Marc Gerard Pypaert

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Marc Gerard Pypaert, 45, of Hamden, loving husband to Christine Deloyer Pypaert, passed away at the CT Hospice surrounded by his family and close friends on July 28, 2008. He was born in Ath, Belgium on April 3, 1963 to his mother, Simone Hubin, and the late Paul Pypaert. Besides his wife and mother, Marc leaves his five children, Celine, Elise, Laure, Nathan, and Manon Pypaert, all of Hamden, his siblings and their spouses Isabelle and Jean-Pierre Perrin of Mery-Sur-Oise, France, Philippe Pypaert and Chiara Pizzinato of Treviso, Italy, Veronique and Jean-Pierre Cornet of Habaru, Leglise, Belgium, Emmanuel and Veronique Pypaert of Salle, Belgium, and Jean-Benoit and Julie Pypaert of Fernelmont, Belgium. Marc grew up and lived in Belgium until the age of 23 when he and his new bride moved to Scotland for two years. They then lived in London for four years before living in Switzerland for three. Then it was back to Belgium for four more years before settling in Hamden nine years ago. Marc graduated from the University of Notre-Dame in Belgium with a Bachelor of Science in 1985, before continuing his education at the University of Dundee in Scotland where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He went on to work at various universities throughout Europe, until accepting his position at Yale. Most recent positions include Department of Cell Biology's Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility, first as Associate Research Scientist and then as Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine. Marc also published extensively, roughly 70 publications, in all major research journals. He was a past president of the CT Electron Microscopy Society and the Ridge Top Swim and Tennis Club for two years. He was a member of the Frontline Christian Church and formerly a member of the Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Marc was an accomplished photographer with a passion for art. He created contemporary abstract photos at great magnification that were both fascinating and intriguing. On numerous occasions, he took part in City Wide Open Studios at ArtSpace New Haven. He wrote and played classical guitar music and used his beautiful tenor voice to sing in church choirs around the world. Marc was a skilled golfer, loved tennis, and was a master at chess. With an appreciation for good food, his family had their own personal, talented chef. Throughout his own battle against brain cancer, Marc's outstanding body of work in cancer research puts great emphasis on the importance he placed in his hope to help other people by finding a cure. Marc never gave up and never lost his faith, which meant that in the end he was victorious through His Lord and Savior. Marc was an incredible husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Despite his amazing career, he never lost sight of what was number one in his life and that was his family, his friends, and his Christian Faith. A Celebration of Marc's life will be celebrated at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 33 Center Rd., Woodbridge on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Memorial contributions in Marc's name may be sent to the Pypaert Children's Education Fund, c/o Frontline Christian Church, 2340 State St., Hamden, CT 06517 OR CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Chère Christine, je viens d’apprendre la terrible nouvelle par Suzanne Gourmet. Dans l’épreuve que tu traverses, je tenais à te dire que quelque part en Belgique, une vieille copine de Han-Sur-Lesse pense à toi et à tes nombreux enfants. J’espère que tous vous trouverez la force de surmonter les difficultés à venir. Bien amicalement, Myriam

  2. Cher Marc, La mort t’a happe bien tot mais quels merveilleux souvenirs tu laisses derriere toi, a nous tes amis et a ta famille. Tu etais un as dans ta discipline professionelle, un expert mondial, mais tu es reste si simple, chaleureux et toujours pret a partager tes nouvelles connaissances. Des ce jour, il n’y aura pas une photo de microscopie electronique qui ne me fera pas penser a toi. Je n’oublierai jamais non plus ton humour pour raconter les dernieres anecdotes sur les collegues! Ce fut aussi un enorme plaisir pour moi d’apprecier Christine et de connaitre tes enfants dont tu etais si fier. Isabelle

  3. Christine: Marc was such a good listener and so easy to work with, he will truly be missed. We send to you our deepest sympathy. You and the kids are in our hearts and prayers always. Being blessed with this beautiful family, stay strong for them and may the memories; photos, relatives and friends help guide and assist you through these emotional and tough times. With Love Always from: Dawn, David and Cheyenne

