LITCHFIELD — Mark J. Pronovost, husband of Karen T. (Korbusieski) Pronovost, passed away peacefully in VITAS in Waterbury on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, surrounded by family.
Mark was born at Saint Mary's Hospital on Jan. 16, 1952, the son of the late Armand T. and Christine M. (Brady) Pronovost. Like his father, Mark graduated from St. Anne's Grammar School and Crosby High School where he was on the swim team for four years. He earned a BS in biology in 1973 and a BS in civil engineering in 1976 from UConn.
Mark has been Waterbury's supervisory engineer for the last 10 years. Before that he was Wolcott's part time town engineer and a partner in the private firm of Compass Engineering. Earlier in his career Mark worked at Lombardy Associates of Vernon and Cardinal Engineering of Meriden.
Mark loved the city of Waterbury and worked hard to provide the best service he could to its citizens, including simple things like picking up people carrying groceries up Cooke Street and driving them home.
Mark had many interests. He most enjoyed the time he spent playing with his family. He loved to ride his bike, custom built for him by his son, from Northfield to work in Waterbury and on weekends at White Memorial. He was a member of the Waterbury YMCA, where he played racquetball, swam and exercised, for more than 30 years.
In recent years he revisited an old hobby and began building and flying remote controlled airplanes again. His summer garden was a source of pride and many people were on the receiving end of his hard work as they appreciated eating the veggies he grew. He was a big fan of Yankee baseball and UConn Basketball. If he wasn't engaged in some activity he had a book in his hands.
Mark's passion for music led him to join his daughter Emma at the Thomaston Opera House in 1995. Over the last 20 years he has appeared at the Thomaston Opera House, the Warner Theater and with Light Opera Company of Salisbury in a variety of musicals including Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, The Stinky Cheese Man and the rock opera Tommy. He enjoyed performing as a member of the Waterbury Chorale as well.
In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by his children, Rebekah and her husband, Brent Maranzano, of Gales Ferry; Beth Ann Pronovost of New Haven; Matthew Pronovost of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Emily Pronovost of Volcano, Hawaii. Pop Pop also leaves behind his favorite playmates (grandchildren), Jakob, Julia and Logan Alanah Maranzano; they were the loves of his life.
Mark was part of a large family. He is survived by his siblings, James Pronovost of Litchfield; Christine Lucewicz, Thomas Pronovost and his wife, Laurie, Jane Pronovost, Jo-Ann Pronovost, Mari-Ann Pronovost and Patrick Pronovost, all of Waterbury; Noel Croce and her husband, Mark, of Torrington; Nanette Sheridan and her husband, William, of Southington; Stephen Pronovost and his wife, Kay Higgins, of Salt Lake City, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Arlene and her husband, Scott Anderson; and his brother-in-law, Thomas Korbusieski of Waterbury.
Karen and family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the 7th floor clinic, and the 11th and 12th floors of Smilow Cancer Hospital for their wonderful care. His family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from Mark's many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be made to Closer to Free Fund, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven 06519-0611 (www.GiveClosertoFree.org), The Thomaston Opera House (www.landmarkcommunitytheatre.org) and/or donations of blood or platelets to the American Red Cross.
A celebration of Mark's life open to all will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the historic Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. The Snyder Funeral Home, 114 Willow St., Waterbury, has been entrusted with arrangements. Burial will be a private service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.snyderfh.net.