Patrick R. Mazzu, of West Seneca, a cartoon artist and a retired Nabisco worker, died Sunday in New York State Home for Veterans, Batavia, after a long illness. He was 79.
After graduating from high school, Mr. Mazzu, who was born in Buffalo, went to art school locally to study cartoon and editorial art.
He served in the Army during World War II as a rifleman in the combat infantry, attaining the rank of private first class. He saw action in Italy and during the liberation of the Philippines, receiving Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
In the 1940s, he owned and operated a sign shop with his brother Jim. He also worked as a cartoonist for the West Seneca Press and did advertising cartoons for local businesses. On the WKBW-TV program "Rocketship 7," he used his talent as a quick sketch artist to entertain youngsters.
After his brother, who went on to draw for the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, was declared missing in action in the Korean War, Mr. Mazzu kept alive his memory and artwork.
He organized a show of his brother's Stars and Stripes cartoons at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park and placed some of his cartoons in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Smithsonian Institution.
He worked at Nabisco in the shipping department for 30 years, retiring in 1980.
A Catholic altar boy in his youth, he later volunteered at various local churches of several denominations, putting together Sunday bulletins and working in their kitchens. He also gave assistance to his neighbors and always plowed their driveways in the winter.
He also loved to sing and entertain others with jokes and impersonations.
His wife of 35 years, Betty Love Mazzu, died in 1980.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Melancon of Elma and Patricia Ciechalski of West Seneca; a son, Patrick C. of West Seneca; two brothers, Robert of Niagara Falls and Donald of Hamburg; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, after prayers at 8:45 in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.