- 68 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 25, 1947
- Place of birth:
New York, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 29, 2015
- Place of passing:
New York, New York, United States
|At this point in my birthday career a good gift is family and friends wishing you a happy day, Casey licking my hand or a steak dinner. -- Steven Paul Mark|
Steven Paul Mark was laid to rest on Monday, August 3, 2015
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of STEVEN PAUL MARK may be made to the Museum of the American Revolution, 123 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 253-6731: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/
"Steve, you are as much of us now as you have always been. There's no telephone to pick up but if I really listen carefully....
Funny how our conversations were like "jeopardy", I had the answers but you would always pose the right questions for them - ever the sage. Happy Birthday
"I miss you my good friend and may God bless you."
"Miss you Steve.
You will always be in my thoughts.
God Bless you and keep you safe."
"It's been a year yet it feels like yesterday that I got the devastating news. I miss you so much, but the fond memories get me through the tough times. I know you are with me in spirit and am grateful for that connection. Rest in peace!!!!!! Love you now and always - Janice"
"Steve...I miss you so very much and Judy has been rock solid since you left us. She inspires us all!
May God bless you , Judy and the Mark family.
"I miss you every day!! We did it Steve...I just got the paperwork and signing now. You won the case!! I know you did your magic from Heaven. Love you very much."
"Steve, I just miss you plain and simple! Our talks, friendship, Man I just miss you!!
"RIP my old friend, you earned it. You were a great lawyer and I appreciate all you did to help me in my life."
"As the editor of the Colgate SCENE class of 1969 notes, I will say on behalf of our class, that we remember Steve as a teammate, friend, and classmate."
May your soul ascend higher and higher. Your friendship and wisdom, especially in these turbulent waters, is sorely missed.
With gratitude having known you.
"Happy Birthday to you Steve! It is hard to believe that it has been a year since your passing. You were an exceptional friend and confidant to my father and you are deeply missed. Your memory will last a lifetime. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family on this day of remembrance."
"Happy Birthday Steve! I, too, miss your wit and charm, but most of all I miss our talks."
"Happy Birthday to one of the finest people I ever got to know. A day doesn't go by when I don't think of you and your wit, intelligence, and charm.
Good people who have a positive impact on your life are so hard to forget but always for good reasons. Tomorrow is your day and I'll be thinking about you friend. Perhaps light a candle definitely have a good cabet
You were always a shining light for all of us who worked with you. Great attitude, bright as could be - but beyond all that, a warm human being.
"Dear Steve, today is the 4th month anniversary since you left this earth. Casey and I miss you terribly - we sat in front of the fireplace with the first fire this fall/winter without you. Love, Judy (and Casey)"
"REUNION 2015, OUR 50TH. I somehow missed Judy Chang for most of the event. I sought her out several times after our arrival, but it was not to be. It appears that as suddenly as it started, the night was over. It was wonderful seeing so many old friends and "an absolute gas" if you were a puzzle freak, trying to piece together the face with the voice,with the time with the place etc. The best ice breaker was the wine, which lessened my inhibitions and simultaneously strengthen my visual acuity
as I was to meet "Julie" my classmate from Lincoln Elementary School -
The night , I felt was as Steve would have wanted it to be: filled with conversation and laughter, sudden recognitions and 50 years of reminiscing in great company and with great food. Then there was the tribute to Steven Paul Mark, a tribute to one of ours, the brains behind our website, the energetic force that along with the committee that brought this reunion to fruition and a man who had touched so many of us. I hope that at that this very special 50th Reunion that we took away a part of Steve's spirit and that it infused within us his integrity, his drive,with his eye on the prize and his humanity that he always doled out so effortlessly and gave so generously. I for one, hope that from that Reunion on that night, that I had been so anointed. And so the love like the tides roll back to the sea once more.
