Kazim Bayus

March 25, 2021

Kazim Bayus

Kazim Bayus – Of Wakefield, Massachusetts passed away on Thursday, March 25th at the age of sixty-one. Beloved husband of 28 years to Maria DiPietro-Bayus. Cherished father of Lidia and Ava Bayus. Dear brother of Elif Comert, Sabri Bayus and brother-in-law of Cenan Comert, Melek Bayus, Joseph DiPietro, Frank DiPietro, Michael DiPietro. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects, Monday, April 5th, from 1-2 p.m. in St. Joseph Church 114 High St., Medford, MA, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kazim to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in support of Dr. Lori Wirth for thyroid cancer research. Gifts can be made online at www.giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate or mailed to the MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital. Please include, “In memory of Kazim Bayus” on the memo line. 

Kazim Bayus sadly passed away on Thursday, March 25th, 2021. Kazim was born in Istanbul, Turkey on March 28,1959, son of Guluzar Bayus and the late Ali Bayus. Kazim was the youngest of his siblings, Elif Comert and the late Sabri Bayus. Kazim was raised in the island of Buyukada, Turkey where he spent his childhood and young adult life.

In the mid-1980’s, Kazim began his life in the United States in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he began his career utilizing his craftsmanship in carpentry and restoring antiques. During his time in Florida, he fell in love with Maria DiPietro, originally of Somerville, MA and took her on their first date to the Sea Watch Restaurant. After much persuasion, Kazim and Maria married on December 5, 1993 in Medford, MA.

During their marriage, Kazim and Maria lived in numerous locations after Florida, including Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut, London, England and finally settled in Massachusetts.

Kazim was a dedicated father who raised his two daughters Lidia and Ava with pride as a stay-at-home father. Kazim was best known as the most caring and protective father to his daughters, who he never let out of his sight. He eventually gave them the time to grow as young women, allowing them to truly appreciate his efforts as a loving father.

Kazim was a true gentleman, who was loyal to his family and everyone he loved. He was a compassionate, humble and generous human being. Kazim was a strong man who powered through the adversities he faced. He instilled his family-oriented values and thoughtful characteristics in his daughters to ensure they represented the qualities he and Maria valued. 

Kazim was a dedicated and vocal advocate for human-rights, equality, and treating people with kindness and respect. He believed that education was the most crucial tool anyone could obtain. Kazim loved to read and in his quiet time wrote poetry inspired by his love for Turkish writers, educators, and the troubles of the world. He was drawn to the ocean and the peace, serenity, and comfort that hearing the waves brought him.

In March 2019, Kazim was diagnosed with Medullary Thyroid Cancer at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Soon after moving to Massachusetts, Kazim received ongoing treatment from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Danvers. He was absolutely loved by the doctors and nurses that treated him, describing him as a “gentle soul” and a “perfect gentleman.” Kazim could not speak highly enough about the dedicated team of doctors and nurses that supported him throughout his journey.

Kazim has left behind family and friends who loved and adored him. His legacy will continue on through his two wonderful daughters who were his world, as he was theirs. Kazim will be missed dearly and we will love him forever!

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects, Monday, April 5th, from 1-2 p.m. in St. Joseph Church, 114 High Street, Medford, MA, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kazim to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in support of Dr. Lori Wirth for thyroid cancer research. Gifts can be made online at www.giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate or mailed to the MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital. Please include, “In memory of Kazim Bayus” on the memo line.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects, Monday, April 5th, from 1-2 p.m. in St. Joseph Church 114 High St., Medford, MA, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kazim to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in support of Dr. Lori Wirth for thyroid cancer research. Gifts can be made online at www.giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate or mailed to the MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital. Please include, “In memory of Kazim Bayus,” on the memo line. 

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  1. Sally Sourbron

    Maria, Lidia & Ava so saddened by this news, he was very special and a wonderful inspiration with many talents. I still use his recipes after all these years. He will live on in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Big hugs, Sally, Jeroen, Amber, Sander and Ruben xxxx

  2. Sharon Simpson

    Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your daughters will be in my continued prayers. Sharon Simpson

  3. Kaltrina Riley

    Maria, Lidia and Ava. My heart is broken for the loss of Kazim. He was like a father to me. I pray for healing and peace for all of you. All my love.
    Kaltrina

