2009-12-23 / Obituaries

Paul Joseph Marks

Paul Joseph Marks, 59, passed away after a long illness on December 9, 2009, at his home.

Paul was born in Manhattan on October 31, 1950, son of the late David and Chantel (nee Comeau) Marks.

He graduated with an MA and MFA from Queens College, and then earned his Masters of Social Work from Hunter College. He worked for Cardinal Mc- Cluskey Children's Services for several years, and as an adjunct professor in the Fine Arts department at Kean University for almost twenty years. He taught at the International Center of Photography and Rockland Community College. He helped develop music and art programs for children and the blind at the Lighthouse in New York.

As an avid traveler, Paul hiked, biked, and backpacked through five continents. A lover of music, he collected native instruments of which he played several, including the Japanese flute. He was an accomplished multimedia artist; his work has been exhibited in Europe and the United States.

Paul also sang in the Graymoor Chorale, and was a member of the T.A.S.C.A. Sailing Club, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the National Association of Social Workers.

Paul is survived by his loving wife Diane (nee Booth) Marks; his sister Elaine; and his brothers, John and Roger.

A Memorial Mass was offered for Paul on December 19 at the St. John's Chapel at Graymoor, Garrison.

The family wishes that memorial donations be made either to the Franciscan Sisters and Friars of the Atonement Graymoor, 41 Highland Turnpike, Garrison, NY 10524, or Hospice Care of Westchester & Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 10509.

Arrangements were entrusted to the E.O. Curry Funeral Home, 313 North James Street, Peekskill, NY, 914-737-0083.

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