Wayne S. Markman

Wayne S. Markman, 62, of Cheshire, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the St. Raphael’s Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital.  He is survived by his wife Irene, his daughter Karen Newburg and her husband Nate Newburg, his daughter Sara Markman, and his son Elliot Markman.  Wayne was born on January 29, 1952 to the late Harold and Eleanor Markman. He is also survived by his siblings Michael Markman and his wife Edith, Hillary Strackbein and her husband Jeff, and many loving cousins, nephews and nieces. Wayne will be remembered for his sense of humor and his kind, generous spirit. He loved to make people laugh. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and shared his love of sports with his son, Elliot. He loved a great meal, whether it was a clam pizza from Pepe’s or a steak at Abe and Louie’s after a Sox game. Wayne also loved all kinds of music and loved sharing it with his family. He especially enjoyed singing and dancing to embarrass his children. He took great joy in giving back to his community, especially at the Jewish Community Center and Hamden Hall Country Day School, where his two daughters graduated and his son is in ninth grade. Wayne was always “Mr. Fix-It.”  He never found a gadget he couldn’t fix and took great satisfaction in learning how things worked.  He was the owner of Markman TV in Hamden, CT for over 30 years and a leader in the National Electronics Service Dealers Association (NESDA), where he served in a variety of positions, including President, and was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Gerry M. McCann CET/CSM, EHF Memorial Award and two time recipient of the Richard Mildenberger Outstanding NESDA Officer Award.  As a tribute to his wit and oratory skills, he was repeatedly requested to serve as Master of Ceremonies at the NESDA Annual Awards Banquet.  Wayne also developed many Technical and Business Training Programs, which he presented at state and local conferences across the country, earning respect, admiration, and multiple honorary memberships, awards, and commendations from his peers.  In 2012, Wayne, CET/CSM/MST/CSR, was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Industry Hall of Fame.

Funeral Service at Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, CT, Sunday afternoon at 3: pm. The interment will be in the Cheshire Hillside Cemetery, 166 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire. Period of mourning will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hamden Hall Country Day School, 1108 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517 or to the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

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  1. Gerri Frankel said,

    02.14.14 at 12:31 am

    Dear Irene and family,
    I am so saddened to read of your loss. Wayne was one of my favorite people and favorite tennis partners. I am sorry that I cannot be with you this week, as I am in FL for the winter. I will certainly make a contribution in his name within the next few days. I know that you have the support of the entire Jewish community, especially the jocks with whom Wayne played sports for so many years.
    Gerri Frankel

  2. Susan Stone Levine and Family said,

    02.14.14 at 1:40 am

    Dear Irene and Elliott,
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    We have great memories of the amazing Dad that
    Wayne’ was. He was always at Hamden Halm for pick up.
    We all send our deepest condolences and know ft at his memory will be a blessing to you always. Love, Susan, Roger , and Ben

  3. Betsy Bradley said,

    02.14.14 at 4:29 pm

    Irene and Elliott and family –

    We always really just loved Wayne as we do all of you – so gentle, so generous, and who can not like anyone who loves pizza and baseball as much as he did. We will be there Sunday – and please know we are thinking of you. With Godspeed.

    Betsy, John, and Tim Bradley

  4. Barb Goodwin said,

    02.14.14 at 9:01 pm

    Dear Irene, Karen, Sara and Elliot,
    I am so deeply saddened by your terrible loss and wish there was something to do to ease your pain. Wayne was a terrific, wonderful person as a husband and a dad; I enjoyed the time I spent with him and and all of you. I will be there on Sunday; thinking of you and continuing to keep you all in my prayers.

    With Deepest Condolences,
    Barb Goodwin

  5. Julie said,

    02.14.14 at 11:34 pm

    Dear Irene and family,
    Wayne was a very big mentor in my life. I would have never love electronics, ESDA and NESDA as much as I do if it weren’t for Wayne’s guidance, knowledge and humor. He is a very loved man and will be greatly missed. Your family is in my thoughts.

  6. Mike Devine said,

    02.14.14 at 11:44 pm

    My condolences to the family and friends of Wayne.

  7. Eydie (Hahn) Cutler said,

    02.15.14 at 1:43 am

    So sorry for your loss. I graduated from Hamden High with Wayne. I remember him with a smile on his face, always. We suffered through an English class together!

  8. Frank DeMayo said,

    02.15.14 at 11:18 am

    THoughts and prayers to the family. Wayne and I grew up together and I saw him at Katz’s deli in Woodbridge lately, and we always took a moment to remember old times. A wonderful man.

  9. Barbara and Ralph DeNatale said,

    02.15.14 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Markman family: It is with sadness and deepest condolences that we
    send our caring thoughts. We have known Wayne since Karen was in
    Kindergarten at Hamden Hall and have watched the children grow. We have
    admired Wayne’s generous spirit and devotion to his family and community.
    We send our heartfelt sympathy,and prayers to you all.

