Report by Paula Antolini
August 7, 2017 9:57AM EDT
Mark Stern, 63, Pilot in Danbury Plane Crash, Has Died
Dec 19, 1954 – Aug 3, 2017
Mark Stern, 63, passed away on Thursday in Danbury Hospital after succumbing to his injuries sustained from a private plane crash on Sunday morning.
A devoted family man, Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karin; his son Bryan; daughter Alexis; step-daughter Stacee; brothers; David, Richard and Glen; sister Donna and grandchildren Vincent, Emily and Sarah. He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Miriam Stern.
Mark attended New York University and graduated from the University of Florida in 1976 then went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1979 from Loyola Marymount School of Law. He worked at several prestigious law firms before founding his international law practice Mark Stern & Associates in 1986.
Mark was licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York, California and Florida. Mark was a well-respected trial litigator, community leader, teacher and law enforcement professional. An active volunteer in his communities throughout his life, he served as the Wilton Fire Commissioner, a Culver City California Police Officer, Volunteer Florida State Highway Trooper, auxiliary Police Officer at Fairfield/Eagle 1 Search and Rescue helicopter program. Mark served as a Fact Finder and Arbitrator for the Stamford-Connecticut Superior Court and a Director of the Fairfield Bar Association.
Mark was also a member and volunteered his time with dozens of other organizations focused on law enforcement, emergency management, law, commercial security and others. He was a lifetime student and teacher who continued exploring new fields of endeavor that seemingly knew no limits including becoming an experienced aviator flying both helicopters and airplanes. Mark’s true passions were family, flying and making a positive difference on those around him.
All arrangements are being directed by Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home of Monroe, Connecticut, 203-445-8500.
Mark Stern’s celebration of life and memorial will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Norwalk Inn located at 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, 561855-4207, or Blackhorse 4 Heroes, 516-449-9610, in honor of “Mark Stern and Family” www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence.