Mark Pluff , 56 , of Jamaica, VT. passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2018 . Beloved son of Mary and the late Robert E. Pluff. He leaves behind his wife Joanne and their daughter Grace of Grafton, VT. He is survived by, his mother Mary of Canaan, CT and also leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters: James Pluff of CO, Brian Pluff of Nantucket, MA and Christopher Pluff and his wife Kelley of Newfane, VT; and their 2 daughters Laura and Emily, Ann-Marie Plank of Charlotte, VT and her daughters Karla Plank and Margo Casco and husband Caleb, and Elizabeth Cipolla and her husband Donald of Torrington, CT.
Mark attended Bement School in Deerfield, MA., the Stratton School in Stratton, VT. and graduated from Leland & Gray High School in 1980.
Mark was very good with his hands and was an experienced carpenter, working for various contractors in the area including his friend Scott Velsur for many years. He was currently working as a painter and was enjoying working with his hands again.
Mark loved skiing until knee injuries kept him off the slopes and he was excited that his daughter Grace was learning to ski on his home mountain of Stratton. They had many lively discussions about skiing on the mountain during the ski season.
Mark loved muscle cars and his first love was his ‘70 GTO. He loved attending local car shows including the Manchester Car Show. His eyes lit up when he saw classic muscle car in perfect condition.
Mark took pleasure watching sports including football and the Patriots. However, hockey was his passion. He loved the Boston Bruins and had recently begun to familiarize his daughter with the Bruins history and teach her all aspects of the game. In later years he began to play golf and was on the Stratton Golf League for some years. There was much frustration involved in learning the sport and often much swearing! Mark also enjoyed playing pool and was part of the Brattleboro Pool League for many years. He was a great player and valued the technical aspects of the game. He was always willing to share his knowledge of the game and spent many happy evenings playing pool at the West Townshend Village Café with his friends.
Mark loved Rock and Roll music, nothing made him happier than to blast his music loud and hang out with his friends. He enjoyed listening to music with his daughter and immersed her in it from a very early age and nothing pleased him more than that her first passion was the Beatles.
Many of his friends remember the “House on the Hill” that he lived in with his brother Topher and later his wife Joanne. Many people remember playing pool and fuzz ball there late into the night. He loved the galley kitchen at the house and was a “Master of the Grill”. Many fun days and nights were spent with good food, spirits and friends and one of the most creative croquet courses ever seen. Those times will live on in Joanne’s memory and his many friends.
Mark was honest and you always knew where you stood with him. Because of that honesty Mark would be the first to admit he had some hard struggles over the last decade. His love for his daughter Grace was a strong motivator in his hard-fought efforts in the last 5 years to overcome these struggles. In the last two years his efforts seemed to be paying off and a light had returned to his eyes in the last year that had not been there for some time.
His daughter Grace was the light of his life and he cherished his time with her very much and watching her fall in love with the things he loved. His wife Joanne was his rock and support system that was always there for him. To make Mark laugh was a great experience, he appreciated dry wit and was known to be a great storyteller himself with a life of accumulated adventures to regale you with. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Pluff c/o River Valley Credit Union, PO Box 8366, North Brattleboro, VT 05304.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 27th from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Newbrook Fire Department.