Obituaries 12-20-2016

Mark R. Saewert longtime fixture of Charles Street 7-Eleven

Mark R. Saewert of Weston passed away in his home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

Mr. Saewert’s customers at the Charles Street 7-Eleven on Beacon Hill and later at the small market on Anderson Street loved him and looked forward to seeing him. In 35 years at the store, he saw them grow as the neighborhood changed. He realized, as G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as a root.”

Mr. Saewert was the beloved brother and best friend of Mary French of Charleston, S.C.; and Ann Weissler of Chapel Hill, N. C.; devoted uncle to Lewis and Rebecca French of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sam Weissler of Durham, N.C., and Kate Weissler of Washington, DC. He was the son of the late Russell and Catherine Saewert of Weston.

Mr. Saewert was a gentle soul who loved his family and friends. His father called him “the salt of the earth.” He was always ready and happy to help. He was a kind man who saw the value and potential in everyone, and he wanted to see them succeed in their endeavors. He was generous to an extreme to all who were lucky enough to know him. He knew that learning was understanding something you’ve known all your life, but seeing it in a new way. He always sent articles from the Wall Street Journal to his family to help them see the humor and irony in current events.

Mr. Saewert loved gardening in the backyard, growing vegetables and flowers. He also cherished concert performances and frequent summer trips to the New Hampshire seacoast region.

Donations in Mr. Saewert’s memory can be made to the Dictionary Project, P.O. Box 1845, Charleston, S.C., in honor of Mark’s love of words and support for this program. Donors are also asked to include a letter telling us how Mr. Saewert touched their lives. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. For additional information, tributes and guestbook, visit

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