Zachary Ryan Marks

  • Born: July 11, 1997
  • Died: March 12, 2020
  • Location: Malden, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Zachary by adding your memories.

With deepest sorrow and a heavy heart, we share the news that Zachary (Zach) Ryan Marks, age 22, our beloved son, brother, father, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020. For those whose lives were touched by Zach, if even for a short amount of time, have lost a shining, bright light in their lives.

Zach was born July 11, 1997 in Boston, he is the son of Albert Tischler and Cynthia Marks and is the younger brother and best friend to Jacob Marks of Malden. Zach is survived by his girlfriend, Melissa Boyer, and their daughter, Stella Marks, his proudest achievement. Looking at Stella, the apple does not fall far from the tree. She shares the same smiling eyes and bubbly personality finding the laughter and joy life has to offer.

Zach graduated from Mystic Valley Charter School and was the recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. His fearlessness and boundless energy lent its way to a life rich with sports and adventures and possessed the gumption to put himself out there and confront uncomfortable situations head on. At a young age he played soccer, little league baseball and lacrosse. Entering high school and having never played hockey, Zach didn't let that stop him from going out for the school team. Of course, his amazing athleticism landed him on the varsity hockey team and when that season ended, you would find him on the varsity lacrosse field. Living on the east coast allowed him to shred it on his skateboard by traveling to Waterville Valley, NH and Woodward, PA where he connected to a network of friends whose passion for that expression of freedom and fun was shared. Zach's connection to music started at birth. Mom and dad filled their days with music, either through the Bluetooth speaker or he'd hear dad jamming on one of his many instruments. We'd love to share Zach's soundtrack to his life, it can be found on SoundCloud at @Z_ARKS. His love for camping was so intense he felt no tent was required – literally. A passionate foodie, Zach built an impressive collection of hot sauces (the hotter the better), he would never say no to a family buffet and would let the cooks know his favs in the hopes of satiating his appetite for the good life and full belly. The birth of his daughter, Stella, sharpened his natural eye for photography and he quickly perfected the daddy's little girl selfie. Zach's talents never stopped making themselves known and he recently discovered a knack for carpentry. Being a dad came naturally, and after welcoming Stella into the world, the Boyer Family welcomed Zach into their family with open arms and hearts.

Zach will be missed everyday by his family, Al, Cindy, Jacob, Missy and Stella. His Grandparents, Paul and his wife Sharon of Cleveland, OH and Esther Tischler and her husband Dennis of Cleveland, OH along with many loving Aunts and Uncles, Katie (Kiki) Marks-Legassie and Chuck of Canton, MA, Peggy and Mike Pucillo of Braintree, MA, Debbie and Paul Marks of Cleveland, OH and Kim Tischer of Cleveland, OH, Mike Tischler of Cleveland, OH and his amazing cousins, Luke and John Pucillo of Braintree, Adelay, Scarlet, Hayden and Harley of Cleveland, OH whom Zach loved more than we can say.

Due to the new directive from the State of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Funeral Director Association and all the current health concerns visitation, funeral services and the interment will all be private. A celebration of life may be planned for a later date. Please feel free to send a card to family members, drop a card at the funeral home for the family or send a message of online condolence.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be setting up a fund for his young daughter Stella Marks. More information will follow as soon as the fund is set up.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Al, Cindy, Jacob, and Stella,

We hurt for you, we pray for you, .. We are without the words to console you, so we will share his Great Gramma's favorite Irish Blessing.

In the name of Molly's beloved protector, and protector over us all, St. Patrick. We pray for Zachary, we pray for you, we pray for all those he loved, we pray to Our Lord, that through His Saint, Stella be eternally protected, safe, happy, healthy, and loved.

May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Love, JNK xxoo

Posted by Joseph and Kimberly Neff - North Royalton, OH - family   October 17, 2020

So very sorry for the loss of your son Zachary. Praying for all of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Todd Terwilliger - Norton, OH - Family   March 21, 2020

Dear Cindy and Al,

Words from family and friends are ever so important. I always enjoyed have Zach here when he came to visit and stay at Aunt Debbie and Uncle Paul's. He was always so pleasant and kinds when he stopped at my place.

