December 15, 1967 – March 4, 2020
Mark Borrelli, 52, of Knoxville, TN passed away peacefully on March 4, 2020. He was born on December 15, 1967 in Suffern, NY. On Wednesday, he lost his valiant battle to cancer while surrounded by his immediate family. He fought with courage and quiet dignity. His passing has left a deep hole in our hearts, but we are comforted in knowing he is no longer in pain. He will be missed everyday by his mother, Virginia Borrelli, his father, Neal Borrelli, his sisters, Jennifer Borrelli and Ann (Borrelli) Smith, his brother-in-law, Justin Smith and his niece, Jennee Borrelli Anderson. Mark was an avid reader of military and world history. He enjoyed watching movies and especially watching hockey with his dad, Neal. They both rooted for the Rangers for decades. Every summer, when it was time, he was excited to open up pool season. Swimming was therapy to him. For the past 7 years, Mark really enjoyed being part of the team at A.E.R.T., American Emergency Response Training. His family will always be truly grateful for their support during this time, especially the generosity from his bosses Jody and Penny Rood. To honor Mark’s wishes, he didn’t want a service or burial. He will be cremated and family will scatter his ashes in a few special places. Because there are no services, we would love for everyone to donate to charity in his memory. One choice would be Young Williams Animal Center, https://www.young-williams.org/donations/. He was an advocate for adoption and rescue, which is how his fur babies came into his life, Trixie, Bella, Drusilla and Pinky. Another choice would be Seven Island Birding Park: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/donate/seven-islands. He was also an avid bird watcher and created a sanctuary in his backyard, which he shared with his mom, Virginia. Every day, even during his battle, he loved filling up the bird feeders or feeding stations he created. Lastly, during his battle with cancer, Mark did have a wonderful support system from family and friends. He was aware that some people may not have the support he had. Besides research, they provide assistance for basic needs for cancer patients, so please donate to American Cancer Society, https://donate3.cancer.org/
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March 11, 2020
Mark and I grew up together in Montgomery NY. Good times and great memories. I’m sad for his passing but glad he is in a better place. I send my love to marks family and TN friends and I will remember him in my prayers. Rest In Peace brother🙏🏽
March 9, 2020
I knew Mark because I am friends with his mother, he was a kind person who loved his mom , he showed that in his walk on this earth. He also loved his dogs and the pool, that is a great picture you have shared. He will be missed. Love to the family.
March 6, 2020
When I was a rebellious, obnoxious teenager, mark was like a brother to me. Only a few years together but he, his sisters and his parents played an integral part of me growing up. You are all in my thoughts. Heaven got another angel.