Steve- Much Love"
"Colgate Remembers Steve
I am the editor of the Colgate Class of 1969 notes published quarterly in the Colgate SCENE. I will be republishing info from this website to share with Steve's classmates and fellow alumni.
Steve was a heroic figure at Colgate. He came to Colgate gifted, full of promise. After the injury, it seemed he might never fulfill his potential. He did, even before he graduated. The former football star excelled in the classroom and remained fully engaged in all aspects of campus life.
I last saw him at our 40th reunion in 2009. I was proud to be paired with Steve at the start of the alumni parade up Broad St. I could not keep up with Steve in his wheelchair, and neither could the rest of us 60-somethings.
Steve, in his wheelchair, was ahead of the rest of us that day, and I think he was always like that."
"I worked with Steve at HBO and we all had a ball. Once a week he would get a foreign film, and me, Janet, Kathy and Steve would watch the film all afternoon at work. He turned me on to Giancarlo Giannini/Lina Wertmueller films, and I have a love of foreign films since then. He was so kind, loving and great in Business Affairs. I missed him when he left HBO and thought of him fondly. Eddie and I are so saddened from his passing. Goodbye old friend, you will always be in our hearts."
"Steve was so much more than my lawyer -- he was the person i called for anything that needed figuring out. I usually had to remind him to bill me, his generosity held no bounds - he would give time, energy, compassion and wisdom freely -an unusual quality in the hustle and bustle of NYC. What he lost in mobility he gained in strength of mind and it was evidenced by his feedback, vision, insight, integrity and character. Steve was a genius and a hero and handled life with such grace. We can only learn from and envy this man who is sorely missed.
And his hero was Judy."
I haven't heard the music
I'm left without a seat
And trying to trudge through
This ballroom's vast
And quiet emptiness
Begging for as little
As a whisper from you
Yes, You are missed"
"I did not know Steve well even though we were teamates for one year on the JV football team. He was the first string quarterback and I was an underweight defensive end. One scrimmage I sacked him for my only time, hitting him high and hard (for me). I watched him get up, go back to the huddle and call the next play. That is how I have always remembered Steve: getting up and calling the next play. My condolences to his family and friends."
"Linda and I were so saddened to hear of Steve's death. Although we had not seen each other in many years, we have so many fond memories of the time we spent together. He was so genuine, warm, funny and intelligent. To know him was truly to love him.
Linda and Neal Leynor"
"Steve was the most amazing courageous person I ever knew. And the most generous brilliant boss I ever had. We go back to William Morris Days then continued onto HBO. He adored his parents and his children and spoke so fondly of Judy. He will be forever in my heart and soul. Janet Alongi Baffi"
"Been working up to this for a while...here goes
My father was everything that has been described heretofore - hands down. Though I couldn't say personally, he was apparently as solid of a rock in his profession as anyone could expect (and then some). He could clearly schmooze with the best, in nearly any circle. I'll never forget when he chatted up my med school classmates at my graduation, causing one to come up to me to express his utter awe of the range and content of their conversation - he just couldn't believe that Dad was able to deftly take on any topic thrown his way (though being San Francisco, I eventually had to cut him off once political parties came up....)
That was his way - outstanding passion with intelligence to back it up. Dad was always good for a two hour phone call, especially when politics were involved. It pains me to think that he'll never get the chance to pursue his planned conquest in retirement, teaching history in high school and/college - he would have been outstanding. It more saddens me the most that my children won't have the opportunity to fully know the passion for learning and knowledge that he was able to impart to me, even though we were separated early on in my life. I will try to be his agent in this, but I know I could never quite inspire the awe I felt, and still feel, for the abilities of his mind.
I envy everyone for the time they had with him, because I never had enough. But I suppose we all feel that way.
To my father - may he always inspire us to our full potential.
His eldest son,
"Steve was one of my favorite patients and I got to know him over the years as I made house calls and saw him monthly on my way home from the office. He never let his quadriplegia get in the way of his great attitude. I learned a great deal from him and I will miss him terribly."
