Mr. Rosario Peter Mazzara, 95, of Chipley, departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Panama City. Mr. Mazzara was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Antonino and Paola Mazzara on Jan. 12, 1918. He had been a resident of Sunny Hills since 1975. Mr. Mazzara worked in transportation for the City of New York for more than 35 years. He served as a Washington County Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff under the administration of Sheriff Fred Peel for several years and served in the National Guard Armored Cavalry Division for more than five years. He was an avid photographer, winning many awards at the Visual Arts Center of Panama City. He was a passionate music lover who couldn't imagine life without music. He believed that for every person he met, if he treated them with dignity and kindness, he would receive dignity and kindness in return. Mr. Mazzara was a very warm, giving person and would stand by your side like the Rock of Gibraltar. He enjoyed reading and was very knowledgeable about life in general.
His wife, Agata Mazzara preceded him in death in March of 2012.
Mr. Mazzara is survived by his children, Pauline Manzi and her husband, Joseph of Lewisburg, Penn., Robert Mazzara of Levertown, N.Y., and Raymond Mazzara of Lynn Haven; former daughters-in-law, Colette Hazard, and Juanita Renfroe; grandchildren, Heather Mazzara and Joanna Manzi and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Father Michael Nixon officiating. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Sunny Hills. Pallbearers will be Gary Ellis, Tommy Smith, Randy Waters, Mitchell Darber, Richard Chernock and Jay Parrish. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or expressed at www.kentforestlawn.com.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Covenant Hospice for their loving and compassionate care and support for both Mr. and Mrs. Mazzara.