  4. Kristi Colburn and John O'Brien

    Dear Maria,

    John and I send our hearth felt sumpathy to you and your daughters. Although I never had the priviledge of meeting Kazim, I always loved how you would light up each time you mentioned his name during the stories you were so generous in sharing. I hope these memories soon bring you comfort and love. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Yakup & Denizali Dincer

    We share your grief with our hearts. Kazım was our uncle, our friend and family. He will always live in our hearts and minds. May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Pinar Bayus Akpınar

    My dear uncle,
    My beautiful uncle, my uncle who smiles when he laughs, is clear-hearted, compassionate, and the moment we never expected, your departure caused me to lose another part of what was left of my father, I’m very, very sorry, girls and Maria our family, we will be with you as long as we breathe, I wish we had more time together, my beautiful people who went early .. Say hi to my loved ones, sleep in the lights, I hope you are in a much more beautiful place from here.
    We will always miss you very much.
    “My beautiful sister” Pinar
    Your nephew Pinar Bayus Akpinar

  7. Zeynep Başak Toprak

    Canım Kazım Abim seni çok seviyorum. Gittiğin yerde çok huzurlu ve mutlu ol.

  8. Meg and Paul Griffith

    We send our most heartfelt condolences to you and pray that peace surround you and carry you through this difficult time.
    Paul and Meg Griffith, Virginia Water, U.K.

  9. Dear Maria and family,
    What a great loss to the world. My heart goes out to you and to everyone who loved him.

  10. Dear Maria and Family,
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We are thinking of you, and praying for you. God’s Peace to Kazim, and to you all.

    Linda and Randy Duke

  11. Şafak toprak&sabri

    Her zaman bir gelebilme ihtimalin vardı. Benim ağabeyimdin kiymetliydin. Sevdiklerimin kalabalık olduğu yere gidiyorsun. Cocuklugumdan kalan parçaları götürerek. Yolun ışık hızır yoldasın olsun.

  12. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Kazim. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Kazim was a special person, a special face. Someone we loved and can never be replaced. Just wanted to say, those we love don’t go away, thet walk beside us everyday.

  13. Bill and Litsa Pappas

    Please accept our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s grace give you strength and peace.

  14. Cigdem Comert

    Dear Maria, Lidia ve Ava

    We’re so sorry for the loss of our Uncle Kazım. He was the most gentle and humble person I have ever met. Although we are not physically present at this difficult time, we’re with you with all our hearts and souls.

    Çiğdem Cömert

  15. Maria, Lidia and Ava. My heart breaks for you. Words are quite difficult at times such as this. Kazim was such a wonderful man and it was quite obvious he loved the 3 of you very very much. Our heartfelt condolences. Love you, Tom and Jackie

  16. SERKAN COMERT

    My dear uncle Kazım,

    One of my heroes who is the kindest, the most naive and thoughtful person I’ve ever known. Kazim has left a deep impact on anyone who has had the opportunity to get to know him at any period in his/her life.
    My uncle always tried to make everyone happy and he was a freedom advocate, too. My childhood was spent listening to your maritime stories. I feel very lucky to have the time I spend with you. I took my passion for the sea and watches from you. You have inspired me in many areas of my life. Your love for your daughters has always impressed me. I hope I can be a good father and role model to my daughters as you do. See you in the sea breeze.

    Your niece Serkan(soğuk su), who always loves you so much

  17. Sevgili sınıf arkadaşım.Seninle en son Tomi’nin cenazesinde görüşmüştük yıllar sonra.Sonrasında yazışabildik ama görüşemedik.Huzur içinde uyu.Çok üzgünüm.Massachusetts de idik ama görüşemedik.

  18. Sabrina Bitar

    Mr. Bayus was an incredibly generous and warm man and I can’t thank him or the Bayus family enough for all the love and care they have showed me throughout the years. When I first moved to England as a nervous 7th grader, Lidia was my very first friend; she was (and still is) so warm, caring, kind and generous. I soon realized that these traits were a part of everyone in her family and at the core of who Lidia, Ava, Maria and Kazim are as people. I am so grateful to have met the Bayus family and although not blood related I gained an amazing Turkish uncle who I know is continuing to watch over his loved ones from above. I’ll never forget the kindness and generosity Mr. Bayus showed me. Whether it was when he happened to pass by and saw me struggling with my bike trying to get from TASIS to the Virginia Water train station and immediately stopped his car, put my bike in the trunk and drove me to the station or after a school dance talked to my gemini driver to make sure I was getting home safe – he was always so caring and watching out for people. He is in my thoughts and prayers and I am sending a lot of love and light to the whole Bayus family.

