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.