Marc Alexander Ball Nied died unexpectedly in Aiken, S.C., on February 20. He was born in 1960 in Summit, N.J. He attended Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and graduated from Hunter College in New York City. More recently, he was awarded his Master Gardner certification.
Marc lived in Norfolk and in Aiken. He was a lifelong equestrian. As a child, he competed in dressage events, hunter-jumper competitions, and point-to-point races and hunted with the Essex Fox Hounds. He particularly loved fox hunting and during his adult life was involved with the Aiken Hounds, the Camden Hunt, where he had been awarded his colors, the Old Chatham Hunt Club, and the Saxonburg Hunt. He also followed beagles and bassets with the Sandanona Hare Hounds.
Marc’s energy and enthusiasm were contagious and engaged those around him. He was passionate about gardening and garden design and in recent years made an annual pilgrimage to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. He loved antiques, bridge and animals, having bred two litters of Labrador retriever puppies
Marc was generous of spirit and often one of the first to volunteer to help out. His contributions to silent auctions were legendary and helped raise funds for not-for-profit organizations he supported. He was known for his energy and enthusiasm, his quick wit, his easy smile, his brilliant blue eyes and his dapper appearance. He was a gentleman and has gone away too soon.
Marc was predeceased by his father, John, and his brother Ted. He is survived by his mother, Barbara, of Savannah, Ga.; his brother Kenn and his family of Olympia, Wash.; his godson Henry Stanton of New York; his beloved 13-year-old Labrador named Sapphie; and many dear friends. Marc was a member of the Church Club, the New England Society and the University Club, all of New York; the Green Boundary Club of Aiken; and the Norfolk Country Club. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Marc’s name to the National Sporting Library (nationalsporting.org) or the Countryside Alliance Foundation (www.countryside-alliance.org).