Alfred “Al” J. Mazelis, a resident of Odenton, MD, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was 49 years old, born on May 14, 1971 in Baltimore, MD and was the son of Sheldon C. Mazelis and Dolores “Dee” Mazelis. He graduated from Pikesville High and the Maryland Institute College of Art. His keen eye for detail and artistic technical skills made him a stellar graphic designer.
Al married his college sweetheart/soulmate, Laura, on June 9th, 1996. They brought into this world the most amazing son, Max, on February 28, 2005. From there on, his mission was “To work to live, not live to work”. Al’s professional life in the restaurant industry allowed him to support his wife’s crazy dreams of pursuing a career in art.
He was a true marvel. His son calls him, “The G.O.A.T.” (Greatest Of All Time). As a life’s achievement, who could ask for more than that? Al was so proud of the man that Max is shaping up to be. And, you didn’t have to ask who Max was, Al would boastingly shout without reservation, “THAT’S MY SON!”
Al was not only a loving devoted family man, he was also an endless source of entertainment to anyone. Many knew him as an Award-Winning T.G.I. Friday’s Flair Bartender/Mixologist and famed Restaurant Manager. His charismatic, energetic personality could get the crowd roaring and the party started! His 25-year career with Fridays blessed him with an extensive T.G.I. Family. Many of whom have left heart-warming tributes to him on social media. These testimonies honor him on what a great man he was.
Al was also a patient teacher, mentor, and compelling story-teller – a comedian. He had an intuitive gift to connect with anyone, on any level. He would never shy away from a good conversation and his sarcastic wit could never be contained. But did you know he was the neighborhood Pit Master? He made a mean rack o’ ribs! He was well-known for his EXTREMELY eclectic taste in music which ranged from Simon & Garfunkel to Metallica to Eminem - you name it. And, he knew ever word, to every song. From time to time, he would revert to his creative roots and write a chorus and give private performances with his acoustic guitar. His hobbies extended to the outdoors; camping, fishing, a desire to grow the hottest pepper and he was a member of Anne Arundel Archers. But playing with Max, this was his favorite, whether it was a competitive game of back-gammon, playing catch, roasting marshmallows on an open grill, or watching the Washington Football Team. This was his true happy place.
And if you ask his wife on a personal level what she thinks...
"These words only graze the surface of his value as a human-being. Al was my grounding force. I was excited to live life because I had him to experience it with. No matter how quirky and minuscule the share, he genuinely wanted to listen and to be present.
The memory of his everyday embrace, he who knew me better than myself… the feeling of his warmth, the smell of his cologne, the brush of his beard on my cheek, that moment … was our perfect moment. That moment, among many, are now mine to remember for the both of us.
My Al, you were my perfect match. I love you.”
Along with his parents, Al is survived by his wife of over 24 years, Laura; loving son, Max; sister, Amy Anderson; and Matriarch, Rose Marie Weller; loved parents-in-laws, David and Sandy Candler; sister-in-law, Carol Loughran; caring aunts, Sandra Watson, Naomi Weller and Vicki Weller; devoted uncles, Keith Weller, Clifford Watson and Paul Mazelis; adoring cousins, David Watson, Suzanna Nichols, Emily and Cory Weller. And his adorable puppy, Rue.
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