OBITUARY

Mary Beth Tompkins

January 20, 1959July 14, 2018

TOMPKINS - Mary Beth (nee Gallo) 59, of East Amherst, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 14, 2018. Born in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of Doris Gallo and the late Saverio P. Gallo. Mary Beth grew up in Springfield and attended Holy Name School and was a 1976 graduate of Cathedral High School. She went on to earn two bachelor degrees from the University of Rhode Island and SUNY Brockport. She started her career in the hospitality industry managing several restaurants for major corporations. Her career led her to relocate to upstate New York where she met her future husband. On September 1, 1996 she married Mark Tompkins and lived in Rochester. They were blessed with the birth of their wonderful son Evan. They moved to East Amherst, New York where they raised their son and spent many happy years. Vacation adventures with her family and relatives on Prince Edward Island and Seabrook, New Hampshire were some of her favorite memories. MB was gifted with many artistic and creative talents. Her most recent venture was Cymbria Designs creating exquisitely crafted original jewelry with Buffalo motifs doing all her own metal work. She also loved to play women’s hockey, and per her teammates, MB was “instrumental in providing ways to bring “moms” into the hockey arena.” She organized women’s summer hockey, helped form the Buffalo Crush Women’s Hockey team that travels around western NY, and she also initiated a “Lady of the Lakes” hockey tournament every year to play the Buffalo Sabres Thunder Team. MB was a “trusted ally for women of all ages wishing to enter the sport.” She and her son Evan have volunteered their time on the ice teaching participants in the SABAH adaptive ice skating program and the Buffalo Sabres Thunder team in the WNY Special Hockey Association, whose mission is to “provide individuals with developmental disabilities the unique opportunity to play ice hockey.” After her diagnosis, Mary Beth lived life to its fullest potential. She faced her cancer journey with a positive attitude and tremendous determination and courage. The family would like to acknowledge with gratitude her wonderful healthcare care team at Roswell Park, especially Dr. Stacey Akers and Dr. Joseph Skitzki, and the ICU doctors and nurses who cared for her. Mary Beth was the beloved wife of 22 years to Mark Tompkins, devoted and most loving mother of Evan Tompkins, beloved daughter of Doris Gallo, cherished “baby” sister of Susanne McGlynn (David) and Michael Gallo (Claudia), a loving aunt to Colin, Devin, Ali, Jessica, Patrick, Reid, Makenna, Blair, Alex, and Taylor. MB also leaves many loving extended family members, dear friends, and her adorable loyal cats Lily and Winston. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Beth’s memory may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 21, from St. Gregory the Great, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville NY 14221, at 10:30 AM. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Church 42 Main Street Wilbraham, MA 01095, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM. A private inurnment will take place by the family. Please share your condolences online, www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Emily Hojnacki

July 20, 2018

To the Tompkins family,
I knew Mary-Beth threw the Sunday night Women's Hockey League. I started playing hockey as an adult in my mid-twenties, which was very difficult for me both physically and emotionally. When I was looking for an all women's league to play with, I was informed of the Sunday night league that Mary-Beth was running. I contacted her and told her about my lack of experience and partial hesitation with joining a new league. Mary-Beth was extremely supportive and open. She encouraged me to play with the women and had welcomed me with open arms. When I started the league, I identified her as my first friend of the league in which she guided me in skill set and was also great to talk to on the bench. She was also very understanding and tolerable of all of the times I would forget to reserve my spot each week, giving me only minor threats. haha. Mary-Beth had a great sense of humor, was very easy to talk to and always made everyone feel welcome and together. I significantly enjoy the hockey league and am so grateful for the friends that I have made and the experiences and memories that came with it, in which I owe it all to Mary-Beth. I will miss her dearly and will always appreciate what she had done for me and all the women that she has supported.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Emily Hojnacki (White Team)

Liz Piekarski

July 20, 2018

My condolences to the Tompkins family. Mary Beth was a wonder mother. I met her when Evan was 4 years old , I have never met a more devoted mother . She will truly be missed.


Liz

Sue Hess

July 19, 2018

My condolences to Mark, Evan, Susie, and the rest of Mary Beth's family and friends from myself and the Healing Touch volunteers at Roswell. I admired the strength, determination, and courage she exemplified on her cancer journey, and the devotion of her family to surround her with unconditional love and support. May God continue to support you all as you find peace in remembering Mary Beth's spirit and the love she had for all of you. Blessings, Dr. Sue Hess

Nancy Geurrandeno

July 18, 2018

I was actually God smacked this morning as I read the news about Mary Beth. I met her through her mom Doris who is also a great lady when I worked in the coffee shop at Wesson Memorial Hospital back in the late 70s Mary Beth was the kind of gal that you were immediately attracted to because of her upbeat attitude and constant smile I remember her fondly and well I remember the family my heart goes out to Doris and her son and daughter who remain with us peace for you,MB fly high see you when I get there

Mary Howard

July 17, 2018

Mary helped show so many women the way into hockey. As the testimonials so accurately state, she was a beacon to many of us as we found our way into the women’s hockey family. Mary introduced me to the Buffalo Thunder team where the good feelings of being a part of that experience will remain with me forever.

Her talent as a creator of jewelry will remain with me always as I wear the custom Buffalo bracelet that she carefully crafted for me.

Mary’s courage, cheer, encouraging presence and ability to spread her wings to include all will be dearly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY