Shrewsbury – Worcester Fire Department Lieutenant, Maurice “Moe” Zingarelli Jr., 59, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in Boston with his family by his side, after being stricken ill earlier in the week in Worcester.
Born Nov. 19, 1952, in Worcester, the son of Maurice Zingarelli Sr and Elizabeth M. (DiStefano) Zingarelli, he grew up on Eastern Avenue, graduated from North High, earned his degree in History from Worcester State College, and lived in Worcester before moving his family to Shrewsbury.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of the past 28 years, Karen (Mahoney) Zingarelli; his three cherished daughters, Kathryn and Jillian Zingarelli of Shrewsbury and Lauren Zingarelli of Washington, D.C..; a brother, Anthony Zingarelli and his wife Laura of Webster; a niece, Gina, and nephew, Anthony Zingarelli Jr.; and many other extended family members and a host of friends.
Mr. Zingarelli was appointed to the Worcester Fire Department Jan. 22, 1984, and for the past 28 years worked as a fire fighter stationed at Engine 8 on Burncoat Street, attaining his present rank of lieutenant. He also was a licensed EMT and worked part-time as a paralegal and bartender.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, the International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters Union Local 1009, and the Worcester Fire Relief and Credit Unions.
A dedicated family man, he cherished his wife, daughters, and brother. He found immense enjoyment in family vacations, Ogunquit Beach in Maine, and every minute he could be in the company of his family and friends.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. His celebration of life funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m., from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt Carmel-St Ann Church, 24 Mulberry St. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery.