Philip John Mazzulla

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Philip John 

Philip John Mazzulla, 35, was born on August 24th, 1987 and was taken from earth unexpectedly on December 1st, 2022. He was fiercely loved by all who knew him and remains an inspiration to those who survived him including his father, James Patrick Mazzulla, M.D., his mother, Constance Mazzulla Ganapes, M.D., his sisters Francesca (James Hamilton) Mazzulla and Emily (Perry LaRoque) Mazzulla, his brother Alan (Leahnna) Mazzulla, nieces and nephews Ellery, William, and Philip Hamilton, James, Georgia, and Theodore LaRoque, numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins, and very dear friends especially Alan Mazzulla, Nikki Pruss, Paul Gillick, Matt Wilson, and Gino Ricchio.

Phil was extraordinary.  He was a true citizen of the world, seeking experiences and meaningful connection wherever he traveled, broadening his perspective.  Phil was a protector of life and our natural world.  Particularly, he had a passion for preservation of the oceans and coral reefs, which he explored through diving all over the world.  His open, accepting way of being welcomed new ideas and deepened his personal connection to all peoples and their cultures.  He had an inquisitive mind and was profoundly knowledgeable about a vast array of topics. He loved to engage in discourse and challenged the status quo.  Phil thought deeply about the spirituality and meaning of life, and encouraged those around him to do the same.

Phil’s energy was magnetic.  He was one of the brightest rays of sunshine to ever bless this earth. He loved to laugh, to listen and dance to music, and be with those for whom he cared.  Phil loved his family and will be deeply missed.  His zest and passion for life were unparalleled and inspire us to live life to the fullest just as he did.  Phil is at peace with his God.

Family and friends will gather at Three Holy Women Parish – St. Hedwig Church, 1702 N. Humboldt Ave. on Friday, December 9, 2022 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM.

Phil was passionate about our earth and environment, especially as it relates to the health of the oceans and endangered coral reefs.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Coral Reef Alliance ( and consider taking a dive to experience the glory of the oceans and reef yourself.


  1. Pat and Ben Radoszewski December 6, 2022 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Phil was a welcomed guest at our house many times during high school and when he was home from college. He always was full of ideas and we loved talking. The world is a less beautiful place without him. Our sympathies to his family.

  2. Auntie Lucia December 6, 2022 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Our Dearest Philip!
    May His Memory be Eternal!

  3. Christa Ricchio December 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Condolences on such an unimaginable loss.

  4. Marquette Theatre Acting 5 Class December 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Philip. Our love, support and prayers for healing to Emily. You are in our hearts.

  5. Marylou Hauch Crotty December 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    So very sorry to hear of this deep loss. My heart goes out to you all.

  6. Barbara Hummel December 8, 2022 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I cannot even imagine the sense of loss you must be feeling. My prayers are with you and I can only pray that the memories of his incredible life help you find peace.

  7. Maribeth and Bill Naleid Family December 8, 2022 at 7:06 am - Reply

    We have many wonderful memories of Phil, and we all loved him. In our deep grief, we will celebrate his life with you this Friday. God bless all of you.

  8. Linda Krause December 8, 2022 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Dear Drs. Mazzulla and Ganapes & family,

    My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.
    So very sorry for your loss

  9. Ajit and Madhavi Parekh December 8, 2022 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Our sincere condolences to Jim and Connie. Even though we didn’t know Phil, we understand the parents’ grief. Our prayers are with you.

  10. Rhianna Goley December 9, 2022 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Sending love and light to the family and all who loved Philip. He was one of the first friends I made upon moving to Key Largo. His passion and charisma was such a life changer for those who were blessed to be in his presence. I am so lucky to have had him as a friend in this lifetime. He is already so deeply missed. May he have eternal peace.

  11. Gloria & Jerry Rabideaux December 11, 2022 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    We searched for any way to express our heart felt sorrow for the loss of your precious son. As parents whom have lost a special gift from God; we hope this poem will for a brief moment, bring you some peace.

    A Letter From Heaven

    When tomorrow starts without me and I’m not there to see. If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me. I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today; while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
    I know how much you love me, as much as I love you; and each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
    When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart; for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Gloria & Jerry Rabideaux

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