We are sad to inform you of the sudden passing of Mark Teofilo of the Music Department. He passed away from a heart attack early Sunday morning. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. A Mass will be held at St. Francis Prep on Wednesday, December 21st at 11 am in the Auditorium. Reception to follow in the cafeteria. Mark's family and friends will be present. Please click here to RSVP so that we may make proper arrangements.
Mark was the Director of Percussion Studies at St. Francis Preparatory School since 1986. In 2002-03, Mr. Teofilo was honored with Prep’s Excellence in Education Award, bestowed upon teachers who display a high degree of dedication to the growth and development of their students.
Mr. Teofilo was a highly regarded authority and consultant in both the orchestral and marching percussion idioms. His ensembles have earned appearances on FOX 5-TV’s Good Day New York and ABC 7-TV’s Good Morning America telecasts. His percussion students have earned numerous top honors in (USSBA), the United States Scholastic Band Association championship competitions, as well as annual NYSSMA events.
An accomplished classical percussionist and timpanist, Mark performed for such famous dignitaries as his holiness Pope Benedict XVI and his holiness Pope John II, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, Cardinal Edward Egan and Cardinal John O’Connor. He earned Degrees in Education and Performance from Western Connecticut State University and Morehead State University.
A former student referred to Mark as, "One of the best and most influential teachers I've ever had."
Please keep him and his family and all of us in your prayers at this very difficult time.
Funeral Arrangements for Mark E. Teofilo
Thursday, December 22, 2011
West Haven Funeral Home At The Green 662 Savin Avenue West Haven, CT 06516 (203) 934-7921
Viewing Hours from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. mass at Our Lady of Victory Church, 600 Jones Hill Road, West Haven, CT 06516
Requiescat in pace, Mark. My thoughts & prayers are with the entire Teofilo family & the Prep community, especially Dr Corbino, the Music Department & students. I only knew Mark briefly but was struck by his passion & profound influence on the marching, concert & jazz bands. The years I spent at Prep participating in those bands & developing friendships were a great influence; and helped me mature as a student & person. Marc Toulon '85.
My prayers are with the Teofilo family. Although I graduated before Mark taught at the Prep, as a former band member, I feel a special bond and sadness. I also pray for the students and faculty who are saddened. Thank God for eternal life in Heaven. Marianne Black Prawda '78