IN MEMORIAM: Mark W. Holzner

by Jane Ahrens

Mark William Holzner passed away unexpectedly at age 59 on March 20, 2023. Mark was born on May 22, 1963, and was raised in Newtown, CT. He was a longtime resident of Fairfield, CT. Mark is survived by his wife Leslie Marshall, his daughter Livia Holzner, Susan Holzner (mother of Livia), his father Louis Holzner (predeceased by his mother Claire Holzner), brother Christopher Holzner (Lynn) and sister Janice Fields (Jim) and nieces and nephews. 

After a 37-year career with his father in the electrical contracting and construction industries, his background proved to be useful in his many real estate ventures. Mark had semi-retired and was in the process of figuring out his next adventure. 

Though his life was cut short, his friends and family will fondly remember him every day. Mark had an unforgettable presence and personality. His oldest and dearest rugby friends adored him, and his nickname was “Fog” due to his booming voice out on the rugby field. His love for rugby began in Palm Beach, FL in his early 20s, followed by playing worldwide. He continued to play when he returned to CT and joined the CT Yankees.

Mark shared his father’s passion for baseball and was his constant companion for many Yankees games in NYC, including playoffs and the World Series. In addition, Mark was an accomplished boater and lover of the sea. He referred to people he liked as “Captain,” and they too called him “Captain.” In the past few years, he took up sailing and enjoyed the thrill of racing. Mark was a caring and generous person who loved to help others. He was creative and intelligent and had a zest for life and all living species – a spirit and lifeforce like no other!

The Holzner family will be holding a private service at Dougiello Funeral Home. The burial will be private in Chatham, MA.

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay. Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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