Mark Schroeder poured himself into his interests, from hockey and pop culture to work and most of all, his children.
Schroeder died from Covid-19 at Buffalo General Medical Center on April 22 after being hospitalized for heart surgery. He was 54.
"Mark was selfless and generous to a fault," said Amy Abbey, his partner since 2018. "He was a provider in every sense of the word, whether financially for his family or emotionally for everyone around him. Everyone pretty much felt he was their best friend."
Schroeder was born in Orchard Park and graduated from Orchard Park High School, where he was active in athletics. He had a career in technology and telecommunication sales, most recently at Spectrum and AT&T.
Schroeder played hockey through high school, in college at SUNY Geneseo and in adult leagues. He was a die-hard Sabres fan and participated in a hockey fantasy league.
Schroeder's eclectic taste in music spanned many genres, from Pink Floyd to Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five to Irish music. In his early days of collecting music, Schroeder and his friends would scour Western New York record stores for rare bootleg recordings, carefully storing each album in its own protective covering.
Mary Margaret Schroeder, Mark's older sister, often went with him to concerts in their younger years. He was an unabashed fan of the cowbell.
Science fiction was another interest of Schroeder's. He particularly liked Dr. Who and could recite lines from "The Princess Bride" in chorus with his children.
Schroeder enjoyed typical Buffalo food fare such as chicken wings and Buffalo-style pizza, but he was also a skilled cook who enjoyed cooking for others.
Schroeder had quadruple bypass surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center in early April, and it is believed he contracted the coronavirus while in recovery. He was put on a ventilator for more than two weeks before succumbing.
Other survivors include two daughters, Claire and Maggie; and a son, Jeremy.
"He prioritized their well-being above all else, and loved them fiercely as his shining stars," Abbey said.
An outdoor memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
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