  19. Tim and Paula Savage

    Maria and family, Tim and I are so very sorry for your loss. Hoping the wonderful memories soon return and help with the sadness. We are thinking of you always…

  20. Maria,
    We have not seen each other since our childhood. I also never had the honor to meet your husband or your girls.
    I am so sorry for your Family’s loss, pain, and sorrow at this time. I will say prayers for all of you. Hopefully soon all your good memories will get you through the day.
    Mary Jean Carroll-Monteiro

  21. We were so saddened to hear of your loss. You and your beautiful family are in our thoughts.

    Fondly, Suzie & Dave Fasoli

  22. Kazımcım sen çok iyi bir baba, çok iyi bir eş, çok iyi bir kardeştin; nazik ve anlayışlıydın; aileni ve insanları severdin. Maalesef seni de çok erken kaybettik, sevdiklerimizle buluştun. Işıklar içinde yatın, yıldızlar yoldaşınız olsun güzel kardeşim…

  23. Metin karademir

    Gülizar teyze;Elif Ablaciğim; Kazım agabeyimin vefatini üzüntüyle öğrendim;onunla köşkte Büyükada’da geçirdiğimiz güzel günleri hiç unutmadım;Allah rahmet eylesin hepinize ;eşi ve cocuklarına başşaglığı dilerim metin Karademir ciğdem ve sebahat gürel

  24. Maria and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss
    May God comfort you now and the days to come
    Paula Facada

  25. Maria, I have never met your husband or your girls, and I haven’t seen you in a while. But I remember you. I remember that you were smart, kind, always had a smile that lit up a room, and held yourself with a grace beyond your years. That being said, I feel your husband was a similar human being. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and your girls father. God must have needed some very special angels as I lost my mom March 2. I will keep your husband, you, and your family in my heart in prayers. He will live in your heart forever. ❤️

  26. Hasan Cevad Özdil

    Bazen böyle olur, hem gezegeni hem iç dünyamızı aydınlatabilecek bir yıldız doğar. Özhayatınızda karşılaşmanız bir ihtimaldir. Karşılaşırsanız çok şanslısınızdır. Onun isminin geçtiği, onu gördüğünüz her zaman yüreğinize ışığı vurur. Çünkü bir kere bile yüreğinizi ağrıtmamıştır. Onu hayatınız boyunca kardeşiniz, bıra’nız, heval’iniz, brother’ınızdır, o Kazım Bayus ‘tur.

  27. Hasan Cevad Özdil

    SEVGİDEĞER KAZIM BAYUS İÇİN…

    ‘Kazım 27 Mart’ta Abd’de vefat etti’ haberini okuyunca şoke oldum, inanamadım. Wattsapp’a baktım, ne zaman konuştuk diye. Bulamadım, fakat 7-8 günden daha fazla olmadığına eminim. Yine gülen gözleriyle bakıyordu, sohbet için arabasını durdurdu, biraz konuştuk. Bir gün önce kemoterapi aldığı için sesi çatallı çıkıyordu. İnşaa ettirdiği evinin bitmesi için uğraşıyordu; karıştığım için çalışanlar hiç gelmemi istemiyorlar ama gelmesem de olmuyor, diyordu.

    Hemen her konuşmamızda olduğu gibi yine hastalığına taviz vermiyor, sonuna kadar tedaviye devam diyordu. Kemoterapi sebebiyle fazla uzatmadım. Bir dahaki konuşmamıza kadar karşılıklı hasretimizle bitirdik.

    Olmadı, olmadı sevgi ve saygıdeğer kardeşim, dostum. Son güne kadar devrimcilikten komünistlikten taviz vermez Kazım’ımız.
    İngiltere’den Amerika’ya 40 yılını çalışarak geçirdi, düze çıkıp çoluk çocuk torun torba emeklilik yaşayacak zamanda gidivermek yıldızlara… Eşi Maria, kızları Lidia ve Ava’ya, Türkiye’deki aile efradına, hısım akrabasına sınırsız sabır diliyorum.

