Mark D. Sanders



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Mark David Sanders “Hawk” Leroy N.Y. born February 19, 1967 in Rochester N.Y. passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his fiancée Brandy Selover after complications due to a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the age of 53. He is survived by his wonderful parents Walter & Sharon Sanders, his beautiful sister Karen Sanders, his amazing brother Walter “Skip” & wife Deborah Sanders, four incredible children…Johnny, Brett (Danielle) , Amber (Wisezear) , & Hannah (Hunter) , Nieces & Nephews Walter “Brian” (Alexandra) Sanders, Katie (Michael) Puglisi, Andrew (Ashley) Gunn & Jacob Gunn, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, extended family and a long list of lifelong friends and acquaintances. Mark will always be remembered most for the kind, devoted & caring man he was. He is known as a man who loved everyone, loved life, was proud of whom he was (as he always danced to his own beat) and his unselfishness showed in how he was the first person to help anyone at anytime. His personality made anyone feel at ease and he radiated love straight from his big heart. He had the most infectious smile that would light up a room and his laughter could make your heart smile. Those who have ever been lucky enough to be in his embrace know he gave the greatest hugs. He enjoyed the outdoors & nature as he had a long career of playing baseball, in which he (as a lefty) had the ability to hit the ball anywhere he wanted. His keen eye for the ball made him the “Hawk”. He loved to fish, hunt, golf, hike, catch frogs, watch birds, and do anything that he could outside. He enjoyed watching sports on t.v. and was a true Atlanta Falcons fan. He enjoyed the little things in life like just being with his family, watching his children do just about anything that brought them joy, catching up with friends, seeing a rainbow, watching a sunset, and of course collecting pennies anywhere he could find them. His grandma Sanders taught him the importance of this as these were “pennies from heaven” and Mark would go out of his way to pick one up in eye sight. He loved every living creature even though he was allergic to 80% of them. He was a simple man that simply loved everyone & everything. Even in his illness he never complained or gave up but continued to fight. He has made such an amazing impact on the lives of so many, those he’s known his whole life and those who only met him once. Yes, he was that kind of man. He was cherished and loved and will be sadly missed by all. Friends may call Saturday (March 7th) 12-3 pm at Vay-Shleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road, where his Memorial Service to celebrate his life will follow calling at 3:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel.      


  1. Thomas Donnelly on March 3, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Mark, (Hawk) So many great days we spent together with our gang in the early years. Though we lost tract of each other, that close friend connection never breaks. It hurts to hear of the news. We will never forget you. Many great memories of you and your family are rushing back to me now. Thanks for running with me all those years ago. A great man on a strong neighborhood roster! Kindly, Tommy Donnelly

  2. Mary Rice on March 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Dear Sanders Family, We are so very sad to hear of Mark’s passing. Many prayers to the family. Please accept our since sympathy.

  3. Kristina Himmelsbach on March 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    So sad to hear of Marks passing. He was a great coworker when we worked at Coopervision back in the day and he was a good friend. Always kind and caring and had a smile on his face. My deepest sympathies are with all of you at this difficult time.

  4. Daniel Peck on March 5, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Dearest Family of Mark Sanders, Please accept our sincere condolences in Mark’s passing. Our hearts are heavy and saddened. Mark’s smile and fun loving heart will always be remembered by us. Sincerely Dan and Lisa Peck

  5. Nancy Murray on March 5, 2020 at 12:54 am


  6. Linda Leone on March 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Mark, I will always remember the smile and your constant cheery disposition……and thank you so much for the day at Coopervison softball when my shin got a charlie horse in it and I couldn’t move…you came to my aide and worked the muscle out for me so I could continue to play. Always a heart for those around you. The angels welcome you as we miss you. My heart goes out to Brandy and your entire family. May they find the peace that passes all understanding in your absence. Never forgotten Linda Leone

  7. Shauna, Dave, Allison,&DJ Smith on March 5, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Our hearts go out to the entire family. Knowing Mark added something special in our lives. The moments shared over the years were always full of smiles and laughter. There has never been a happier person that has crossed our path.

  8. Lisette on March 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Brandy, I’ve loved you since before you were born. You were blessed to have a good man in your life however short to you. The blessing is he’s in a better place, no more pain or suffering. I love you with all my heart, have blessed day.. Aunt Lisette

  9. Tammy Boyle on March 5, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Tammy Boyle

  10. Brenda Dillon on March 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    You had the best smile.Rest In Peace my friend!

  11. Tina Cavalier on March 6, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Mark is a great guy . Very nice person , glad I got to meet you .

  12. Charlene Hauser on March 6, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Walt, Sharon, Karen and Skip, We are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for you. Brandy, even though I never got to meet you I know you are hurting beyond words. We pray, our Savior will comfort you like only He can. May all the laughter Mark brought into your lives be of great comfort to all of you now. In Christian love, Tom and Char Hauser

  13. Susan Heffer on March 6, 2020 at 3:02 am

    It was honor to take care of Mark and meet his wonderful family. Sending everyone hugs and strength during this very difficult time.

  14. Beth on March 6, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Sending prayers for strength & healing to all who loved him.

  15. Michele Lewis on March 7, 2020 at 1:27 am

    May God wrap His arms around all the family and friends of this loved, amazing man. Michele Lewis

  16. Sarah Paveglio on March 7, 2020 at 1:35 am


  17. Marie Carr on March 7, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry for everyone’s loss. RIP mark!

  18. Maritza Santiago on March 7, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I got the pleasure of getting to know mark when I was 21 yrs old, this man always had a smile on his face, always told me I was his favorite because I laughed so hard and so loud lol I love to laugh and he loved to smile and together with his wonderful wife they made an amazing team. I will forever keep that smile in my heart.

  19. Jim Wintermute on March 7, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I had the privilege to play baseball with Mark Sanders in high school. We both celebrated a section v championship in 1985. Mark was a great person to be around. My sincere condolences to the families.

  20. Scott Cosgrove on March 8, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Rest In Peace my old friend, so many memories I will carry of you and your family. God Bless.

  21. Joe Testa on March 9, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Mark, we had great times, lunches at B & L, playing softball, the laughs, working together doing catering,, you and an infectious smile.Keep smiling my friend. RIP

  22. Tim Leveson on March 10, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    So sorry for the families loss. Mark, Skip, my brother and I were all friends. We had a lot of good times. He was a good guy. Prayers for his family and friends. Rest in peace brother. Till we meet again.

  23. Lauri Weston on March 11, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Worked with Mark many many years ago at Herrema’s Grocery the first small Herrema’s on Washington. Your heartfelt obituary post is exactly how I remember him – always a positive light in any room!! Only good memories! May he Rest In Peace.

  24. Paul Neumann on March 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Dear Sanders Family. I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. As typically happens with most people, we lost touch a few years after graduating from IHS but of course it was great to have the opportunity to connect again on Facebook. Looking back on growing up, I feel so fortunate that we grew up where we did with so many of us kids in the neighborhood playing all of the time and going to school together. We were always playing some sort of sport and Mark seemed to be great at everything. He was a great athlete and I had to work hard to keep up with him. In thinking about Mark, one very distinctive thing stands out, I can’t ever recall a time where he didn’t have a smile on his face or wasn’t laughing. He was always in a happy mood and I don’t recall seeing him frustrated or anything. In our neighborhood we were one big extended family and Mark was just the happiest brother. I can easily picture his smile and hear his laugh. It was infectious. My sincere condolences and prayers to everyone. Mark, you will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace my brother. I love you.

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