Gary V. Mazzie

Born 06/20/46
Died 10/01/15, Age 69
Rhode Island

Gary V. Mazzie, 69, of Cranston passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on October 1, 2015. He was born on June 20, 1946 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the eldest child of Sam and Mary (Fetchero) Mazzie. He was the cherished husband, soulmate, and best friend of Leona (Lee) Mazzie.

He leaves his beloved daughters, Kira Mazzie of Watertown, MA, Rebecca Ansaldi and her husband, Richard, of Narragansett, and Samantha Panice and her husband, Samuel, of North Providence, as well as his stepsons, Gary Case and his wife Donna, and Richard Case and his wife Deborah. He is also survived by his cherished sister, Anne Bozzi, and her husband Edward. Gary delighted in the exploits of his grandchildren: David Case, Zachery Mazzie-Smith, Braden Ansaldi, and Cooper Ansaldi.

Gary was a highly respected teacher of Biology and the Sciences for Johnston, RI and Attleboro, MA for 37 years. He was a golf and basketball Coach and also Athletic Director in Johnston.

Gary enjoyed many hobbies over the course of his life including Barbershop A Capella with Narragansett Bay Chorus, and serving as a volunteer EMT/Fire Fighter for the Tiogue Fire District. Gary was a reader for InSight (for the visually impaired and blind.) He also served his country in the Army Reserve for 30 years, attaining a commissioned rank of CW3.

Gary was proud to have established the JHS Athletic Hall of Fame. In the five years since its inception, the Hall of Fame has honored over 200 athletes.

All who knew him respected his many talents – he was a “Renaissance Man”, knowledgeable in many different fields and activities, yet a compassionate, thoughtful man. His greatest joy was traveling the world. He shared his passion with his wife, and also shared it with the world on his travel blog, Gary’s Travels ( Some of his greatest accomplishments were traveling to all 50 states and also 50 foreign countries. His bright smile and hearty laugh will be remembered by all who knew him.

Calling Hours will be Sunday, October 4, 2015 at NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, RI from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral from the funeral home on Monday at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston, RI followed by Burial with Military Honors in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

In lieu of flowers, Gary’s constant thirst for knowledge compelled him to request donations to either Wikipedia or PBS.

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  • My father-in-law, Gary, was a man of action. He did it all. Raising three amazing girls, a coach, a mentor, a teacher to thousands of students, a loving grandfather, avid traveler, blogger, photographer, creator/founder of the Johnston High School Hall of Fame, pianist, golfer, singer, and so much more. He was so full of life and an absolute pleasure to be around. Over 500 people came out to pay their respects to this legendary man.

    I had the pleasure of traveling with Gary and the family to his favorite place, Washington D.C. It was a trip to remember as we saw it all! While on a strict schedule we were able enjoy time together and embrace his love for travel.

    We spent a lot of time behind the computer screen together working on his blog, Gary’s Travels. It was another on his many hobbies and it is full of amazing photos, walking tour guides and interesting facts about places all around the world.

    His love, laughter, and joy for life will forever be missed. He was an amazing man and I loved him very much. I was fortunate enough to see him the night before he passed and we shared a final laugh together. I will hold on to that forever.

    If you have a minute check out this article that captures Gary for all that he was and will always be, a legendary man that will be missed by so many.

    I love you Gary!