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Mark C. Montgomery
December 4, 2023
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A Life Well-Lived with Trivia, Tunes, and Tasteful Adventures In the grand tapestry of life, Mark Christopher Montgomery's thread was woven with vibrancy, wit, and a dash of the unexpected. Born on October 27, 1949, to Pauline Falkowski and William J. Montgomery, Mark's journey through 74 years was as eclectic and colorful as his taste in music, which ranged from Edith Piaf's soulful melodies to the upbeat rhythms of Erasure, not to mention his penchant for 50s doo-wop, The Beatles, and Buddy Holly.
Mark's life was a celebration of connections, from his beloved family to his cherished friends. His wife and high school sweetheart, Katherine (née Cloutier), was his steadfast partner in life, and together they raised two wonderful children, Christopher (Sharma) and Allison Han (Joon). His legacy continues through his four grandchildren, Brian, Brendan, Ethan, and Evan, and his siblings Linda Kettleman (Charles), Diane Montgomery, Willie Montgomery, and Aimee Wilson (John), along with a troupe of nieces and nephews.
For nearly 40 years, and spanning 6 mayors, Mark was the jovial yet sagacious soul of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. His colleagues remember him as the man who could find humor in fiscal reports, often quipping that the only things guaranteed in life were death, taxes, and the unpredictable whims of New York politics. Retirement couldn't keep him away; he continued consulting, sharing his knowledge and the occasional political jest.
We were all lucky to have heard a million stories from the most interesting man we’ve ever known. From gourmet lunches to listening to his vinyl collection randomly on a weekday because he was so excited that his grandson got a record player and “Buddy Holly just doesn’t sound the same digitally” and he was right - as usual. He was always right, even when he was wrong.
Mark’s love for soccer led him to volunteer as a coach and serve on the board of BYSA, and several state and national programs, nurturing both men's and women's teams with his enthusiasm and expertise.
Saint Maarten was his haven, a place he returned to often, each time weaving himself a little more into the local tapestry, just as he did with every place and person he encountered.
To know Mark was to know his eclectic palate. Who else but Mark would suggest a 1am drive to Coney Island for a Nathan's hot dog? Or concoct a corned beef recipe with apricot jam and Guinness? He was a connoisseur of the offbeat and the delicious, from Eastern European cuisine to Cuban delicacies, and he had an unerring radar for the best jelly donuts and most obscure BBQ joints.
Mark gave us a life rich in laughter, wisdom, and an appreciation for all the good things life has to offer. He was a man that danced to the rhythm of joy, embraced the quirks of humanity, and always had a witty retort ready for life’s many absurdities. In his memory, let us all find the humor in our daily lives, the melody in our conversations, and the courage to occasionally color outside the lines, just as he did so brilliantly.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will celebrated on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 12:15 p.m. from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Bayonne. Cremation will be private.