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“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...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Joseph and Kimberly Neff - OH

“So very sorry for the loss of your son Zachary. Praying for all of you at this difficult time. ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Todd Terwilliger - Norton, OH

“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...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Carol Szabo - Cleveland, OH

“Sending love and prayers to the whole family. Very, very sorry to hear about your loss. ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Jessica Rockas - CLEVELAND

“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...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Heather Taylor Ewashinka - OH

“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...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Taylah Black - Friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Dianne Szabo - Westlake, OH

“Thanks for being there for me when I needed a friend. You will be missed. ”
8 of 31 | Posted by: Kyle Dawson - Malden, MA - Friend

“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...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Kristine Sweetland - MA

“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...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Dave Cronin - Marblehead, MA

“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...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Gina McKinnon - Malden, MA

“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...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Boland - Portland, ME

“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,...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Loretta Zoldak(Marks) - Dallas, TX

“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...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Val Doherty - Melrose, MA

“To all Zach's family and friends, we are so sorry for your loss. ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: Kip & Jodene Sanford

“Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Steve Walker - Easton, MA

“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...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Steve Milliken - Family Friend

“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...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Dave and Paula Schenkel - MD

“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...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Peggy Pucillo - Braintree, MA

“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. ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Stephen Pendley

“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...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Chris Angell - Friend

“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...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Jessica Doyle - Braintree, MA

“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...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Joell & Mike Karsten - NY

“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...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Julie Bilak - Santa Barbara, CA

“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...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Kevin Tsukroff - Beverly, MA

“Such a nice young man. I was happy to work with him at CATS Academy. ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Donna Dalton - Braintree, MA

“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...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa and Paul Cosgrove - Duxbury, MA

“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...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Tony Pucillo - Hull - Family

“So sorry for your loss. ”
29 of 31 | Posted by: Derek Boyd - Cambridge - Friend

“I am at a loss for words to express my sorrow for your family. ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Trevor Bonaccorsi - Friend

“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....Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


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.