John Fitzgerald Mazara, 56, passed away on Sunday February 23, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Son of Juan Mazara and the late Carmen Richardson. He was born January 15, 1964 in the Dominican Republic. He immigrated to the United States on July 3, 1977. He attended Science High and Vailsburg High schools in Newark, NJ. He went on to join the United States Armed Forces serving the US Army at the age of 21 on March 26, 1985.
Throughout his 29 years of service "Johnny" vigorously matriculated through the ranks, masterfully navigated various cities and countries. He survived the Gulf War (Desert Strom) and two tours in the Middle East. In his latest capacity as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) the Land Readiness Room Supervisor, DLA and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. Jonny used both his technical expertise to work in tandem with the United States Army Tank-automobile and Armaments Command and the Marine Corps Logistic Commands. During his years of service, he earned the Meritorious Service Medal (4x), just to name a few.
Johnny viewed himself as a "work in progress", always having a lengthy list of goals in place and always meeting them. He strove for excellence in all areas of his life. After a successful career in the service, he earned several bachelor's degrees culminating with a master's degree in Management with a concentration in Accounting in December 2019. He extended his work ethic to his family and friends, constantly breathing positivity into those around him.
He enjoyed fellowshipping with family and friends over good food and drinks. He loved playing golf, home improvement projects and traveling. He was a car enthusiast and loved working on his vehicles.
Johnny is survived by his father Juan Mazara (Rosa); 6 children; Scal Johnny Mazara, Richard Mazara, Angel Mazara, Amanda Mazara, Luis Mazara and Kamarri R. Mazara. 7 siblings; Khaty Mazara, Abraham L. Mazara, Raquel Tavarez (Irvin), Juanna Garcia (Enrique), Damaris M. Hall (Rotsello), Juan Mazara and Quesia Mateo (Jose). And a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Johnny had a presence, as most Mazara men. of making whomever he was in contact with feel loved. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.
Viewing and services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm at Lombardi Funeral Home, 9 Smull Avenue, Caldwell, NJ
Johnny will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date to be announced.