Obituary: David Lawrence Mazza, 71, of Trumbull

David Lawrence Mazza, age 71, of Trumbull, devoted husband of Deborah Simpkins Mazza, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2014 at his home with his wife by his side.

Born on May 5, 1942 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Dominic and Clara D’Andrea Mazza.

He received his master’s degree from Fordham University and his doctorate degree in American History from St. John’s University. Mr. Mazza was a retired educator with the City of Stamford Board of Education for 35 years and was an adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College. He previously served as the athletic director, basketball and baseball coach at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Branch. He had also served as director at the Long Ridge Swim and Tennis Club for over 20 years.

He will be fondly remembered as a dedicated teacher and coach, and a man who always gave of himself for his community. But above all else he treasured the time spent with his family, especially his loved and cherished grandchildren. David was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his loving wife of 42 years, Deborah, survivors include a loving daughter, Elizabeth Mazza and her husband Christopher Quinn of Maplewood, NJ, two cherished and adored grandchildren, Liam and Maggie; a sister, Sister Mary Mazza CMD of Athens, NY, brother-in-law, Rob Simpkins and his wife Sabina of Florida, nieces and nephew, Kaylee, Delaney, Jane and Bill. He was predeceased by a sister, Anne Pirone.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. from the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, and at 11:30 a.m. in   St. Stephen’s Church, Trumbull for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may greet the family on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.

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