ROCKLAND – Emilio David Mazzeo Jr., 69, passed peacefully with his family at his side following an extended illness on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 the day the Lord called him home. He was blessed to have been cared for at his home by his daughters Maria and Melissa and his grandson Matthew.
Born in Rockland, October 31, 1950, he was the son of Emilio David Mazzeo Sr. and Emma Jane Johnson Mazzeo. David, as he was known to many, attended Rockland Schools with the class of 1969. After leaving high school, he persevered and earned his GED shortly thereafter.
Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp, David served honorably for four years. Returning to civilian life he began a career in the fishing industry on many scallop rigs as an engineer and cook out of New Bedford, Mass. Upon ending his fishing career he joined the Merchant Marines, working as a Maritime Engineer for many years. During this time he was blessed to be able to experience many places and travel all over the world.
David had many nicknames, and lots of friends called him ‘Checo’ or ‘Moe’; his nieces and nephews called him ‘Unkie’ and his sisters along with his parents called him ‘Brother’. More recently his grandchildren called him ‘Fat Grampie’.
His hobbies included NASCAR, driving fast, back in the day, his 69 Chevelle and many other cars, and laying patches of rubber. He was always working on a project, his favorite being an old Volkswagen previously driven by his beloved mother, which he cut the roof off, turning it into a dune buggy. He also restored a school bus that made many trips to Perry's Nut House and the softball field with his daughters. David meticulously cared for his tools, always making sure they were shined up with his tool box right in the living room.
David was rarely seen without his constant four-legged companion, ‘Tia’. She was his best friend, and although not officially trained, acted as his service dog.
David was a jokester, and loved a good comedy sketch. His sister Charlotte fondly remembered his love of ‘Bert & I’ skits, and his ability to imitate them to a tee in the evening at bedtime. His grandchildren remembered he could make up a funny, rhyming songs about anything mid-conversation. His grandson Matthew remembers his grandfather teaching him a few tricks with goldfish. David's daughters Maria and Melissa have many fond memories of winters when their father ran the family restaurant ‘Mazzeos Pizza’. He loved to laugh, make others laugh and share a good joke, and most of all reminisce of days gone by of his childhood, high school days, fishing trips and much more. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Predeceased by his parents, Emilio and Emma Mazzeo; granddaughter Lindsey May Campbell; his brother-in-law Linwood Campbell; David is survived by his daughters, Maria Lindsey and her husband Corey of Union, Melissa Weaver and her husband Galen of St. George; his sisters, Charlotte Campbell of Rockland, Cynthia ‘Cyndi’ Palacios and her husband Louis of Dahlonega, GA; his grandchildren, Matthew Brown of Rockland, Sharidi Lindsey of Warren, Aamber Hufsey of Vinalhaven, Emilia Doak of Vinalhaven, Desirae Gray of Whitehouse TX; seven great-grandchildren, Maddison, Zachary, Braelyn, Kailyn, Mackenzie, Noah, Logan; his step-children, Tracey Miller and Tom Miller both of Rockport; his constant companion, Tia; and several nieces and nephews including, Clay and Cristina Fowlie of Rockland, Tony Palacios of GA, Madonna Palacios Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Tania Palacios Mitchell of Missouri, Rebecca Palacios Thomason (Becky-boo the cop-a-roo) of GA, and Domenic Palacios of GA.
Services will be announced in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, Maine 04841.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.