It is with a heavy heart the LCBA posts the obituary of our friend and co-worker Gary Mazzone. He will greatly missed.
We are sad to announce the passing of Gary L. Mazzone, 66, of Broad Brook due to a tragic airplane accident. He was born in East Windsor to Ethel and Pasquale Mazzone and lived most of his adult life in the area. Gary lived with a thirst for knowledge, a smile that could light up a room, a sense of humor that made everyone laugh and a caring way that made even the most distant stranger feel like his friend.
He was proud of his degree in Forestry at Paul Smith College in New York and then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from The University of Connecticut. His career took him down the path of law enforcement. He retired as a Captain of the Vernon Police Department after 22 years of service. During this time, he was selected to attend and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He then worked an additional 20 years for the State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice, where Gary recently retired as an Inspector.
He loved spending time at his second home in upstate New York where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and riding on his ATV. He was also an avid history buff who had extensive knowledge about World War ll and his hometown of East Windsor.
Gary's passion in life was spending time with his family. He was so proud of his three children, Daniel, Brian and Maureen. Through the years he shared his love of the outdoors with them, attending sporting events, fishing with them on the Scantic River, and testing them on nature walks by identifying names of trees. Gary and Brian shared a strong bond through his Bulldogs football team. He was extremely proud of his son, Daniel and his decorated military career. He was happy to spend time with his daughter "Mo" whether it was snowshoeing through the woods, helping her work on her house or just sitting and talking.
In 1998, he married his wife Joan, and together they shared an active and adventurous life. They shared the love of the outdoors and took vacations that most people would never think of going nor could find on a map. Gary had so much love to give and he shared it with Joan's daughters, Stacy and Kim who became his own. Gary and Joan spent their lives around their seven grandchildren who affectionately called Gary their "Bepa". Together, they enjoyed vacationing, spending holidays together and attending all the kids' activities. Gary was thrilled when his children had their kids and he became "Bepa" to all five of them. Gary and Joan loved to attend all their sporting events and Gary taught them to fish, build woodworking projects and be the class clown.
Gary was predeceased by his mother Ethel. He leaves behind his father, Pasquale "Pop" Mazzone of Riverview, FL, the love of his life, Joan of Broad Brook, his son Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Mazzone and his wife Lori of New Brockton, AL with their children, Austin, Jackson, and Mary, his son Brian Mazzone and wife Kelly of Enfield with their sons Brodie and Brock, his daughter Maureen Rosa and her husband Daniel of Fairfield with their future child, his daughter Kimberly Bourbeau of Vernon and her children, Zachary, Olivia, and Colton, his daughter Stacy Lanata and her husband Steven of Glastonbury and their children, Brendan, Julianna, Isabella and Francesca and his sister, Lynn Mcalees and her husband George of Riverview, FL. Gary also leaves behind his "girls", his beloved dogs Brooke and Molly who loved to go for rides in his truck to get their munchkins at Dunkin Donuts.
To honor Gary's memory, please hug your family members, tell them how much you love them, help your neighbors, talk to friends and reach out to the elderly. This is what defines us in life.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to a charity of your choice that will impact the environment.