Dr. Mario Cometti

April 21, 1936October 8, 2021
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Dr. Mario P Cometti died on October 8th, 2021 in Largo, Florida of complications from a breakthrough case of Covid-19, after a stroke weakened and made him vulnerable. He was 85 years old and was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Visitation services will be held at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo Florida, at 9am on Friday the 15th of October, followed by an 11am memorial mass at St Jerome Catholic Church in Largo with Father Rob Cadrecha as celebrant. Mario was born April 21st, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Italian immigrant parents Mario, a chef and Inez, a dressmaker. He attended Fordham University and moved to Italy in the late 1950s to attend medical school at the University of Bologna. It was there, on a blind date, that he met Josephine Faija. He asked her to marry him at the start of their second date - their union would last more than 56 years. After obtaining his medical degree, Mario and Josie returned to the U.S. and started a family. He interned at a hospital in New York City, before being drafted into the US Air Force in the mid-1960s. He was commissioned as a Captain, serving at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas, completing his service in 1968. He opened his own private practice as a pediatrician in the Catskill and Hudson areas in upstate New York. In his later years, he traveled across America, working in a variety of locations underserved by the medical community, including several Native American reservations. He retired in Florida, living in St Augustine before relocating to Largo.

He was honest to his core, strong in his faith and always put his family first. He worked hard, laughed and lived with gusto and danced as if nobody was watching. Dr. Cometti was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine and son David and is survived by children, Barbara, Mario, Billy, Steven and Kurt, as well as grandchildren Christopher, David, Isabella, Grace, Pepper and Adeline.

A visitation for Mario will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Following the visitation will be a funeral service from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo, FL 33774.

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  • Preceded in death by:Wife, Josephine and son David

    Survived by:
    Children; Barbara, Mario, Billy, Steven and Kurt
    Grandchildren; Christopher, David, Isabella, Grace, Pepper and Adeline.

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Friday, October 15, 2021


Friday, October 15, 2021

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