Longtime Sterling resident, Mr. Edward P. "MAC" Maciariello, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at his home in Sterling.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Mac was born Oct. 12, 1929 in Lawrence, Mass. He attended and graduated from Edward Searles High School in 1947. He joined the military and got his technical and electronics degree through the military. He served in the United States Air Force from 1947 till 1951, until he was honorably discharged. After leaving the service he joined the FAA and eventually got transferred to Alaska. Mac Served on the board and later as president at the Fed Alaska FCU. In 1962 he moved to Alaska, living in King Salmon for a year before moving to Cordova in 1963. Mac lived in Cordova for eight years before moving to Anchorage in 1971. He lived in Anchorage up until 1995, then moved to Sterling in 1995, where he has lived up until the present. In 1985 Mac retired from the FAA. He was a member of the NRA with Golden Eagle status. He was a generous supporter of St. Jude's, food banks and the NRA. Mac loved airplanes, flying, guns, his rescued Labradors and his life in Alaska.
"Our Dad will be missed greatly," the family wrote. "From him we got our love of the outdoors, our sense of adventure and strong sense of honor. He was always the first to help a friend in need. He enjoyed his grandchildren, watching them learn to bowl, race motocross, ride bulls and keeping in touch through great letters. He also enjoyed the 'Betty Lou' community and all his great friends and neighbors."
Mac was preceded in death by his children, Gina and Jeff Maciariello; siblings, Peter, Alfred, Albert, Antoinette Legere, Mary Longo and Lina Maciariello.
He is survived by his children, Laura Maciariello of Soldotna, Teresa Maciariello Graves of Anchorage, Killian Kidrick of Prescott, Ariz., Jim Maciariello of Drain, Ore., and Sandra Stevens of Sterling; grandchildren, Dan, Jacob, James and Ben Maciariello, Hanna, Tucker and Lindsey Graves, Cathy Wilson, Emma and Chhai Kidrick, Brett Olds and Trixie Bigby; former wife, Elizabeth Maciariello of Anchorage and his beloved lab, Abby.
Memorial donations may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or AK Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 8051, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. To visit Mac's obituary and online guestbook go to www.alaskanfuneral.com.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on February 27, 2013