Mark Blazis of Grafton, nature lover and author, dies at 74; penned column for Telegram & Gazette

In March 2004, Mark Blazis led a group of Auburn Middle School students on a field trip to the Quabbin Reservoir.

Mark Blazis, an authority on fishing, bird watching, bear tracking and everything outdoors, died Wednesday.

His column Outdoors in the Telegram & Gazette has been a favorite of nature lovers for over a decade. He spent time as a science teacher in Auburn.

In his most recent column, published Monday, he wrote about his cousin Nicholas Blazis, a commercial fisherman who was caught in a hurricane off Cape Cod.

“Most of us do not even appreciate them for a moment when we enjoy our haddock or cod fillets,” he wrote of those who call the ocean their workplace.

Blazis, 74, traveled the world as a sportsman and physicist. He was a well-known bird researcher, registering more than 6,000 species.

Mark Blazis

“The world lost a great man,” said Telegram & Gazette executive editor Dave Nordman. “Mark loved his family, abroad and Worcester. He was a teacher, mentor and friend to everyone he met – a legendary writer, but so much more.

“You learned something every time you read Mark’s column,” Nordman added. “And he did not miss one for more than 10 years. Even when he traveled to the Galapagos Islands or Antarctica for two or three weeks, he would submit 10 columns before he left.”

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