April 17, 1943 - March 27, 2017
Mario C. Piccolo, a microwave satellite communications technician whose work took him around the world, died March 27 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 73.
Mr. Piccolo was born in Buffalo and cultivated a lifelong interest in electronics at Seneca Vocational High School. He later moved to Lancaster with his family.
Mr. Piccolo served in the Army, where he was a combat veteran. He later joined the Army Reserve, and then the Air Force.
From 1974 to 2015, he was employed by a variety of private contractors, working on satellite systems for the U.S. government. His assignments took him to places including Colorado, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greenland, and Ascension Island, an isolated spot in the South Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa.
"He just went from one to the next," said one of his sisters, Marlene. "It was a new experience to work in all these different countries, with all these different companies." His employers included Raytheon Support Services, Lockheed Martin, and GE Government Services.
Mr. Piccolo also enjoyed traveling the world for pleasure. He sent home souvenirs from wherever he went, including paintings and dolls from Vietnam, a tea set featuring windmills from Holland, and a grandfather clock from England.
Survivors also include three other sisters, Cynthia, Yvonne, and Cheryl L. Porter; and a brother, Wayne.