    KAZIM’IMIZ…
    Ben Heybelili’yim. Büyükadalı kızla evlendiğim için Büyükadalı da oldum, yıl 1976’ydı. Hemen Türkiye İşçi Partisi’nin Adalar ilçe örgütünü kurma çalışmasına başladık. Parti önceki dönem yöneticilerinden bi’taneciğim Haldun Güner’in ismini vermişlerdi. Golf isminde, gençlerin ping pong, futbol, bilardo vb oynadıkları bir yer işletiyordu. Kartal ilçeden Kemalettin abi, ilden Asuman abi ile gittik, tanıştıktan sonra derdimizi anlattık. Çok iyi karşıladı. Buradaki gençlerden 18 yaşını bitirenlerden kurucu heyeti oluşturalım hemen dedi. Ve öyle yaptık, kaymakamlığa dilekçemizi verdik. Gençler, 18 yaşını bitiren gençleri getirmeye başladı. Hemen hepsi bir zanaatkar yanında çalışan pırlanta çocuklardı, yaşayanlar kendilerini bilecekler. Şüphesiz vefat etmiş olanların hatıraları daimdir.

    Kazım işte bu gençlerden biriydi. 12 Eylül 1980 askeri faşist diktatörlüğüne kadar birçok çalışmada, zor süreçlerde birlikte olduk. Gördüğüm ilk günden görüntülü konuştuğumuz son güne kadar hep gözlerinin içi gülüyordu. Fedakar, hiçbir çalışmadan geri durmayan, gönüllü, gönüldaş, öğrenmeye ve tartışmaya açık, etrafına sürekli moral veren biri oldu Kazım’ımız.
    Değerli Maria, Lidia ve Ava çok değerli bir insanı yolcu ediyorsunuz. Güleryüzü hep size gülsün. Sınırsız sabır diliyorum hepinize kardeşlerim.

  28. Maria, Lidia and Ava,
    Even though I only met
    Kazim on a few occasions he left a lasting impression on me. He was a such generous and special man with a warm heart who treasured his family and friends.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences during this unimaginably difficult time.

  29. Ismail Isilsoy

    Dear Kazim, our friendship will be carved in my mind, like I carve my feelings in my sculptures. What once is carved, will never fade comrade.

  30. Kevin Griffin

    Maria. My heart goes out to you and the girls at this difficult time. You’ve always been an incredibly tight and loving family and I know Kaz was right at the centre of it all. My heartfelt condolences to you all on your loss. May God give you strength in this time of need and may Kaz rest in peace. Sending you all my love and hugs… Kevin

  31. CENGİZ KARATAŞ

    Çok üzüldüm…Duyduğumda inanamadım ve hala yaşıyor ve haberleşiyoruz gibi geliyor bana…Işıklar içinde uyusun, devr-i daim olsun…Sevenlerine sabırlar diliyorum… İyi bir eş, iyi bir baba, iyi bir dost kaybettiklerine tüm kalbimle inanıyorum. Bizden 4 yaş küçüktü, ağabeyi Sabri ile sık sık görüşürdük, Kazım ile birlikte okuyamamıştık ve istemeyerek de olsa hepimiz bir yerlere savrulduk, hala da savruluyoruz, ancak görüyoruz ki, dünyanın neresinde olursak olalım, iyi insan “iyi insan” kalıyor…Tanışıklığımıza gelince; 1971 yılında Büyükada’dan ayrıldığımız için tesadüfen sosyal medyada buluşuncaya kadar görüşme fırsatımız olmamıştı. Sosyal medyada yazışır ve haberleşirdik…Hep devrimci ve eşitlik savunucusu duruşu ile hatırlayacağım. Yaşantımızın en güzel yerinde en güzel şekilde duracağına eminim…Doğruları hep hatırlattığı için minnettarım…Duruşuna saygıyla.

  32. Betty&Jerry Pare

    Our deepest condolences Maria to you and the girls. We will continue to pray for
    Gods comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  33. Lidia and the Bayus family, your father raised a lovely family and I am sure he is proud of your achievements. You are in my thoughts. I send my sincere condolences. -Peter Brown

  34. Karen and Jim Zachacz

    Maria, Lidia and Ava: Sending you hugs, love and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss… and feel so privileged to have known Kazim. He was such a class act. Heaven is a happy place today! Fondly, Karen and Jim Zachacz

  35. memet-malkaş

    çocukluk gençlık arkdaşim hala inanmadim çok erken olmadimi be arakadaşim ışıklar yoldaşin olsun işiklarda uyu güzel arkadaşim

  36. Valerie and Mike Foxman

    Our hearts and prayers reach out to you and the girls. May Kazim’s memory always be a blessing. Love to you all.

