Obituary: Mark Thomas Farley Conniff
Mark Thomas Farley Conniff, a longtime resident of Montclair and West Orange, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. He was 68.
Mr. Conniff was born in 1954, the sixth of seven children, to James C.G. Conniff and Dorothy (Donnelly) Conniff. The doctor advised that he be placed in an institution immediately because caring for a child with Down syndrome would not be “fair” to his siblings, but his mom told them no, and he went home with his legs in casts to correct leg/foot issues.
He was very involved in life around him and was much loved in the community. Store owners adored him, and fellow citizens would stop to visit and welcome his loving hugs and kisses.
In his early 30s, he moved into his first group home and walked to the ShopRite at Essex Green each day to work. After he moved to Marmon Apartments in West Orange, he would take the bus to the same ShopRite, where he remained for 26 years.
In retirement, his much-loved staff at Marmon Apartments kept him busy and always moving. They bent over backwards to be sure he was living life as fully as possible. His fellow residents formed a solid family, and each time he was in the hospital, their hearts would break.
After a series of unfortunate events, Mr. Conniff entered rehab in Bergen County until he was unable to make further progress in regaining mobility. He found placement through New Concepts for Living, which was wheelchair-accessible and ready to provide care for “however long he has left.” Three agencies worked in perfect harmony, and he was in his new home in two weeks. The care he received through NCFL exceeded the love he received at Marmon Apartments, and for that the family is most thankful.
Mr. Conniff is survived by his siblings, Greg Conniff (Dorothy) of Wisconsin, Susan Manney (Jim) of Michigan, Deb Suta (Bob) of New Jersey, Cindy of Washington, D.C., and Richard Conniff (Karen) of Connecticut; 12 nieces and nephews, and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Bobby.
A Mass was celebrated for him on Dec. 3 at St. Cassian Roman Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting New Concepts for Living, 68A West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.
Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St.