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Gardner Marks 1990-2013
Gardner Marks, loving son, nurturing brother and loyal friend passed away Monday, April 22nd, after a long, inspiring and courageous battle against Leukemia.
Gardner lived a life that seems to defy his brief 22 years on this earth. A 2008 Graduate of Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, Gardner was in his last year of college at Tulane University when he was diagnosed. In his brief life, he influenced all those who came in contact with him, whether it was forming lifelong friendships, or just a chance fleeting encounter and points in between.
He pursued life with vigor and curiosity, never looking back, only looking forward. His explorations put him in touch with all walks of life and a semester abroad in Spain, broadened his experiences to a worldwide level.
Gardner laughed and cried, partied and studied, pondered the world and pursued his love of sports: if he wasn't on the field playing, he was in front of the TV watching ESPN.
Gardner is survived by his parents, Nancy and David, sisters Hannah and Sydney; grandmothers Doris Blair, Arlene Marks, and Rita Marks; uncles and aunts, David and Marianne, Bobby and Carol, Wesley and Becky, Ilyse and Mike, Suzanne and Laurence; his cousins, Josh, Rachel, Alex, Sarajane, Jamie, Maggie, Tim, Jeff, Sam, Max, Jake, Emma, Michael, Ian, Noah, Mia and Jonah and friends too numerous to list here.
Any attempt to quantify how much he was loved and how respected he was and how much he will be missed, (especially by his father, mother and sisters) will be woefully inadequate, it defies descriptions.
Visitation at the family home will be Wednesday April 24 and Thursday April 25 between 4pm and 9pm at 24 Algonquin Drive, Chappaqua, NY. 10514
A celebration of Gardner's life will be this Saturday, April 27 at 4pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, 180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gardner's name to the following organizations:
Pediatric Cancer Research Fund (PCRF)
Published in the The Journal News from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2013