Phoenix and had a short moment of silence for Mark before our first game. The weekend was perfect so I know Mark was watching.
T. Burk
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