PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Beverly Edith Bazar passed away June 27. She was the beloved wife of Banice Bazar; they were married for 66 years. She was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Samuel and Henrietta (Weinbaum) Wishnevsky.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Peter and Charlotte Bazar, David and Susan Bazar, Karen and Alan Bergel and Ann Bazar; grandchildren Kerri Brennan, Todd Bazar, Samuel Bazar, Joshua Bazar, Adam Finkelman, Alex Finkelman, Corey Finkelman, Matthew Silva, Meredith Sondler-Bazar, Caroline Aparo and Alexandra Bazar; and great-grandchildren Erin, Dayna, Cecilia, Jameson, Donovan, Oliver, Andre, Rebecca, Emma, Ariella and Max. She was the mother of the late Joseph Bazar and grandmother of the late Dayna Bazar.
Beverly received a fellowship to the Rhode Island College of Education where she earned a master's degree in special education. She found her first job teaching special needs students in elementary school at the Children's Center in Warwick. Beverly, however, was an entrepreneur at heart. She helped Banice start a business selling to military post-exchanges. While Banice was growing this business, Beverly started her own business ventures.
One of the lines Banice sold to the military was Panasonic, an electronics line that made everything from toasters to high-end stereos. Beverly saw the line and decided she could create a store around it that like her, was slightly ahead of our time. She opened Impulse stores at malls across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Beverly was firmly focused on her family. Everything she did was centered on her family and this led to her next venture. She decided that the family should learn to ski together in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. In 1973, after a snow drought and an oil shortage, an inn in Waterville Valley went up for SBA auction. While Banice was in Europe on business, Beverly went to watch the auction. When Beverly picked up Banice at Logan Airport, he asked her who bought the inn. She replied, "You did!"
Beverly was president of the board of St. Dunstan's Day School for 10 years. She was also a member of Crestwood Country Club. Beverly's biggest legacy is her family. She and Banice have taught them how to love and be loved and for this they are grateful.
Contributions in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., #3004, Warwick, RI 02886 or to URI Athletics, P.O. Box 1700, Kingston, RI 02881.