"Uncle Steve was the only one who knew what to say to make me feel better in the worst of times, and his excitement always made for the best of times. I loved when he would go into his angry New Yorker mode and outline a disjunctive before flashing the awesome ornery grin that he inherited from his father. His place was at the head of the family table, scotch glass in hand, regaling us with stories, angering us with political arguments in which he would classically switch sides in the middle of the conversation, and making us feel so loved, feel the magic of being a Mark.
My husband and I spent every Wednesday for over a year having dinner with Steve. We gained all kinds of historical knowledge, from family history, to New Rochelle, the 60s and civil rights, and American history. We looked up lists of Yiddish words and talked about which appeared most in family conversations. He told us about the latest news of his children, my cousins, and grandchildren, with immense pride, always.
We always looked forward to the next time we could see Uncle Steve. He passed on the day we moved back from Germany, and it pains me to no end that we will never have one last visit. But our last visit was one I will always remember. He had just had his first foot amputated, and we visited him with his older brother, Bob. Steve had several jokes prepared, along the lines of "not a leg to stand on," and as he saw that Bob was feeling some sorrow for Steve's situation, Steve started telling the jokes. His grin got bigger and bigger as he got all of us laughing, and chiming in. And that was my Uncle Steve - filling a room with laughter and joy when others would tend towards feeling down.
I wish he was here to do that for us now."
"We are so very sorry to hear of Steve's sudden passing. It just doesn't seem fair. He has left us too soon.
Steve was our inspiration. Steve taught us how to deal with adversity, and look on the bright side of life.
He was interested in all things historical, and we especially appreciated his interest in our travels and tales.
Dear Steve, you have embarked on the ultimate journey. Travel well.
Anne & Frank"
"As an entrepreneur and a filmmaker what I have always cherishes is that I get to choose who I work with. I like not just talented creative folks, but good, thoughtful people who add something to this world. Steven Paul Mark was one of those people whose collaborations I valued. He wasn't just my entertainment attorney, but a friend and wonderful person. So I'm heartbroken that he has passed.
In the moment, but also in looking back, I will value our many conversations, whether it be about his forays during the infancy of the cable industry, negotiations about Fair Use and how to draft the best contracts, his fiction writing techniques & published sci-fi novels, his affection for American History, or where to get the best brisket sandwich in NYC. He was always a great raconteur and I will miss him in my own life, but also what he has added to so many other people."
"I worked with Steve at the William Morris Agency and he was my attorney for sometime afterward. Needless to say, he was a giant of man. I, myself could not have gone through what he did and come out so perfect. Never met anyone who dealt with life with such an attitude under such circumstances. He made the most of what life had to offer. Much more than most. He will be missed and thought of often."
We can't tell you how sorry we are, on the passing of dear Steve.
You are in our hearts and prayers.
Edith & Denise Pidgeon
A life well-lived
leaves it's gentle pattern
on the hearts of all...
And the world is a lovelier place
because one person
touched it with warmth, and goodness, and grace.
Jessica St. James"
You were a light for us in dark places. A great friend. An inspirational, mischievous, beautifully passionate human being, who showed us the pen is mightier than the sword and laughter heals all wounds.
Travel safe, dear friend!
Fran and Peter
"Steven - today is your funeral and I have so many things I want to say, but where do I begin? I will miss you every day of my life, but you already know that. I love you and I am so grateful for the time I have known you and counted you as a dear friend, but you know that too. You were, are and will continue to be my inspiration but I think most of your friends and family feel that way, so probably no surprise there. Not being an eloquent writer, like you were, what can I possibly say that can express the hole I am feeling, the sadness, the loss??? I know you are in heaven, I know you will continue to be with me, guide me, support me, protect me and love me. I just wish I could hear your voice, see your smile, share a story or a moment, get a hug one more time. Life is precious and I will always be grateful for the time I had with you. You will live on in the memories and love of your friends and family and you will be dearly missed. May you find peace and happiness in Heaven. Maybe you can even chat with some of your historical heroes and debate what should have and could have been. I love you!!!!!"
