Retiree Mark Hylas – Obituary

In is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired member Mark Hylas.

Mr. Mark Kenneth Hylas of Sparrowbush, NY passed away at home on Monday, January 15, 2018. He was 65 years old.

Mark, a man of wit with a passion for history, is survived by his beloved son and his daughter-in-law, Mark and Ariella Hylas of Belen, NM. Additionally, Mark had the pleasure of growing up with four siblings who cared for him deeply; Michael Hylas, Jamie Hylas, Jennifer Seidel, and Alexander Hylas.

Most notably, Mark was a dedicated husband and father; he had been married to Maureen J. Hylas for over thirty years, and dutifully tended to her during the most difficult years of her life.

Mark will also be missed by his nieces, Johanna Geissler and Maggie Seidel-Laws, his nephew, Connor Hylas, and his cousins, Patrick and Lori Sheridan. There are a great many friends and relatives who were an integral part of his life, and we apologize if we are unable to name them all.

As an animal lover, theorist, and traditionalist, Mark was known for many things; he was particularly passionate about music and literature, and is considered to have been especially well-read.

Mark enjoyed retracing Native American history by exploring various landmarks in New York State. His personal hero was Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), a Mohawk military and political leader; he found himself inspired by Brant’s bravery and unwavering dedication to his people.

In addition to his pursuit of knowledge, Mark spent a great deal of time as a professional welder. Throughout the span of his career with the Boilermakers union, he developed a reputation for extraordinary craftsmanship. The passion and attention to detail learned through his craft trickled into his other hobbies; he had a love of horticulture that he made apparent through the care of his property.

A pragmatic individual, Mark was explicit in requesting that there be no services or visitation at all. However, those who wish to reach out with messages of condolence are encouraged to do so.

Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191. For additional information or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit

*Reprinted from the Gray-Parker Funeral Home Website