Unionville mourns Mark Powers

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Long-time and dedicated Unionville Recreation Association volunteer Mark Powers passed away Thursday. URA is leading an effort to help fund the college education of his two children.

The Unionville community is mourning the loss of Mark Powers, 47, a dedicated volunteer with the Unionville Recreation Association, who died Thursday. A fund raising effort to help pay for college for his son and daughter is now under way.

Powers was a constant presence at the URA Complex on Doe Run Road, coaching baseball, working on maintaining the facilities and serving on the URA baseball board. A native of Unionville, Powers was a 1985 graduate of Unionville High School and owned a local plumbing and heating business.

The URA put out a statement to the thousands of families in the area who were touched by Powers’ generous gift of his time and talents, late Thursday:

“It is with deep sadness we share the news of a tremendous and tragic loss to not only the Unionville Recreation Association, but our entire community as a whole,” the statement said.

“Mark Powers wore many hats for URA. Baseball Board Member, Coach, field maintenance, and tireless contributor. If something needed to be done, he was always there to help. Mark had a huge influence on the improvement of the URA Facilities and the URA Baseball program itself, making it arguably the best recreational baseball program in the area. While Mark wore many hats for the baseball organization, the ones he held closest to his hearts were that of Coach, Mentor and friend to everyone he came in contact with.

“Mark’s dedication to URA Baseball continued even after his children grew out of the program. Whether it would be for the annual improvement and startup of the snack shack, or simply making some of his famous pulled pork at our tournaments that he was so proud of. Mark’s commitment and dedication inspired many to follow his lead and give back as well,” the statement said.

The loss will be felt far beyond Unionville’s playing fields, the statement said.

“While Mark’s loss leaves a tremendous void on the Unionville Recreation Association, that loss is multiplied across the community and his family. Mark is survived by his wife Cathie, daughter Kasey and son Colton.

“One of Mark’s greatest joys was his children. His face beamed with pride when he spoke of Kasey and Colton’s academic accomplishments and he was the first to tell you they were way smarter than him. He was thrilled with Kasey attending West Chester University where she is currently a Junior and he was looking forward to the college selection process with Colton,” the statement said.

Because of that, URA is leading an effort to help fund Kasey and Colton’s college education, pledging to match all contributions up to $15,000.

“In an effort to keep Mark’s memory and dream alive, we have established an education fund to make sure Kasey and Colton realize their own dreams of completing their college educations. URA is pledging a match of all contributions up to a total of $15,000.”

Please click this link for more information or to donate to the cause.

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  1. Bunny Cameron says:

    The Cameron Family wishes to extend their heart felt sympathy Mark’s family. Mark graduated with my daughter Heather Cameron Treml.

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