Arthur Henry Mazzola
1922 - 2020
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Arthur Henry Mazzola

Arthur Henry Mazzola passed away peacefully on March 22, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington.

He was born on 11/27/1922 in Boston, Massachusetts to Peter and Elidia Mazzola who were originally from Northern Italy and also had a daughter named Louise.

He attended Boston University before serving in the Army as a sergeant teaching aviation. After the military he and his wife Nell E. May settled in the Seattle area. They were both active in local theater, Toastmasters, and were both PTA presidents. Art avidly pursued sailing and tennis, as well as being a loyal patron of the arts. He was a wonderful father to five children, Joan Clarke, Dianne Cotuna, Cheri Mazzola, Chris Mazzola and was preceded in death by his son Paul Mazzola. There are twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He had active relationships with all.

Art was professionally, politically and socially active in the community, including past president and chairman of the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, president and general manager of Trans Pacific Lease Corp, past president of Arc, ambassador to Perugia, Seattle's sister city in Italy. He was a longstanding member of the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation as well as the Seattle Yacht Club and served as commissioner on the Seattle Arts Commission for many years.

Some of the attributes his children and others loved about him were his warm and engaging charm and his genuine interest in people of all ages. He approached life with a bountiful joie de vivre which was contagious. He was a great storyteller and voracious reader earning him the nickname dubbed by many "the walking encyclopedia". He enjoyed sharing many life experiences with his dear and special friend Jo Anne Niles for the last seven years of his life. He will be sorely missed but leaves behind a rich tapestry of precious memories.

We will definitely be celebrating our beloved Arthur Mazzola when we are able to gather together once again. Remembrances in his honor may be made to the Seattle #4 Rotary, Pacific NW Ballet or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 19, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
Will miss you soo much Grandpa
Jennifer Immel
May 3, 2020
My husband, Fred Rutledge, and I have been discussing our favorite memories with Art. Fred recalls sailing out Shilshole Marina on our boat, Rubicon, with Art. Fred recalls rounding the north end of Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound like glass and the wind very gentle. Our Rubicon was a heavy boat, requiring lots of wind to move fast. However, on this day the current and wind were perfect. We will never forget that sunny day with Art. He made everyone feel as though they were his all time favorite people.

Art called me, by accident, about a year ago. He just happened to have pushed the "Donalee" button on his phone. I was just pleased to be among his many phone buttons. We had a delightful chat.
Donalee Murray Rutledge
May 2, 2020
Dear Art,
You are the love of my life.
Your adoration, support and friendship saved me. The memories of travel, family, friends and our many years together will be my comfort.
I miss you always, Carolyn
Carolyn Paquette
April 29, 2020
Thanks Art for being a good friend and fellow Rotarian. You will be greatly missed. Condolences to all the family.
Faith Ireland
April 26, 2020
Art was a member of the Board of Directors of Northland Communicaions and I was an executive of the company and lucky enough to work with Art for almost 15 years. He was always on top of the issues and very generous with excellent advice and counsel. In addition, he was a very nice and engaging person.
Jim Penney
April 21, 2020
Art was one of my favorite Rotarians - always had a kind word and a smile for the staff. One day out of the blue I received a card from him with a duck on it, and a note that I was like the duck...calm on the surface, working hard below. I treasured it, and will always treasure my memories of Art.
S.E. Thompson
April 20, 2020
Art hired me to work at Trans Pacific Leasing in June 1969 because I went to Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. He had an uncle who lived in Dorset, Vt and thus was partial to people with a connection to Vermont. I worked for him during some troubling times (1971-72)--Boeing layoffs which lend to an extended list of accounts receivable at TPL which eventually lead to his dismissal and a job offer for me at headquarters in Portland, Or. which I did not accept. I remember picking him up for work at his house in Somerset in Bellevue, WA. I was grateful to him for offering me a job years ago which lead to other opportunities many many years ago!
claus Mueller
April 20, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Rodney Hearne
April 20, 2020
Art was a wonderful fellow! Always positive. Never negative.
David Endicott
April 19, 2020
Art was a breath of fresh air! His love of life & people was obvious. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
Kindle Shaw
April 19, 2020
I met Art in the late 1970s, when he and my uncle (Dr. M.L. Westerberg) bought a leasing company in Seattle. Since then we have stayed in touch, and discussed just about everything possible about life, family, and the Seattle area. He was a wonderful, bright and well read man who was always enjoyable to be with, and whose views on various subjects always made great sense. He always looked 20 years younger than his true age. My wife and I want to attend his memorial service and pay our respects directly.
Don Lorentz
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