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Mark Heavens, age 62, of Brookhaven, PA, passed away on February 23 after a brief illness.
Mark was predeceased by his parents John and Margaret Heavens and his brothers Gerald in 1955 and Luke Heavens (Tierney). He is survived by brothers John Heavens (Diane) and Matthew Heavens (Karen), nephews John Heavens, Brian Heavens (Sarah), and Patrick Heavens (Alison), niece Colleen Heavens, and loving friend and dance partner Lizzy Dukes.
Born in Chester, PA and raised in Media, PA, Mark was a graduate of Penncrest High School in 1979. He was employed at the Plumstead Inn in Media where he worked joyfully alongside his mom Peg.
Mark loved and was loved by all who met him. He was a gentle soul with a passion for music and good times. He was an avid dancer who glided across the dance floor with precise moves to the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, John Travolta, and Leroy Hawkes and the Hypnotics. He loved staying up to the wee hours watching MTV music videos and was a lifelong fan of the Wizard of Oz, particularly the Tin Man.
Mark was also a sportsman, honing his athletic skills in wiffle ball, basketball, and street hockey with his siblings and neighbors on the streets of Media, and in various living rooms reenacting the moves of pro-wrestling giants like Bruno Sammartino while being urged on by friend Bill Freeborn and brother Jack.
He enjoyed bowling, too, and played baseball for the South Marple Little League Challenger Division. He became quite a talented hitter, but he never swung at a first pitch during his entire career. Motivated by his dad Chick yelling at the TV and Larry Bowa for a penchant for such in the leadoff spot. Mark was a career 400 hitter and 600 OBP.
Participating in volleyball and track and field, Mark was a trailblazer Special Olympian. He even carried the torch to open the 1981 Delaware County Special Olympics.
Mark was also a true loyalist to his favorite things. His favorite everyday attire was Champion brand and blue jeans. His ideal lunch was a John’s Grille burger, fries, and a Coke served by his close friend "My" Karen Cromley. He took pride in his home, and was a meticulous bedmaker and dishwasher. And his absolute favorite day of the year was June 19 – his birthday, which he made sure you knew, even if it was only December.
But above all, Mark deeply loved the people in his life, with a heart he wore on his sleeve. The excitement and pure emotion he’d show when greeting his dearest family members and friends said it all. His spirit was unencumbered and his love was unconditional. To be loved by Mark was to feel cherished.
Mark spent his later years living at Don Guanella Village where he was blessed with an incredible staff who nurtured and loved him. Mark was also a man with a profound love of God. While at DGV, his faith grew and deepened thanks to the support of various religious orders and organizations.
Mark and "the guys" were blessed to have Mark's idol working on staff at Cardinal Krol – his late brother Luke. Fulfilling Luke’s dedication to the special needs community and Mark’s immense love for family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mark’s name to one of the following:
Communities of Don Guanella Village and Divine Providence
20 E. Cleveland Ave., Norwood, PA 19074
Media Unified Rugby
Media, PA 19063
Or Venmo @Media-Rugby for donations.