Mark Plaia

Discussion in 'In Memoriam' started by roadster27, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. roadster27

    roadster27 True Classic

    Springfield, OR
    Our good friend Mark Plaia passed away this morning about 9am.

    Carol said that he had several really good days recently, and was able to spend some time in conversation with his brother and some local friends before things took a turn for the worse this weekend.

    Mark was one of the most generous and kind people I have known, and I will miss him.

    Carol said there currently isn't a plan for a memorial service.

    I'll pass along any other information as I receive it.

  2. bbrown

    bbrown Bob Brown Moderator

    New Hampshire
    RIP Mark Plaia

    He was a good man who was generous with his knowledge and kind with his words.
    I had the honor to meet him first time at Mac's memorial service and 1 other time
    during one of my trips to the Seattle area. He will be greatly missed.
  3. Sport

    Sport Rolf Grumme


    Rest in Peace good buddy. Say Hi to our good friend MAC.

    I'll take my X out for a good long ride with all of the bits that I've gotten from you that you designed and provided for us X-Heads.

  4. jjay911

    jjay911 True Classic

    Its a sad day...
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  5. Brett

    Brett True Classic

    Molalla, Oregon

    Sad day that the X community lost such a brilliant contributor.
    Sad that I never got to meet him in person.
    Condolences to his family and all those close to him.
    Someday we will beat this disease that takes too many too soon...
  6. Kevin B (Asheville NC)

    Kevin B (Asheville NC) Administrator Moderator

    Asheville, NC
    RIP Mark, and GodSpeed...
  7. Col Haiku

    Col Haiku True Classic

    Mark was a kind and generous man. He never hesitated to share his knowledge and experience on the many occasions I would go to him with questions about the wonderful X I was fortunate to purchase from him six years ago. What a true gentleman he was... in every sense of the word. He and his wife are in my prayers. He is now in the loving arms of our Lord and may God rest his soul and give comfort to Carol.
  8. budgetzagato

    budgetzagato Administrator Moderator

    Olympia, WA USA
    Sad to hear...

    We'll miss him. :sigh:
  9. fastx19

    fastx19 Administrator Moderator

    Santa Clara, CA
    Live your life now...

    Mark Plaia, Dean, Steve and Greg would meet on a frequent basis at a restaurant to talk about Fiat and other such things.

    Over the past couple of years Mark was growing more and more excited about his retirement. He would talk about his excel spreadsheet showing when he and Carol could retire and go on a couple of driving trips they have always wanted to do. We all know how the X does not make a great long distance traveler, so he purchased a really nice Studebaker to make the trips in. Sadly, the only real trip he was able to make in the car was the trip from the original owner to his house. It was afterwords he found out about his cancer.

    All of their plans are now lost and it makes me want to cry...

    Mark was a good friend and someone I will miss quite a bit. For a number of us in the close local area, he will be missed at our lunches in Springfield.

    Live your life now, do not wait. You may not have the opportunity to do whatever you wanted to again.

  10. RIP Mark,

    Sad day...
  11. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

    Philadelphia, PA
    My condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.
  12. Ulix

    Ulix True Classic

    Stuttgart, Germany
    RIP Mark

    Mark was a mentor to me in many ways when I got back into the X in Seattle in the late 90s.

    A great man who will be greatly missed.
  13. socalx19

    socalx19 True Classic

    Laguna Hills, CA
  14. jeff pdx

    jeff pdx Low Mileage

    Portland OR
    Mark, Rest In Peace

    You will truly be missed at all Fiat gatherings.
    A pleasure to have known you.

    Carol, my condolences.

    Jeff Gebhard
  15. olerascal

    olerascal True Classic

    Damascus Oregon
    Amen to that Brother...

    I cry with you.

    Marko was gratified to know his illness
    inspired a mission of seeking a life change.
    With typical irreverent attitude (in a good way),
    he commented..."Well, got you off the marker!"
    He was able to see the change come to be.

    What a guy. He left the world a richer place,
    and I'm sure that brought him peace & personal fullfilment.
    He's happy, I'm sure of it.

    It is we who are sad for loosing his physical presence.
    But his memory will live on,
    and I thank him daily for the inspiration.
  16. rossofozini

    rossofozini True Classic

    South Australia
    My condolences to his family and friends

    Rest in peace Mr Plaia.
  17. spiderrey

    spiderrey spiderrey

    san dimas, ca
    Rest in Peace.
  18. abarth2litre

    abarth2litre 1800CC SOHC X1/9

    Tuckahoe, NY
    A good man

    he made our X experiences better
    The Gallo Family
  19. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Missouri, USA
    My condolences to Carol and the family

    Rest in peace Mark, you will be missed.
  20. sdlsaginaw

    sdlsaginaw Steven Lawson

    Saginaw, OR
    I'm happy to have the memory of going to pick up that Studebaker with Mark. He was really excited about it.

    I now have a couple of core 1500s to work with, so I'm looking forward to getting Marks Il Mela Verde back on the street again.


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