Mark McCullough Field Dedication
Submitted by the GR Democratic Club
It wasn’t quite softball weather but the crowds braved the chill on April 8, 2018, to witness the dedication of the Lower Faber softball field in honor of former Glen Rock council member Mark McCullough. In addition to serving on the council, many town boards, and as Municipal Chair of the Glen Rock Democrats, Mark dedicated his time to coaching a variety of sports including soccer, softball, volleyball, baseball, and softball.
“Mark loved this town,even as a child. He started playing sports as a young child and was a natural. He started coaching at age 14 and continued until age 62,” wife Suzanne McCullough recalls. “He had an uncanny ability to assess a player’s ability and weakness and usually rectified that weakness. Some of the children he coached went on to play in college.”
Mayor Bruce Packer, one of the driving forces behind the field dedication, said, “Mark McCullough gave his heart and soul to the Borough of Glen Rock in his quest to make our town the absolute best it could be, with no acceptance for easy answers or excuses that look more to the past than the future. As he spent many of his years advocating for a much improved field at Lower Faber while also playing softball on that field for many decades, I could not think of a more fitting tribute than to name that very softball field Mark McCullough Field.”
Mark passed away last fall after battling ALS, and the dedication of the field at Lower Faber will ensure that his memory continues for generations to come.
“Mark was a force of nature and it’s so fitting that this softball field, where he loved to play, is now named for him.” Council member Kristine Morieko said.
“I can’t thank Mayor Packer and Eric Orsec enough for for honoring Mark in this way. The outpouring of support from those who know him has been overwhelming,” said Suzanne McCullough. “I am truly blessed to live in a town with so many kind and generous people. I will be forever grateful for the town acknowledging Mark’s gift that he shared with so many.”