March2011

Tom MacAvoy passes - Obituary & Arrangements

March 19, 2011

Stillwater, NY






 


 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tom McAvoy, longtime team manager and member of ISC Hall of Fame (manager
category), passed away this morning at age 74 of pancreatic cancer in
Stillwater, NY.

Mac was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Quad Cities in 2009. Although he
was unable to attend the induction ceremony, a phone call and speaker set up
was included so attendees could hear Mac talk.

According to family members, funeral arrangements will be announced at a
later date.

Ken Hackmeister


 


 

Thomas J. McAvoy(Mac) passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side Saturday, March 19th, 2011 after a courageous 3 year battle against pancreatic cancer. Tom mentored many young men on life as well as softball and was able to attend softball tournaments across the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean for the better part of the last 30 years as a well known, well respected coach and manager and maybe more important, a second father who gave his all for his players, including his fatherly love and guidance on and off the softball diamond. Last summer, Mac was able to visit with alot of fastpitch friends and that time will always be cherished as his battle with cancer was well documented, as was his courageous outlook towards it. His love of life, with such a great passion for leadership, and knowledge of fastpitch and it's intricacies, made Mac larger than life to those who played for him. Mac loved softball and was involved for 5 decades locally, nationally, and worldwide. He will be sadly missed by his lifetime of softball friends, and was loved and admired near and far. Mac was extremely proud to be elected into the International Softball Congress' Hall Of Fame, class of 2009 in the manager's category, again, a tribute to a great leader.

     In 1956, Mac began a career in professional baseball, where he became a pitcher for the Washington Senators' Baseball Club. His career, although very promising, was cut short after breaking his arm during a game in winter ball in Nicaragua in 1959. The following year and after rehabbing the arm, it broke again while warming up in the bullpen. Mac tried to rehabilitate the arm again, and after never regaining his original form was released by the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Mac was always proud that as a rookie, and even though only a spring training game, he struck out hitting wonder Ted Williams.

      Tom was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 12, 1936, the son of Edward and Gladys McAvoy. He was predeceased by his brother William McAvoy, and daughter Mary Kathryn
McAvoy Diaz. He is survived at home by his wife of 51 years Jean Taylor McAvoy and also his daughter Deborah(McAvoy) Gandron and son in law Leon of Mechanicville, N.Y. Tom is also survived by a grandaughter, Angelina Diaz, of Cifton Park. ..............................
 Also survived by his many lifelong friends, neighbors, players and the softball world.

 

 


A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 26th at 4 PM at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St. , Mechanicville.  Spring burial in Stillwater Union Cemetery .
Calling hours at the Funeral Home on Saturday from 1-4 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to International Softball Congress Carrol Forbes Foundation, c/o Charles Smith, Treasurer, 10317 Sugarberry, El Paso , Tx 79925 , in respectful memory of Thomas J. McAvoy.

Visit www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and directions.

 



 

More about Tom from the ISC Hall of Fame




 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hello Al,
 
I just wanted to give the fastpitch community and up-date on our brother Mac. Most people reading your column are aware that Tom was diagnosed three years ago with pancreatic cancer. Since his induction into the ISC Hall of Fame, due in large part to the efforts of Billy Smith in 2009, he seemed rejuvenated. This was evidenced by his attendance to most of the Chi/NY 2010 competitions, to include the Worlds at Midland. He thoroughly enjoyed all the time people spent with him. He has had a rough winter and on March 5th Frank, along with the Dominican Connection, paid him a visit at the Hospital in Amsterdam NY. We had a great time and Mac chatted with everyone, all seven of us. Tom was expecting to home in a couple days. But, there were some complications thereafter and he was transferred to the Albany Medical Center, where a specialist was required to deal with his issues. I stopped in Monday(3/14) to visit with Mac, Jeanne, Debbie and Leon. Tom greeted me and we spoke briefly. He was very tired and just wanted some sleep. I learned that his most recent prognosis is not very optimistic and he has a limited time with us. This is a difficult phase for the family and they would appreciate the fastpitch community keeping Mac in their prayers, for comfort during these times of need. You can contact Jeanne on his cell (518-221-4311) or his daughter Debbie (518-664-2239), lgandron@aol.com) . They are quite busy, but an e-mail that will be carried to Mac would be certainly appreciated. Before anyone makes the drive to visit with Tom, make sure you determine his location as there was some discussion of Hospice care, so there could be another relocation in the works. He would love to hear from his numerous friends in fastpitch.
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter Schmitt
Environmental Manager
Republic Services
5600 Niagar Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
 
716-282-2676, ext. 222
716-282-6073(fax)

 


 March 15, 2011

 I have some sad news, I just spoke with Jean MacAvoy, Tom MacAvoy's wife, Mac
is at Albany Medical Center, the doctors have given him no chance of
recovery and two weeks to two months to live (he is suffering from liver
failure).
It may be possible to talk with him as Jean has his cell (518)221-4311.


Steve Schucker
sschucker@nyc.rr.com





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