Mark S. Vagnozzi
June 07, 1956 - April 05, 2022
Mark S. Vagnozzi, 65, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on April 5, 2022. He was born in Niagara Falls, New York on June 7, 1956 during the Schoellkopf Power Station Disaster (a fun fact he always liked to share).
As a Niagara Falls native, Mark attended local schools growing up, and eventually graduated from LaSalle High School as the class of 1974. He was a proud Purple Eagle and graduated from Niagara University in 1978 with a degree in travel and tourism. While in school, Mark worked at the Treadway Inn and at the Sheraton. Mark would always have a story about a famous guest who stayed at the hotel, like football players or rock stars in town for a concert. He also had the pleasure of driving the rock stars to the airports with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Boston to name a few.
Later in 1978, Mark moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked at Uarco Business Forms. This is where he was introduced to the print industry, and he eventually started his own print company, Marc Business Forms, in October of 1980, which is still active today.
Mark was a man of many interests and hobbies, especially music and sports. He was an excellent drummer, and Mark played in various wedding bands with well known and accomplished musicians. He always kept a separate room in his home dedicated to his drum set. At least once a week, Mark usually saw live music, like blues and funk bands, at local venues around Phoenix.
He was a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was a season-ticket holder for the Phoenix Suns for over 30 years. On top of that, there aren't many people out there who can say they've been to a Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, the NBA finals, the World Series, and an NCAA football national championship; Mark did it all.
His children were the light of his life. He rarely missed their concerts, recitals, or baseball and basketball games, and he eventually coached his son's baseball team for many years. Mark also found a passion in umpiring, which he did for over a decade, ranging from Little League to the Men's Senior Baseball League World Series. He also loved history, movies, supporting local restaurants and bars around the valley, and escaping the heat to his summer home in Prescott.
Mark is survived by his two children, Alexa (Sam) and Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Joan Vagnozzi (Bielic).
A celebration of life will be held on June 7, Mark's heavenly birthday, at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix at 6:30 p.m. Please email [email protected] to RSVP as there is limited capacity. In lieu of flowers, the family asks instead to donate in Mark's name to the American Heart Association.