Salvatore Mazzarella, 82, of Plainville, beloved husband of Josemarie "Mary" (Gozzo) Mazzarella, passed away on Sept. 24, 2012, at Bristol Hospital.
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Born in New Britain on Jan. 10, 1930, Sal was one of three children to the late Carmelo and Lucy (Mangiafico) Mazzarella. Raised in New Britain, he attended local schools, and enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly before his nineteenth birthday. He served his country for three years during the Korean Conflict, earning five Bronze Stars which he later donated to the Plainville Historical Society. He married the love of his life, Mary, in 1954, sharing 58 years together. They moved to Plainville in 1968, when they proudly adopted their only son, Charles. Sal dedicated more than 35 years of hard work at Fafnir Bearing, from where he retired in 1983. A man of many talents, he was known for his intricate woodworking and detailed miniature figurines, was a master card player, an avid bowler during his working years, and was a self-described "Mr. Fix It", believing that anything could be repaired with either duct tape or WD40. Sal had an unforgettable and infectious sense of humor that contributed to him making friends wherever he went, most notably jumping out of a birthday cake and filling in for the belly dancer that was late for the party. He enjoyed many days at the Plainville Senior Center playing BINGO or card games with the ladies and looked forward to Mondays with "The Breakfast Club". He will be greatly missed, leaving his family and countless friends with many laughs and happy memories.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he leaves his son, Charles and his wife, Cindy, of Oakville and their children, who affectionately called him "Grandpa Buddha" and brought him much joy, Charles Jr. and Allison; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Constance and Armand Fusco, of Guilford and Rosalie and Michael Gansecki, of Colorado.; his brother-in-law, Frank Gozzo; and many adored nieces and nephews.
A memorial service in celebration of Sal's life was held on Oct. 1, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Committal services with Military Honors followed at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. For directions and online expressions of sympathy, visit www.Bailey-FuneralHome.com.
Published in Plainville Citizen on Oct. 4, 2012