Mark A. Wayland, age 65, of West Chester, PA, passed away peacefully after a long battle with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) on Wednesday April 13, 2022 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA.
Mark is survived by his wife, Anna Wayland (Harkins) and children, Stephen and Lindsey Wayland. He is also survived by his family including his mother, Virginia Wayland; brother, David Wayland and wife Carole; sisters, Susan Blanchard and husband Jack, and Lisa Carpenter and husband Robert, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Donald Wayland and his nephew, Patrick Wayland.
Mark was born on January 28, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware to Donald L. and Virginia L. Wayland (Wadsley). He is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and the University of Delaware, he received his MBA from Eastern University. Mark worked as a chemist and product manager at Quaker Chemical Corporation for over 32 years. Mark married Anna, the love of his life, on June 20, 1987.
His family remembers him as a kind, patient and supportive father who devoted himself to his family. In every way he was the heart of the family. From working on projects around the house to beach trips, family vacations and scout adventures, Mark was constantly there for his family. He shared his athleticism and great love of the outdoors through skiing, hiking, camping, and water sports with his children. He was actively involved in both of his children’s lives through scouting and various activities. During the course of his disease he never lost his ability to give the best hugs in the world.
Mark was an accomplished racquetball player, exercise enthusiast, a lover of classic rock, smooth jazz, and a good joke. He was always the energy in the room, the life of the party and made everyone laugh with his stories and stupid jokes. He always made people feel like one of the family and he will be in our hearts forever.
The family would like to share their appreciation to the staff at The Pocopson Home for the incredible care they have shown to Mark during his time there.
A celebration of Mark’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2022 beginning at 10:30am. The service will be held at Paoli United Methodist Church, 81 Devon Road, Paoli, PA 19301. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) https://www.theaftd.org/support-aftds-mission/ or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration