Obituaries

Angelo Mazzola

February 22nd, 2021

Angelo Mazzola, 71, of Melrose (as well as Malden, Medford and East Boston), passed away on February 19th, after a brief battle with Covid.

Son of Salvatore and Maria Mazzola of Piertraperzia, Sicily. Preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie. Although he had many health challenges in recent years, Angelo never complained, but lived life to the fullest, always with a smile and an upbeat attitude. Strong and resilient, he amazed everyone with his strength.

Angelo was a patient, dedicated and loving father of 3 daughters who felt like the luckiest girls in the world to call him their Dad. He is survived by his daughters, Laurie Brogan of Wilmington, Patty Mazzola of Woburn, and Angela Burnett and her husband Robert of Wilmington. Proud Papa to Justin, Tyler, Kennady and Bobby Burnett, and Timothy & Jennifer Brogan. Amazing Brother to Ciro, Joseph, Philip & Salvatore Mazzola; adored Uncle of Stella, Jeffrey, Anthony, Ciro Jr., Michelle & Corinne; Loving Step-father to Joseph, Dennis, and the late Kevin Funicella, and step-grandfather to Christiana & Anthony Funicella.

Angelo was born to Salvatore & Maria Mazzola and spent his early life in Piertraperzia, Sicily, a place that always remained dear to his heart. He came to the U.S. in 1960 where he lived in East Boston before moving to Medford to raise his family. He was a proud business owner of H&B Pants Co. of Boston.

First and foremost, Angelo was a family man who enjoyed the company of his children, grandchildren, brothers and extended family. He was also a friend to many and had a large social circle. He was fond of his many “routines”: texting with family every morning; daily Dunkin Donuts visits with his brother Ciro; workouts and social time at the Saugus YMCA; shopping and playing the daily lottery; Sunday church service at St. Raphael’s in Medford; tending to his garden; hanging out with his cat Khloe; listening to music; watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots; spending Saturday nights at Cafe Sicilia with his brother Joe; Sunday phone calls to his brothers Philip & Salvatore in Sicily. Angelo was a proud Italian American who enjoyed reminiscing about the “old country”.

Angelo loved to go on day trips with his daughters & grandchildren, all over New England, to museums, beach towns, state parks, looking at Christmas lights. There were also many vacations over the years to Weirs Beach, Old Orchard Beach, and Disney World. He enjoyed trips to the casinos with his son-in-law Robert, whom he had a wonderful, 31 year relationship with. Angelo and Robert also enjoyed many Sundays every Fall watching the Patriots along with the grandkids. He was a Proud Papa who loved attending his grandkids’ school and sporting events, playing basketball with them, going for ice cream, and teaching them how to drive. He was the family’s “go-to guy”; he could be counted on for anything, at any time.

Known for his sense of humor and his tendency to joke around, Angelo was loved by many and will be greatly missed. We will cherish our shared memories forever. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and therapists at MGH for the exceptional care our father received over the past 30 years. He always referred to them fondly as “my team”. Thank you for the extra years you gave us with him. An extra special thanks to his daughter, Patty, whom he lovingly referred to as “my nurse” for taking care of him and coordinating his medical needs all these years.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Angelo’s memory may be made to support the kidney transplant research of Dr. Winfred Williams at Massachusetts General Hospital. Checks can be made out to Mass General and sent to the following address: Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required while in the Funeral Home. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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9 Entries in Guest Book for “Angelo Mazzola”

  1. Diane Caci says:

    I was very saddened to hear about Angelo..My deepest sympathies go out to his daughters, Laurie, Patty, and Angela and the rest of the family. Angelo was a very nice guy, always with a smile and very kind and caring, to everyone ..He was a great brother- in- law and very nice to my sister, Rose..It’s hard to grasp and I will definitely miss running into him..R.I.P. Angelo..????

  2. Carol Passanisi says:

    My condolences to his family and friends, may he rest In peace with his wife Rose

  3. Rob Burnett says:

    My father in law Angelo or “Papa” as I called him was truly a wonderful man and I was honored to be in his life for the last 31 years. You will never meet a more patient, funny, caring, friendly and loving person than he was. I will miss him more than anyone will ever know and will always cherish the special times we had together either at family events, vacations or just hanging out watching sports. My heart goes out to my darling wife Angela and my two tremendous sister in laws Laurie & Patty. Papa rest in peace and know that you will always be loved by us and we will never forget you as you will remain in our thoughts and our hearts eternally.

