It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County announces the passing of Mark Conniff. He was with The Arc for many years and was a treasure to all who knew him. Mark was very polite and loved being surrounded by people he loved. He enjoyed sitting in the front yard at the Marmon Apartment Program when he came home from his day program. He would write in his notebook and his pen always had to be blue. Sometimes he would go across the street to the bank just to collect ink pens because he knew staff would need them to write their daily logs. Mark enjoyed listening to music and he would enjoy doing the Michael Jackson moonwalk dance. Every week when he went out to dinner with his sister he would bring home a pickle for one of his housemates William. His favorite meal was a tuna fish sandwich, chocolate ice cream, and a coke. Mark was very special to The Arc family and he certainly will be missed.
In 1985, Mark’s father, James, wrote a story about Mark’s birth and upbringing in the New York Times Magazine. In it, he wrote, “For 31 years, Mark has been a central fact of our family life, knitting us together, trying our patience, helping us laugh, probably making us better people than we would have been without him.” To read the full story, click here.
If you’d like to make a donation to The Arc of Essex County in Mark’s memory, please visit our tribute donation page. Please note that your donation is in memory of Mark Conniff; an acknowledgement of your tribute will be sent to his family members.