John “Jack” Mascio

John “Jack” Mascio

John David Mascio (“Jack”), 50, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, February 21, 2011 at his residence on E. Carlton Ave. in Kill Devil Hills.  Born in Norristown, Pa, he was the son of Joanne Marie Mascio (nee Gersbach) and the late William Mascio.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his infant sister, Bonnie G. Mascio.

Mr. Mascio was affectionately known as “Big Jack” or “Whistling Jack” to Kill Devil Hills locals and could be seen riding his bike around town or chillin on the bulkhead at Avalon Pier.  His children were his pride and joy; he loved the ocean, and was a friend to many as he was a longtime resident of the area.  He had previously worked in construction as a framer.  Mr. Mascio attended Manteo Baptist Church and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Jack always had a story to tell and was rarely seen without a smile on his face.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Bonnilyn A. Mascio of the Kill Devil Hills residence.  Also surviving is his daughter, Katie Mascio Morgan and husband Byron Morgan, his two sons, Christopher R. Mascio and Joseph Peter Mascio, all of Kill Devil Hills, his ex-wife, Patricia Nash, his brothers, William, Roy, Joe, Philip, Charles, and his sisters, Missy Primus, Laurie Walski, and Joanne Smith, all of Pennsylvania.

There will be no public viewing or visitation.  However, all who knew Jack are invited to attend the Memorial Service which will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo with Rev. Ken Simpson officiating. In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Outer Banks Food Pantry or Meals on Wheels.

Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Mary Jolliff Moore

    I’m so glad to read that Jack turned his life around and found Jesus. He had such a personality that you couldn’t help but like him. May God hold all of you in the hollow of His hand.

  2. Joanne Mascio-Smith (Sister)

    Jack was an awesome big brother, he and I were very close, and I will miss him dearly for the rest of my life.

  3. Lisa Hauk-Scarlett

    While I didn’t know Jack personally I am friends with his sister Laurie and I am terribly saddened to hear of his passing. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. wendy and tony richardson

    Our condolences to the family. jack will be missed. He always did have a smile on his face and loved having a good time.

  5. Uncle Gersh and Aunt Margaret

    We remember Jack as a young boy in Conshohocken PA, and we cherish those memories. he is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Grover R. Nash 3rd

    The most important thing he ever could have done on his journey in this life was to find Christ the Lord and I see he did…..AMEN!!!!!!

  7. Igor A Fileshi (from Russia)

    Jack, I’ll always be proud of you, my #Big Hot Mama# of summer 2002, and I’m so sad that I couldn’t meet you since that time…

  8. wayne ngray

    Jack was my next door neighbor in Nags Head back in the early 90’s. I always enjoyed talking with him. Always had a smile.

  9. hary e silverwood

    jack was my friend and a great person. we grew up together and made great memories. i am truly sorry and send my condolences to his family here in pa and to his family in n.c. he will be missed and never forgotten. may god bless him and sit jack by his side. i love you jackie.
    we’ll see each other in the park in heaven

  10. john e. duval

    sorry for the loss to all who knew and loved jack..had some good times with jack,hanging at the pier,down on vacation,having partys at rental houses,,he was always invited.i even have some memories of him on video..we were always friends..he was from pennsylvania and so was is hard to believe he is in peace JACK** JOHN DUVAL

  11. Sandra Travaline

    So sorry for your loss. I knew Jack from Conshy in the 1970’s. He did always have a big smile. A warm loving soul. May God bless all of his family in their time of need.

  12. Amanda Gersbach-Scott

    My heart goes out to all of my Mascio family. I know Jackie will be missed…and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Steven Schmidt

    To all of Jack’s family And friends, which there are many, I send my thoughts and prayers. I knew Jack just a little in high school, but always thought he was a cool guy. I know Roy and Philip and was good friends with Patricia Grahm Nash since early childhood. I’m glad that Jack found true happiness in his life, and while we would all agree he left his loved ones too soon, I’ll pray he is now somewhere so beautiful and serene that we can not even begin to image. Keep his memory strong. May all of your days be filled with infinite love and gratitude always, but especially on this day.

