8/17/1958 - 7/20/2020
IN MEMORIAM “He touched a lot of lives,” was the way a former high school classmate put it when he learned of the death of Mark Lieblang on July 20 in San Diego CA. Mark had lived in San Diego for the past 22 years although he was raised in Garden City from toddler through college. He was one month shy of his 62nd birthday. As word of his passing spread through the community, his family heard many moving comments from those who knew him during his time here on Long Island. “He was always there to help when needed,” was was one observation heard several times, attesting to his goal of getting things done ahead of getting the credit. “He was always a gentleman” was another frequent offering. And perhaps most telling of all “He was known for his ‘thank you’ notes.” All of which should come as no surprise knowing that he was inducted as an Eagle Scout at the tender age of 13 years as his parents Jeanne and Martin (deceased) beamed in the audience. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Garden City and was an altar server and member of the choir in St. Joseph parish. After that it was Chaminade High School in Mineola where he made many lifelong friends. These included an Austrian exchange student with whom he remained in contact for the rest of his life and who he visited many times, as recently as 2015, forty years after the initial Chaminade connection.
He took his bachelor’s degree at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA, an institution that filled him with pride and that forever after had a special place in his heart. That led to a job as a legislative assistant to State Senator John Dunne, followed by a public relations spot with the New York Telephone Company. At that time he resided in Roslyn Heights and was an extraordinary minister at St.Mary’s parish in Roslyn. It was while he was there that he took part in his final formal function on Long Island as a witness to the marriage of his mother to John Nason in 1997 at St. Joseph church. He left the phone company a year later because he had learned to love San Diego on many business trips there and because “it was time to start something new.” He never regretted that decision.
Donation's may be made in Mark's name to the Holy Cross Fund College of the Holy Cross (One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610).