SOUTH DEERFIELD - Mark Edward Powers, 87, of 31 South Main Street, South Deerfield, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Baystate Medical Center, following a short illness.
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He was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Sunderland, the son of the late James F. Powers and Gertrude Slattery.
Mark was raised and educated in Deerfield, graduating from Deerfield High School. Continuing his education, Mark attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving a bachelor's degree in Business. He also excelled while on the University of Massachusetts diving team.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, following his brother, James, and served with the 142nd Heavy Ordnance Division. He was involved with the 7th Army Saar Valley Offensive and the crossing of the Rhine River Offensive in Germany. He received various commendations, including the Army of Occupation Medal of Germany, the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Meritorious Service Citation for the European Theater of Operations, 15th Army.
He began his career as a claims adjustor in the Springfield area with Mass Mutual Life Insurance. Mark began a career as a carpenter and went on to build a successful contracting business, Powers Construction, working as a general contractor doing residential and commercial projects throughout New England. As the business grew and his sons joined him, PowCo Construction, Inc., was formed.
He was active in various committees and groups in South Deerfield including the 300th Anniversary committee, the Frontier Regional School Committee and the VFW Hale Clapp, Post 3295, The National Rifle association and the Polish Americans Citizens Club.
Mark was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting fishing and skiing. He taught his children how to ski on an old rope tow at Boron's Hill in South Deerfield. He also spent many years hunting in Parkman, Maine, at "The Deer Camp". Many happy times were enjoyed in Maine with longtime friends.
Mark leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Jean Powers; nine children, Mark A. and Milda Powers of Andover, Conn., Matthew and Jean Powers of Hatfield, Kathleen of Florence, John of South Deerfield, Terence of South Deerfield, Sheila Powers and her partner Mark Symanski of Whately, Mary and her husband Joe LaPerle of Hatfield, Christopher and Pamela Powers of Florence and Thomas Powers of South Deerfield; grandchildren, Ryan, Elise, Patrick, Jamie, Meghan, James, Rory, Paul, Siobhan, Eamonn, Kavan, Liza, Thomas C., Lilli, his great grandson, Locke; his sisters, Helen Jenkins of Greenfield and Mary Gilmore of Franklin; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; his sister in law Rose Powers and her children, Joan, Sheila, and Barbara of Hawaii; and his longtime friend, Carol Thompson and her family of Turners Falls who were so good to Mark over the years.
Mark was predeceased by his devoted brothers, James "Flap" and Charles.
A calling hour will be held at the Wrisley Funeral Home on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m with Fr. Michael Twohig, celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Northampton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marks memory can be made to the South Deerfield Rescue Vehicle Fund, Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA O1373.
The Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton, has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 18, 2012