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Vincent Joseph Mazzella

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Vincent Joseph Mazzella
On February 20, 2014, we lost a beloved father and friend. Vincent went to his peace surrounded by two of his five daughters. Vince passed away in Billings, Montana, a place he loved and chose as his final home. Vince was born on April 7, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian immigrant father, Louis Mazzella, from the beautiful isle of Ischia, and his mother, Rose Martarella, who was born in Brooklyn but hailed from Napoli, Italy. Vince grew up with sister, Helen and brother Louis. He attended a Maritime High School and joined the Navy at 17, and served in the Korean war on the aircraft carrier, The USS Antietam. He then left New York and was an in-store butcher for Stater Brothers Market in Yucaipa, CA, and soon become a line-o-type operator for the Yucaipa News Mirror and then later for the Redlands Daily Facts in Redlands, CA. He was very sought after for his skill in setting type for print. He married Dorothy Pilbeam in 1957 along with her two daughters, Barbara and Teresa. They had a son, Michael Louis Mazzella, who passed away as an infant due to a heart defect. Three daughters followed: Rose, Melody and Tina.
Vince was an avid small plane pilot and he volunteered annually with the Young Eagles Program at the Redlands, California airport. He loved to fly, and flew to new places following his daughter Melody around the West. He flew to Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Nevada, and Montana multiple times with his best friend Bill Cheesman as his co-pilot and navigator. He was proud of his 'bird 'his Piper Cherokee 235. He was a sports fan and competitor and coached little league in the 1960's and always had time to be at his grandchildren's games and school events. Vince was an amazing cook and had all kinds of food connections in Los Angeles and supplied family as well as neighborhoods, in California and Montana alike, with Italian masterpiece cooking and treats. Everyone was his friend. He was a long standing member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood and spent hours upon hours escorting people to this special realm for dinner and shows. Vince most of all loved his family which included: Barbara (Ron), grandchildren Chad, Jason and Nicole (deceased), and great-grandchildren Brenden, Mia, Antonio, Isabella. Teresa (Skip), grandchild Michael, great-granddaughter Gabriella, and great-great- grandchild Vince. Rose (Ed), grandchildren Laci and Jena, and great-grandchildren Timothy, Tyler, Jessie, Anna, Donald. Melody (Paul), and grandchildren Emma and Forrest. Tina, grandchildren Melody, Vince, Anthony, and great-grandchildren Billie Girl, Damian. His brother Louis (Anne), and nephews Michael, Louis and niece Caroleanne (deceased). He loved his dear friends, Bill Cheesman, Fred Dill, Dick Davidson and too many others to count. Vince was expecting two more great-grandchildren this spring, but we know he is watching for them from above. Rememberance at Redlands Airport on March 5th at 4:00 p.m. Fly away home Dad, this time with your own set of wings.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Mar. 7, 2014
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