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Masonry Contractor/US Army Veteran
LEOMINSTER -- Joseph Mazzaferro 95, of Leominster, proud father and brother, grandfather, Great-grandfather beloved uncle, Man of diversified talents, raconteur, pursuer of life, died Friday evening February 1, 2013 in the Lifecare Center of Leominster after an illness.
He was born September 13,1917 in Leominster, MA the son of Nicholas Mazzaferro and Costanza (DiRusso) Mazzaferro and was a lifelong resident of Leominster. He leaves his two sons, Joseph D. Mazzaferro and his wife Jane of Sterling, Dennis A. Mazzaferro and his wife Sarah of Lancaster, two daughters, Claire Brown and her husband Walter of Leominster and Elizabeth Mazzaferro of Athol, his brother Aldo J. Mazzaferro of Leominster, sister Eva LeBlanc of Leominster,10 grandchildren,11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his longtime companion; Myra Ingham of Leominster.
He was predeceased by his wife Anita (Chiarelli) Mazzaferro, his son David Louis Mazzaferro, four brothers, Tony Mazzaferro, Emile Mazzaferro, Albert Mazzaferro and Mid Mazzaferro, and by two sisters, Annie Bovenzi and Nicolina Mazzaferro.
Following the early loss of his father, Joseph left Leominster High School to learn cabinetry at the Worcester Trade School. Like many young men coming of age during The Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps under President Roosevelt. He then married Anita Chiarelli and was drafted into the United States Army where he earned the nickname "Jumpin' Jigger" for his pugilistic talents in the boxing ring. Upon his honorable discharge, he co-founded Central Lumber with his brother, Mid. The saw mill was eventually destroyed in a fire. From that point he developed skills in general contracting and specialized in masonry. His expertise in masonry, which included working with two trowels simultaneously, earned him the moniker, "The Master" (a compliment with which he whole-heartedly agreed.) His early experiences inspired in him a lasting love of adventure and nature. Construction became central to his working life. He worked with his hands until he was 78 years old. Lifelong labor didn't diminish his energy for socializing, and he enjoyed hunting, for both mushrooms and deer. He taught his children and many of his nieces and nephews how to target shoot and fish, and enjoyed the freedom of the Race Track: that he didn't apply his intellectual skills to less risky pursuits frustrated many who loved him, but this same gameness also fed his optimism and sense of fun. He enjoyed himself. It wouldn't surprise anyone who knew him that he courted his wife, Anita, on a motorcycle -- standing up -- or that he was always happy to show off his skill riding a bicycle while sitting backwards on the handlebars, loved writing poetry and playing chess. He marched to the beat of his own drum. People usually smile when they think of Joseph Mazzaferro- they can't help it. His spirit will be missed.
MAZZAFERRO -- Joseph's funeral will be held on Wednesday February 6, 2013 from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster, with an 11 AM Mass in St Anna Church, 194 Lancaster St., Leominster. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Leos Cemetery, Leominster. A calling hour will be held from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lifecare Center of Leominster as well as hospice for the compassionate care given to Joseph and his family. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2013