Red Hook - Ralph F. "Mark" Cort, 66, a resident of Red Hook, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.
Born on January 27th, 1950, in Hudson, NY, he was the son of the late Richard W. and Muriel (Box) Cort.
Mark spent his early childhood on Green Acres Farm in Elizaville, NY, 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, MA 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, NY, 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, September 23rd, 2016 from 4 to 7 pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mark's memory to the Red Hook Raiders Sports Club, PO Box 469, Red Hook, NY 12571.
Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Sep. 16 to Sep. 19, 2016.
I'm very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to your family. I hope that you can find peace and comfort during this sad time.
Peace, Sarah (Whalen) Rachel's roommate at new Paltz
September 23, 2016
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.
September 23, 2016
Very sorry to hear of his passing. My memories are of a good friend, a good teammate and a good guy. My condolences.
Bill Cunningham, '67
September 22, 2016
Grace, Jesse, Rachael, Rick my deepest sympathies is strong enough to express my sorrow at your loss. May God grant peace and comfort during these times. Ralph will be not only missed by you but also all of his many friends.
September 20, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the family May we find comfort at Psalms chapter forty six verse one God is our refuge and strength a help that is readily found
The McQueen family
September 19, 2016
Played little league base ball with Mark in Elizaville, played against him throughout high school I went to Pine Plains, Mart to RedHook. He will be missed.