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2013 Vinal Tech Grad, 19, Killed in Car Accident Laid to Rest

William Mazo of Middlefield, a high achieving tool maker's apprentice, learned his trade at Middletown's technical high school.

William Austin Mazo, 19, of Middlefield
William Austin Mazo, 19, of Middlefield
The teen killed in a Southington car crash on Dec. 26 was an honor roll student and tool maker's apprentice in his hometown.

William Austin Mazo, 19, of Middlefield, beloved son of Dr. James E. Mazo, III and Paula (Lynch) Mazo of Middlefield, died on Thursday (Dec. 26th) due to injuries in an automobile accident

He was born in Hartford and was a 2013 graduate of Vinal Technical High School in Middletown. Austin currently was an apprentice tool maker with Powerhold Inc. in Middlefield having started working there his junior year through the Work Based Learning program at Vinal.

He also earned the Eagle Scout Award through Durham Troop 27 in 2012 designing a kiosk and parking lot for the Coe Hill Property on School Street in Middlefield, won the state Skills USA Competition in Precision Machining in 2013 and went on to represent the State of Connecticut in the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City, MO where he placed 13th in his field.

Austin enjoyed working on his Cummins truck, hanging with friends, hunting and fishing with family and was always there to help anyone who needed it. He had an infectious smile and his hugging arms will be sorely missed by all. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Emery Mazo of Middlefield; maternal grandparents, Dr. William Austin Lynch and his wife Mary of Wethersfield; paternal grandmother, Eleanor “Ellie” Mazo of New Jersey; as well as his Auntie Margaret (Peg) Lynch of Ashland, NH, Uncle Dan Lynch and his wife Margaret Seaman of Telluride, CO, and his Auntie Jennifer (Mazo) Stilwell and her husband, Ron, of Greenville, SC and many extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Dr. James E. Mazo, Jr. in September of this year. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Rd., Middletown. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the Fellowship Church on Tuesday from 11 to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Those who wish in lieu of flowers may send memorial contributions to the Vinal Technical High School Parent Faculty/Friends Organization, 60 Daniels St., Middletown, CT 06457.

— The above obituary was reprinted with permission from the Biega Funeral Home.

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