Sarasota – In loving memory of George Paul Prozzo. He passed away in peace late Friday August 6 at the age of 89 in Sarasota, Florida with his family by his side. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, George was the eldest son of George and Evelyn (Tully) Prozzo and grandson of a family that originated in Italy, Canada and Sweden in the late 1800s. Sadly, he was predeceased by his dear siblings Jeffrey T. Prozzo (2019) and his sister Patricia (Prozzo) Frodigh (2018). George also joins his devoted 60-year-old wife Joann (Peterson) Prozzo of Royalston, Massachusetts (2015) with their precious son Eric John Prozzo (1966). With so many gathered, we can be sure that there is laughter, song, cheese and crackers and probably a good game of cribbage happening somewhere beyond.
George grew up in Worcester during the Depression and as a teenager he helped his family by delivering newspapers and selling shoes at the Florsheim town center store. His favorite classes at Worcester Classical High School were math and physics, where he was also known for his humor and flashy connections. George enrolled at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute specializing in Electrical Engineering, earning him the nickname “Double E”. Music has always been part of his family; George played the piano and sang bass in his choir at Trinity Lutheran Church where he met his future wife, Joann. They married in 1955 and spent their honeymoon in Salzburg, Austria (courtesy of the US military). After his military service, George worked in the emerging world of transistors and semiconductors with the Sangamo Weston Company, raising his family primarily in Springfield and Rochester, Ill., Before moving to Sarasota in 1978 when George joined the data systems division of Fairchild Weston Schlumberger. George was very active in St. Paul, Holy Cross, and Faith Lutheran Churches, devoting a great deal of time as a choir member, council member, and occasionally an assistant gardener with his wife. He was a member of the Cory B. Fish Masonic Lodge in Sarasota and, of course, a longtime Red Sox fan.
George is mourned by his devoted children: his son David (Susan) and his daughters Lisa, Kristina and Rebecca. He also leaves behind his cherished grandsons Jonathan (Kalia), Jeremy, his step-granddaughter Atalie, as well as his nieces and nephews: Deborah, Roland, Sue, Aimee, Nathan and Anya.
George was a force of nature with a generous heart who touched many lives behind the scenes. His family meant everything to him, and he was deeply proud of them all. We will always be grateful for the gift of his life.
“May flights of angels sing to you at your rest”, papa. We love you.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church after the service on Sunday November 14 at 9:00 a.m.
Posted by Herald Tribune on October 10, 2021.