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HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Penn. — Funeral services for limousine industry icon Tom Mazza were announced Wednesday on Facebook.
Members of the limousine industry are invited:
Thursday August 23, 2012
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
212 Welsh Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
The family will be receiving visitors at 10am and the Mass will start at 12 p.m.
Attendees/mourners should please RSVP to Mazza close friend and New Jersey operator Jason Sharenow at [email protected] Out of area visitors who need hotel and ground transportation arrangements should let Jason know.
A luncheon after the Mass will be held at Twining Hall in Trevose, Penn.
Sharenow will be compiling thoughts from people that would like to contribute to a eulogy. Contributors should contact Sharenow with commemorative messages and/or thoughts.
One hotel where out-of-town mourners will be gathering:
Crowne Plaza Bucks County
4700 E. Street Road
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Hotel Phone: 215-364-2000
Location: Suburban Hotel within 4 miles of church and within 1 mile of luncheon.
Special Rate: $104 per night plus tax
Note: To receive special rate, you must contact: Janet Rogers, Transient Sales Manager
By email: [email protected]
By Cell: 267-566-8969
Note: A credit card will be needed to guarantee the room.
Tom Mazza is survived by his sister, Marion, brother, Mark, sister-in-law, Amy, an “adopted sister,” Yvonne LaMar, a nephew, Matthew, and a niece, Sarah. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Jr., in 1986, and by his parents in 2009.
Meanwhile, comments and tributes to Mazza are pouring into the magazines he wrote for and on social media. LCT recently sought comments from the following industry friends of Tom Mazza, which further underscore the fact that while Mazza taught and talked much professionally, he spoke loudest through his countless acts of generosity toward operators:
Greg Pruitt, Kings Worldwide Transportation, Oklahoma City, and NLA board director: “[Tom and I] were in pretty close contact over the last month, and I went out there and spent three days with him right after his diagnosis. After I left, we exchanged a lot of emails and texts. I would call, and either his sister Marion or Yvonne would relay the conversation. He would either make hand signs or write something down that they would relate back. Sometimes he would answer the mails and the texts; sometimes they were short and sometimes they were in depth, and they were always deep.
“We talked about equality for everybody. He was all about being honest and truthful. One of the things he wanted to share was that the industry really needed to stop yelling so much and just try to help each other more and realize what’s important. Lose some of the ego and bravado and take better care of each other, and we shouldn’t scream our opinions at each other. He’s always been very blunt and very direct, but [what we talked about in his last days] was just like, pure truth that was coming out. That has already made a huge impact on me.”
Philip Wockner, Philip Wockner International, Los Angeles: “My first interaction with Tom Mazza was in 1995 when I purchased his book, I'm paraphrasing here "The Complete Guide to Running a Limousine Service.” This soft cover had a picture of Tom and Mikail Gorbachev on the cover; he had driven the Russian leader on a trip to Pennsylvania. Clearly Tom was completely engaged in our industry — a healthy obsession, perhaps only eclipsed by Dean Schuler’s (who was also taken from us way too early). Tom Mazza was a very good person and a credit to his family! A special guy so many people he was friendly with, so many people who cared about him.”
Robert Alexander, RMA Worldwide, Silver Spring, Md., and NLA board director: “He was like one of those special friends, didn’t have to talk to him every day or week, but when you did talk to him, you had a connection. We were a resource for one another through the highs and lows of our careers and it was a great journey. I’m going to miss that. It didn’t matter if we agreed or disagreed; we knew we both had best interests at heart. He worked hard and always had an entrepreneurial spirit within him. The mentoring and coaching made him such a special person. He was interested in you for who you were, and not just a consultant who would charge you to be a friend. He was one of these characters who gave it his all.”
Related: LCT Tom Mazza Obituary & Tribute Comments here.
— Martin Romjue, Michael Campos, LCT editors
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