Ralph F. Cort
1950 - 2016
Burnett & White Funeral Home
7461 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY
Ralph F. “Mark” Cort RED HOOK- Ralph F. “Mark” Cort, 66, a resident of Red Hook, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Born on Jan. 27, 1950, in Hudson, N.Y., he was the son of the late Richard W. and Muriel (Box) Cort. Mark spent his early childhood on Green Acres Farm in Elizaville, N.Y., along with his siblings Carol C. Griffin, Richard (Rick) W. Cort, and Patricia Ann Nickerson. In later years, after the Cort family moved to Red Hook, Mark was a tri-sport standout athlete and Student Council President. It was at Red Hook High School where Mark met his wife of 45 years, Grace Boyce. He was a proud graduate of the class of 1969, and went on to attend Becker College in Worcester, Mass., on a basketball scholarship. Mark always felt a strong connection to the community of Red Hook. In 1972 he and Grace returned to Red Hook, where they were married at St. Christopher’s Church, started Cort Contracting, and raised their two children, Rachel Cort Braydich and Jesse Cort, both of whom continue to make their homes here with their spouses Matthew Braydich and Liz Cort. He was the beloved “Pop” to JJ Cort, Connor Cort, and Grace Piper Braydich. Mark was proud to be a builder for over 30 years and to be able to pass the reigns of Cort Contracting onto his son-in-law, Matthew Braydich. A childhood on the farm instilled in Mark a love of nature. He was an outdoorsman who always looked forward to his annual hunting trip in Maine with his brother, Rick. He was a passionate gardener, finding peace in the care of his numerous gardens, and an avid music lover who got great enjoyment from attending concerts and festivals with family and friends – a joy that started in high school when he attended the original Woodstock festival with Grace. Mark will be remembered as a spiritual, honest and empathetic man who always told his children and grandchildren to “think for yourself.” A man who, above all, loved his family and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Perrotti, Dr. Shaffer in Albany, N.Y., as well as the nurses and doctors at Vassar Brothers Hospital for all their compassion, care, and support. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mark’s memory to the Red Hook Raiders Sports Club, P.O. Box 469, Red Hook, N.Y., 12571. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N.Y. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.
Published by the Daily Freeman from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2016.
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Grace, Rachel, and Jessie, I pray that that the wonderful memories of your loving husband and father continue to ease the pain of your loss. Mark led a wonderful life and I am so thankful to have had him as a friend. I still see his smile and remember his laugh. I miss him, but I also know that I will see him again in Heaven. God bless you! Rocky
Bill Rockefeller
September 10, 2021
TO Grace and her family. I am sorry for your loss. Mark was a decent, kind person.
Leslie Kelly
December 28, 2017
In memory of Mark Cort

We know only a small part of another person, but even these small parts can endure in memory and in meaning. My most vivid memories of Mark are not the not the newest but some of the older memories, long ago, when we were growing up, in high school, in Red Hook, and the few years after. I remember Mark as a larger-than-life athlete and as a swell fellow.

As I think of Mark back then, I remember him ambling along the way with Bill Englert or Bill Barringer or one of the other kids. I would watch him and the others play football or basketball or baseball; for me, they were the real thing, real guys who were the best of what I had hoped to be, but lagged so far behind. Always affable, playful, Mark would always greet me and treat me like one of the bigger kids; I never forgot his kindness in his way.

As I write, I can easily remember his voice, his easy manner, and his smiling way. Though many years passed and big gaps spanned whole lengths of time, he saw me once a few years back and made a point to stop and chat; Mark was still the Mark I knew from school.

To everyone in the Cort family and Boyce family, especially to Grace and Patty, please accept my poor condolences from one of the kids who has always very much admired Mark from a distance.
Christopher Melley
September 23, 2016
Dear Grace, Rachel and Jesse,

I have so many wonderful memories of family times together, including swim meets and trips to Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod. I will never forget playing wiffle ball with you kids, and half of the kids in the emergency shelter, during Hurricane Bob! Mark always proved to be a true friend. My parents and I appreciate all the help and support he provided to them after I moved to Texas. I will never forget him and feel very thankful to be able to call him my best friend. While it still hurts to think he is gone, I will certainly cherish the many memories and laughs we shared. I thank God for removing all of Mark's pain, while reuniting him with his parents, and others. Rest in peace good and faithful servant. I will honor your memory in whatever small way I can.

Always, Rocky
Bill Rockefeller
September 18, 2016
Dear Grace and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Mark. He was a good friend and will be missed. One of my earliest memories of Mark is when you were living on Prince St. I was picking up Mark and Bo in my '57 Chevy to go pheasant hunting. Bo got so excited when he saw me and Brandy, that the ace bandage Mark had wrapped on Bo's tail to keep the burdock off, went flying about 10 feet in the air. We just laughed so hard at Mark's attempt to save cleaning burdock off Bo after the hunt. I will always cherish all the memories of playing basketball with Mark! I will miss him.
Dana Kilgour
Dana Kilgour
September 18, 2016
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