MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Nicholas M. Mascoli, Jr., 80, beloved husband of Ellen (Hessley) Mascoli, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
Born on July 26, 1936, son of the late Nicholas Michael and Anna (Renna) Mascoli. Dr. Mascoli graduated from Cheshire Academy, and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
He met Ellen when he was a medical student and she was a nurse at George Washington University Hospital. Following medical school, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine and was discharged at the rank of captain. He subsequently returned to Waterbury to complete his residency in pediatric medicine at Waterbury Hospital and then joined the medical practice of Drs. Rosenberg and Warren in Waterbury. He joined the staff of Waterbury Hospital in 1968, and the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital in 1971.
Dr. Mascoli devoted his professional life to the thousands of area children in his care throughout his 45 plus years of practice. He was known for cultivating very personal relationships with his patients and families and viewed his role as pediatrician to extend beyond medical care, providing counseling, guidance, and mentoring. He impacted countless lives with his work both inside and outside the office.
He often reminisced about the good times he and Ellen shared together in Washington, D.C. and Maine and kept in touch with many friends over the years. He most especially loved the time spent with his family and dogs at Cape Cod and annual ski trips to New Hampshire and Maine. He was a member of the Fathers’ Club of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury from 1979 to 1988 and interviewed prospective students in the Waterbury area for the College of the Holy Cross. He was also active in St. John of the Cross parish as a CCD teacher and a member of the Parish Council. His favorite interests included celebrating his Italian heritage by cooking for his family and enjoying wine, listening to classical music, and watching UConn basketball.
Besides his loving wife of 52 years, he leaves his children, Dr. Nicholas Mascoli III and his wife, Dr. Deneen Pelletier, of Bedford, Maine, Gregory Mascoli and his wife, Maria, of Avon, David Mascoli and his wife, Kristine, of Middlebury, Jeffrey Mascoli and his wife, Maureen, of Warwick, R.I., and LindaAnne Mascoli of Middlebury; his sister, Marie Scionti and her husband, Salvatore, of Naugatuck; his nine grandchildren, Matthew, Emma, SarahKatherine, Alexander, Patrick, Andrew, Julia, Caroline, and Jeffrey, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Mascoli was predeceased by his brothers, Carmine and Eugene Mascoli.
The family would like to express its sincerest appreciation and thanks to all the doctors, nurses, and aides who cared for Nicholas over the past several months, including the staffs at Middlebury Convalescent Home, The Village at East Farms, Waterbury Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, Aging Better at Home, Visiting Nurses Association, A Caring Hand, and Home Sweet Homecare.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 9 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Church, 1089 Whittemore Road, Middlebury. Those attending are asked to please meet at the church at 8:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, East Main Street, Waterbury. Calling hours will be held on Friday at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connecticut Medical Center Foundation-Pediatric Cardiology, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT, and The Simon Foundation, 120 Rescue
Lane, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
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