Obituary: Bryan Todd Mayurnik
Published in The Bernardsville News on June 27, 2019
Bryan Todd Mayurnik, 43, of Manhattan, N.Y., formerly of Bernardsville, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Bryan was born Jan. 14, 1976, in Huntington Beach, Calif., the son of Paul and Barbara Mayurnik. As a child, Bryan loved the beach and spent many hours skimboarding and body surfing.
After his family finally settled in New Jersey, Bryan attended Delbarton School from 1990 to 1994. He was both an athlete and a scholar: he was an exceptional student and varsity lacrosse player, proving that with hard work, you can accomplish it all.
His discipline paid off and in 1994, Bryan went to Colgate University, where he studied mathematical economics. A member of Theta Chi and the men’s varsity lacrosse team, Bryan made many friends during his time in Hamilton, N.Y. Over the years, these friends became family and many of Bryan’s greatest memories from his 20s and 30s were spent with this large but close circle of friends traveling, skiing and fishing.
After college, Bryan’s career dreams were realized when he moved to New York City to pursue a career in finance. Although work was not what defined Bryan, he was incredibly smart and hardworking and spent 15-plus years working in finance for Bear Stearns and then J.P. Morgan.
Bryan’s love of sports and the outdoors was a common thread in his life. He was an avid skier, fisherman and just all-around general sportsman. He loved to travel and his favorite places were Montana; Park City, Utah; Belize; Montauk, N.Y.; Montreal; Turks and Caicos Islands; and Ocean City.
He was a food connoisseur and many great memories with family and friends were centered around Bryan’s love of sandwiches and various other culinary delights.
In 2015, Bryan married the love of his life, Amy, in a small wedding in Turks and Caicos.
A year later, he became a father when they welcomed their sweet, smart and spunky daughter into the world. Evelyn and her Dad had a very special bond and spent much time together during their father-daughter early morning walks in Central Park.
Life got hectic pretty quickly when two years later her wild, warm and funny brother joined the crew. It was evident even very early on that Henry had his Dad’s sense of humor and appetite for risk. Life was perfect for that brief time.
Bryan’s premature departure has left a void in his family’s lives that will never be filled. Yet he will be remembered for his sense of humor, generous heart and smile. To know Bryan was to feel sunlight on your face, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Amy; his two children, Evelyn and Henry; his parents, Barbara and Paul; his sibling David Mayurnik (wife Kerry); and his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Bryan’s memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th St., New York, N.Y., 10019.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation to Compassionate Care ALS, https://ccals.org/.