Mark Gee Remembered on Fry Brook Trail

by | Aug 7, 2023

Above: The two new benches and three new trees planted this spring in memory of Mark Gee. Submitted photo

Mark Gee was a walker. He rode a bike around too, but he was a particularly avid walker, especially in his later years. The former state senator, EG town councilor and EG Fire District commissioner thought nothing of walking from his house on Middle Road to downtown East Greenwich, or to head in the other direction on Middle Road to the high school and the Fry Brook Recreation Area. 

Gee died in June 2022. To honor him, his wife, Dana Gee, decided a fitting tribute would be to add a couple of benches along the Fry Brook Recreation Area trail. 

“He was a furniture fanatic as well, so benches seem apropos,” Dana Gee said. Starting last summer, Dana worked with Andy Wade and Bill Pagliarini from the EG Community Services and Parks Departments on what and where on the trail would be best. They developed a plan to install two benches and three trees by the exercise pad there. 

Dana paid for the material and the town kicked in the labor. 

“The benches were delivered over the winter and Bill’s guys put them together,” Dana said. “They were so kind and did an amazing job. I think Mark would be pleased as [the benches] will last and are actually very comfy! 

One of the benches is dedicated to the memory of Mark; the other bench is “a seat for Mark’s childhood imaginary friends, Gowky, Sutter, Peas, & Mr. Hooten.” According to Dana, Mark was the youngest of four children but was far younger than his siblings, so he made up his own beloved companions.

So, if you happen to find yourself at Fry Brook and are in need of a break or just desirous of some quiet time with nature, there is now a spot to rest and perhaps contemplate long friendships, real and imagined. 

Read more about Mark HERE.

The Mark Gee benches at Fry Brook Recreation Area. Submitted photo

One of the benches is dedicated to Mark’s imaginary friends from youth. Submitted photo

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11 Comments

  1. Renu Englehart

    What a great tribute to an honorable man. Mark was always so interested in everything that happened in town.

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  2. David Caldwell

    I saw these the day they were installed; without knowing what they were. I went to take a look, and smiled when I read the inscriptions. At the time, I didn’t know the backstory about his imaginary friends.

    A fitting tribute to a man who loved EG, loved public service, and loved getting around without a motor other than his own energy!

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  3. bruce

    May God rest ye, Mark Gee. Walk on.

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  4. Julie temple

    I walk the trail on occasion and am happy to know this story. I will think of Mark, Dana, and their children from now on when enjoying the lovely park.

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  5. David osborne

    This is lovely!

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  6. Ming Lac

    Great tribute to Mark! Thanks Dana. Best wishes to your family!

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  7. Claudia M Smith

    Fitting memorial. Thank you Dana & children (who are now probably grown-ups!). We’re still enjoying the Patriotic Party Bot !!

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  8. Peter H. Gross

    Loved him and his dinosaur truck!

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  9. Linda

    Wonderful!! Where is Fry Brook Trail?

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Good question! Fry Brook Recreation Area is a relatively new park (for walking or running primarily – but also with that exercise area where the new benches are) at the very end of Avenger Drive, past the the football and baseball fields.

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  10. caryn CORENTHAL

    This is a wonderful tribute to a man who cared so much about our town and state. I did not know him, but I appreciate his service. I also appreciate Dana’s service to our town especially our schools. May his memory be a blessing.

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