Mark James Zadrozny bid adieu to us all on January 20, 2021. He was born to the late John Zadrozny and Florence (Dougherty) Zadrozny on September 30, 1960 in New Britain, CT. A self-described prankster and troublemaker, he happily encouraged young and old to join in on the antics. He would repeatedly encourage his niece to “stir it up” and “give ‘em hell.” He cemented this advice by gifting her a “Bad to the Bone” bumper sticker, which, to her mother’s dismay, she proudly hung in her bedroom.
When he was not thinking of ways to pull someone’s leg he could be found in a garden or painting. He was a prolific gardener and had not one, but two green thumbs. He would selflessly share his bounty with friends and strangers alike. No doubt the gardens he tended felt the fullness of his heart, which was big.
His favorite vegetables, tomatoes and peppers, accurately represented him – sweet and spicy. He was also fond of sunflowers, no doubt feeling as if he and they were kindred spirits with their love of basking in the sun and bringing joy to others.
His love of gardening was matched only by his love of the ocean. While most of us “suckers” toiled away under fluorescent lights, Mark reveled in soaking up the sun while sipping on suds. He believed the beach and seafood to be a panacea for anything that ailed you and, truth be told, it’s pretty good advice. His co-conspirator and lifelong buddy Gordon (Gordie) Greenwood would agree.
He is survived by his two siblings, Kathleen M. York (significant other C. Joseph Plourde, Jr.) and William J. Zadrozny (Debbie Zadrozny) of East Hampton, CT who he equally loved and loved to razz; nieces Chelsea Zadrozny (significant other Keith Helstrom) of Hebron, CT and Alexandra (Amy) York (Elizabeth Kozlow) of Alexandria, VA who intends to keep Mark’s full heart, love of the ocean, and jokester nature alive albeit in a PG-13 rated version instead of his R rated version; and two grandnephews Avery and Skyler York both of whom happily subscribe to Mark’s mission of causing trouble and making people laugh.
While there will be no formal service and the family requests no flowers be sent, you can still remember Mark in your own way. He would most likely prefer you remember him while savoring some juicy tomatoes, hot peppers, or shrimp while sitting by the ocean and making everyone around you laugh. You could also support a garden club such as the Belltown Community Garden Club. Or if you would rather donate money in his memory, please send donations to the Benny Fund: Neiweems C/O - The Benny Fund, 83 Wopowog Road, East Hampton, CT 06424 or visit https://bennyfund.org/. They have a mission Mark would definitely support “Be kind. Do Good.” And he would no doubt jokingly add “raise some hell.” We wish God much luck with Mark’s antics; he’ll certainly need it. Much like the summer season he loved so much, Mark left all of us too soon.
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