  4. Nadia & Kevin Purifory says:

    My heart breaks for all of Angelo’s family especially my dear friend Patty . I had the pleasure of meeting Angelo 41 years ago and I always enjoyed any opportunity to see him to talk about Family , Italy , Food & to laugh & joke . I will never forget his beautiful smile and laugh & wonderful sense of humor and generous heart . I will treasure all of my memories with him especially when Patty and I were kids and he would take us to his store on Saturdays or take us to the skating rink and always make sure we had money to get pizza & cookies . He loved his family so much . I will continue to pray for strength for the days ahead . Angelo will never be forgotten . We are so sorry xo Love , Nadia & Kevin Purifory & Family

  5. Theresa says:

    I will miss our small chats in the hallways of Cefalo about everything his girls were up to and how precious his grand children were to him. Angelo was always in a great mood, never one to complain and he had such a great attitude towards everything. His soft voice could calm anyone and his smile was always filled with pure joy. His neighbor, Mary (my aunt) loved taking care of Chloe and will miss your friendship and humor. We all will. Rest in peace dear friend. Heaven has a new angel. Prayers to the whole family.

  6. Patty says:

    Dear Dad,
    The greatest joy in my life has been—& will always be—being YOUR daughter. You are the coolest Dad a girl could have.
    I will miss you forever—for a 1,000 reasons. I will, of course, miss you for the usual Dad reasons…but mostly I will miss that you genuinely seemed happy whenever I called you. And, boy, did I call you often. I will miss hearing your, “Hey, it’s Patty Lyn!,” greeting. And when I didn’t call you, you called me. I could depend on it.
    I will miss your daily texts & bitmoji’s. “What a day”, “well,well,well.” I will miss hanging out with you. I will miss quoting all your funny remarks & advice—to my friends (though I still might).
    We are a team—you & I. And I miss you. I will miss going for a drive & having you as my copilot. I will especially miss when I told you a funny story & hearing you laugh out loud. Sometimes you would even laugh so hard that you spit out whatever you were drinking:).
    ?? My heart soared in these moments—because you, Dad, are my favorite audience. Seeing you happy & enjoying yourself, after all you’ve fought through, was the greatest gift of all.
    Thank you for hanging in there & giving me all these memories & extra years.

    ??You are truly a champ. THE STRONGEST MAN I KNOW.

    You’re my Dad, my buddy & my best friend all wrapped up in one. ????
    I will miss you forever. ‘XO

    Love, Patty Lyn

  7. Sandra Drier Turchi says:

    Patty, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear dad. May the memories
    shared with him be a source of comfort to you. I will remember him in prayer
    when I go to Mass. ??????

  8. Cathy, Brian, Parker, + Avery says:

    We never got the chance to meet Angelo directly. Our 2.5yo son did once and it was memorable enough that he talked about him for months afterwards. But we did get a strong sense about him through his daughter, Patty, and we were honestly so in awe of Patty and how amazing of a human being she is, that we found ourselves so grateful for people… fathers… like Angelo. Sometimes in life, there simply aren’t words for people like Angelo + Patty… who are just that strong, that kind-hearted, that joyful, that decent, and that smart + witty. Our hearts go out to the entire family. Clearly such a wonderful human being. His spirit lives on through his own children and everyone he touched in big ways and small. May time be a friend to you where you will get to a place where the wonderful memories come thru more strongly than the pain of losing him in the present. We are thinking of you and sending you all the strength in the world to get thru these incredibly painful times. Much love!

  9. Marisa and Carmine Luongo says:

    Dear Patty and family..I am so sorry for your huge loss! Though I only met your Dad on a couple of occasions, I would often hear you talk about him and Nadia kept me up to date with all that he had been suffering through. She always spoke highly of your Dad. God bless him with Eternal Peace. I pray he will continue to be close to you in spirit until you meet once again. It is my deep belief that love is Eternal. Lastly, I know he was a wonderful Dad as he brought you up to be the lovely person that you are. A deeply devoted friend in need filled with kindness. God bless you Patty… sending love and hugs…Marisa,Cafmine and family

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