  10. brenda Sonsini Pineau said,

    02.15.14 at 2:36 pm

    Irene and family,
    Am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father.My prayers are with you all.
    Brenda Sonsini Pineau R.N.[JHA, New Haven]

  11. Alex, David, Wayne, Bozena said,

    02.15.14 at 2:50 pm

    Irene, Karen, Sara and Elliot,

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Wayne was a great role model for children and parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Mary Ross said,

    02.15.14 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Irene, Karen & Nate, Sara and Elliot,
    I love reading the stories about Wayne here.
    No words can express our love for you all and the sorrow we feel over the loss of this great man. He was an example to all of us, for he lived a life for others and gained pure pleasure from it. He knew the secret of life…loving and giving to others. I always looked up to him and considered his opinion the benchmark on virtually any subject. Few people are as intelligent, without arrogance and as giving without measure. This is truly a great loss for all of you and for us along with you. I feel certain Wayne will make every effort to let us know he is near because it was clear he did not want to leave you.
    Our thoughts and prayers and love are with you now and forever…
    Mary & Bob, Catherine, Patrick & Brendan

  13. charlotte leveton hartford said,

    02.15.14 at 4:34 pm

    Wayne was a remarkable human being and I will always treasure the time we had together over the course of our lives. You were all so very lucky to have such a generous, loving husband and father. He was possibly the most sweet-natured individual I have ever known… and you all were the greatest joy in his life.

    I send you all my love.

  14. Valentino Caruso said,

    02.15.14 at 8:20 pm

    I was so shocked to pick up the paper this morning and read about my longtime friend passing. My prayers go out Irene the children,Hilary and Mike.We grew up together and I’ll always remember the good times we shared in sports and just hanging out. I regret that I won’t be able to make the funeral because I’m recovering from open heart surgery at this time. I truley loved Wayne and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Rest in peace my friend. Sincerely ,Val Caruso.

  15. Sue Levy said,

    02.16.14 at 12:47 am

    I was shocked to hear about Wayne’s passing. I haven’t seen Wayne in many,many years but remember him for his wit and kindness. As a kid, our families Wayne’s, The Markmans and mine, Fran and Jack Levy were dear friends- Its probably been 45 years or more since we interacted but his genuine kindness, pure wit and wonderful smile can never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to your family. Charlie remembers playing basketball at the old JCC against Wayne and Wayne always told Helen to “get a taller and better basketball playing boyfriend”. He will truly be missed-
    Sue Levy, Helen Levy Butler and Charlie Butler

  16. Frank Gasparro said,

    02.16.14 at 2:00 pm

    Dear Irene, Karen, Sara, and Elliot,
    Paula and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Wayne was one of our first friends when we moved to Hamden in 1986 and joined the ridge top club.

    Frank & Paula

  17. Marc Osborne said,

    02.16.14 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Irene, Karen, Sara, and Eliot,

    I was privileged to have met Wayne on several occasions, and honored to have taught and gotten to know Karen and Sara over several years. My heart is saddened and goes out to your wonderful family at this difficult time.


  18. Phil Whitehead said,

    02.16.14 at 8:08 pm

    Dear Markman Family,
    Our deepest condolences for your lose.
    We had the pleasure of meeting Wayne and knowing him for a few short years through PSA and also NESDA and he always exemplified professionalism and honesty. He will be missed by these associations and the entire Service Industry.

  19. Joan Aceto said,

    02.17.14 at 2:22 am

    Dear Irene, Karen, Sara, and Elliot,
    Robert and I were deeply saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. I will always remember the good laughs we enjoyed when Wayne would drop Elliot off at school. He always joined us for coffee and sometimes for birthday muffins. These fun times eventually turned into what we called the “breakfast club”. Wayne was such a warmhearted and caring man who will be missed by all. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Robert and Joanie

  20. Annette Ojeda and Henry ojeda said,

    02.17.14 at 8:15 am

    My sincere condolences to my friend Irene and her children my thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. In our prayers. Love the ojeda family

  21. Annette Ojeda and Henry ojeda said,

    02.17.14 at 8:18 am

    Our sincere condolences to my friend irene and her family during this difficult time. Many blessings and prayers to all of you. Love the OJEDA family

  22. Ralph Proto said,

    02.17.14 at 4:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne, I met Wayne at the JCC and he was always on my team along with Bruce Jacobs, Jack Keyes, John Champion, and Brian Fischer. I would see him now and again around like at Everybody’s I don’t know if you remember Eliot you were with him. He was a wonderful guy who could make you laugh so easily. I use to stop in the place on state st. if I was looking for some sarcastic humor. He was just a good man who shared it with everyone he knew. Irene,Karen,Sarah, and Eliot my heart goes out to you all and will always remember you all and Wayne in my prayers. It is so hard even at this terrible time to say his name without a smile crossing my face

  23. Louis Negri said,

    02.19.14 at 12:39 pm

    To Wayne’s family my deepest condolences on your loss, but may I celebrate the life of a beautiful guy, and I shall treasure the moments we shared at last year’s graduation. Every moment with Wayne was a moment with a true gentleman.

    Dr. Lou

  24. Joe Sopko said,

    02.19.14 at 2:49 pm

    Wayne had many friends in the electronics world. I always looked forward to seeing him at the national conventions and will miss him now that he is gone.

    On behalf of all Wayne’s friends in NesdaOHIO, we send our most profound sympathy to his friends and family

    Joe Sopko
    (Secretary, NesdaOHIO)

  25. Linda Houde said,

    02.21.14 at 12:40 pm

    Dear Irene, Sara & family,
    So sorry to hear about Wayne. He will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives he touched. His love will live forever in your hearts.
    Love and prayers,
    Linda & Rebecca Houde (Team Esprit)

  26. Michelle Taruska said,

    02.22.14 at 12:27 am

    My sincere condolences to Irene and children.. No words can help ease the pain of the great loss of your husband and father. May he live forever in your hearts and your memories keep him alive in your thoughts.
    With deepest heartfelt condolences,

    Michelle Taruska