Felix J. Zollo, Jr., or Phil to his friends and family, was born June 14, 1932 and passed away on June 19, 2020. He grew up in Revere, the son of Dr. Felice and Josephine Zollo, along with his brothers Jack, Bob, Donald and Eugene. He served in the Coast Guard for eight years and the army for two during the Korean War. He attended Suffolk University, where he earned his bachelor degree in Education, and went on to receive his Master of Education from UMass Boston. It was at Suffolk where he met the love of his life, Barbara Tamoshunas. They married in 1959. After teaching biology for a number of years, he began working for the State Department of Education. He went on to become the Director of Research for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, during which time he earned his Doctorate in Education from Nova University. He retired from the MTA in 1991 and worked as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University helping other educators earn their doctorate’s degrees. He also consulted for the National Education Association to aid in the development of a job evaluation system to ensure equal pay for women. He spent many happy years helping to raise his two grandchildren and loved vacationing in Florida with his wife until her passing in 2013.
Phil is survived by his daughter, Felicia and her husband Jeff of Topsfield, his two grandchildren, Alexandra Niland and her husband Eric Sosa of Waltham, and Matthew Niland of Bristol, Rhode Island, his brothers Eugene of Revere and Robert of Lynn. A graveside service with Military Honors will be held in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, 185 Lake Street, Peabody, MA on Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 10 am
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Care Dimensions Hospice at 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA, 01923.
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