in Quincy longtime resident of Brighton, Grafton and Naples, FL passed away on November 26, 2020 at the age of 89. Beloved husband for over 59 years to his high school sweetheart the late Dorothy Ann (Hull) Foley. Devoted father of Mark R. Foley and his wife Sylvia of Saugus, Laura Smith and her husband Jeffrey of Grafton, Judith Belben of Milford, Christopher and his wife Jennifer of Sutton, Paula Foley, and her spouse Rand Currier of Weymouth. Mark leaves behind 7 grandchildren Kenneth, Jessie, Mark, Patrick, Joseph, Christopher, and Robert. Also survived by 5 great grandchildren Predeceased by his sisters Catherine, Alice, Elizabeth, and his brother Edward.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Columbkille Church 321 Market St. Brighton on Thursday Dec. 3rd at 10:30am.
Mark grew up in Brighton, graduating Brighton High and then studied nights to earn a BS from Northeastern University, whilst working full-time. He proudly served in the Army Reserves at Ft. Drum NY. Mark enjoyed a lifetime career in the insurance industry, culminating in ownership of an insurance agency with offices on Federal Street, Boston, Newton, and Wellesley. A true athlete, he began distance running in his mid-30s and continued to run into his 70s, completing two Boston Marathons, sub 4. When not running, he would be found on the golf course or watching it on tv along with other Boston sports. For years Mark and Dot volunteered their time at Special Olympic events. They enjoyed many years of traveling. He retired early and spent over 20 winters at his residence in Naples FL. He had found his heaven on earth, having made many a new friendship, golfed daily, and was very involved in the golf community association. He was dedicated to his wife Dorothy after she suffered a devastating stroke. The last 10 years were spent at Atria Assisted Living at Marina Bay and most recently Alliance at Marina Bay Skilled Nursing.
There was a special place in Mark’s heart for the staff and he had deepest gratitude to Dina Dellamano and Dr. Mark Ostrum. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mark may be made to Special Olympics 1133 19th Street NW 12th floor Washington, DC 20036 or Boston Athletic Association One Ash Street Hopkinton MA 01748.
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