Obituary of Mark E. Carignan
Rensselaer-Mark Carignan, born in 1943, passed away suddenly at his home in Rensselaer, on October 26, 2023. A man of many trades, Mark was a retired bus mechanic of 20 plus years at Schalmont Central School District and had also been working at Dave Hunt’s Auto for the last 38 years. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1961-1964. A larger-than-life figure who towered over most, there wasn’t a job or project too big for Mark to take on. His stature was no doubt intimidating and his presence always felt. Those who were lucky enough to know him knew that at his core, he was a man who had a ton of love to give. He loved what he did, lived every day to the fullest, and most importantly gave all that love to his family.
The son of the late Edward and Katherine Carignan, Mark encapsulated what it meant to be a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and a friend.
Mark is predeceased by his wife Karen of nearly 50 years.
He is survived by their four children, Katherine Wojcik, Lisa (the late Michael) Burdick, Nicole (Michael) Maddock, and James Carignan. He is also survived by his grandchildren Daniel (Cassidy), Aaron (Je Zsa Nay), Samantha (Jesse), Jillian (David), Mary, Emma (Sebastian), Noah, and Tara; great-grandchildren Jackson, Maya, Penelope, Arlo, Mila, and Luca; and sisters Marsha, Mary (Timothy), Karen, and Glen.
After Karen’s death in 2012, Mark would eventually get remarried and start another beautiful chapter of his life with Diane Youngs and her family and their dog Gizmo, in 2015. He opened his heart to them and loved them as if they were his own. Mark is also survived by his wife Diane; stepdaughters Kelly, Jaime (Mickey), and Stacey; grandchildren Paige, Mackenzie, Madison, Lauren, Terry, Erik; and great-granddaughter Savannah. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
While Mark could outwork men half his age up until his last day, he still prioritized cherishing the time with the people he loved. Whether it was Zoom Flume trips with the grandkids, meticulously planned Easter egg hunts, summer clambakes where seemingly the whole town was invited, or a fishing trip with his buddies (scotch in hand), Mark knew how to have a good time.
Whether it was his traditional “Hello, dear” to the waitress at the diner, or “Howdy, partner” to the guys in the garage, he aimed to make you smile regardless of if he knew you for 40 years or just met you.
For those who loved you, you gave us a rock to lean on, a hero to look up to, and a friend to confide in. We love you forever, and you will always be in our hearts.
A celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date and place to be announced.
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