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Jack Fazio

Jack Jude Fazio

1965 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Jack Jude "Jay" Fazio, 48, formerly of 210 South Mountain Road, Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness, on March 24, 2014, in his home in New Bedford, Mass. Born in Holyoke, Mass., on Sept. 11, 1965, son of Frances M. Ruperto and the late Francis J. Fazio, he attended local schools, that included the one room school house, Morewood School, on South Mountain Road for first and second grade, and Taconic High School. At the age of 13, he attended the private school of Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Mass. Jay earned his GED and went on to work at several stereo equipment stores, which included HBS in Pittsfield. Jay was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything he got his hands on. He was a gifted musician whose talent was realized from the first time he picked up a toy guitar at the age of 3. Although never formally trained, he taught himself to play guitar, violin, harmonica, and piano, learning it all by ear. As a teenager, Jay was the lead guitarist and singer in the band "Mad Anthony" where he entertained many. His passion for music continued into his adulthood as he transformed his apartment into a music studio with electric guitars, keyboard, and amplifier. Jay loved to learn new things and was an avid reader of "Discover", "Popular Science" and the "The Week" magazines. He will be missed for his loving heart, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor. Jay is survived by his mother, Frances Fazio of Pittsfield; his sister, Lisa and her husband, Brian Leger, their son, Jonathan Francis Leger, of Hubbardston, Mass., and their three daughters, Sally Leger, Kelly Leger, and Jillian Bolanz and her husband, Michael, and their son, Cameron, all of Maine; a son, Michael Fazio of Pittsfield, and a daughter, Samantha Fazio of Pittsfield; his Uncle Jim and Aunt Marie Fazio of Winter Springs, Fla., and Aunt Vinnie Speranzo of Pittsfield. He also leaves many cousins whom loved him very much. Even though Jay didn't live in Pittsfield, he talked with his mother often, making sure she was okay after losing his father in 2010. Jay is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Francesco and Elizabeth Salvaggio Ruperto and his paternal grandparents, Giacomo "Jack" and Lillian Martini Fazio. Jay was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church in New Bedford and attended mass on a daily basis. He found solace at church and in his prayers. His family seeks to find the same solace knowing that he is now safe in the arms of God. He will be missed by all. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Friday, April 4, 2014, at 9 a.m. from the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church, 89 Briggs Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Peter A. Gregory, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, April 3, from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Church in care of the funeral home. Please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.

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Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home - Pittsfield
5 Elm Street  Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-1733

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 1, 2014
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