"I have know Steve for many many years. I have walked through the muck and mire of so many difficult projects and if not for steves guidance I am not sure any of them would have made it! He has not only helped me professionally, but most recently he helped me through a difficult negotiation personally. Steve was always my go to guy for guidance and out of the box thinking. My only regret will be that I am unable to attend his service today. Rest in peace my friend the lights of the entertainment world will be a little bit dimmer now."
"still remember our first trip to NYC, when Steve drove us through Times Square at night as we gasped in amazement at the view through the sunroof. Stave patiently sat in the rear of the Theatre when we first saw Wicked, refusing to allow us to give up our seats. Steve's better than any tour-guide trip through Harlem will always be remembered, as will Steve's incredible knowledge of the history in/around Kingston, NY area. When our dream of attending an Anderson Cooper taping was dashed due to taping cancellation, Steve's made it happen. I will always remember Steve's wit, his wry sense of humour, his wisdom, his political acumen, the twinkle in his eyes...and above all Steve's supportive, caring, thoughtfulness. I have never met anyone so passionate about American History...but I have to say (as a Canadian)....Steve, we never did resolve who won the War of 1812."
"A Brother of My Heart
I never wrote a poem to you
Never did I do
The things I wanted to
The book I never
The mile I never
While you a thousand times
Now preserved in history’s earthy crust
Where right and wrong
Converge in mending grace
This sleepy hollow place
Where you are
(and I can’t make a rebuttal)
Distant soldiers call your name
Your revolutionary history fame
In a life before this
As a field of daisies grows on ancient ground
It grows for you
Till you come
And softly kissing you
Takes you from a world of busy lives
And empty schemes
To some harbour (with a u)
Where all great adventures begin
There you’ve sailed
Beyond the Hudson
Beyond the Potomac
Beyond unimaginative reach
To amuse the angels with your devilish smile
Brother of my heart
"I can do no more than echo what all of Steve's other good friends have said, because it is clear that we all feel the same way about him. My wife Carolyn and I are devastated. Steve was a rock, and so much a part of our lives. I knew I could - and did - call him any time and get the advice and guidance I needed on any subject. He just always seemed to have the right answer. I talked to him several times a week and can hardly believe that I will no longer be able to do that. We all feel so achingly for Raleigh and Judy and Casey and Steve's brothers and the rest of his family. But I think the greatest tribute to this extraordinary guy is that we each personally feel such a hole in our own lives now that he is gone."
"I'm mostly speechless with sadness. Steve was the most wonderfully unusual and extraordinary man I have ever met.
In place of inadequate words, I have uploaded eight of my favorite photographs of him."
"I was only with Steven a few times years ago, but he made a deep impression me. I found him to be warm, personable, smart & down
But, I know of him over the years from my son, Bob, who loved him
dearly & respected & appreciated his friendship. He will be sorely missed"
"I sit here devastated tonight at the news of the loss of my dear friend Steve Mark. I have so many wonderful memories of Steve that I could probably write a book and it is safe to say that I was inspired by his wit, intelligence and loyalty more than I have ever been before.
Steve Mark – Visionary:
My first memory of Steve was when he called the Senior Team at Comedy Central into a Conference Room and said, “there is this new thing coming and it is going to be really big and we need to be a part of it . . . . it is called the Internet. From there our friendship blossomed over late-evening Single Malt Scotch sessions in his office.
Steve Mark – loyal & grateful friend:
Steve always showed gratitude for the work that I did for his group and took me out to dinner once a month at the restaurant of my choice in NYC. I remember him getting annoyed at me one night when we were dining in a Times Square restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows. They pulled his wheelchair up on one side of our table and I had the booth to myself – with a view of the windows. I was having trouble following our conversation and finally he realized that it was because there was a six-story advertisement for the new Batman movie with Michelle Pfeiffer in her skin-tight Cat woman outfit.