  14. Loretta "Lori" & Jack Fertal

    Dear Katie and Byron,

    We are so sorry for the passing of your Dad, Katie. You can be thankful that he passed in his sleep – the best way to leave this earth.

    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do to make the coming days easier, let us know.

    Love, Lori & Jack

  15. Bob Lindsey (LED)

    Jack was and will always be a good friend of mine from our time as kids playing on Spring Mill Ave. with his brothers and other neighborhood friends , through elementary school, our teenage years in school ,at the park and playing basketball in the rec league at the fel where Jack was our center. Through our years as young adults and reliving all the memories we shared on his visits back home from North Carolina.My prayers go out to his family in PA each of them who I know and his family in N.C.who Jack loved .I could go on an on for hours on end but let me finish by saying you are loved by all Jack and you are now at the Great gig in the Sky. R.I.P. my friend and soon one day we will re-unite and you now re-unite with the loved ones you have missed . Your lifelong Bob (LedHead)Lindsey

  16. Katie Fertal

    Katie, Chris, Joey, and family.

    I am so sorry for your loss! Jack truely had a kind spirit and he always made me laugh with the way he picked on me over the years! Everytime I saw him he had a smile on his face and he always gave me a big hug. I know you will all miss him everyday, remember a part of him lives on in all of you. I know he will always be watching over you.

    Love, Katie

  17. Peter Lee Erickson

    First of all I am so sorry for Bonnie, Katie, Chris, and Joey. He talked so fondly about all of you. Although not always at the same time. Jack was one of the best friends I ever had and I am not ashamed to say I loved him. He lived with me for about a year and it was the best year I had on the OBX. I live back in WI now but always hoped he would come out even maybe move here. I will miss more than anyone can imagine. I love his picture from your wedding Katie he was so proud of you.

  18. Patricia Nash

    SOOOO..great to see Jack’s friends (harry….LED HEAD…STEVE) remembering him… he would be excited about that!!sending their respects..and the family….Iknow Jo.. he is with his fam in heaven now…he was in a lot of pain after the accident in 2004 …now he is pain free ….with Jesus Christ our Lord and in peace …Jack in peace..

  19. Tina Staley

    I knew Jack many years ago growing up with him and his family in Conshy. I am very very sorry to hear about this loss for his children, and the rest of his family sake. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  20. Daniel Yucalevich

    My heart goes out to Jack’s family.
    I have not seen Jack for many years but the memories of him shell shine on in my heart forever. Until we meet again my friend. Dan

  21. Dawn M. Cinaglia

    Jackie was my friend in our childhood years. He was such a very special person and I will always remember him fondly. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  22. Edward T. Smith (brother-in -law)

    Jack, no one could ever tell you what to do, except maybe your baby sister, Joanne. And then only momentarily. I will miss you and Joanne cries every time she thinks of you, heres your name, or sees your picture. She hopes that when you walked into the light, Big Bill was waiting for you to kick you in the ass and then hug you tight. Good-bye, and much love from that “ugly s.o.b.” your baby sister married, Big Ed

  23. Frances Turner Braswell

    Katie, sorry to hear abot or dads passing.Losing somwone so young is hard bit at least he is in a place where all is well and no sorrow. Hope you are doing well adn I remember the good times and talks we had while we worked together at the DC Health Dept. take care

  24. Lisa Crawford

    Remembering the times at Mermaid Lake. Jack was a great person, RIP.
    Sending condolences to his family, the Mascio’s from the Lare & Crawford family.

  25. Robin


    My condolences to you and the rest of Jacks family.I had just spoke with him a week prior and heard such great things from him about life for you both.You loved him with a love that no one could understand-he was your life and you were his.Rest assured he loved you more than you could ever know.May God Bless you and his children and keep them safe and know the love of God is always there to help.

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