On September 11, 2001 Mark Bavis lost his life aboard United Airlines flight 175 which struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. His loss was a devastating blow to the National Hockey League and all who knew and Loved him. The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation was born out of Marks devotion to young men and women who are willing to work hard in their pursuit of success. Mark devoted much of his life to the development of young men and women, encouraging them to follow their dreams. He coached them in hockey, a game he loved, but more importantly, he was a role model, mentor and friend to them all. It is our hope that this Foundation will make a positive impact on its recipients and that they in turn will make an impact on the future of this country. That will be Mark's continued and lasting legacy.

Mary Bavis of Roslindale passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 27, 2021. For 36 years she was the beloved and devoted wife of Richard Bavis until his passing in 1990. Mary and Dick’s legacy continues with their children: Kathleen Sylvester and her husband Paul of Osterville, Maryellen Moran and her husband Jack of Marshfield, John Bavis of Williamsburg, VA, Patrick Bavis and his wife Patrice of Weymouth, Kelly Bavis Morrissey of Brookline, and Mike Bavis and his wife Kim of West Roxbury. Mary is pre-deceased by her oldest and youngest sons, Ricky and Mark Bavis. Her greatest joy was spending time with her 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mary was born and raised in Charlestown and was pre-deceased by her parents Patrick and Bridget Kelly originally of Donegal County, Ireland, and her two brothers Patrick and John Kelly. Mary is survived by her siblings, Anne Corcoran, Helen Comeau, Joe Kelly, and sister-in-law, Liz Kelly. Mary leaves behind several cousins, nieces, and nephews who she always had a story for. Shortly after marrying in 1954, Mary and Dick made their home on the hill in Roslindale where they raised eight children. Mary had a strong faith and Sacred Heart Parish was her anchor. Through life’s ups and downs her faith helped her steer the ship, keeping her household of 10 running smoothly. Mary was also proud of her work outside of the home. She returned to school in her fifties, taking business classes at Aquinas College. She worked at McKinley Vocational High School and always had a kind word for a parent or student. She had perspective and knew how to give support in a subtle way. Mary loved to dance at weddings, spend time at her cottage in Wareham and watch and talk sports, especially hockey. She always had a smile and taught us to face life’s challenges with strength, courage, and resiliency. Her generous spirit and easy laugh have uplifted many and will continue to impact us for years to come. In lieu of flowers, Mary would want donations to benefit others in honor of her son, therefore please consider The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation.


Donate

Past Recipients