On Tuesday, Patrick “Pat” Mascola passed away. Many of his friends posted comments on Facebook. One of his friends, Carolyn Burns, wrote:
“Pat Mascola passed away Tuesday. Pat died from medical complications, he had been in failing health these past several weeks. Pat made us laugh, loved telling his stories and we loved reminiscing with Pat when we would meet up with our friends Woody Woodbury and the gang for breakfast at Country Ham N’ Eggs Bar & Grill.
We knew Pat as an author, and later in life the owner of a local Pompano/Lauderdale By The Sea/East Broward newspaper called, “Around Town News”. Pat WAS the “Man around Town” !
Patrick Mascola was called by Variety, the “Dean of South Florida Entertainment.”
He started his career writing local entertainment and celebrity profiles for the Scripps Howard-owned Hollywood Sun Tattler in 1954, soon becoming the paper’s Entertainment Editor and reviewing just about every major headline act, play, and movie in the South Florida area.
In 1969, he left the paper to take over as Public Relations Director for the elite Eden Roc Hotel, and, later, the Marco Polo. Patrick Mascola had lived an exciting life in the entertainment and hospitality industry. He crossed paths with many “stars” which he had been associated with during his career!
Soon after that, while serving as food critic for the Miami Beach Sun, Mascola began to publish his own entertainment and hospitality publications, including Town Topic, Leisure Times, Life Style, and, ultimately, the successful Around Town newspapers, incorporated in 1981 and still widely circulated.
Mascola is the author of many published stories. Hell On East Rock and The Hell Of Innocence. are his first two novels of his “Hell” trilogy. He had lived in Pompano Beach, Florida the past 30 years, where he was an active member of the community and one of its most successful entrepreneurs. Patrick Mascola was working on the final saga of Jennifer Kendal’s life and the final novel of the triology, Hell Be Damed, Welcome Heaven, when he tragically passed away.
Pat will be missed by so many and I was so glad that I had a chance to tell him that I loved him. He was a special man with a spunky way with an attitude of never quitting. Life just eventually quit on him, I know our Pat was arguing and refusing to go until he just couldn’t refuse anymore. I know he’s giving ’em “Hell” up in Heaven! We will never forget you, sweetie. God be with you and rest in peace.
From what I hear, there will be no funeral locally, but in the near future there will be a memorial service. Stay tuned with Frank Loconto for further announcements.
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