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Ronald Richard Mazzeo, Sr.

May 26, 1935 ~ June 28, 2022 (age 87)

Tribute

Ronald Richard Mazzeo, Sr., Retired Pittsfield Fire Chief, passed into the arms of the Lord on June 28, 2022, at age 87, after a courageous 5 year battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia at Williamstown Commons where he resided since September 2020. He formerly resided at 121 Broadview Terrace in Pittsfield for 62 years.
He was born to Patsey P. and Sadie S. (Kryznowek) Mazzeo on May 26, 1935, the first of 7 boys.
Ron was a 1952 graduate of PHS Auto Body Program and worked Co-op at Shapiro Motors. Upon graduation, he moved to Hartford CT and attended Vaughn Barber School where he earned his Master Barbers License. Following graduation in May 1953, he enlisted in the US Navy. There he was selected to attend Class A Radio School in Bainbridge MD to be schooled as a Radioman. After graduation, Ron was transferred as a Radioman 1st Class to Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA. Always one for a sense of adventure, he requested a transfer to ANY ship in the US Navy fleet so he could go to sea and travel the world to be able to share stories with his children and grandchildren. He was transferred to the USS Furse DD882, a destroyer based in the Mediterranean, as Radioman and part time ships barber. He was a Korean War veteran and received an honorable discharge and the following: National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After his 3 year hitch ended in May 1955, Ron went to work at his father's West End Barbershop and later accepted a position at General Electric as a winder.
On July 4, 1956, Ron married the love of his life, Mary Frances Flynn, at St. Mark's Church with whom he shared almost 66 years together. Together they raised a family of one son and three daughters.
On September 15, 1957, he entered the Pittsfield Fire Department and quickly rose through the ranks as a Lieutenant (1966), Captain (1969), Deputy Chief (1973) and Chief of Department (1990). Additionally, Chief Mazzeo served as the Department Fire Investigator from 1985 through 1992. A fierce competitor, he achieved some of the highest Civil Service test marks in the state in his ascent through the ranks. He retired in 1992 after 35 proud years of public service.
Chief Mazzeo graduated from Berkshire Community College with High Honors after earning his Associate's Degree in Fire Science. He had the honor of later serving as an adjunct teacher of Fire Science at BCC.
A natural born outdoorsman, he was at home in the outdoors and his hobbies included hunting, fishing, hiking and any other activity that the outdoors offered no matter what time of year.
An avid gardener, he taught his children self sufficiency in all facets of gardening and all were expected to share the work from planting, nurturing, weeding and harvest. Between the bountiful crops and providing meat through his hunting and raising rabbits for food, he made sure his family was well cared for.
After retirement Ron and Mary enjoyed traveling where they logged over 20 cruises exploring many destinations.
He had many other hobbies which included being an Extra Class Amateur Radio operator for over 40 years with the call sign KE1P as well as his daily 4 mile walk which he continued up until his Parkinson's diagnosis.
He was a Life Member of the NRA, past member of the Lenox Sportsman's Club, Berkshire Beagle Club and ARRL.
Ron leaves his loving wife Mary, son and hunting partner Ronald Jr. (Rose), his three adoring daughters Carol Tedford (George), Marisa Andrews (Joseph) and Catherine D'Agostino (Frank), 10 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren, three Brothers James, John and Richard, all of Pittsfield. He was predeceased by three brothers Thomas, William and Patrick and his two best friends Lorenzo Briggs and Charles Caldwell.
The family would like to thank Charlie Bateman for the wonderful care he provided Ron while at home. Also, a special thanks to the staff and personnel at Williamstown Commons Unit 3 Evergreen for the love, care and compassion you showed to our dad and husband. Additionally, gratitude to Hospice of Western Mass for your presence as well as the care and comfort you gave him.
From Ron's Children:
"No greater man have we ever known.
No greater teacher.
No greater example of dignity, courage, strength, empathy and integrity."
Rest gently in peace our sweet father. We love you!
SERVICES: Calling hours at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME will be TUESDAY July 5, 2022 from 3-6 PM. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated WEDNESDAY morning at 10:00AM at SACRED HEART CHURCH with the Rev. William F. Cyr officiating. The family requests that you abide by COVID restrictions including masking during the calling hours, church service and at the gravesite. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery with full Military and Fire Department Rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to either "The Pittsfield Permanent Firemen's Benefit Association" or to "UNICO", and mailed to the funeral home.


Services

Visitation
Tuesday
July 5, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Devanny-Condron Funeral Home
40 Maplewood Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Liturgy of Christian Burial
Wednesday
July 6, 2022

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
191 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Military Honors
Wednesday
July 6, 2022

11:30 AM
St. Josephs Cemetery
222 Pecks Rd.
Pittsfield, MA

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