Carmen Mario 82 of Peabody died from COVID December 14, 2020. Dad moved to Peabody from East Boston in 1962 with Phyllis Mario to build the successful Carmen Mario Hair Salon and Sock it To Me restaurant.
Carmen (aka Mario) and his salon have been a Peabody icon for 57 years. He was a generous donor and sponsor of many city youth and high school sports including a women’s softball league and the creator of the hockey team fashion show. Carmen retired in 2018.
Carmen was a skilled single and multi-engine pilot. His real passion was flying airplanes and teaching students out of the Beverly Airport. Due to his health, he stopped flying in 2019 but diligently continued his certifications in hopes that he could fly again.
Carmen was a strong believer in education and loved to learn. He was a self-taught flutist and had an immense appreciation for the arts, Italian culture, and world history. Born into an Italian immigrant family, he worked hard at his trade, enjoyed cooking, and loved a good wine.
Happiness for dad was his family. He leaves behind many people whom he loved and will always love him, Phyllis Mario, son Stephen Carmen Mario, daughter Sandra Mario-Williams and her husband Rob Williams. Clayton and Bretton Williams, his grandsons were Carmen’s ultimate joy. He treasured their affection and above all else, was extremely proud of them. A love for golden retrievers melted his heart; Brody the family dog will miss him, too.
Also, surviving is Carmen’s brother Anthony Mario and Jose his wife, with nieces and nephews Carmen, Michelle, Christine, Al and the late Toni in Lynn. Nieces and nephews of his late brother Christy Mario, including Joe, Maryann, Michael, Cathy, Martin and Christy of East Boston.
A funeral Mass will be held at St.Adelaides Church 712 Lowell Street Peabody MA. Monday January 4th, 10:30am to honor his memory.
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