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Some very sad news which I have only just found out about,
Commodore Toni Montague Mbe Mazonowicz
Published in the Swindon Advertiser on 6 November 15
MAZONOWICZ Commodore Toni Montague MBE Passed away peacefully at the Great Western Hospital on 31st October 2015, aged 91 years. Now reunited with his loving wife Joy (deceased). Father, grandfather and great grandfather. Funeral service to be held at Kingsdown Crematorium on Tuesday 10th November at 10.00am.
Joy Orca Mazonowicz
Published in the Swindon Advertiser on 16 February 15
MAZONOWICZ Joy Orca Passed away peacefully at the Great Western Hospital on 8th February 2015, aged 88 years. Loving wife of Toni, precious mum of Rex, Kay and Lance (deceased), devoted grandmother to Stuart, Max, Ella and Jeremy. Funeral service to be held at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon, on Thursday 26th February at 10.30am
That's terrible news to wake up to, he was a great Chief Engineer and a great man. I'm saddened that it's such belated news, I had an email from his son a few years back telling me how much Toni loved keeping up with "his boys" on my website so I'm surprised he didn't let us know but obviously had way too many more important things on his mind at the time which is understandable. Thanks Dave for letting us know.
Mazo was held in awe by all and in fear by some. My experiences with the Chief were all positive.
My two most memorable were once when I managed a double full astern telegraph order on the Starboard engine, leaving Fort Lauderdale. Mazo raced over and stood right behind me. When it was over, he gripped my left elbow and said "That was very good".
The other time was when he came down to see me in the boiler room, where I'd been doing some watches and asked me if I was ready for my step up to 4EO. I said that I was and he went and arranged it with the Personnel Manager, who's name escapes me. The PM wasn't happy I'm told because I was very young.
I had nothing but respect for Mazo. RIP.
Where are you from: Bilgola - Sydney Northern Beaches
Sad news, yes he was well respected. I was almost sent off the SS Oriana, due to some of my antics, but a "black-out" in the Azores saved me. Mozo was there behind me in the Geny Flat when I (just a junior Lecky) gave several orders to the the junior Leckies around me to check things around the ship.
Hi Steve, re his son e-mailing you. Mozo had two sons, one who lived in UK and the other lived in the States. Unfortunately his son Lance who lived in UK and could be the one who e-mailed you passed away in 2010 due cancer, only 50.
Where are you from: UK
Dec 22, 2015 - 6:52PM
Re: Commodore Toni Montague Mbe Mazonowicz
Sad news, sailed with him on Oriana in 79 when I was 2nd VO, one time, we got up to no good and were marched in front of him, he scared the hell out of us, but fortunately was lenient, just banned off decks for a couple of weeks, and made to redecorate the mess we’d made in accommodation corridor (could have been a lot worse). He was a well-respected chief engineer, always thought highly of him.
I joined Oriana on my first trip to sea on 6th february 1967! Mozzo was Chied then with Dave King as 1st and Charlie Newby as Senior 2nd. Mozzo was a distant character then as really befits the times and Oriana's status. Hen carried out his rounds mid morning with Dave in tow and everyone stood in some awe.
Mozzo later was assigned to Canberra for a while and returned quite a different entity when he joined Oriana. Much more alined to the well being of his guys and I think gained from this. We certainly did! we has a couple of incidents on board, one involved the malfunction of the stabilisers that required extra time worked during which he offered to shae his night lunch. No small thing indeed! He also intervened in a incident with a Head waiter who objected to a late arrival for dinner after the 4-8 watch. We submitted a report regarding this guy's behaviour and Mozzo took it on board and there was certainly an effect!
Rest in Piece old boss! God Bless you.