In Memory Of

Mark Sawyer - Class Of 1975


AUBURN - Mark Sawyer, the son of Mary Jane Caruana Sawyer and the late George Sawyer, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at his home in New York City. Mark resided in New York City's West Village for more than 37 years. He was a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Class of 1977, which was the last class to hold commencement exercises at Carnegie Hall. After graduation, Mark put his talents to work in extensive travel for his duties for the Italian designer Fiorucci. This included time in Milan, Zurich and several major cities in the United States. Mark was also a public relations representative for Studio 54. He was also employed for a time at Bonwit Teller. He then moved on to the Macy's flagship store as a fashion display designer, where he was employed at the time of his death. Mark was a man of many talents in the arts. He was the lead singer for the band Sacred Addiction, which played throughout the New York City area, with several appearances at the famous CBGB's and Limelight clubs. In addition to his musical career, Mark was also an actor. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Mark had roles in commercials, multiple roles in independent films and television series, the most recent role being in FX's 'Louie' in 2011. Although Mark lived in the Village, he loved his home in Auburn. Despite his travels he looked forward to spending time at home in Auburn with his family and friends. Mark was predeceased by his father, George Sawyer, in 2009 and in addition to his mother, Mary Jane is survived by brother, Thomas and his wife, Becky, of Auburn; a niece, Carly; his partner, Robert Campbell, of New York City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mark is also survived by several very close and loving friends in New York City and Auburn. Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian burial to be offered by the Rev. Louis Vasile at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alphonsus Church. Condolences may be offered to the family in the nave of the church immediately following the Mass. As Mark would always say, 'See ya later!' Contributions may be made in memory of Mark to Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, 13021. To leave a message for the family, sign the guestbook: go to and click on obituaries. 
Published in The Citizen on January 23, 2012