Gloucester, MA — Mark B. Godfried, age 77, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2012. Mark was born on August 23, 1935, he was the cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried. Mark grew up in Newton and Brookline and was a graduate of Brookline High School.
Mark continued his education at Bates College; earning his Bachelor’s Degree.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on April 24, 1958 and went right into Officer’s Training School, starting his duties as an Ensign. Mark was commissioned as a Chief Navigation Officer aboard the USS Hank, serving off the coast of Vietnam and was part of history during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following six years of dedicated service, Lieutenant Mark Godfried was honorably discharged on August 8, 1963, returning home to his family.
Upon his return from active duty, Mark went to work for his families restaurant, “Godfried’s Home Bakery,” a local landmark located on Rte. 1 in Saugus. This is where Mark met his present wife Stella “Starr” Michelson and the couple married in 1975. Mark and Starr moved to Magnolia in 1979 where they raised their only son, Andrew, Mark’s pride and joy.
Everyone who knew Mark would agree that Gloucester was the place for Mark to live because even as a youngster he had “fishing” in his blood. after leaving the navy, Mark did his recreational fishing on his boat the Glaucus, and for more than 15 years he Commercially fished on the Stella G. Mark left the ocean Commercially in the early 90's First working for his dear friend Gerald Abrams at Fresh Water Fish Company in Boston. While working within the entire business, he specialized in the accessing and exporting of bluefin tuna to Japan before working exclusively with Bluefin tuna as Mark and Gerry worked together at FWF Tuna in 1998. With Mark and Gerald’s knowledge of the industry, their company soon expanded to where they were exporting bluefin Tuna all over the world. Mark is one of the few responsible for the development of the Italian Bluefin tuna industry in Sardinia.