I know how special he was to Adelay, Scarlet, Hayden and Harley. They always talked about how they kept in touch with him and how much they loved him and I could tell he loved them too.

God Bless you in these trying times. Family and friends will always be there for both of you. Prayers always help, much more in sad times like this.

Carol Szabockapc

Posted by Carol Szabo - Cleveland, OH - Family Friend   March 20, 2020

Sending love and prayers to the whole family. Very, very sorry to hear about your loss.

Posted by Jessica Rockas - CLEVELAND - Friend   March 19, 2020

Cindy and Al, and all of the extended Marks family, I am so sorry for what you are going through. No parent should have to bury a child. Zach was taken far too soon. The days ahead will be difficult. Know that your friends near and far are praying daily for healing and peace for all of you as you lay Zach to rest.

Heather Taylor Ewashinka

Posted by Heather Taylor Ewashinka - Chesterland, OH - Family Friend   March 19, 2020

Marks family,
I am sending all my love to you at this impossible time.
The Summer I spent in Cleveland with all the family was so much fun, laughing along with Zach's hilarious nature.
Praying for you all, and his beautiful baby girl.
All my love from Australia.
Taylah x

Posted by Taylah Black - Friend   March 19, 2020

Thinking of all of you and Zachary today. I remember the summer cookouts at the house and him as a little boy. He was always so cute. I recall he used to follow me around when he was real small. I don't know why that sticks in my mind. He had a big heart and I know the love all his cousins and family had for him will continue to let him live on through stories and memories. I attached a few photos to a post from a recent cookout in Ohio. Love to all. ♥

Posted by Dianne Szabo - Westlake, OH - Family   March 19, 2020

Thanks for being there for me when I needed a friend. You will be missed.

Posted by Kyle Dawson - Malden, MA - Friend   March 19, 2020

Cindy, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and know no words at this time can help to repel the grief you and your family are experiencing. My condolences

Posted by Kristine Sweetland - North Reading, MA - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

To Al, Cindy, and the entire family - we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Zach's tribute captures it all and clearly shows that he will be missed by everyone that was lucky enough to know him. Our sincere condolences the Cronin family.

Posted by Dave Cronin - Marblehead, MA - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

So sorry for your family's loss. Your pictures capture Zach's energy and spirit. That is how I remember him in elementary school. With prayers and condolences during this time.

Posted by Gina McKinnon - Malden, MA - Teacher   March 18, 2020

Al, Cindy, Peg, Mike, and all Zach's Family and Friends:
The news of Zach's passing brought great sadness to all of us who knew him or his family, but that sadness could not possibly compare to what your family is going through. While none of your friends could ever understand the degree and pain of your loss, it is my hope that each of us can help carry a small amount for you and lighten the load, if even slightly. Please accept my deepest sympathies and most heart felt condolences. Call upon those posting here for anything you need or simply to talk.
You are now, and will remain, in my prayers and in my heart ... especially little Stella. A candle is lit in Zachary's memory at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, ME. God speed Zach.

Posted by Bob Boland - Portland, ME - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

Just talked to my niece Katy and she told me the sad news about my great nephew Zach. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but from what I hear, he was a great and special young man. So very sad to leave at such a young age. My condolences to his family and to hers.

Posted by Loretta Zoldak(Marks) - Dallas, TX - Family   March 18, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. As Zach's school nurse, and one of my daughters best friends I was able to get to know him very well. To say I was a big fan is an understatement. The Mark's boys will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending thoughts and prayers while you navigate your new normal without Zach. Life is not fair, he will be missed.

