Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Mark 'Spiritbear' Tucker, Father of 'TNT' Tucker, Passes!


Very sad news to report.  Mark "Spiritbear" Tucker, Sr. (right) who promoted boxing cards at the Carroll County's AG Center's Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD for his son, Mark "TNT" Tucker, passed away on June 3.  He was 54.

Mr. Tucker, Sr. had been battling a heart ailment for about two years. Under the banner of the Maryland Boxing Club, he promoted exciting cards headlined by his son, a light heavyweight and former NABO Youth and USBO Light Heavyweight champion.  Tucker also trained his son and worked his corner in his bouts except for Tucker's last contest in February of this year. Brother Nazeem Richardson came from Philadelphia, PA and worked Tucker, Jr.'s corner on that evening.

Mark Tucker, Sr. and I had a wonderful working relationship and I considered him a good friend in this business.  My email address is full of not only updates on those cards but some very inspirational messages he would send to me and others.  When Mark returned to promoting his son in November of 2013 after an almost two year absence, it was a great joy to see.  It had been a tough time for the family because his other son was in a car accident.  Fortunately he has recovered.   So to see him back in action was great.

I will definitely miss driving up to Westminister to see him and the cards he put on.  More than that, however, I will miss a man who was as nice a person to me as anyone has been in this business.  My deepest condolences to the Tucker Family.






8 comments:

Anonymous said...

RIP Mark.
He was a good guy.

Anonymous said...

Very nice words Gary. I did not know the man but met Mark a few times. Saying a prayer for the family and may Mr. Tucker rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Rip

Anonymous said...

Great guy, gone but never forgotten. Rip gone too soon bro.

Anonymous said...

Very sad news. May he Rest In Peace. Fight Doctor (J. Spears)

Anonymous said...

Sad news I always enjoyed working with Mark. We would have disagreements but Mark would always work things out with me. I will miss working with Mark at boxing shows. Rest in peace Mark

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed working with Mark. He cared deeply about his son's career and had his best interest at heart 100% of the time. I'll always remember our conversations and when you liked something I had to say and responded with "yeah... yeah"

God bless

2sharp McCombs said...

Rest in peace Mr. TUCKER