NAPLES, Fla. – Jerome E. “Jerry” Maschino, 85, died peacefully on the afternoon of January 28, 2022 in Naples, Fla., due to complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was born in Gardiner, September 25, 1936, to Carl W. and Mary (Farrell) Maschino. He had recently moved to Ave Maria, Florida to be near his second daughter and her family. Jerry is remembered by his family as someone with many interests and hobbies, and for his love of learning and teaching.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary F. (McNamara); children Sara Maschino of Gardiner, Anna Bragdon (Tarren) of Ave Maria, Florida, and Karl Maschino (Anne) of Fairfax, Virginia; grandchildren Isabelle and Sebastian Jadik, Wyatt, Waverly, Asher and Jude Bragdon, and Hannah and Ryan Maschino; nieces and a nephew; and many friends.
He was predeceased by his brother, Jacob Maschino.
Jerry grew up working on the family farm in South Gardiner, where he enjoyed tinkering with machinery and exploring the outdoors. He loved music, and in high school was a percussion selection in the All-New England Orchestra. More importantly, he met his future wife, Mary, in the high school orchestra. Jerry was a graduate of Gardiner High School (1954), the Defense Language Institute (1956) and Nasson College (Chemistry, 1963). He remained active in his high school and college alumni associations and rarely missed a Gardiner reunion until 2021. In college, he was photographed in Time magazine for following Sputnik via over-the-air ham radio short.
Jerry’s passion for Chinese language, culture and cuisine began with his military service, straight out of high school, as a Mandarin Chinese interpreter for the US military. After his honorable discharge, Jerry married his high school sweetheart Mary in his senior year of college and went to work as a chemist. He was a life member of the American Chemical Society. Over the years he moved his family to Dorcester, Mass., Stratham, NH, East Greenwich, RI, Townsend, Mass. and finally Waverly, Pennsylvania, where the family remained for 17 years. Jerry and his wife eventually moved to Indianapolis, where he fell in love with flying airplanes and later taught student pilots at Eagle Creek Airpark and Indiana State University. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen.
Jerry has never been one to sit still. He spent most of his career at Litton Industries, retiring in 1998. Prior to his retirement, Jerry’s evenings and weekends were filled with activity. Some of his accomplishments include co-founding a hardware and software company; be a professional photographer; teach photography, chemistry and calculus to private students and at local colleges; and volunteering as a Cub Scout leader and soccer coach. Jerry liked to get up early on annual vacations to Chincoteague, Virginia to photograph the wildlife on Assateague Island.
After his retirement, he returned to Gardiner and became extensively involved in the community, serving as an election official, on the library board, as a substitute teacher, and as a member of the Kennebec Historical Society. Jerry has also embarked on a new restoration project for a 42ft wooden trawler which he has named the Explorer. He joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and earned his 100 Ton Captain’s License.
Jerry will be greatly missed by the many friends he made along the trip and especially by his family.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8pm on Thursday, June 2 at Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner. A private interment will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, Gardiner on June 3. A celebration of life will be held at Randolph United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in Jerry’s name to the Gardiner Library Association or a charity of your choice.
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