Posted by Val Doherty - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

To all Zach's family and friends, we are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kip & Jodene Sanford - Acquaintance   March 18, 2020

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Steve Walker - Easton, MA - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

To Al, Cindy, jake and to all extended family and friends - I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Zach as happy, energetic kid chasing around his cousins, John and Luke Pucillo at their house in Braintree. He was always a super nice, respectful kid. I pray that you all can make it through these tough times and hope you can find peace and better days head, especially for Zach's young daughter. Remember all the great times you had with Zach and the smile he always brought to your face. God bless.


Posted by Steve Milliken - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

Our prayers and deepest sympathies to you and your family, Cindy and Al. Such a very sad time for all of you. We pray that the wonderful memories of Zach and the beautiful love if his baby girl, will help you all to heal. God Bless you all

Posted by Dave and Paula Schenkel - Brookeville, MD - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

Zach excelled at everything he tried. Throughout his life I celebrated has passion for reading. He would drag his mom to the library several times a week and come home with a stack of books and get right to reading. He loved skateboarding and didn't bat an eyelash when the opportunity to attend an overnight camp in Waterville. I attended his last day and could not believe the tricks and fearlessness I saw. His academics came so naturally and we got to brag on how he was always on the honor roll took AP classes and won a scholarship for full tuition to any state college/university. His first job was at a school I worked at and my colleagues were shocked to hear how young he was because he was so mature, kind and capable. With the birth of his daughter I saw my nephew become a man with so much love in his heart that he would do anything for his new young family. You heard the excitement in their voices as Missy and Zach were planning for their future.

Posted by Peggy Pucillo - Braintree, MA - Family   March 18, 2020

He was a nice guy. Never a negative word, look... He would have been a great father and will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Stephen Pendley    March 17, 2020

I am heartbroken to hear of Zach's passing. He always treated me With kindness and respect and I felt that he had a deep sense of compassion toward others. There are too few with Zach's characteristics in this world and we are all poorer for this loss. My deepest sympathies go to his immediate and extended family.

Posted by Chris Angell - Friend   March 17, 2020

I knew Zach for a short time while he worked at CATS Academy. I will remember him as a sweet and kind person who was always helpful. He had a warm smile that made your day a little brighter. I wish all the best to his family and little Stella.

Posted by Jessica Doyle - Braintree, MA - Coworker   March 17, 2020

Our hearts are very heavy for all of you upon hearing of Zach's unexpected passing. We remember the many times seeing Zach & Jake at Peggy & Mike's house, swimming & running around their back yard - full of young boy vigor. The passing of Zach at such a young age is not something that you or any parent, sibling, or partner should have to experience, and we extend our sincerest condolences to all of you. You will be held in our thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Joell & Mike Karsten - Seneca Falls, NY - Family Friend   March 17, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, i will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as i always have. Cindy and Al i love you both very much. Stay strong!!

Posted by Julie Bilak - Santa Barbara, CA - Friend   March 17, 2020

I am a co-worker of Zachary's father, Al. Having just recently lost my own brother, I know how difficult it is. I extend my condolences to the family and friends of someone who passed much too early. May his memory be for a blessing!

Posted by Kevin Tsukroff - Beverly, MA - friend   March 17, 2020

Such a nice young man. I was happy to work with him at CATS Academy.

Posted by Donna Dalton - Braintree, MA - Friend   March 17, 2020

Dear Cindy, Al and Jake,
Please know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts. We hope you can find peace in Zach's beautiful memories. We will always remember him at Peg and Mike's pool having a blast playing with all the kids! We will always remember his great smile and his great head of hair!! May god give you all comfort in your memories of him. With love, the Cosgrove family.

Posted by Lisa and Paul Cosgrove - Duxbury, MA - Family   March 17, 2020

Al and Cindy-I want to express my deepest sympathy.
Zach's tribute was perfect and a testimony to both you two and him highlighting his great spirit and the loving environment your provided as parents. You are on my prayer list and in my thoughts.

Posted by Tony Pucillo - Hull - Family   March 17, 2020

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Derek Boyd - Cambridge - Friend   March 17, 2020

I am at a loss for words to express my sorrow for your family.

Posted by Trevor Bonaccorsi - Friend   March 17, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   March 17, 2020

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