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Marcel Sigman

Marcel Andre Sigman

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Obituary

Marcel Andre Sigman,79, of Acton, MA, died peacefully on December 28, 2020 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland, MA. Mark was the son of the late Arthur and Aurore (Rousseau) Sigman of Lowell, MA. Mark was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife Marie (Ciaraldi) Sigman of 50 years and his two proud sons and their respective families: Eric and his wife Shiva of Newton, MA and his children Ellison and Emory; and Nathan of Mumbai, India his wife Tui and their children Lucas and Oliver.

Mark was a proud graduate and valedictorian of Keith Academy in Lowell, MA. He attended St. John's Seminary and subsequently spent two years as a priest in Roxbury and Marlboro, MA. He then pursued a doctorate in philosophy at BU, he also worked as a counselor at Boston University Metropolitan College where he coordinated educational opportunities to prisoners within the prison system.

After leaving Boston University, Mark joined Digital Equipment Cooperation where he served in a variety of senior management positions and was highly regarded and respected by his colleagues. His leadership and organizational skills were instrumental to his successes in Human Resources, Finance and Worldwide Sales. During his time at Digital he was selflessly proactive in advocating for and advancing the careers of women and minorities.

After retiring from Digital in 2001 with a large send off from so many of his beloved friends and colleagues, Mark turned his energies back to his passion for volunteer work and helping the community. He worked tirelessly for over ten years with the Household Goods, Inc. in Acton, MA, which is a non-profit organization that provides household goods to those in need. During his years of service, he took on many roles from carpenter to mover to President, Treasurer, and Director, pioneering the expansive growth of the organization. The Board of Directors have honored Mark with the title of "Director Emeriti" for his years of service and dedication.

Mark also filled his life with a wide range of interests including history, gardening, nature, carpentry, genealogy, and cooking. He was a scholar and loved to give tours of his collection of old books, stamps, his garden and anything else that an unsuspecting guest would show interest in. He had eclectic taste in music. He volunteered as a youth soccer coach. He had a great command of several languages and was fluent in French and Latin. If you knew Mark, you undoubtedly have a memory of him making you laugh or convincing you that an impromptu fictional story was actual history. You also knew his big heart, infectious smile, boundless and disarming sense of humor, and creativity. His friends and family will always remember his integral role in the establishment of the Simian Society. He will be missed and remembered with love.

A celebration of life will be held this summer. Gifts can be made in Mark's name in the form of donations to Householdgoods.org in Acton MA, Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.org., or to the ACLU at https://action.aclu.org/give/now.

Full obituary can be read at https://www.actonfuneralhome.com/obituary-listing.
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Mimi

Posted at 12:20pm
Mark was a true inspiration for me as I began my "career" at Household Goods. He welcomed everyone around him, appreciated their talents, and brought out their best. And always, always with a twinkle in his eye and that knowing giggle - I can still hear it! Much love to the family he so completely adored - and thank you for sharing him with us for so many years.
 
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Mimi Posted at 12:21pm

Not sure why it's upside down! Sorry! Mimi Rutledge
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Priscilla Clark

Posted at 10:17pm
I so enjoyed working with Marc at Household Goods. We were co-moderators on a shift and his whacky sense of humor and ability to "go with the flow" no matter what happened were wonderful gifts to all who spent time with him. He was a true gentleman, scholar (and nut case!!!) Love you, Marc. Peace out.
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Laurie & Ron Schaefer

Posted at 09:45pm
When we think of Marc, his quip "... don't you like the food here?" is the first thought that comes to mind. It brings back memories of rainy Memorial Day picnics on the porch, festive holiday and birthday dinners and impromptu neighborhood get-togethers. For over 40 years, our friendship has continued through our boys growing up, us getting older and life changes. Marc brought Ron into Household Goods as a volunteer, just one of his contributions to us. Marc will be missed by all the Schaefers. Love, Laurie and Ron Schaefer
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Diane

Posted at 06:46pm
So very sorry to hear about Mark's passing. I have fond memories of Mark during the early days at Household Goods when it first opened at 530 Main St. We all loved his optimism and can do attitude! His leadership, compassion and mentoring stand out to me as his most treasured strengths. Sending love and blessings to Marie and family.
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Naomi Rosenfeld

Posted at 01:57pm
My condolences to Marc's family. What a beautiful light has dimmed. He welcomed me to Household Goods many years ago and his wise words of encouragement have stayed with me ever since. I'm sorry you have to say goodbye to him in this strange time of the pandemic.
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