SCHEURER, MARK E.

Funeral services were held June 17 for Mark E. Scheurer of Jersey City, 73. He passed away peacefully with his three daughters by his side on Saturday, June 13. A lifelong resident of Jersey City, he reluctantly moved to Bloomfield recently to be closer to his tribe who had been slowly migrating to Essex County. Mark graduated from Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in 1965 where he embodied the ethos of a “man for others” and was a true scholar/athlete. A man of faith, he always held the Jesuit spirit close to his heart. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1969 and obtained his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in 1989. Mark was a lifelong academic who taught at the collegiate level including at Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and several community colleges. Mark was an avid sports and movie fan. He loved books and music, especially the songwriting and storytelling of Bruce Springsteen. Mark was a keen observer of the human condition. He chronicled his life and the world around him by writing poetry, often under the pen name Pontiac Maguire. A prolific writer, Mark marked years of milestones. With every birthday, graduation, new job, holiday, birth, death, wedding, time of sadness and joyous occasion he put pen to paper and wrote a powerful reminder of how much he understood and how deeply he appreciated life. He was a father, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, and friend. As he once wrote, “Let me see if I got it straight, family is first, second, and third, everything else is just to be absorbed and disgorged depending on its severity.” Mark treasured his Irish heritage and his Maguire family namesake. He fully embraced the Maguire clan motto, “Justice and Fortitude Are Invincible.” He valued and promoted equality for all and was a staunch supporter of Native American rights. He is predeceased by his father Robert, mother Marion (née Maguire), siblings Robert, Marion Elizabeth, and Theresa. He is survived by his wife Evelyn (née Georgia).  father of Melissa, Kirsten and her husband Kongoza Alan Branigan, Jessica and her partner Dominick Della Fave. Cherished brother of Ellen and Joseph (Jeff).  grandpa of Maguire, Madeline, and Myles Branigan.  uncle to Kathleen, Thomas, Christine, Robert, Joseph, Ronald, Edmund, several grandnephews and a grandniece. Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.