Shrewsbury – Michael Mazzola, 79, of Shrewsbury, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 with his family by his side after a period of declining health. Michael leaves behind the family that meant everything to him.
He leaves his wife of 33 years, Carol (Giumentaro) Mazzola; son John, his wife Beth of Northborough and their children, Rachel, Nicholas and Alex; daughter Anne Marie Amorello and her husband Edward and their children, John, Olivia and Hannah; daughter Carolyn Sacco and her husband Joseph and their sons, Matthew and Andrew; and son Michael and his companion Andrea Doucette, all of Worcester; stepson, Mark Coggeshall of Shrewsbury and his children Michael and Kristin; a brother, Joseph Mazzola and his wife Peggy of Townsend; and his lifelong friend, Joseph Carguilo of Worcester. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Josephine (Zollo) Mazzola; brother Robert Mazzola; and his first wife, Lucille (Dattis) Mazzola.
Mike was born and raised in Worcester, attending Worcester Public Schools.
He graduated from Commerce High School.
While at Commerce, Mike captained and earned All-City honors in football, basketball and baseball. He was the 1956 All City MVP in football and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Connecticut. He was inducted into the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mike served two years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was a Worcester Police Officer. Upon retirement, he worked for Wonder Markets, LaScala and the Town of Shrewsbury.
Mike enjoyed sports, but especially watching his grandchildren compete in local high school and college sports. He loved to work in his yard and sit back and admire the beauty of all his hard work. He thought there was nothing better than gazing out on Old Mill Pond from his favorite spot in the yard. Mike volunteered his time at the Shrewsbury Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels program up until the time of his death. He had a strong faith in God, was a friend to many and will be missed by all.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visiting hours Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m., at the Chiampa Funeral Home ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road., On the Common, Shrewsbury Center. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m., in St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Worcester.