Mark Richard Klein, of Niskayuna, New York, passed away minutes before midnight on Jan. 29, 2018, due to a rare lymphoma. He stood up to his illness with great optimism and bravery, investigating, experimenting and pursuing life to its fullest. Mark was born in Albany on August 11,1953.
Mark’s parents were Catherine and Allan Klein of Glenmont. He attended St. Thomas School in Delmar, followed by Bethlehem Central High School, and Clarkson College, where he obtained a BS in electrical engineering in 1975. He worked in the Capital District in engineering and sales and marketing for a long career that concluded with retirement from Accumetrics (PCB) in 2015, and included work for Xciton, Fairchild, National Semiconductor, III V Semiconductor, Gould, Bircher, and Textronix. He achieved the Master’s sales award for Tektronix in 2001. His career often included travel within the country, and he especially enjoyed his trips abroad to the Philippines, Hong Kong, and England.
Exploring new places, new ideas, and new hobbies was continuous, along with a joy of reading and developing new computer and technological skills. Mark was a hiker and paddler and member of Adirondack Mountain Club, and loved exploring trails and waterways with friends and family by foot, bike and canoe. He was a bee keeper and member of SABA, he was community minded and a driving force within Solarize Schenectady, a lover of folk music and member of Pickin’ Singin’ and Gathering. He believed in peace and social justice and was an integral member of the peace community in the Capital District, especially active in Upper Hudson Peace Action and Schenectady Neighbors for Peace. Together with his wife, Elaine, Mark stood up for such causes as immigrant rights and a world free of nuclear weapons.
Mark’s sense of humor and sense of decency prevailed always. His knowledge and quirky creativity was well known. He fixed many problems and many items, and his family depended on his love and capabilities always.
Mark was very close to his brothers, Terry Klein ( Gail) of Averill Park and Paul Klein( Theresa) of Glenmont, always in contact and especially relishing their monthly brothers’ breakfast. He was adored by his grandchildren, Sam, Ben, Kate, and Ann, and they loved the crazy fun he could generate with the homemade zip line and other activities. His children Natalie Raymond, of Glenville and her husband Tim, Sarah Clowe of Schenectady, and her husband Jeremy, and Joel Klein of Troy always knew that he was keenly interested in them and their welfare, and that he loved them all fiercely.
Mark and Elaine were married for 43 years, having been high school sweethearts whose first date was the Junior Prom in 1970, and whose last big trip was a special post retirement journey across the country in 2016. They walked many pathways of life together, never tipped their canoe, and loved steadily through life’s trials and blessings.
A funeral service will take place at 11 AM, on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Congregation Berith Sholom, 167 Third Street in Troy, NY, where the family are members. Burial will be at the Berith Sholom Cemetery on Belle Avenue in Troy on Belle Ave. Shiva arrangements will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Upper Hudson Peace Action, Democracy Now, Congregation Berith Sholom or other organizations that serve humanity’s needs, peace, and protecting the environment.