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Brian Mark, of Franklin Lakes died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the age of 57 after a short battle with colon cancer. Brian was the founder and for thirty-two years, owner of Taylor & Taylor Oriental Rugs in Ridgewood, NJ. He was active in many community events, including Ridgewood High School Jamboree and College Club Capers. An avid surfer, skier and outdoorsman, he lived an active life. Brian was born in Teaneck at Holy Name Hospital, and spent his early years in Ridgefield Park with his parents Raymond and Lucrecia, and his five siblings, Stephen, Susan (Freeman), Jane (Miller), Patricia (Patterson) and Elizabeth (Armenante), before moving to Ridgewood in 1964. Brian graduated from Ridgewood High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. He traveled extensively with his wife Carolyn. He is survived by his wife and his children, Megan Byrne Urbaniak and Christopher Byrne, their spouses, and three grandchildren; as well as by his mother, five siblings, and eleven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Brian valued his family, friends and his community. He touched the hearts of all who had the privilege to know him. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 5-8 PM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home (vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church, 1 Passaic Street, Ridgewood. A private interment will be held afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Brian's name to Valley Hospital Foundation (223 N. Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450) or Villa Marie Claire Hospice (718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666).
Published in The Record/Herald News on Apr. 8, 2012