  37. Maria, deepest sympathies. You and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the knowledge of his love.

    Diane Cooper

  38. Vernon Vittatoe

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s grace give you strength and peace.

  39. Maria and family – my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father. May your loving memories comfort you, may your love for each other be your strength, may the certainty that you will all be together again bring you peace.

  40. Mike & Paula Hardy

    Maria, so sorry to hear about Kazim. Your memories and love will keep his spirit alive.
    Love & Peace
    Mike & Paula Hardy XO

  41. Darshita J Patel

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

  42. Susan Gerbosi

    May the love of family and friends be a comfort to you. You are in my thoughts.

  43. Peter and Donna Watson

    Maria, Lidia, Ava, words can not describe the loss we all feel. Kaz was such a good, sincere, wonderful person, that the hole he left in our hearts can only be replaced with memories he left us. Thank God we have those. He left such a wonderful legacy in Lid and Ava. Maria you can draw strength from them, and they from you. Know he is with you in your soul and heart and will be till you all meet again. I will miss my boyfriend dearly and Peter his buddy. Its been a long time since I have seen my husband cry, but he sobbed for his friend as did I. We loved him so, but like you he is with us. Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you all, hugs and kisses! the Watsons.

  44. Donna Marie McCormack

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Maria. I pray for you and your girls, I cannot fathom how difficult this must for you all.

  45. Margaret Keane & Jerry Hajdarovic

    Maria, Lydia & Ava
    Our prayers & sympathy are with you. Kaz was truly a very special person. We hope you all cherish the beautiful memories he left you with. We love you Jerry & Margaret

  46. Dear Maria, Lidia and Ava, we are absolutely heartbroken on the news of Kazim’s passing and have you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    His name brings an immediate smile to our faces as his warm, gentle approach and smile were always present when we all shared our time together in the UK and that will live on in our memories forever.

    The three of you were his pride and joy and he valued his family so much and know he will always live on in each of you every day.

    We wish we could all be there in person with you now, but will always be grateful for the blessing of having had Kazim in our lives.

    May you all find comfort and strength through family, friends and faith in the days ahead.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Mike, Kim, Jenna, Kayla and Jake Moodie

  47. Scherri and Jim Hall

    Maria, we send our deepest condolences and prayers for you and your daughters, knowing that God will give you strength and peace during this difficult time and beyond. You will never ever be without Kazim’s love. Grief will pass, love is forever. Scherri and Jim Hall

  48. Maria
    We are heartbroken for you and your girls. All our love and prayers. We shall see you as soon as we can.

  49. Corrine Castrini

    Maria, Lidia and Ava, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that in time, cherished memories will bring you comfort. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest condolences.

  50. Maria and family, I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Damion

  51. Darija Skilnik

    Dear Maria and Family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband. We are praying for you.
    Bob And Daria Skilnik

  52. George Yeomelakis

    Maria, you, Lidia and Ava are in our thoughts and prayers. Kazim was a true gentleman and a kind and caring soul. Kazim will forever remain in our hearts. George & Kathy

  53. Maria and family I am so sorry for your loss. Although it has been many years, I remember his warm and welcoming smile. Hugs and prayers to you and the girls.

  54. My heart breaks for your family. Kazim was a wonderful man who leaves a great legacy behind. I will always remember his kindness.

  55. Maria and family, my sincerest condolences to all of you. The world lost another bright light with Kazim’s passing.

  56. Veronica Smith

    Maria, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for your peace and comfort during these trying times and offer our sincerest condolences.

  57. Geoff Williams

    My sincerest condolences to the family during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  58. Glen and Martha Poulter

    Maria, Lidia and Ava, we stand with you from afar in support and friendship at this terrible loss. Kazim was a kind, wonderful person who loved you all to pieces. Please receive our love and virtual hugs. Miss you!!!

  59. Shubhra and Vivek Gupta

    An amazing human being – gentle, kind, a good Samaritan through and through! You leave behind a legacy to be so proud of! You became a friend after the first conversation and part of our family after the first meal we shared… such was the beauty of your soul. We miss you for your love, your steadfast patience, your friendly comradery that became so special over the years. You will remain in our hearts forever Kazim. May you find eternal peace Brother!

  60. Adaşım, yoldaşım… İçim sızlaya sızlaya sana güle güle diyorum. Denizlerde hep seni arayacağım. Işığın bol, ruhun şad olsun. Adaşım Kazım Cumert

  61. My deepest condolences to you and your family Maria. You will each be in my prayers for strength, comfort and peace.

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