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“It was with great sorrow that I heard of Dennis passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy/ ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Nicholas DiPilato - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dennis was my cousin and his mother, Rose, (my mom's sister) was my godmother. I moved away from the area in the 1980s. But when I finally finished...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Donna Marcotte - Huntingdon, PA

“Dear Andi and the entire Mastro Family,Having also grown up in Shrewsbury, we knew Dennis and SO many of the amazing Mastro Family!! We always loved...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Washkevich - Shrewsbury, MA

“Rest in peace Dennis. You did make a mark on the world in your short time on earth. Join the rest of the family in heaven ! God bless. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Lee Puglia - Atkinson, NH

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Vin razzano - Classmate

“Dennis and I played together since we were born. His family lived across the street from our house. He was born 4 days after me in the same year. We...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Roughan - Myrtle Beach, SC

“So sad to learn of Dennis' passing. We were classmates and even neighbors for a while. He and his crew always seemed to be having a good. Probably up...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Diane Titus - Cumming, GA

“Dennis and I worked together for 10 years at Commercial Electrical Contractors in Worcester. We became friends quickly and loved bantering about our...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Caputo - Friend

“i am saddened ti hear that Dennis has passed He was and is a great man He was a smiling face in Shrewsbury and a positive influence on all Prayers ...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: frank Vaccaro - Friend

“John and Judy, we were saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved cousin Dennis. May your memories of good times help you get through these trying...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Karen & Kevin Ronayne - MA

“My deepest sympathies to the Mastro family and extended family and friends. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of our Saviour. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Marie Vuona Flanagan - Fort Myers, FL

“To the Mastro Family,Joanna, Louie, Rachaela and I are so sorry for your loss. Dennis was truly one of the good guys and will be genuinely missed. ...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Jimmy Davolio - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Andi (Ms Mastro). We are incredibly sorry for the loss of your husband, Dennis. He was such an Institution in this town of Shrewsbury. Please...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Lauren Bucciaglia - Shrewsbury, MA

“I'm so very sorry Andi. Dennis was a one of a kind wonderful human. He always made me smile and often laugh. His genuine concern and love was...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Lynne Racine - Sutton, MA

“I was so sad to read of Dennis' passing. Although it has been many years since we both graduated from SHS, it would be difficult to forget Dennis. He...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Donna Quitadamo Felice - Grafton, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family...dennis was a class mate friend and a good listener... ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: John Tyndall - Shrewsbury, MA

“Andrea, I'm so sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. So sorry....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Kelli ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Kelli Wright - Leicester, MA

“Rest in Peace in God's arms Dennis, I will always remember your great sense of humor and your love of friends and family. May God comfort the heart...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: George MacKoul - Mashpee, MA

“Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Andi and the Mastro families. We lost a good one! I couldn't even begin to tell you the memories Tony...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Patty & Tony Battista - Wells, ME

“So sorry to the Mastro family, for the loss of Dennis, may he rest in peace. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Steven Troiano - Friend

“So sorry to hear that we lost Dennis! Condolences to his familyLinda McCann Belliveau ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Belliveau - Classmate

“Phyllis and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Andi and the Mastro family. The fun times we had with our dogs, the Red Sox games, dinners,...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Brendan and Phyllis Bierch

“I am deeply sorry to the Mastro family for your loss. Dennis was a great man. I know he will be greatly missed by us all. ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Ernie Favulli - Friend

“My deep & heartfelt sympathy Andrea & family on the devastating loss of Dennis The Mastro Family long time Shrewsbury residents & loved by all!...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Judy Polito - Friend

“Sending sincerest love and prayers to the entire Mastro family. May Dennis rest in peace in the arms of the angels. ❤ ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: LouAnn Simone Geer - Mashpee, MA

“So sorry to hear of Dennis passing prayers for the family. Linda Puglia strob ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Strob - Wilmington, MA

“I grew up with Dennis, just two streets away. We used to go to all CYC beach trips, Ski trips to Oak and Spruce Ski Lodge, playing Acey-Duecy with...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Martha (DiBenedetto) Owens - MA

“My first trip to Disneyland with u Cuz, riding the Congo River Ride over and over because it was 70 degrees and too cold for folks to ride, dining in...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Elaine Reese - Rochester, NH


Dennis Mastro was everyone's lovable curmudgeon but in this context we mean it as a term of endearment. He didn't mince his words, you knew where he stood politically and while the fuse might sometimes have been short…at the end of the day Dennis had your back and he really, really did love you. There were no airs or false pretenses. Dennis was most comfortable in casual clothes and while his exterior shell might have appeared tough beneath it all was a soft guy who had a heart that was grateful for a very good life filled with blessings and wonderful people and experiences.

Born on January 24, 1953 he was the only child of the late William F. and Rose V. (Puglia) Mastro. His birth also meant entry into a very large, present and loving extended Italian family. The Mastro, Driscoll, Archambo, Ruggere, Zingarelli, Chenevert and Puglia families were just that…family! Often like siblings, especially with John Mastro whom he considered a brother, Dennis knew the love and benefits of growing up with family on same streets and in neighborhoods rich in love.

Raised in Shrewsbury and in Saint Anne's Parish he served as altar server and volunteered in many capacities throughout the years. A 1971 graduate of Shrewsbury High School he then graduated in 1975 from The College of the Holy Cross with his Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He had a keen interest in politics and depth of knowledge when it came to history.

Dennis often reflected back on life and wondered if he should have been destined for a career in teaching and coaching. Life took him in other directions to some extent. He enjoyed a successful career in sales for various electric companies including Commercial Electric Co., Hubbell Wiring Devices, Standard Electric and most recently for Rexel Energy Solutions where he was still working.

While not blessed with kids of his own Dennis' passion for sports enabled him to coach in both the Babe Ruth and Little League in his much loved Shrewsbury. He did this for over 30 years and was a much admired and respected mentor. His voice was also very familiar on the Shrewsbury Public Access Channel where he was an announcer for both football and basketball games.

He married Taunton native Andrea L. 'Andi' Tower on October 23, 1999 in Sacred Heart Chapel in Yarmouthport. They lived a short while in Grafton before Dennis was able to convince Andi that Shrewsbury really should be home. Andi had been working as a Nanny to the Flynn family and both Shannon and Ryan Flynn became kids whom he absolutely adored and to date remained a part of their lives. Shannon and Ryan always referred to Dennis as 'that nice man!'

Dennis enjoyed a round of golf and would take the good shots with the bad shots (with commentary), fishing locally, cheering his native New England sports teams (with commentary), time with his golden retrievers and membership in Adelphi Council #4181 Knights of Columbus.

Dennis died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, after a short illness. He was 67.

In addition to his best friend and wife of 20 years, Andi, he leaves in-laws, James Tower (Teresa), Brian Tower, Thomas Tower (AnnMarie); his godchildren, Laura Begley, Crystal Bird and Anthony Battista; nieces & nephews, Daniel Tower (Emily) and their daughter, Allison, Cristie Tower, Alyssa Tower (Tyler Kicklighter), Thomas Tower III and Kimberly Tower; an aunt, Claire Mastro; a bunch of cousins, second and third cousins who lovingly called him 'Uncle Dendo'; and last but not least his four-legged golden retriever, Sebastian.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dennis' life by gathering for a calling hour on Saturday, September 26th in Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Capacity limitations and COVID-19 guide-lines will be followed. Those unable to attend may view by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26th.

A Life Celebration will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to The Jimmy Fund | 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor | Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or www.jimmyfund.org/ways-to-give.

Arrangements by James & John Heald.