Mark Edmond Hickey

Born: Wed., Nov. 17, 1943
Died: Fri., Jan. 4, 2013

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Mark Edmond Hickey, age 69, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at St. Mary''s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. Mr. Hickey was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 17, 1943 to the late Edmond Daniel Hickey and Margaret Schweitzer Hickey. He graduated from Salesian High School in Detroit, Michigan, received a Bachelor''s Degree from St. Benedicts College in Atchison, Kansas and later his Master''s Degree from St. Francis in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He served his country from 1961 until 1964 in the United States Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On May 20, 1967 he married the former Marilyn Jean Smith. All of his working career was spent in Labor Relations on contract negotiations, arbitration and strike management, most recently as Senior Partner and Managing Director with Management Support Services, Inc. as of which he continued to consult on after retirement. After growing up and primarily living in Michigan, they moved to their home on Lake Oconee in 2007. He had many hobbies including playing hockey, bike riding, music, reading, trivia and photography. Mark was an active and faithful member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife Marilyn of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by a daughter, Kelly Hickey of Chicago, Illinois; two sons, Kevin Hickey and wife Jennifer of Marietta, Georgia and Ed Hickey and wife Eden of Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Molly Martin and husband Thomas of Plymouth, Michigan and Patricia Hickey of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sister-in-law, Patricia Smith of Bradenton, Florida; three grandchildren, Emma, Caroline and Teddy Hickey; a number of nieces and nephews and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joel T. Hickey.

A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Father G. Philip Ryan officiating. The Knights of Columbus will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons Funeral Home. The Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. and the Wake service will be at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family request any memorials be made to the Knights of Columbus, c/o Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642, or Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, c/o Fr. Scott Donahue, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607-2906. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Tim & Jan Wagner
   Posted Sun January 06, 2013
We've known Mark and his family for so many years and have wonderful, extremely amusing memories of him; the stories we could tell! Our prayers and condolences to Marilyn, his devoted wife of many years, and to his children, Kelley, EJ, and Kevin and the grandchildren Mark loved so well. We picture Mark in death as he was in life: in Heaven now, ordering breakfast, chatting up the waitress and those in the tables around him. After breakfast he will take a long walk and get acquainted with everyone he meets: "Hello! How are you today? Well, I'm just fine, thank you. You know, I just arrived here yesterday..." Not for Hickey the sorrow of death. For him, death is simply the next great adventure. We pray that he enjoys it as much as he did his life.

Patricia Cagney
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
I want to let you know how sad I am to hear of Mark's passing. My sympathies to my dear cousin in law, Marilyn and all the kids. If you weren't so far away I would be there remembering Mark with you all. I will have a Mass said here in Jackson and I will keep you all in my prayers. Love, Pat (Murray) Cagney

Laura Rau
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
I only know Mark through his wonderful daughter Kelly. She and I became fast friends when I moved to Chicago and I cherish her friendship and know that the amazing woman she is is a direct result of the great foundation and parental guidance provided by both her Mother and Father. I am sending all of the Hickey family and friends my deepest sympathy and take comfort in knowing they will be reunited for eternity in due time. With much love - Laura Rau

The faculty and staff of Vanderbilt CSQOR
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Ed and Eden, Dr. Penson as well as the Center's faculty and staff extend our heartfelt condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. The Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research (CSQOR) team

Mike & Connie Boyle
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Marilyn & Family , We are so sorry we are unable to attend Mark's funeral.Connie had some tests today and surgery on Wednesday. Mark and I have been friends for about 60 years and I will miss him greatly. He loved his wife and children and grand children and was an all around good guy. Mike & Connie

Wendy Wagner Sims
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
I have so many wonderful memories of the time I have spent with Mr. Hickey and his family over the years. When I think of Mr. Hickey I can't help but smile at all of the fun times we have had with him. He will truly be missed! I offer my prayers to all of the Hickey family. Our OLQM friends are the best and will always remain dear to me and the rest of the Wagner family.

Gene and Ann Marie McShea
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Pat and family, Our sincere condolences to all of you at this difficult time. It was a pleasure to spend a little time with Mark in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Most sincerely, Gene and Ann Marie

Robert W. Harris
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
My heartfelt sympathies go out to family and friends of Mark. I had been with him only once since college, but I always enjoyed his personality greatly.

Kate Giblin Fletcher
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
I was saddened to hear about Mr. Hickey. Mrs. Hickey, EJ, Kevin and Kelly you have all been in my thoughts and prayers very often these past few days. I still have vivid memories of Mr. Hickey, in the OLQM gym~ and he is smiling. I hope you all can find some comfort in the wonderful memories you have. We haven't talked in years, but thinking of you now and always. My mother also wants to let you know she is praying for all of you. Sincerely, Kate (Giblin) Fletcher

Mark and Katy Wagner
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Katy and I were so sorry to hear of Mr. Hickeys passing. He was such a wonderful, caring and funny guy. Our thoughts are with the Hickey family during this difficult time. He will truly be missed by many. Mark and Katy Wagner

Anita & Pat Mitchell and Reta Schafer
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Our heartfelf condolences to the family

Jason Burkman
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
I will always remember my times with Mark Hickey both in Munster, IN and his son Kevin's wedding. We had some unique conversations and hockey banter, all in good fun. He was a fun guy to be around and I know he loved his whole Irish crew from wife, Marilyn to sons Ed and Kevin to daughter Kelly and his three grandchildren and all his other relatives. I will miss 'ol Mark...My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hickey family. God Bless, Jason "DOG" Burkman

Leah Mitchell
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Mrs. Hickey and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He was a very special man. I will remember him fondly and miss our telephone conversations.

Bill & Carolyn Brownfield
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
Marilyn: It was a shock to hear of Marks's passing. He and I shared many great moments while on the OLQM Dad's club. He was a great straight man with a fast come-back sense of humor. He was also a caring and inspirational father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Brownfield's