Mark E. McCallum

Mark E. McCallum, adored husband, father, grandfather, friend and sports official, died peacefully at home on May 9th after a long hard battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 57 years old.

Mark was the beloved husband of Ellen Fitzgerald-McCallum, father of Jessica and Bradley McCallum, father-in-law of Tonya McCallum and Justin Simpson and grandfather of Rowan James. He was the cherished son-in-law of Paul and Betty Fitzgerald and brother to James and Richard McCallum. Mark cherished his close friends, especially Paul Dion and Sarah McCurdy.

A long time resident of Cranston, Mark grew up in Pawtucket and attended Tolman High School, where he excelled at basketball, and was awarded multiple scholarships to play college ball. This instilled his lifelong love of all things sports, leading to a long career officiating girls’ fast-pitched softball, high school football and basketball. He was able to realize his dream of becoming a Division 1 NCAA umpire, officiating his final softball game at Providence College in September of 2017. Mark worked all levels of high school officiating in MA and RI. He went to multiple prestigious softball tournaments including 3 USSSA national tournaments, 2 national PONY tournaments and numerous college showcases throughout the Northeast.

Mark treasured his family and loved interacting with his many nieces, nephews and godchildren. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid animal lover, adored by his pit bull Nola and his german shepherd mix Dakota.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston on Monday May 14th from 2:00-8:00pm. Mark requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Care.

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Condolences - 05/11/2018

I'm so glad Mark experienced the fulfillment of his dreams--having a loving wife, family and community, work he loved and could do so well, sports he enjoyed, rescued dogs that filled his life playfulness and love, and a soul connection with spirit that helped him move into the light.

Kirsten - 05/11/2018

While I did not know Mark well, I was fortunate enough to grow up with his daughter. My thoughts are with her and his loved ones in coping with his passing.

Lisa Keogh Rae - 05/11/2018

Ellen-I’m so so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family. I’m sure he continues to shine his light on all of you. Love and blessings.

Sarah Vadnais - 05/11/2018

I’m heartbroken to hear of the loss of Mark. Although I have only met him a handful of times I’m blessed everyday for being able to have his daughter as my best friend. I know he was loved and is going to be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Maureen and Joe Panaccione - 05/12/2018

Brad, Jessica & Tonya, So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Please have peace knowing that he is now with our precious Lord Jesus. No more suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kendall Duprey - 05/12/2018

Although I did not know Mark or his family personally, I have had the pleasure of growing up as one of the players of the games he officiated, every weekend, and at almost all of my softball tournaments. He is, to say the least, one of the greatest umpires I will have ever had the pleasure to play with, and will always be my favorite. My deepest and most sincere condolences during this time to all loved ones of Mr. McCallum.

Brian Wilk - 05/12/2018

My deepest condolences to the McCallum family and friends. Always a gentleman and a great athlete, sadly taken way too soon. May his memories comfort his loved ones in their time of sorrow.

Keith Caldwell - 05/12/2018


Holly Puleo - 05/12/2018

Ellen & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!

Kristina and Julianna Daley - 05/12/2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jessica and your family. May your memories provide you peace during this hard time.

Mike Rice - 05/13/2018

Whether it was a high school game,or a fast pitch tournament, when I would see Mark,I would always sigh in relief when I saw Mark would be doing our game . Whether it was here , or out of state , we knew we had the best umpire around.. Mark was THE BEST umpire,which I never ever took for granted, and he attacked it , in extreme heat many times ... He hustled and worked hard .. His passion for it was second to none , and he was admired , respected and loved by all of the girls and coaches I was involved with .. and we had a great run in on a call I will never forget and we always laughed about years later .. He kept me in check in the dug out .. and that’s saying something.. the best umpires do that , because he was that good ... and Mark was a great man , as well as one of THE BEST officials I have known.. He will be missed .... Mike Rice , Brittany Rice , Alexa St.Angelo , Cranston East/NE Impact ❤️...

Angelo Musco - 05/13/2018

My condolences to Mark’s family. I was an umpire with Mark for many years and while a great umpire Mark was an even better man. I will miss his smile. We often joked about Mark and my wife having the exact same birthday. Rest In Peace my friend you deserve it

Dan Caine - 05/13/2018

Mark is a great man. He umpired many of our Monday church league softball games and he always had a comment about my poor quality cleats until one day when he finally grew tired of seeing me in them he gave me his own pair which I still have. He was a blessing to our league and certainly to me. My deepest sympathies to his loving family.

Kevin J. Fitzgerald - 05/14/2018

My deepest condolences to you, Ellen, and to Jessica and Bradley. You were all blessed by Mark's life. May fond and pleasant memories live on for you, and may good stories about him bring some comfort to all who will miss him.
I wish I could be there in person, but I'll be praying from here in Georgia.
Love and blessings from Cousin Kevin J.

Edward Tarczuk - 05/14/2018

Sorry for your loss. I will miss Mark when I am umpiring because Marks first softball game was with me and we hit bit off great .

Tom Mayers - 05/14/2018

My deepest sympathy! Mark took me under his wing when I first started umpiring with PUA. I adapted his style, but will never know the rules as well as he. I am thankful for the games we did together. Rest In Peace my friend !

Katherine Hoyle Groch - 05/15/2018

I am so grateful we got to connect through Facebook after so many years apart. You and I were such close cousins growing up and only 6 months apart in age. We spoke of how far we had come and how grateful we were for our families and our kids. My heart breaks that we did not get to spend time together and you were always such a special friend and cousin to me. My deepest condolences to your loved ones down in Rhode Island. Rest with the angels.

Karen Costa - 05/24/2018

I was so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. I haven't seen him in many years. He was a huge part of me getting my life on track as well as getting me a job when I desperately needed one. He always had an ear to lend and wisdom to give. He was a truly genuine person. My prayers are with his family at this sad time. God Bless.

Susan - 06/22/2018

Jessica and Bradley ,
You may not remember me but I knew your Dad when you both were much younger.
My deepest condolence to you both and your families.
Something made me think of your Dad the other day so I thought I would look him up on FB. I was shocked to learn of his untimely passing.
He could light up a room with his smile and he never met a stranger. Your Dad taught me many lessons about life and survival.
May The Lord embrace you both in this very sad time of your live

Michele Marc Aurele - 09/05/2018

I recently learned Mark passed away.
I knew Mark as a young man growing up in Pawtucket. We worked at a local car wash together for many years. We shared many laughs. I recall his passion for sports as well as his intelligence. Truly a nice boy.
My sympathy to his family.

Trina Johnson - 12/02/2018

Ellen, I just saw this!!! I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing... Prayers and love to you ❤

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