  4. Dear Christine – A light has been extinguished here on earth, only to glow forever brighter and for enternity in heaven. Marc was such a beautiful and kind person, never thinking of himself, but only of you, his family and his Lord. So gifted by God with such brilliance and talents….his will be a lasting legacy. I feel a real sense of loss that he is gone from us now. I know that our Lord will sustain you and the children, and pray that you will know His comfort as you face the days ahead. Tu amie toujours…Norma and Bob

  5. Dear Mrs. Pypaert & Family, I happen to see Marc’s Obituary while visiting my sister in North Haven and was so impressed with what he had accomplished and enjoyed during his too-short life, that I carried the newspaper clipping home with me to Sebastian Florida to show my husband, who was also touched by accounts of his life. Although I had never met him, I would be honored to try and capture in oils the image and essence of such an extraordinary individual, at no cost to you. See, or see a pastel portrait of Gary Cummings at the Clinton CT Library. My sincere condolences at your profound loss, but what a legacy your Marc left to all, and how lucky you all were to have known and loved him. God bless you and heal your hearts. Regards, Judy Burgarella

  6. I can not express the sorrow I feel in loosing this good friend. Marc was a loving, humorous, generous, big hearted, brilliant, and creative godly man. He was able to relate to everyone and willing to share his life and his love for Christ humbly. It is an honor to be counted among his friends. ( I know what he is saying to this…)

  7. I was a graduate student at Yale from 97-03 and while I did not know Marc personally, I was aware of his wonderful contributions to science. I am touched by his story and wanted to share my condolences with you. I also wanted to let you know that I am doing a triathlon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be paying respect to Marc by including his name on my racing jersey.

  8. I will always remember Marc, he was always so kind to me. Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again. My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of sorrow.

  9. It was fun to work with Marc and he was always ready with help and advice. I learnt many EM skills from him, he was a wonderful Immuno EM teacher and great Electron Microscopy advocate. He will be greatly missed in his lab of which he was so proud.

  10. Marc approached life with a grace and elan few can hope to match. Humble despite his many accomplishments, and blessed with the ability to revel in life’s simple pleasures, Marc exemplified the miracle of the human spirit triumphing over incredible odds. I will greatly miss his friendship.

  11. Marc was a down-to-earth, real person, capable of relating to anyone, and never arrogant or self-satisfied, despite his talent and accomplishments. His dry sense of humor was a delight. I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy a board game or a glass of wine quite as much as I did when I was with him. He was a generous friend, a truly good man and a rare find.

  12. Marc, I remember the laughter and good conversations we shared. I remember the kindness of you and your family when I needed help. I will forever remember you as someone who truly loved his family and life. We’ll miss you. Thinking about you and your family from afar… Mari

  13. May your memories of Marc fill your hearts with love and happiness now and forever. I am thankful each day that Marc hired me as a member of his lab. It has been an honor and privilege to work for Marc. Everything I know about EM I learned from Marc. He was a wonderful teacher. I will treasure Marc’s memory forever.

  14. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We loved Marc and prayed for him daily. He was a great inspiration to all. We loved him.

  15. Our hearts go out to the Pypaert family.Marc was such a cheerful and enthusiastic person.Just watching with Marc the World Cup finals on a small portable tv in the club pavilion,with thunderstorms raging around us,was such an exhilarating evening for all of us there. I can’t recall too many summer days Marc and his lovely family not being at the club,often cheerfully presiding at the bbq grille. We will miss his good spirits. The Ciaburri family,Ridge Top Club.

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Marc left a lasting impression of courage and faith to everyone. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Marc and to view his amazing photography recently at the country club. Friends in Christ Jesus, Jeannie & Peter Sutton

  17. Working with Marc for the past many years has been a privilege and a joy. He would come looking for our basket of chocolate everyday and always show an interest in what was going on in other people’s lives and jobs. His commitment to his family will always stand out as a mark of his character. We will miss you so much Marc.

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