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Mauro M Bacolo

AGE: 69 • Ocean Grove

Mauro M. Bacolo, 69, passed into eternal life on December 10, 2016. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mauro retired to the Jersey Shore with his wife, Victoria, while their son, Adrian, remained in Brooklyn. Mauro's life was spent in service to his country, community and family. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, performing two tours of duty in Vietnam before being honorably discharged. Later, he served as Commander at VFW Post 5195 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Following the events of 9/11, Mauro re-enlisted in the military with the New York State Guard, serving 12 years in the 88th Brigade. He completed his service with the rank of Sgt. First Class. Mauro graduated from the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. He spent 30 years with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, overseeing horticulture operations throughout Brooklyn. Mauro brought his gardening expertise to Ocean Grove, where his home garden stood out amongst the town's best. True to character, he spent his time helping the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Patrol, Historical Society and Beautification Project. Mauro was a beloved man, patriot, veteran, husband, father, friend and neighbor who asked for very little but gave so much to others. He was known to tell his son, "You don't have to be a physicist to know what matters". Visitation will be held from 12-1 p.m. and Memorial Service from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 at Trinity Church, 503 Asbury Ave. in Asbury Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (www.fallenheroesfund.org). The Ocean Grove Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 15, 2016
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