Steve Mark – stubborn individualist:
I admired Steve and was frustrated at the same time as he refused to get a handicap van and insisted on a regular car. It was taking a terrible toll on his shoulders folding and twisting his wheelchair into the back seat, but it was important to him to retain that sense of independence.
Steve Mark – kind & generous colleague:
When I went into business for myself Steve offered to help me with legal work. When I asked him about his rate he said, “Just buy me a bottle of Single Malt every once in a while.” I had to force him to send me bills and usually ended up calling to ask him to charge me more (he never would). The best thing about this relationship was that it allowed us to talk regularly. The conversations were long and always more about life than business. Steve never failed to ask about my Dad, my wife, and my kids.
Steve Mark – inspiration:
Steve never complained or seemed bothered about his situation in life. He took joy in the lives of his kids, in Judy, and in hearing about his friends. He made me feel truly loved and I truly loved Steve.
I will miss you my friend.
"Had I the power
I would bring you back
To this place To this time To your loves
But eventually we must trust
More than what is within us
And I pray
That the zephyr that carried you away
Now ferries you in His direction
As is with Love So is with Steve
And you must conceive
There is no end
Just another bend
In the road
Blessings My Good Friend Blessings"
"Steven, I celebrate what a remarkable life you lived. You overcame great burdens placed upon you at such an early stage in life to become a wonderful father to 3 children, a excellent attorney who I frequently relied upon for sage and advice, as well as a kind and selfless friend. We will all miss you and I look forward to the day when our paths will cross again."
"What a survivor of a lawyer/protector I had! I'll never forget the moment I met him with my manager in a little dinner on 61st. We grew together, he protected me and guided me during a great time in my career. He protected me when I went through a hard time, and was always someone I could count on. Big love and hugs to the family. Without this man my dreams would not have came true. He worked
So hard with his brains and heart. Finding someone you can trust is rare. I'll miss you, and thank you so much for this journey"
"Judy, Raleigh, Morgan, Dustin and the rest of Steve's family my condolences. I loved your father like he was my own. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
When I was around 30 years old I learned what it was to 'loose' someone you love......and.....you (I) didn't get used to it.
He is with you, you are with him......always. remember all what was good. Love & Light Elizabeth"
"Steve, our family will truly miss you. Your wit, your inquiring mind, your love. So many meals shared, so much fun had. Thanks for being a great part of our family and for giving my wonderful sister such joy and love.
"Light a Candle, I love, Judy."
"I am happy and proud to know my friend and brother Steven Paul Mark. I speak in the present tense because I will carry him with me for the rest of my life. He is an amazing man period! Loyal, honest and there for you in the blink of an eye. I've cried for three people in my life I've been told by my son. When my grandmother passed on, Mickey Mantle goes ahead and laugh lol and my friend Steven"
"So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Steve over the years on many projects. We never met face to face, but whenever we spoke on the phone it was as if we had been friends all of our lives. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and friends. He touched many peoples lives in many ways & he will be forever missed."
"I am so deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend. We talked almost daily about not just business, but our personal lives, and we shared a lot of good stories and had many laughs about just life in general. He was one of the brightest and most amazing persons I've ever known in my life...and most of all an inspiration to me, his family, and uncountable others. I will miss him. We will miss him...
God Bless Steve's family and friends.
"I am so sorry to hear about my friend Steve's passing. It is hard to accept that his bright, caring and knowledgable voice has been extinguished. What a societal loss. But, his legacy lives on in all that had the privilege to know him. He would want you to squeeze that loved one a little closer and do a good deed today in his memory.May his family be comforted by all those wonderful memories.
""Forever missed" says it all.
With great sadness & heavy hearts our condolences to all Steve's family and friends.
Bonnie Comley & Stewart Lane"